Introduction to Jenn Carnevale, Author of ‘Verbal Abuse in Relationships’
My name is Jennifer Carnevale, but you can call me Jenn with two Ns and I’m the new author of Verbal Abuse in Relationships. I’m a high school English teacher, writer, traveler, tattoo enthusiast, and podcaster. Most importantly, I’m a recovering addict--10 years clean. My drug addiction began at 17 years old after a routine tonsillectomy when I was given a large bottle of a liquid opioid. The medication sent me into a downward spiral through anxiety, abuse, assault, and more. But after a decade of work on myself, I am presented with this opportunity to share my stories on HealthyPlace. I get to help others leave the dangerous situations I was in and steer people away from the tell-tale signs and symptoms of verbal abuse. Gratitude is flowing from my heart.
Jenn Carnevale’s Experience with Abuse
Ever since my first long-term relationship, I believed in Romeo and Juliet love. It was all I ever knew. I believed you should do anything to make a relationship work, including sacrificing your own needs and happiness. Eventually, I began to believe that love was yelling, and manipulation, and accepting toxic garbage from others because that’s what a Juliet was supposed to do for her Romeo. In the midst of drug addiction, I woke up at 23 years old in an abusive relationship with no money, no education, no real friends, fearing for my life. I didn’t have any guidance when it came to self-care, self-worth and boundaries, but all that changed when I went back to school.
How Jenn Carnevale Overcame a Verbal Abusive Relationship and Addiction
Eventually, I was able to release that abusive relationship safely thanks to a college professor, my first authentic friend, and this coincided with my first trip to drug rehabilitation (rehab). I was able to start my road to recovery, but drug addiction was merely a mask that needed to be removed. I didn’t realize how much work there was to be done after the initial treatment program. Through rehab and therapy, I found the road to figuring out who I was and who I wanted to be. After persevering for two years, I graduated with a BS in Psychology and ended up with two Masters degrees a few years later. My 19-year-old self never thought I’d live to see 30. My 34-year-old self sees nothing but endless possibility.
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Jenn Carnevale’s New Perspective on Verbal Abuse
Healing from trauma begins with the self. When you stop looking to the external world for answers and begin to cultivate your inner garden, you realize true beauty radiates from the inside out. I look forward to sharing my trials, tribulations and myriad lessons with all of you. I want everyone to know they are loved without ever looking outside one’s self. More than anything, I want to teach everyone how to create healthy boundaries that mirror self-love and their inherent worth.
Carnevale, J. (2019, July 14). Introduction to Jenn Carnevale, Author of ‘Verbal Abuse in Relationships’ , HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, August 20 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/verbalabuseinrelationships/2019/7/jenn-carnevale-author-verbal-abuse-relationships