Hi I am Heather Lowe,
just a small town Wisconsin party girl with a plot twist, becoming an Award Winning Sober Life Coach and Social Impact Entrepreneur in midlife. I help high achieving professionals move away from alcohol and towards self discovery.
I am Founder of Ditched the Drink, a wellness company dedicated to helping high achieving professionals move away from alcohol and towards self discovery in creating the life of their dreams.
Heather is a IAPRC Certified Professional Life and Recovery Coach (voted #1 Best Overall Recovery Coach Certification programs 2023 by Life Coach Magazine), a Certified Facilitator of Addiction Awareness, a SHE RECOVERS® Coach, which means abiding by the SHE RECOVERS® Intentions & Guiding Principles. Heather is an Advisor for the International Center of Addiction Recovery Education (ICARE). The Coach Foundation has identified Heather as one of the premier in the industry.
Driven by her education as a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), a Professional of Human Resources (PHR), and Yale Certificate in the Science of Well Being, she provides content, knowledge, coaching, and education to individuals and organizations seeking to be more alcohol free.
MY STORY BEGINS
My drinking had always been an accepted and a "normal" part of my life. My relationship with alcohol started to change when I was faced with heartbreaking grief, working mom overwhelm, my own people pleasing, over functioning and perfectionist tendencies. Suddenly in mid life, alcohol was no longer social and became a private medicine that I administered every night, on the couch alone. My tolerance increased and I continually broke promises to my family and myself, by drinking more than I had planned. I woke up every day in a panic.
In an effort to try to help myself, I talked to a therapist and was prescribed an anti anxiety medication. The meds combined with drinking, resulted in me becoming a walking blackout, on more than one embarrassing occasion. My drinking was getting out of control, and I couldn’t stop it.
This would have been a good time to quit, but now my brain had started to depend on alcohol. I could not feel good without it. The drink became both the cure and the poison. The drink took over me. The drink did not make me feel good, but it did temporarily satisfy my craving. I was desperate for some relief from being myself. I was self medicating to avoid my overwhelming feelings of sadness, grief, fear, and pain.
After the initial relief of a sip of wine, drinking left me feeling guilty, depressed, ashamed, and self loathing.
HOW I OVERCAME
|I explored Sober Challenges and on/off drinking over a period of 3 years
|I ditched the drink for good February 20th, 2018
|Removing alcohol has healed my relationships with my family and with myself
|I like myself better alcohol free
|My depression and anxiety decreased greatly after ditching the drink
|I realized alcohol was standing in the way of everything I really wanted for my life
|My health, confidence, and joy has grown significantly
|I have 100% more fun without alcohol
|I am thrilled to be living an awakened sober life
Heather is a gifted writer and her work has been published in the New York Post, Thrive Global, Monument- Tempest, The Fix, Mashable, Corporate Wellness Magazine, Employee Benefit News, Wine Enthusiast, and more. She has been featured on many podcasts including Recovery Happy Hour, Champagne Problems, Redesigning Wellness, Alcohol Tipping Point, Energetically You, Sun and Moon Sober Living, Hello Someday, Sober Motivation, Decidedly Dry, and more.
She loves to empower women to say no to alcohol and yes to a juicy, bold, and awakened life!
Heather lives in Chicago’s western suburbs as a proud girl mom to two teenage daughters, her husband of 20+ years, and their adorable black and white cocker spaniel. Heather is a voracious reader, a new-ish hiker, a seasoned yogi and an enthusiastic dancer.💃🏻
I know just how frightening it is when you start to depend on a drink. I know how scared you are to get help, or even admit drinking might be an issue.
You are NOT alone and you do NOT have to go through this alone!
There is a whole badass sober community out there for you. I can show you the way through the dark, and get your inner light shining again.
I have developed everything you need to illuminate your path. Take my hand, and I will lead you to freedom from thinking about drinking. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.
No one ever regretted getting free from alcohol.
The time is now, don’t waste another second of your precious life.I’m ready to have a powerful conversation