Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hey babes! I’m Hannah Dordick and I am a sobriety coach. I teach women to heal from their pasts, feel confident in themselves and their recovery and to be able to successfully stay sober.
I have a very eclectic personality but to best describe me you could say that I am a very intense metalhead who wants to live in a gothic cathedral but also in a cottage in the middle of nowhere with plants everywhere. I usually spend my free time making art, exercising, and hanging with my main bae, my cat Muffin. Oh yes, I also am 6 years sober from heavy drug use!
Did you always know what you wanted to do as a career?
Absolutely not! I first wanted to be a marine biologist but then that dream died when I failed biology in high school. Then I turned to art for quite a while until one day, years into my recovery, I realized that I have so much to offer to women who are going through what I went through. I would have given anything to have someone guide me through my recovery — someone who knew exactly what it was like.
Were you scared to start the process?
I had decided to drop out of college to pursue my idea which was scary in and of itself, but especially because I had no idea where I wanted to take this idea of mine. It’s always scary deciding to stray from the “normal” college degree route but I knew it wasn’t the path I needed to take. I knew I needed to make this change in my life even though it scared the crap out of me!
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I am the biggest softie. If there’s anything mushy-gushy you can bet I’m sobbing in the corner because it’s so cute.
What would you say to 16-year-old you?
I would tell her that everything will get better. You will learn to love yourself, and the drugs you’re taking will not get you there.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
I can’t count how many people have doubted me. Back in high school when my drug addiction started, everyone expected me to fail. I once had the head of the English Department call me disgusting and disgraceful. I’m pretty sure almost every teacher expected me to stay an addict and not go anywhere in life. To be honest, I didn’t pay attention to it, mainly because I was on drugs. I didn’t have the capacity to deal with my feelings because they were completely switched off.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
It’s important to remember that having to start over in life shouldn’t be seen as a failure. The new life you get to create is a blank canvas and you get full creativity to decide what it’s going to look like. Especially for you sober women, it’s never too late in your journey to find confidence in your recovery. You have all the power.
Have you always had confidence in yourself?
One of the main reasons I abused drugs was because of my lack of confidence. I disliked every part of myself. It took me years after getting sober to gain the confidence I have today.
What do you love most about yourself?
My ability to love. I will never run out of love. For myself and those around me. I will love the crap out of anyone and everyone.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
My adversity was self-inflicted. I was a full blown addict at 16. Life was already difficult as a teenager, and adding drug addiction to the mix, along with my mental illnesses, meant that it was an incredibly rough time. It took me almost 5 years to overcome my addiction, but with all that pain came success as I am 6 years sober.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
To have hope and be positive. Once I started staying positive and believing that everything will work out, I started to feel ten thousand times better. I lived a decade of my life surrounded by such negativity and I never want to feel like that anymore. So, I choose to have hope and stay positive, even if life sucks sometimes.
What motivates you most?
I want the world to understand that addicts can recover and become incredibly confident, successful people. We may have lost our way but we aren’t lost causes.
How do you manage your work-life balance?
Honestly it’s hard for me! I’m all over the place sometimes because schedules have never been my thing. I’m slowly working on it though. No one is perfect 😉
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I make sure I have time for myself. Whether it be exercising, reading, making art…anything. Giving myself a portion of the day to do whatever makes me happy and feel good will always help my soul grow.
Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you?
I have never had an “official” mentor but any woman that is bossing her way through life will always have something to teach me. I guess you could say my mom has been a big one.
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I have a lot of invisible illnesses actually! They make life a bit tougher but I’ve grown to accept them as they are and to focus on other things. I rarely let them get me down, they’re already hurting my body so I don’t want them to hurt my mental health also!
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
I would definitely be making art. It has stuck with me throughout my addiction and recovery, and it’s something I would still love to expand on one day. If I stayed in school, I would have chosen the art therapist route!
Who is your biggest role model? Why?
I would say my mother. She has taught me to be independent and that it is never too late to choose a new life path. My mom is unapologetically herself and it inspires me to be the same. I’d say I get all my creative habits and quirkiness from her!
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration through the people in my life as well as my own life experiences! Each one of my best friends gives me inspiration daily even if they don’t know it. Just by them doing what they love and crushing it inspires me to be my best self.
What are your biggest passions?
All kinds of art, my weekly nights of D&D with my fellow nerdy friends, playing World of Warcraft, and trying new things!
Hannah Dordick has been in a loving relationship with sobriety for 6 years now. She has taken her struggles of teenage drug addiction and turned it into a flourishing business of therapeutic artistic outlets allowing her clients to defeat their vices. Instead of following the “normal” path of recovery, Hannah created her own and ended up finding her true self. She now speaks the stone cold truth about recovery and shows women that there is more to sobriety than just not using.