Transcending addiction and redefining recovery: Jacki Hillios at TEDxBoulder

Why are some able to transcend their addiction while others are not? What do people really need to escape the shame of their addiction and achieve sustained recovery? Jacki’s talk focuses on answering these questions and demonstrates how resilience of the human spirit intersects with social contextual factors to set the stage for those struggling with addiction to choose a pathway to health.

Videography credits
Jenn Calaway, Enhancer
Michael Hering, Lodo Cinema
Sarah Megyesy, Side Pocket Images
Satya Peram, Flatirons Films
Sean Williams, RMO Films
Anthony Lopez, Cross Beyond
David Oakley


33 thoughts on “Transcending addiction and redefining recovery: Jacki Hillios at TEDxBoulder

  1. This video is changing my life. I'm moving from Florida to Denver because it inspired me so much. I'm already a member and I hope to one day work for them. I have so much passion in my heart to help others and myself at the same time. I will make a difference. Thank You!!!

  2. Thank you!!!
    Feeling as if I being an addict was exactly the definition of ME, and this was so nice to hear, cause I am an addict, but first of I, ME, I am JARROD!!!

    i.e. the Nirvana shirt I am wearing…doea not make me Kurt Cobain….as much as I'd love to be.
    U get my point tho…
    I think the first step we have to take its finding a state, county, small city, some place understanding, and compassionate. And change some state or local laws to EXPERIMENT, In ways that these news AMAZING and almost obvious new research and understanding of addiction can be implemented

  3. Laslow hierarchy of needs. If your struggling for basic needs the development of the rest becomes difficult especially they way I’ve seen the medical system handle addiction.

  4. Is sports not swapping their biological Reward Pathway to the Runner’s High from their hedonistic drug of choice whilst also reducing any Slippery People? If so, then their causation pain & grief (Step 4/12) stays in the jar, susceptible, waiting. The addiction is not the problem.

  5. I would love to send a message out so that people can get a better understanding of addiction because it is a disease. Being a recovering person myself, and going back to school at 54 getting me BA, and now working on my masters. I work with recovering people as a Recovery Coach, and CPRM (IC & RC) here in Michigan. Being in recovery takes work, it hard but simply. I am in a documentary here in Michigan "Sigmatic" through Mclaren Hospital, Bay City, MI.

  6. Please don't botdr me with what u k kW the. Eat for the lost kkd. Like me u don't know it do u this k this game is the drug is the point of their life . not from the broken home since the were young and they try to have it but god hate them so much god said whoevsr accident in this basket it needs all tbe separate them kill their heart make rhem srhpid and mjsunderstand trap them sk u csn be the onlh people can have happiness and rich group of human .The other reason problems that u never think it powerful as same as drugs I am sure there is for sure u want to bet with me?

  7. hey ,if anyone else wants to uncover best diet to avoid diabetes try Diabetes Recovery Tactics
    Ive heard some awesome things about it and my partner got excellent success with it.

  8. I have been there before, I have been clean and sober for 34yrs, Changed gender when I was 24yrs clean and sober, and currently in my 3rd yr of college to become a Social worker,Trauma Therapist, and the nueroscience of it all. It has really been a process of feeling, and learning how to live in the reality of reality. Sobriety has been just a small gift, doing the feelings and grief work with a therapist has been the biggest gift of all to myself. Never give up on yourself. I got clean and sober at 24 yrs old, Iam now 58yrs old and have a very good life.

  9. If you or someone you know has been affected by the disease of addiction come find online support with people who care. Find us on Facebook @ No Addict Left Behind. Resources may be available.

  10. If you or someone you know has been affected by the disease of addiction, come find online support with people who care. Our page is run by addicts in recovery who have walked the path and are willing to show you the way. Find us on Facebook @ No Addict Left Behind.

  11. Proof that addicts who mentor addicts are 90% more successful not only to get clean but stay clean and go onto lead a productive life. But it all starts from that spark to a raging when the the addict finally belives in his or herself x god bless xxx

  12. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please call for some help. We are losing a whole generation. Please call before it is to late. 1 800 411 2600. A Road to Recovery is here for you!

  13. Just one of many tools people use in recovery, Simply climbing a mountain or engaging in boxing will NOT work for the vast majotity of  addicts/alcoholics!  A very narrow sliver that will work for some. Many Many programs address shame and guilt in creative ways. There's no monopoly on it. I couldn't imagine sitting through this talk, too pompous!

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