#54: Insight on Addiction with Elyse Segebart

This special edition is a conversation with software developer, life coach and addiction survivor, Elyse Segebart.  She bravely discusses her journey being introduced to drugs and her 13 year struggle with addiction. She has emerged in a career in software development and mentors a special population of people trying to get into software development, their common theme is they come from a disadvantaged background like addiction or incarceration.  Along with her certification as a life coach, she is using her trade to help these types of people get jobs in technology. She was introduced to drugs at the young age of 13 by a friend's family and that was the beginning of many years of active use, rehabilitation, recovery and back to using.  Each cycle she said there was never a time that she couldn't get off drugs or be sober, but coping with life and going back to the unhealthy relationships is what repeatedly led her in the constant cycle of drug abuse.

Some of our favorite moments:

  • "the hardest part about addiction is that nobody wants to quit.  And they always have to hit this point where they are done with it. Like they either get the resolve and wanna quit and do it, or they have to hit rock bottom enough to where they're like, I'm tired of this, I'm tired of losing to this."

  • "meth releases 40,000 times the amount of dopamine in your brain. And that's not a natural thing that you should ever experience. And so, as you know, like dopamine teaches us where there's something important to be had or seen or look at again. And so when you have that amount of dopamine in it, like it seems very important that you should do this again. Like super important and you will do whatever to do it."
  • "I think really what made the difference for me was the mental health therapy and going to it, like sticking with it. I had done so many treatments, inpatient, outpatient, and I think mental health therapy really is the only way that's going to keep you to stay off of them.  And it just needed a longer form of support, you know, like that that therapy is what was needed. I think it should be a mandatory requirement for anyone who is being rehabilitated, that they have mandatory mental health therapy and not just drug treatment. Drug treatment is, you hear it once, you know it forever, you don't need to hear it again. I needed to understand like why I'm doing the things I'm doing or  build the skills to rewire certain patterns.  And I needed help to manage my ADHD and all the impulsive behaviors that I had."

To contact Elyse:

@elysethelifecoach (Instagram)

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