Growing Up Happy After Child Abuse

Angela Kelso Tells Her Story of Drug Addiction Recovery

Drug addiction recovery is tough, but it’s possible. Home Start Inc. client Angela Kelso tells us her intimate story of struggle and survival. As a young mother of three in recovery from domestic violence and drug abuse, Kelso shares what caused her path of self-destruction that finally led to redemption.

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mother’s day is in May. And, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Because mothers experience mental health issues, our team at Leslie Inc. wanted to raise awareness to how drugs (illicit and prescription) fall into the spectrum of self-medication for stress and mental health issues.

Many mothers use drugs to self-medicate because they do not have the resources and tools to cope with stress and overwhelm. Sometimes, normal everyday situations become overwhelming and stressful. They feel too much to handle and mothers feel like they need a crutch to cope with the stress. As a mother who has experienced postpartum depression and looks for natural, self-esteem building resources, I felt it is essential to bring drug addiction recovery into The State of Happiness conversation.

Why You Should Listen To This Episode

In this episode of The State of Happiness podcast, Angela Kelso tells us her story of drug addiction recovery:

  • Her childhood story as a child of a drug addicted, disabled mother
  • How Angela fell into the patterns of domestic violence she learned as a child
  • Turning to drugs to respond to life’s challenges
  • How she is learning how to be a single mother to three boys
  • What Home Start Inc. did to give her a new opportunity at childhood and motherhood

Which Guide Pack Goes Best With This Episode?

While you’re here, seek complementary health care with a Leslie Inc. guide pack.

The Star Gazer Guide Pack is a perfect solution for those suffering from emotional disorders, mental illness, and panic attacks. After a decade of guiding professionals through emotional imbalances, I have finally designed the Star Gazer Guide Pack to help break through. Take the Happiness Assessment to be absolutely sure this Guide Pack is right for you.


Leslie, Inc. offers solutions for finding happiness through one-on-one coaching, mindful leadership retreats, and digital products. If you’re ready to GET HAPPY, check out Leslie’s guide packs. Take the Happiness Assessment To Find Out Which Life Area Stresses You Most.

Leslie Juvin-Acker

Leslie Juvin-Acker is Chief Happiness Officer of Leslie Inc. Since 2008, she has been coaching executives and business leaders all over the world. She is an expert in emotional intelligence and helps professionals tap into their own imagination to find solutions for personal and professional happiness.

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