We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristabell Stansbury and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kristabell, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born and raised in what used to be the small mountain town of Conifer here in Colorado. I moved around the USA a bit and I also lived in Zambia, Africa. The background that has really influenced my life today, was that I became a drug addict in my early teens along with experiencing mental health problems, which led to dropping out of school, homelessness, being sex trafficked, and experiencing violence, dysfunction, and abusive relationships. I also, lost amazing opportunities that I had worked so hard to obtain due to my addiction. While my background was not a love story, it has given me a passion for the foundation of Chrysalis, turning the experiences that were extremely tragic and painful into an expression of something that can help others who are or have been affected by substance use disorder and mental health. I also have a background in micro and molecular biology and have a passion for the science fields.

What should our readers know about your business?
Chrysalis is an addiction and mental health recovery center in the arts district of Denver. We offer a highly personalized addiction recovery program focused on transforming individuals through integrated care that fosters strength-based recovery and resilience. Our individualized care model includes the four pillars of mental, biological, social, and spiritual health.

Our extended program offers all levels of outpatient care. We are extremely client centered, acknowledging everyone’s path to recovery is personal.
I am the proudest about how Chrysalis started as an idea on a white board, and it has grown and shaped due to the team of clinicians, Doctor, support staff and clients. Everyone that has been involved has shaped Chrysalis into what it is today. I am also proud of the partnerships that we have formed with amazing organizations in the community.

I got to where I am today by volunteering and then building a business for someone else. I was working in research and realized I was not happy, so I took a class on finding your purpose, which suggested volunteering in an area that I was interested in. I did that and started building a business for another company, and then after a few years, through a series of incredible circumstances I was able to start Chrysalis.

It WAS NOT easy. The term, “blood, sweat and tears” is true. Starting a business and navigating all the challenges is extremely demanding. I had so many blocks along the way. Some days I would come into work and just focus on what was in front of me. For example: When we were renovating, I would come in and tape the dry wall joints, or paint, or stain. Even if everything felt overwhelming, it was one day at a time and what was right in front of me. I learned that the people close to me need to be supportive and encouraging. Our community is so important, and having those people who I could vent to, or cry to or celebrate is indispensable. The last thing was trust and faith in something greater than myself, there was something so incredible in the magic of stepping into a space of possibility and seeing the series of events that led to accomplishing something that I did not believe possible. With those factors I feel like anything is possible, regardless of where you come from and what your current situation is.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love the diversity of experiences in Colorado, we would go hiking (possibly the stairs at Red Rocks on a Sunday morning when the fitness people are doing insane workouts on the stairs and the energy is so positive), then the restaurants! Mister Oso in Rino is one, Machete for street tacos, a tiny Mexican restaurant that I can’t even remember the name of in Five Points. The First Friday art walks would be another stop on our journey, with the murals in Rino. And of course some of our coffee shops like Improper City to swing in their chairs.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So so many people that have supported me and mentored me! First is Melanie Stritch who also is an advocate for those in recovery. She was a face of Caring For Denver’s campaign and an extremely supportive friend. Dr. Sandra Howard who works tirelessly for Volunteers of America, and Doug Roberts who both sat with me in my early recovery and accepted me for who I was at the time, without judgement or shame. Then personal hero’s like Maya Angelou, Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, and many others that all had experiences that were devastating but used them as a platform for the expression of love and light.

Website: www.ccctreatment.com

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