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Olivia Pennelle

Olivia Pennelle

Writer and wellness advocate, Olivia Pennelle (Liv), is in long-term recovery and has been sober since March 2012. She is in recovery from eating disorders, addiction, co-dependency, and mental illness. Initially Liv got sober in AA and NA, and in later recovery found her home in Refuge Recovery. At two years sober, she hit another rock bottom with eating disorders. After seeking help, Liv was able to overcome her disordered relationship with food and her body. During her journey, she learned how to harness the power of food and exercise to enhance her recovery, and lost 60 pounds. What her journey revealed was the need for a holistic approach to recovery which looked after her physical self as well as her sobriety. Liv is so passionate about living well in recovery that she launched a website—Liv’s Recovery Kitchen—sharing her experience with others. The site is a resource for all on their journey toward health and wellness.

You will find Liv featured amongst top recovery writers and bloggers, published on websites such as: Recovery.Org, The Fix, The Recovery Village, Workit Health, iExhale, Addiction Unscripted, Transformation is Real, and many more.

Posts by Olivia Pennelle

Mental Illness and Addiction: Which Came First?

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It was only in recovery that I truly understood the correlation between mental illness and addiction and was able to fully recover.

Stress and Addiction

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Leading substance abuse experts suggest dealing with stressors as a strategy to deal with the growing scourge of addiction and stress.

How to Remain Sober in a Non-Sober House

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Sobriety can be challenging to maintain on its own, and roommates who use add to the difficulty. Here are tips for remaining sober in a non-sober house.

Why We Should Talk About Negative Experiences in Recovery

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By talking about negative experiences in recovery, we create realistic perspectives of recovery to draw upon when we’re having a bad time.

How Do I Stay Sober After Losing A Loved One

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If there was one time I wanted to escape myself in my five years sober, it was this. But I didn’t escape. I faced it. I stayed sober. This is how.

Sobriety and Codependency

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Over the last five years, I’ve learned how to stay sober and unpick codependency and live a life with more freedom than I’d ever imagined.

How I Harnessed the Power of Food to Enhance My Recovery

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I have learned how to harness the power of food and exercise to enhance my recovery and to revolutionize my life enough to deal with my eating disorders.

The Different Facets of Addiction

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I now understand that there is no destination with addiction recovery. To find true freedom, we must look at all of our demons get to the core issues.