Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly J. Miller.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kelly. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After watching my older brother wrestle with drug and alcohol problems in his early teens, I found myself at the age of 6, obsessed with the idea of addiction and recovery. Then at 14, I began to develop my own addiction issues that lasted well into my 20’s and 30’s. Eventually, I found that addiction affected nearly everyone I knew, from boyfriends to family members to co-workers.
Although there was a mixture of circumstances, from trauma to genetics, that lead me to those addictions in the first place, I found that no matter how hard I tried or how badly I wanted to quit, I could not seem to break free from the grips of constant cravings. It was not until my early 30’s when I developed multiple autoimmune disorders, that I began to realize my immediate need to address the unhealthy lifestyle I had lived most of my life.
The motivation to heal from my ailments, as well as my addictions, lead me to the fascinating world of holistic nutrition. Although I did not know it at the time, I quickly discovered that nutrition is closely tied to our mood and cravings. After implementing some simple and practical steps to improve my diet, I quickly noticed that my mood and mental health reaped immediate and dramatic benefits. It was not long before I felt healthy enough and stable enough to finally address my addiction issues. I started with my food addiction to gluten and sugar, to which I quickly gained a handle on, that then enabled me to finally quit smoking after 20 long years of guilt and frustration. Lastly, I was able to address my issues of using alcohol as a coping mechanism and found freedom from the cravings that had plagued me for most of my adult life.
My personal story, as well as those of my loved ones, is what led me to return to school to pursue an education in Nutrition Therapy and specialize in nutrition for recovery. I have developed a program that is designed specifically for people in recovery and addresses their unique biochemistry and individual needs. The results have been remarkable. By using these protocols, my clients are able to improve mood, reduce cravings and prevent relapse so they can experience a happy, healthy and thriving recovery. I launched my coaching and consulting business in January of 2019 and haven’t looked back.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting a business with no business background is no joke. I have received some minimal training in the basics of starting a business, but there are so many aspects involved that it’s hard to become an expert in all of those areas. There have been many days where I’ve struggled for hours over what seems like an easy task, purely because I lack the technical skills necessary to fix my website, post something to social media, or make decisions about the best way to communicate with my clients. There are legal issues like release forms and coaching contracts and the list goes on. The other thing I struggle with as a solopreneur is community. Because I have no employees or team that I work with, there have been difficult days where I wished I had a co-worker to bounce ideas off, collaborate with or just share in the ups and downs of the experience. I am always looking to connect with like-minded individuals who share my passion!
Please tell us about The Addiction Nutritionist.
I am the owner and founder of The Addiction Nutritionist, a virtual coaching and consulting practice based out of Denver, CO. I work with clients through video conference, all over the U.S. to help them meet their health and wellness goals. Although most of my clients are in recovery from substance abuse, I also work with folks who are looking to improve their mental health, like those suffering from anxiety and depression. In addition to 1:1 coaching, I contract with local treatment programs to run group nutrition therapy sessions, teach seminars to both patients and clinicians, and help them improve or design their own nutrition programs.
I specialize in nutrition for recovery, to help people find freedom from cravings so they can feel better and prevent relapse. We work on repairing nutrient deficiencies that are common in recovery, as well as balancing brain chemistry and blood sugar to reduce cravings. My six-week program is designed to alleviate the symptoms of Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS), an often overlooked and difficult part of early recovery. We also address other issues that are frequently experienced but not often addressed in treatment, like optimizing digestion, reducing inflammation and repairing liver function.
I think my practice is different because it caters to people who are often overlooked, under-appreciated, and are in desperate need of relief. I am passionate about the work and the people that it helps, and I can’t think of a more rewarding way to live my life.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory from childhood is eating out with my grandmother. She always showed me unconditional love and affection and made me feel like I was the only person on earth when we were together.
- Website: http://theaddictionnutritionist.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theaddictionnutritionist/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theaddictionnutritionist/
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-miller-b584a6183/
All of the second set of photos were by @kodocharty