Renaissance Woman Sherry Gaba Hosts Yearly Recovery and Codependent Online Summit

By The Fix staff 10/11/18

"Even though I got divorced from the addict and alcoholic in my life, I’ll always be grateful for love and support I received and now I want to give back to the community. I want to take away the stigma from loving an addict."

A grid with different faces of participants in the online summit.
The online summit features some of the most profound voices in the recovery world today. Image via Sherry Gaba

You may know Sherry Gaba from her stint as Dr. Drew Pinsky’s go-to addiction expert on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab and its subsequent spin-offs Sober House and Celebrity Rehab’s Sex Addiction, but her TV credits don’t even scratch the surface of her overflowing (and very impressive) résumé. Gaba is an LCSW, Psychotherapist, Certified Recovery Coach and Personal Transformation Life Coach, author, public speaker, radio host, Recovery Today magazine editor and—perhaps most relatable—recovering codependent. She has transformed her own life, career and relationships through the law of attraction and many other tools acquired in her journey to recovery, and has made it her mission to help others do the same.

Part of that mission is Gaba’s yearly Recovery Today Series, an online summit featuring some of the most profound voices in the recovery world today. Sponsored by SOBA Recovery Center, her next summit (her sixth one to date) is just around the corner, October 15th through 19th, and will feature one-on-one interviews with so many recovery bad asses—authors, bloggers, film festival founders, yoga and fitness experts, public speakers and this sober British guy named Russell Brand. See the full list of this year’s summit stars here.

“This passion project came out of my career working with addicts and alcoholics and marrying an addict,” Gaba says. “I’m passionate about ending the stigma and providing support to addicts and alcoholics and those families that love them.”

The summit is designed for addicts and alcoholics as well as the families of addicts. But it’s not just for those whose lives have been impacted by drug and alcohol abuse. Gaba reiterates, “The tools you’ll receive during this online conference can be used for any addiction you might be struggling with.” The summit aims for its participants to thrive and establish authenticity, both as individuals and in their relationships. The guest experts Gaba interviews share how they are continually finding inner peace, practicing radical self-care, setting boundaries and eradicating shame. You know, all that stuff most humans are deep down really, really yearning to find? Gaba says that this year in particular a recurring theme in the interviews was awareness. “Everybody kept talking about the power of being aware, whether it’s good, bad or ugly.”

Gaba has a special place in her heart for helping other codependents and the Recovery Today Series is an incredible resource for anyone who identifies as such. “Often codependency is underneath addiction. For this particular summit, I’m adding a codependency theme. Even though I got divorced from the addict and alcoholic in my life, I’ll always be grateful for love and support I received and now I want to give back to the community. I want to take away the stigma from loving an addict,” she reflects. “There is no shame in loving an addict as long as it’s not wreaking havoc in your own life. The most important thing is to take care of yourself first.”

Gaba acknowledges there are many paths to recovery but is still a firm believer in changing one’s mindset with the law of attraction, which teaches that we recreate our own realities therefore we create our own recovery. “It also puts the focus back on our thoughts rather than putting the focus on everything outside of us,” she says.

The summit is five days total. It’s four half-hour sessions each day and the audio is free for 24 hours, after which you have the option to buy the audio and, in turn, automatically become a member of Gaba’s Wake Up Recovery community. That membership can get you live life coaching with this wonder woman (and a lot of other perks) for a very, VERY reasonable monthly rate for up to a year.

Are you sober but still a raging people pleaser? Or focused on validation anywhere and everywhere, as long as it is outside of yourself? Wake Up Recovery coaching could totally be that next-level self-empowerment you’re looking for when you’ve already gotten sober or maintained abstinence around a certain behavioral addiction, or have woken up to your own co-dependency.

Gaba describes her Wake Up Recovery tribe as go-getters, using the traction in their own recovery to make a difference in the world. “Every day it just amazes me the people that have just changed their life…it blows my mind. Everybody I meet, that I talk to, I’m amazed.”

The yearly summit is just one of many services spearheaded by Gaba but it could be just the right intro to all the other tools and resources she has developed for individuals in recovery. “I love what I do and I am determined to make a difference.” It definitely shows.

Sign up for the free online event, Recovery Today Series here. Learn more about Sherry Gaba, LCSW here. Find Sherry Gaba on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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