Ginger Berkelhamer - Certified Professional Coach/Energy Leadership Master Practicioner
June 12, 2017
Hosted by Ray Lynch
Her Story Born in New York City, Ginger’s early childhood was one of privilege. Private school education and every opportunity to succeed were at her fingertips. At the age of 12, she picked up her first drink and it spiraled into her living a double life. During the day she would attend to the expectations of her parents and at night she would go out dancing and doing drugs in the nightclubs. She worked at the infamous Studio 54 in high school and behaved in ways that were unbecoming to a “young lady.” Following college, she returned to NY to work in the advertising business. Lacking a serious work ethic, she found a man to marry and settled into a life in the suburbs. After a couple of years, her daughter was born and that was the beginning of her bottom. She arrived in AA on May 22, 2000 and has not looked back. Her Recovery is the greatest fact of her life for without it she would not live the life of joy and usefulness. Currently she lives in Vermont with her husband and 2 dogs.
Miracles in Recovery
Monday at 5 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
On Miracles in Recovery we discuss all aspects of addiction and recovery and how they affect our families, communities, and the relationships within them. Join us for answers on how twelve step recovery programs can work in the lives of addicts and their families. We are also open to discuss any alternative options that have been working in your life as well. It starts by looking in the mirror. Hope is in your corner.
I was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where my parents divorced when I was nine years old. When my mother remarried, two step-brothers and a step-sister joined my older sister and two younger brothers. If you are thinking “Brady Bunch,” you kind of have the picture (but not G-rated like the TV version).
As a teenager I became a commercial fisherman, and that is where my life took a destructive turn. The waterfront was rampant with heroin and cocaine use and I endured many years of active addiction that finally rendered me homeless, helpless and loveless. I joined the Marine Corps in 1982 to try to get away from my surroundings but found myself back in the same boat after my time in the service ended.
My life changed for the better on February 28, 1989 when I fortunately became a MIRACLE IN RECOVERY. Since then, I have made it my quest to give back what was given to me, one day at a time without the obsessive restrictions of active addiction.
My life is second to none today and I encourage you to become a MIRACLE IN RECOVERY as well. Listen in as I share my experience, strength, and hope that an addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live.
My message is hope and the promise of freedom.