Tonight's special guest is Paula Sharkey-Jauch from Grand Rapids, Michigan, a trauma survivor who's now a speaker, writer and activist. Her identity was shattered at a young age from the affects of growing up in alcoholism, drug addiction and a home filled with violence. Due to all the childhood trauma that she experienced at home she shut down. Later in life she found herself struggling with many self-destructive behaviors. In 2015 she founded her non-profit effort, Unstuck. "My mission is to help people who have been affected by addiction, trauma, and eating disorders to overcome adversity by providing them with the services they need to heal emotionally and maintain lifelong recovery," Paula says. "For a long time I didn't know WHO I was or WHAT was wrong with me." She goes on, "As a child I was scared. As a teenager I was very lost. As an adult woman I was deeply wounded. I was filled with secrets, shame, and guilt. The only way I knew how to escape the pain I was experiencing was to run to my addictions and self-destructive behaviors." Paula concludes, "Today I share my story of HOPE, HEALING and RECOVERY with recovery programs, schools, churches, women's groups, radio shows and juvenile programs. I offer a message of HOPE with my story of perseverance and letting my audience know there is a way out. If God can do it for me, He will and can do it for you!"
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