About

“SELF CARE IS THE ACTIONS THAT WE TAKE TO ACHIEVE WELLNESS, AND WELLNESS IS WHERE WE STAND IN OUR POWER!”
WENDY BLANCHARD, M.S., CHHC, CPS

“It is said that everyone loves a comeback story. This is especially true for the woman who came back from a life of substance use disorder and mental health disorders. The woman with an inspirational story to share that offers hope to others struggling with these co-occurring disorders. A woman that nearly died of these disorders in early 2013, but she lived. And…that woman is me. My recovery is wellness based, where I practice a holistic approach, body, mind and spirit. My spirituality is the foundation of my thriving recovery.

On April 2, 2013, I got ready for bed and in a moment where I had some clarity, I dropped to my knees and asked the Universe/God/Spirit to please help me to save my life from a lifelong addiction to prescription drugs, and mental health challenges. I said, “God/Universe/Spirit, if you show me the way out of this, I will devote my life to any path you put before me.”

I woke up the on the morning of April 3, 2013, and I heard a strong intuitive voice say to me, “Call for help. It is time.” And I heard this voice tell me that “everything is going to be alright.” I have been listening to that voice ever since. April 3, 2013 was the day that my life was saved by the Grace of God. It is the day that I began my recovery from addiction to prescription drugs, and a mental health disorder through daily self care and wellness practices that are all natural and organic, rooted deeply in my spiritual practice.”

Wendy Blanchard, M.S., CHHC, CPS is a holistic health counselor/practitioner, certified peer specialist, drugless practitioner, and mental health educator.

Wendy specializes in holistic health counseling through nutritional support for the body, mind, and spirit through natural and organic solutions. Wendy works with clients who are on their own recovery journey from these same disorders, and clients who are simply interested in making sustainable lifestyle changes to achieve their health and wellness goals.

Wendy is the author of the upcoming book, “WRITE PRAY RECOVER:A JOURNEY TO WELLNESS THROUGH SPIRITUAL SOLUTIONS AND SELF CARE!”

Wendy also facilitates recovery groups for patients/clients in recovery, and delivered the Keynote speech at the Chris Ashman Wellness and Recovery Conference in December, 2018, speaks locally in the Hudson Valley Region in N.Y., and around NY State raising awareness about wellness in addiction recovery, also known as Substance Use Disorder, and helping to eliminate stigma. Wendy also teaches Mental Health and Wellness Literacy, which she recently created and piloted to rave reviews, to educators, administrators, and school staff, families and students. Wendy also is an educator in Suicide Safety for School Staff, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Adult Mental Health First Aid, Spiritual Wellness, Motivational Interviewing, De-Escalation, MAT, and other mental health and wellness trainings.

“Wellness is MY choice with every decision that I make throughout each moment of the day, from what I choose to eat, to the relationships that I choose to have, to the thoughts I choose to focus on, to practicing daily self-care.” Wellness is not just about healthy nutrition and exercise. Wellness is about our self-talk. Our cells hear everything that we say to ourselves. a positive mindset and happy healthy thoughts promote wellness on a cellular level.”

Each of my successful strategies which help me to thrive daily, in my recovery, are sustainable, and interchangeable, depending upon ones individual needs.

Our mental health lies on a continuum, and we sometimes feel well on the continuum, and sometimes we feel unwell depending upon what is going on within us, and around us. It is up to us to be aware of our own signs and symptoms as we begin to feel unwell, and of what we need to move back to wellness. Inherently, we all know what we need to heal, and it will be different for everyone, and will change over one’s lifetime. We must practice prevention in removing ourselves from anything toxic including foods, thoughts, and relationships. Most importantly, we must know that when we have done all that we can to try to move ourselves back to wellness, and we aren’t successful, we must understand that it is a healthy decision and the highest form of self-care to ask for professional help.

When we are unwell physically and remain unwell for an extended period of time, we go to the doctor. We must practice the same type of self-care when it applies to our mental health. Healthy practices body, mind, and spirit promote wellness. Wellness is where we stand in our power!

Wishing you harmonious health for life!

With deep gratitude, love, and blessings,

Wendy