About Jamie Edwards
“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image.” –Thomas Merton
I entered into recovery emotionally destitute, spiritually bankrupt and physically worn out. Although it was my daughter who was suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, I also needed to engage in deep healing and personal recovery. Over five years, I had become as obsessed with my daughter’s struggles with addiction as she had with the drug and drink. This obsession became so powerful that it began to alter me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It became clear to me that we both needed help.
In 2013, I decided to leave a 21-year teaching career and enroll in a Master’s program that specialized in Family Addiction to learn as much as I could about addiction. As the mother of a heroin addict, I knew and know very personally the trauma, heartache, shame, confusion, anger and fear that the disease of addiction can generate. Through my education, as well as a host of personal experience, I came to realize, understand and finally accept this bitter, honest truth: I will never possess enough love, money, time or spiritual, mental or physical strength to eradicate my daughter’s addiction. Addiction is bigger than me. It’s bigger than my pride, ego, will and determination. My mission today is to carry a message of hope to others who suffer from a loved one’s addiction. As a recovery coach, I stand in the gap that is created through addiction and hold sacred space for the mother, father, partner, sibling, grandparent, child and friend as he or she navigates the turmoil of addiction and finds personal healing within.
Today, I am an addiction and recovery specialist. I hold five nationally recognized certifications including: Recovery Coach (NCRC); Family Recovery Coach (NCFRC); Christian Life Coach (NCCLC); Christian Family Recovery Coach (NCCFRC); and Food Addictions Coach (NCFAC). I am also a Pastoral and Christian Counselor. I know both personally and professionally the pain that comes with addiction. I also know both personally and professionally how healing and restorative it can be to know that you are not alone—that there are others like you—and that there are resources available to assist you and your family in your recovery.
I hold so much compassion for the loved ones of those afflicted with addiction. My personal experience offers me insight and an engrained ability to easily relate to and engage with others with authenticity, transparency and complete lack of judgment. Having walked a similar path and come out the other side, I can help you feel safe and able to explore the issues created and exposed in your life due to addiction. In recovery coaching sessions, I’ll help you stay rooted in the present and provide a secure environment as you engage in the process of healing. You’ll have the compassionate guidance and support needed to learn, grow and confront your life challenges. As a loved one of an addict and a member of a 12-Step Recovery program myself, as well as a recovery coach, life coach and pastoral and Christian counselor, I understand that there are many paths to healing, and we’ll work together to figure out what works specifically for you. I am a passionate, genuine and willing coach and have learned to listen with intensity and intentionality. I will provide you with the space needed to share without trying to manage, manipulate or fix you. Learning how to love and be in relationship with an active addict is my story and continued journey. I see us as fellow travelers walking this not-so-easy road together and firmly believe that no one should have to face this dis-ease alone.
Outside of my work as a family recovery coach and counselor, I spend time enjoying friends, family and my beloved fur-baby, a rescue Chi named Sweetie. I love home décor and working in the yard, and I’m constantly rearranging, redecorating and playing in my flowerbeds and garden. I am also a veracious reader and indulge in books on psychology, addiction, spirituality, neuroscience and trauma to feed my love of learning and dive into a suspense novel or historical fiction when I need to relax and unwind. And, I love to show love to others and to myself. I love big. I care big. And decorating, shopping, cooking and gardening are ways I can love others and myself provided I engage in these activities with moderation and intentionality.
I am a proud mother. My daughter is my only child and the love of my life. I also have a loving and supportive husband who encourages me to bring hope and healing to other families also affected by the dis-ease of addiction. Through my personal and professional journey with addiction and coaching, I know that there are many paths to healing and that it is possible to for you discover yours.
You don’t need to go through the distress and dis-ease of addiction on your own. If you’re seeking recovery support in Texas or online recovery coaching anywhere in the U.S., I invite you to call 281-923-6313. I’m happy to discuss your specific situation, answer any questions you have about recovery coaching and online therapy and decide how we can best work together.
Jamie Edwards earned a B.S. in Education from McNeese State University and a M.A. in Christian Leadership with an emphasis on Family Addiction Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. Jamie is a Pastoral Care and Christian Counselor and holds five nationally recognized certifications including: Recovery Coach (NCRC); Family Recovery Coach (NCFRC); Christian Life Coach (NCCLC); Christian Family Recovery Coach (NCCFRC); and Food Addictions Coach (NCFAC). Jamie completed Level I Somatic Experiencing training and is certified in Pia Melody’s Post Induction Therapy, both of which focus on safe and effective healing for trauma. Jamie is actively involved in her community and speaks at local events about faith, family, recovery, social stances that impede addicts and families from getting help and support and the issues family’s face while battling the disease of addiction. She also actively advocates for substance use disorder issues, treatment, social systems/norms, legislation, policies and medical advancement.