Natalie Diken, a staple in the recovery community, has come to find her niche as a recovery coach after many years of battling with her own addiction. Natalie, a substance user since the age of ten, found that after many years of struggling with mood-altering substances, her life needed a change. Having used for over a decade, she encountered the struggles of co-dependency, toxic relationships, and many other obstacles in which she utilized the twelve-step program to help her achieve sobriety along with a healthy way of living. It was after many failed attempts that Natalie found solace in the program as well as finding a healthier and better quality of life.
Natalie was first introduced to the recovery community after volunteering with a local residential treatment facility for adolescents who struggled with substance abuse and behavioral problems. She pursued her work by transitioning to the position of Program Coordinator at a sober living home for adult males. It is here where Natalie is able to utilize her wealth of experience working in treatment facilities and Sober Living homes to inspire people to not only become sober, but live a life of recovery and to understand the difference.
Natalie is trained in the Nurtured Heart Approach as well as having received certified training in handling trauma/de-escalation methods. With her training in Nurtured Heart, Natalie has the ability to instill greatness in individuals by focusing on positive behaviors, while not giving energy to the negative. For those in the depths of their addiction, energizing the negative behavior does little to their esteem, their “inner wealth”, or their ability to succeed. Consequently, her experience goes beyond training and sponsorship, in that she also works with people striving for recovery who have a background of trauma that pre-dates or happened during their addiction. Along with Nurtured Heart Approach and de-escalation training, Natalie has incorporated the teachings of Noah Levine’s refuge recovery technique, for those who struggle with the more “religious” aspect of twelve-steps. By incorporating different modalities, Natalie has the ability to personalize each individual’s coaching experience.
As a recovery coach, Natalie not only works with those struggling with addiction, but their loved ones as well. She advocates under the belief that addiction not only affects the individual, but also the family and loved ones. Natalie considers the ability to be compassionate and having strong support along with the help of the twelve step principles to allow for clients to reach a happy, healthy, and safe continual sobriety.
As someone in recovery, who sees that recovery is possible, Natalie aims to help those suffering while emulating the same hope that she has found herself. Natalie exhibits selflessness always and puts the client’s needs first. With addiction being something that hits so close to home for her personally, she has the ability to use her first-hand experience along with what she has taken away from her experiences with others to best work with those who need the additional support in their journey. Natalie’s recovery provides the insight that those whom may have never struggled perhaps could not provide. She models authenticity, integrity, and lives by what she teaches, staying true to her commitment of her own recovery and her investment in the recovery of others.