On this episode of PSTV's Gratitude:UnFiltered, Joshua T Berglan interviews the one and only Kat Dawn......
“On the surface I would be called a 'recovering addict'. Recovering from an addiction to opiates as the general public would call them. They are just pills and heroine to me….opiates sounds a little silly or pharmaceutical to me. Truth is I'm recovering from a lifestyle, not just drugs. When you are an addict and so much of your life has revolved around it and then you suddenly decide to quit, it takes a shit ton of work. A total reprogramming of the brain and habits.“ -- Kat
Kat’s journey has already marked a page in the Book of Life as one on the “Hero’s Journey” (Campbell). From the absolute social status high of living in a beautiful suburb community with her young family, to the proverbial “hitting rock bottom” and homeless on the coast of California, interspersed with long periods of incarcerations, several ‘rehabs’ and 12-step programs.
Very early in recovery she found healing in service. "It kept me clean, happy, connected and safe." Midst building her life back though she barreled through endless obstacles that were in her way from succeeding and saw a true need and lack of support to women and children in the recovery world. She connected to other women in recovery, finding that they also struggled with things so simple as feeding themselves, their children, having transportation to jobs, all while trying to improve their self esteem and make amends with the wrongs they had committed.
In the last several years Kat has led and taught courses on healthy sexuality and self-love, based on her own battle with self-acceptance and self-forgiveness. It has broadened her reach and positioned Kat as a singular role-model for other recovering addicts and those struggling with PTSD and all forms of abuse. Kat is a voice of clarity and passion to those ready to wake up from living life in a victim stance.
Kat believes in the healing balm of sisterhood, relating to and finding the ‘soulful’ connection with others. She notes, “It was the women in my communities of incarceration, 12-step programs and rehab that showed me the love I needed in my life. They taught me how to fight, to fight for my own life". Her passion is to support women needing support on their own Hero’s Journey through self-acceptance, humor and sharing with one another.