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The Addiction Podcast - Point of No Return

Jun 22, 2023

If you never heard Valerie’s story, it would be difficult to imagine that her daughter Jamie was murdered at the age of 30 or that it was not the first time Jamie had been shot — 12 years and 12 days earlier, she survived the same injury.

 But her story doesn’t reflect the woman you see today. Through the pain and trauma of Jamie’s addiction and her daughter’s senseless murder, Valerie has become a woman of unwavering strength and courage and helps others disrupt their trauma and use it for good. She is beyond grateful that she got to be Jamie’s mom for 30 years and still gets to be Sean’s.

Valerie’s mission is not one she sought after but one that found her. While a part of her wishes she was assigned a different purpose, Valerie has fully embraced it and considers it an honor to stand with other women and help them shed their shame, guilt, and fear. She loves watching them disrupt their trauma and replace it with courage and hope.

Valerie is the creator of the 9 Weapons of Hope®, her exclusive Arsenal of resources to build courage and beyond, which are a part of the Warriors in Hope® Empowerment coaching programs. She’s an inspirational and engaging speaker and an award-winning author of multiple books, workbooks, and journals. Valerie has a special heart for other moms with sons and daughters in addiction and those who have lost children, having walked those devastating paths herself. She also believes we have similar feelings no matter which of life’s Beasts have come calling, so your story doesn’t have to be anything like hers for you to become a Warrior in Hope! Her programs guide people to overcome the fallout from life’s many traumas. She helps women out of the darkness and into their legacy.

Valerie is an effective leader because she walks her talk. She is compassionate while inspiring people to step out of their comfort zone and become more. Valerie is quick-witted, engaging, wise, and fun. She is a believer who does her best to walk out her mission and create a legacy of hope. She lives in Phoenix, AZ, with her husband, Rich, and her crazy cat, Fiona.Strip away all of her incredible accomplishments, and you’ll find that her story of “disrupting” the trauma in her life to pivot and take back her happiness was years in the making – even before she became a mother.

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