Jennifer Nicolaisen: SeekHealing, Social Health, and Connection
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Jennifer Nicolaisen: SeekHealing, Social Health, and Connection
Feb 20, 2024 Season 1 Episode 99
The Phoenix Sober Active Community

#99: Jennifer Nicholaisen (they/she) is the co-founder and Executive Director of SeekHealing, an Asheville-based non-profit pioneering a novel “social health” protocol to address loneliness and social disconnection. As an organization, they tackle the root causes of the substance use epidemic and other national mental health crises. Check out the episode to learn more and to hear Jennifer's own path to recovery, including:

  • Corporate hustle culture and seeking validation outside yourself, as well as the major burnout that ensued.
  • The incredible mirror effect Jennifer experienced while helping a friend go through detox and realizing that high levels of presence and connection are what makes life feel good.
  • Her experience undergoing Ibogaine detox in Mexico.
  • What led her to co-found SeekHealing and take a social and relationship-oriented approach to recovery.

To join the SeekHealing space on The Phoenix mobile app click here:

To learn more about SeekHealing check out their website and their Instagram @seekhealing.

To sign up for Listening Training visit the webpage

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Check out SeekHealing's Social Health Facilitation Training (SHFT) to learn how to facilitate group connection in your community:


If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis, the following resources can provide immediate help.*

If you are experiencing a medical/mental health emergency, dial 911.

  • Dial 988 for the SAMSHA Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.  Available 24/7
  • Text “HOME” to 741-741 for the NAMI Crisis Text Line.  Available 24/7
  • Dial 1-800-622-2255 to connect with a nearby treatment center & community resources through NCADD Hope Line. Available 24/7
  • Call/text 1-844-326-5400 for The GSCA CARES Warm Line.  Answered by Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialists with lived experience of SUD.  Available any day of the year, 8:30am-11pm EST

*Note: The resources listed are provided for informational purposes only.  This list is not comprehensive and does not constitute an endorsement by The Phoenix or the Rise Recover Live Podcast.


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