Rochelle Ann Poerio

Rochelle “Shelley” Poerio
President, Living Free Health & Fitness
MA, Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor
ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer

About the Author

Rochelle “Shelley” Poerio has been in successful recovery from drug and alcohol abuse since September 5, 2001. Rebalancing the Addictive Mind is her first book.

Shelley earned a masters in professional counseling and a certificate in substance abuse rehabilitation, is a licensed alcohol & drug (LADC) counselor and an International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) certified fitness trainer (CFT). She earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her graduate degree from Liberty University.

In 2013 she founded Living Free Health & Fitness (LFHF), a non-profit corporation which utilizes the concepts in this book to support those with addictions, co-occurring disorders, aging or chronic disease–related needs, and members of the general public who are simply seeking healthier living options.

In addition to her position as president of LFHF, Shelley maintains a small private practice. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and actively practices the principles of this book.

Rebalancing the Addictive Mind

Press release August 30, 2014


“Rebalancing The Addictive Mind” Asserts That Workouts, Eating Right Are Powerful But Overlooked Weapons Against Addiction Relapse

Las Vegas, NV – “Rebalancing the Addictive Mind: Beating Addiction with Exercise and Nutrition,” a groundbreaking guide to recovering and staying recovered from addictions, is now available at

Author Shelley Poerio, a licensed addiction counselor and certified fitness trainer, maintains that the benefits of diet and exercise are still largely a secret when it comes to recovering addicts. “Ironically, recovering addicts reap greater benefits from exercise and nutrition programs than the average person. They experience even more dramatic improvements in their lives, and go from being non-productive to productive members of society,” Ms. Poerio explains.

Tools to Combat the Underlying Obstacles to Recovery

Ms. Poerio is herself 13 years into recovery from the addiction that nearly led her to suicide in 2001. Her personal and clinical experience, research and training have convinced her that her new book is perfectly suited to address the underlying biopsychosocial causes that can make addictions so hard to combat.

“You become biologically and psychologically addicted,” she says. “Addiction literally changes the brain. You become physically unhealthy, because you’ve been neglecting your nutrition in favor of drinking and taking drugs. You lose your self esteem, because there’s a part of you that hates what you’ve become and believes you’ll never be able to be a normal person again. Finally, you become socially isolated, because your obsession with your addiction replaces your job, your family and your friends.”

Given these facts, “Rebalancing the Addictive Mind” is designed to make addicts in recovery self-sufficient by providing an understanding of:

  • The biology of addiction, and how nutrition and exercise literally use the same biological processes to reverse and replace addictions, and promote healing.
  • Psychological approaches that improve mood, outlook and confidence, and help ensure readers stick with the programs provided to health and sobriety.
  • Social opportunities and the need to avoid isolative behavior. How exercise, especially that done with others in games or on teams, can be a way to meet people, develop a sober social network, and reinforce the qualities of being reliable and responsible.
  • Spirituality, and the importance of service to others. Rebalancing the Addictive Mind stresses that any spiritual belief, from organized religion to yoga or meditation, can help readers enjoy, appreciate and find meaning in life, despite their personal problems.