Profiles in Recovery
Ryanda Laurel spent her late teens and early twenties embracing all the perks a career in the music industry in Southern California had to offer including booze and drugs. Laurel recalls “At first I just wanted to have fun and to drink and snort my courage, because deep down I had feelings of inadequacy and fear, then I didn’t want to feel the shame and heartbreaks, and then I simply just didn’t want to feel – anything.”
At the age of 24 she had hit rock bottom. “I had the number of a detox from an advertisement in the subway memorized that said, “When You’re Ready, Call Us.” I can’t tell you what made that particular night THE night, but I picked up the phone and made the call.”
Laurel was able to quit using drugs and alcohol but still suffered from depression. It became her mission to find a natural way to treat her depression and she did! She founded the supplement company VRYeveryday “with the mission to help support a natural biochemical approach for people in recovery from all forms of addiction, mood and mental health issues using nutrition, supplements and various wellness modalities.”
When asked what is on her schedule today? She replied, “These days as an Entrepreneur it’s VRYeveryday, every day.”
Catalyst @rynda, Founder VRYeveryday, Holistic Recovery Advocate
What worked for me:
In my first years of recovery, 12 step programs saved my life. I was able to stop drinking and using but still suffered from depression. I continued to search for answers to healing my body and brain. I studied a bunch of different healing modalities and found that nutrition and natural supplements turned that (depression) around completely. I continue to go to some 12 step meetings and have a spiritual connection, but what brought it all together for me was making sure my body and brain chemistry was recovering too.
Best advice for newbies:
Build a solid foundation with community support (12 step or another way to connect). Cultivate a spiritual connection. Eat properly! Protein every 4 hours and healthy eating will help immensely with physical recovery. It can’t be stressed enough how important that is to everything else in recovery. We need the proper fuel in our brains for right thinking.
Advice to my younger self:
Don’t give up.
Rules I live by:
The universe provides.
What I value most in recovery:
Getting to truly LIVE the human experience.
Having landed a meeting with David Bowie and have him stop in the middle of it and ask me “What are your creative ideas” and I actually had some pretty good answers.
Stigma I faced:
As a former “junky” the stigma is real. People are shocked when I tell them I went as far as sticking a needle in my arm. I say I am grateful that it took me that far, so I could climb out and recover. I had to hit a hard bottom fast and it served me well to begin the recovery process at such a young age.
Rock bottom moment:
At 24, I was wandering around in a grey world, stuck between complete darkness and seeking the light. I was miserable, and I felt broken and hopeless. I had hit bottom. I had the number of a detox from an advertisement in the subway memorized that said, “When You’re Ready, Call Us.” I can’t tell you what made that particular night THE night, but I picked up the phone and made the call. I dialed each number with desperate intention. A man picked up the phone: “My name is Albert – how can I help you?” In a moment of clarity, I heard myself say, “I’m Rynda, I need help.” I could almost hear Albert smile on the other end of the line and he simply said, “It’s time for you to surrender, Rynda.” Open the floodgates, years of trying to do it on my own simply didn’t work and at that moment I knew intuitively that there was a ray of hope in the darkness.
On my bucket list:
To see the Northern Lights, Macchu Picchu and Ankor Watt. (I’ve already checked Visit the Pyramids of Giza and live in Paris off my list!)
When cravings come:
For alcohol, Sugar Glutamine works wonders. For opiates, bathes with lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary oils. Oh, and call your support system.
At my worst, I was:
An empty shell of a person; strung out on opiates and alcohol.
On my schedule today:
These days as an Entrepreneur its VRYeveryday, every day.
I get inspired by:
People following their dreams.
On finding a purpose:
I found that purpose changes throughout our lives. Our first purpose is recovery. This leads to a myriad of journeys and new opportunities. Having found my current life purpose (to help other people struggling with addiction and mental health issues find real relief with natural modalities) I can only say this…it will come to you and you will know it.
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