Addiction, Healing, and Service

Dr. Rhea Zimmerman with long time friend Melissa Sivvy while on tour with Love Bomb in New England during the fall of 2014.

Dr. Rhea Zimmerman with long time friend Melissa Sivvy while on tour with Love Bomb in New England during the fall of 2014.

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This interview features the story of a long time friend Melissa Sivvy whose recovery from paralysis of the legs after Guillain Barre Syndrome and then healing from alcohol and drug addiction has deeply inspired me.  To literally watch someone find their legs again is a thing of grace.

She is now finishing her master's degree in psychology at Goddard College and is registered as a non-licensed psychotherapist in the state of Vermont. Her work lately has been focused on Refuge Recovery (a Buddhism-based program for addictions of all kinds), which has lead her to an interest in providing proper care for incarcerated people who suffer from addiction and other mental health afflictions. Melissa intends to pursue a PhD in Forensic Psychology where she will gain the training and knowledge needed to advocate for policy changes within the United State's corrections system. 

Resources for help with addiction and finding connection to others mentioned in the podcast are:

Alcoholics Anonymous

Refuge Recovery

and another not mentioned is

Attitudinal Healing