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Cate Stevens. Founder of, has over fifteen years of recovery f
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on Sunday, 31 October 2010
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Reading Caroline's memoir brings up a great deal of emotion in me. Mainly, I feel gratitude for the new methods I have discovered in recovery to purge my emotions.  Before recovery, I often felt I was the only girl in the world tormented by food.  I felt worthless, disgusting and weak.  I expected little good for me and my future and bulimia was my way of coping with my despair.

In college, I came undone emotionally and exploded into multiple addictions. Bulimia was always a constant thread which held me together. Some days, I got in my car and drove from fast food restaurant to fast food restaurant ordering donuts, cheeseburgers, french fries and ice cream. IncreaseI never waited until I got home to begin binging on the food.  Instead, I drove around shoving fries in my mouth like a mad man on a hunger strike who has been without water for weeks.

I ate until my stomach was about to burst. I ate until my head was dizzy and my body was exhausted. To get the food up, I drank cups of water and pushed on my belly to dislodge the food.  I experienced deep relief when piles of vomit spewed from my mouth.  In those moments, I dispelled every once of pain I carried around with me.  In those moments, I expelled everything dirty and wrong and ugly about me.



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Cate Stevens. Founder of, has over fifteen years of recovery from food, drug, alcohol, cigarette and unhealthy relationship addiction. Cate’s approach to recovery is based on the 12 steps, as well the practice of spiritual principles, exercise, good nutrition, and meditation. Cate’s personal, ongoing recovery process has benefited tremendously from the free sponsorship of other women.

Cate has successfully coached hundreds of women to develop specific, daily action plans to support their personal and professional goals. Cate majored in journalism and communications and is the author of "Addictionland: Key Lessons from My Rollercoaster Ride to Freedom from Food, Drug, Alcohol, Cigarette and Unhealthy Relationship Addiction", a series of powerful vignettes.

As a motivational speaker, educator and coach, Cate is highly effective and inspirational. Cate leverages her experience from premier sales, management and leadership training programs to teach her clients how to be sober, productive and fulfilled.


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