1. Abuse often leads to substance abuse, but rarely does substance abuse lead to God in such a powerful way. Rose Ann Forte is amazing! The Survivors - Hosted by Amanda Blackwood 45:20

Rose Ann was a successful C-Suite executive and ministry leader in the church. She was a working mom of four and a social drinker. Over the years, life’s stresses and a difficult marriage created an environment where her alcohol usage increased significantly. After the collapse of her marriage, her drinking further escalated and she felt like a fraud with God and the Church. AA was not an option in her mind. She had already submitted to God and didn’t want to call herself an alcoholic. When COVID-19 hit, she enrolled in a Coaching program to put alcohol to the side for three months. The rest has been an incredible journey of redemption and healing. This interview will impact your life in ways unimaginable. Come be inspired, LISTEN TODAY! https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/amandablackwood

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TRIGGER WARNING: In this episode I’m talking with a trauma survivor about their history and recovery. Suicide, child abuse, and PTSD are common themes.

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Amanda Blackwood is an accomplished artist and author, public speaker, podcast host, trauma recovery mentor and a survivor of human trafficking. A portion of every book sale goes to help fight human trafficking. Amanda lives in Denver, Colorado with her rescue cats and supportive husband who keep her sane.