Nikki DuBose, author, speaker and mental health advocate was a former model for Maxim, Glamour, Vogue, FHM, and Vanity Fair. Listen to Nikki open up about trying to fit in at a young age, being sexually assaulted, dealing with anxiety, suicidal ideation, sex, drug, and alcohol addiction, learning to cope with trauma, and now living happily in recovery today.
Rise & Grind Recovery Radio E27
“How to Cope with Early Trauma” with Nikki Dubose
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- Nikki talks about the challenges she had as a child
- Dealing with divorce, abuse, and a dysfunctional family
- As a child, how Nikki dealt with fear
- Learning to deal with early depression and an eating disorder.
- Talks about how difficult it was being sexually abused as a child
- The importance of speaking out & educating at a young age
- Dealing with alcoholism
- Coping with childhood trauma
- Dealing with pain, anger, stress, anxiety, and hurt
- How to reach out and get help
- Advice to young women
- Examples of positive outlets
- Advice & resources that can help a person in need
- Holistic approaches to recovery
Nikki DuBose’s Bio
Nikki DuBose is a model, author and advocate. She serves as a Director for the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County and is an Ambassador for Shaw Mind Foundation. Her debut memoir, Washed Away: From Darkness to Light, was released September 30, 2016 in the U.S. and will be released in French in 2018 with Editions du Rocher.
Tara Nicole DuBose was born in 1985 in Charleston, South Carolina to Sandra Pierce and Wayne DuBose. Her mother was an artist and her father was a delivery salesman for local food companies. Sandra named her “Tara” after the fictional plantation in the film, Gone with the Wind, directed by Victor Fleming. Despite Sandra’s love for the name, she and Wayne often referred to Tara as “Nikki,” short for Nicole, and so the name stuck. After her parents divorced when Nikki was two, she and her younger brother were raised by their mother and stepfather. Her upbringing was filled with problems; Nikki suffered abuse of all kinds and was a witness to domestic violence. Her mother, Sandra, was afflicted with severe mental health conditions and drank heavily. As a result, Nikki suffered for over seventeen years from a wide range of mental health conditions.
Nikki wrote her first short story in the third grade and was a staff writer for the Odyssey in her senior year of high school. Her mental health conditions, however, hindered her from writing for many periods of her life. Although the ability to write was taken from Nikki for many years, through the gift of recovery, writing is what helped Nikki to heal and gave her voice back. Washed Away: From Darkness to Light explores her life from the ages of two to twenty-seven, and her recovery from the mental torments that threatened to kill her.
Nikki currently lives in Los Angeles, California and enjoys reading anything by Stephen King in her spare time. She is working on an inspirational recovery book and a poetry book about the Gullah culture, which heavily influenced her growing up.
She has been featured on television shows and networks such as The Doctors, TD Jakes, CBS Los Angeles, and the Oprah Winfrey Network, and profiled in publications such as People, LA Times, and Vogue UK. She worked alongside Assembly member Marc Levine on California Assembly Bill 2539, which addressed the need for workplace protections and health standards in the modeling industry. She gives talks regularly on her recovery at universities and treatment centers, and writes extensively on mental health, political issues, and the modeling industry on the NY Daily News, The Huffington Post, PsychCentral, and more. Nikki contributed as an expert reviewer for Harvard University’s STRIPED program (Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders), helping craft their student and teaching lesson for the fall 2016 semester, which focused on modeling and eating disorders.
DuBose also sits on the Budget Committee of LWVLAC and serves as Co-Chair of the Mental Health Board. She is a proud member of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology.
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Do you know somebody that may need help from addiction or mental illness?
We want to help those who are suffering from addiction and mental health disorders by providing you some of the best know resources mentioned in this week’s episode and listed below.
If this is an emergency or if you are worried that you or someone you know may be at risk for suicide, please call your local authorities (911).
- Nikkidubose.com – coaching, advocacy, books, blog, videos, and more
- Nikki’s memoir “Washed Away: From Darkness to Light”
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Life Recovery Bible
- NCADD – National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 24/7 support @ 1-800-273-8255
- Crisis Textline – support by texting “Hello” to 741741
- PeacefulHeartsFoundation – support for childhood sexual abuse
- rainn.org – sexual assault prevention
- Life Without Ed – Book by Jenni Schaefer
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About Anthony Alvarado
Rise & Grind Recovery Radio is brought to you by Anthony Alvarado. As a person in long-term recovery, Anthony has a strong desire to change the conversation around addiction and in turn – change the world we live in today. He is the President and Co-Founder of Rise Together, a grassroots organization helping to lead a movement of young people to stand up and speak out on the issues they care most about. Anthony and his organization aim to break the silence around suicide, bullying, mental illness, drugs, and alcohol.
Rise Together’s mission is rapidly spanning the United States. Since September 2013, Anthony has personally traveled over 200,000 miles, taken the stage over 400 times with his team, and educated over 125,000 young adults on addiction and mental health.
Anthony speaks on many different topics but often addresses the need for new creative & innovative solutions that will educate, engage, and empower the young people of today. He shares successful strategies with prevention agencies and school administrators. He has spoken at national conferences as well as state mental health and school conferences.
Now, he has founded Rise & Grind Recovery Radio, where he welcomes guest to engage in conversation around recovery from all over the world.
He is a loving father, son, brother, and friend and spends his free time connecting and conversing with others.