Michelle Smith talks candidly about the boozy culture we find ourselves in as she takes a public stance towards normalizing sobriety. Looking through the lens of her life she shares her personal story with alcohol abuse as well as her perspective as a professional in the addictions field. Michelle is an author, speaker, and founder of Recovery is the New Black, a digital community for women living or exploring an alcohol-free life. As a wife and working mother of two, she fell into the “mommy juice” drinking culture. Michelle found a way out and has been in recovery from alcohol abuse since 2016. As a certified addiction and mental health counselor, she provides services to other moms who are seeking supportive alternatives to a boozy culture that tells us alcohol is an accessory to motherhood. Michelle has 20 years of experience in the field of addiction medicine and behavioral health treatment! This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
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