Are you seeking a…
❤️ Down-to-earth, non-judgmental, and welcoming LGBTQ+ recovery focused group?
🧡 Place where you can connect on a deeper level with like-hearted folks who relate to your lived experience?
💛 Group where you can speak your truth and share your story while feeling seen, heard, and held?
💚 Opportunity to live in your full expression, sexuality, and gender identity while recovering out loud in a space that embraces and celebrates all of who you are?
💙 Community where nothing but compassion and support are offered?
💜 Intentional family where you can feel at home, unconditionally accepted, and loved for who you are, just as you are?
Being in a community with others who understand the unique challenges you face, and surrounding yourself with people who are truly committed to healing both individually and collectively, – is an essential system of support for LGBTQ+ folks in recovery.
“It can be difficult to feel completely comfortable in larger groups that are largely heterosexual, even when we know and understand that SHE RECOVERS is an inclusive space and promotes trauma-informed connections. LGBTQ+ individuals face many adverse life experiences some of which are created and imposed by others. While we now live in a world where being queer is much more accepted, there are still incidents of identity-based judgment, hatred, and violence that occur. It is so very necessary that the LGBTQ+ community has places where they can show up without fear of mistreatment of any kind. I feel that the SRF LGBTQ+ group is one of these places.” – SHE RECOVERS Coach & Group Facilitator, Cary Kelley Wright
It is no secret that LGBTQ+ folks face discrimination, social stigma, and are at greater risk of harassment and violence than their cis-hetero counterparts. The LGBTQ+ population is also nearly three times more likely to struggle with a substance use disorder.
When we meet
If you are a recovering queer woman, trans woman, or a non-binary individual who identifies with women’s communities, this dedicated space is designed just for you. Connect with like-hearted folks, find healing through the private SRF Support for LGBTQ+ Group, or attend a weekly gathering facilitated by SHE RECOVERS Certified Professionals.
This community connects 24/7 in the SRF Support for LGBTQ+ group and gathers online weekly on Sundays from 7:30 to 8:30 AM PT.
What folks are saying about the SHE RECOVERS® support for LGBTQ+ Group
Meet your facilitators
Cary Kelley Wright (she/her) – SRCD, CPRC, CPC, Bs Psych.
Cary is a certified professional recovery coach, SHE RECOVERS Coach Designate, and certified life coach. Cary strongly believes that our healing is rooted in our pain. She focuses her coaching on creating opportunities for clients to connect with self, others, and spirit to promote healing. Cary is in long-term recovery from alcohol use disorder, co-dependence, perfectionism, and ultra-independence, among other things. Her life’s purpose is to walk alongside other self-identified women and non-binary individuals who identify with women’s communities as they seek new ways to meet life’s challenges, create healthy patterns, and develop more fulfilling lives.
“I learned of SHE RECOVERS when I was in treatment for substance use disorder, and once I realized that I could become a recovery coach, I knew I wanted to get the SHE RECOVERS Coach Designation and give back to this amazing recovery collective. SHE RECOVERS is a lifeline for women in recovery, and I very much wanted to be a part of that. Volunteering truly helps me to stay grounded in my own recovery work and offers me the opportunity to share my own recovery and my coaching knowledge with group members and other SHE RECOVERS Professionals.”
Connect with Cary Kelley Wright
SRF publications featuring Cary Kelley Wright
Jennifer Olmos (she/they) – SRYT
Jennifer Olmos is not only a certified SHE RECOVERS Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher but also a person in long-term recovery and a military veteran. Jen was one of the first volunteers of SHE RECOVERS, assuming various roles since March 2020. Within the SHE RECOVERS community, Jen generously imparts her wisdom, showcasing her “recovery rucksack” filled with activities like regular yoga practice, meditation, walking, hiking, and playing the drums. Beyond her online volunteer commitments, Jen extends her impact by hosting monthly in-person sharing circles in Tacoma/Olympia, Washington. She attributes her success in recovery to the practice of self-love and a strong sense of belonging within a supportive community.
“I was so isolated in my addiction. I am living proof of what a welcoming and supportive community for women like me can do. Being a volunteer in this community is the greatest honor.”
SRF publications featuring Jennifer Olmos
Recognizing A SHE RECOVERS Gem
Lael Atkinson (they/them) – CPRC, CPC, SRCD
Lael’s recovery began when they came out as queer in 2016. From there, they went on to part ways with alcohol and then tackle a lifetime of dieting, disordered eating (including an undiagnosed eating disorder), and body shame. Throughout that process, Lael found resources that addressed quitting drinking or that addressed disordered eating and body image issues, yet could not find any resources that spoke to the intersection of the two. And, the two frequently intersect, in both Lael’s personal experience and the experience of many others. Lael is now a certified professional recovery coach, diet recovery coach, weight-neutral coach, and a SHE RECOVERS Coach Designate. The aforementioned intersection led Lael to work 1:1 with folks who struggle with substance use and/or disordered eating and body image issues. Lael is also the creator of the Beyond Shrinking & Drinking course.
Connect with Lael Atkinson
“I became a SHE RECOVERS Certified Professional and volunteer because being in recovery completely transformed my life, and my recovery was only possible because of all those who believed in and wholeheartedly supported my process. I wasn’t that far into my early recovery when I began to understand that quitting drinking was about SO much more than just not drinking alcohol. It was about healing past wounds, experiences, and relationships, learning how to regulate my nervous system, building, and maintaining connection and community, allowing myself to be vulnerable, forgiving myself, and others, and trying different tools and practices to figure out which ones worked for me. Now I offer my support to others, just as I have been (and continue to be) supported in my own recovery.”
SRF publications featuring Lael Atkinson
With deep gratitude for our volunteers
This LGBTQ+ recovery support group and gatherings would not be possible without the support of our dedicated volunteers including our facilitators, co-hosts, and guardians. To learn more about getting involved with SHE RECOVERS visit our get involved page to learn more.