Interview – Sherry Gaba

January 28, 2020

The Executive Corner Interview is a weekly feature of the Addiction/Recovery eBulletin. We send our participants forty questions and ask them to choose twenty they would like to answer. It includes a short profile and a link to their website. We hope you enjoy it.

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Sherry Gaba, LCSW
Licensed Psychotherapist, Life Coach

Sherry Gaba, LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist and life coach who helps people cope with codependency,  addictions, trauma, and mental health issues. Sherry is a single mother and once her daughter was old enough, Sherry returned to school to receive her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California.

As a leading expert on addiction and recovery, Sherry’s TV appearances include: Vh1’s Celebrity Rehab, CNN, Inside Edition, the Robert Irvine Show and Access Live, E! News, among others. She has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Women’s World, the LA Times, Thrive Global, the New York Post, and other leading publications. She has also been a guest on many SiriusXM radio shows.

Sherry is the author of the best-selling book, The Law of Sobriety, which addresses recovery from addiction and alcoholism through the lens of the Law of Attraction. Sherry is also the author of The Marriage and Relationship Junkie: Kicking Your Obsession,in which Sherry addresses love and sex addiction, and is a contributing writer to the book Chicken Soup For the Soul: Tough Times Tough People.

Sherry maintains a private practice in Westlake Village, CA, is Editor of Recovery Today Magazine, and founder of Wake Up Recovery (, an online group coaching program that applies the principals of positive psychology, law of attraction, and mindfulness. 

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Q. If you are in recovery, what was your DOC and when did you discontinue its use?
A. In Alanon July 2010

Q. At which of the schools you attended did you learn the most?

Q. Do you believe leaders are made or born?
A. Leaders are made by the actions they take towards leadership

Q. Which film have you watched the most?
A. When Harry met Sally

Q. Who is your favorite celebrity in recovery? 
A. Russell Brand

Q. If you ever retire, would you prefer to live by the ocean, lake, river, or mountaintop, or penthouse?
A. Ocean, hands down, so I can go canoeing daily

Q. What is your favorite hotel or resort?
A. Maui Hawaii  anywhere

Q. How do you measure success?
A. How you serve the world

Q. If you had an extra million dollars, which charity would you donate it to?
A . Jewish charity to fight anti semitism

Q. Who was your biggest influence throughout your life?
A. My father

Q. What is your current hobby?
A. Outrigger canoeing

Q. If you were giving a dinner party for your 3 favorite authors, Living or dead, who would they be? (you can choose 4 if you think one might be too drunk or stoned to attend.) 
A.  Brene Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert, Wayne Dyer 

Q. What is your FAVORITE Radio show, news show or Podcast or APPS? A.  Amy Porterfield

Q. What is your FAVORITE Museum? 
A. Holocaust museum

Q. What is your FAVORITE Band/composer/musical artist?
A. Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac and Steely Dan

Q. Who is your FAVORITE Psychologist or what school of thought as related to psychology? 
A. Existential,Victor Frankel,  Man’s Search for Meaning

Q. What is your FAVORITE Cuisine?
A. Italian

Q. What is your FAVORITE Restaurant?
A. anywhere in NY

Q. What is your FAVORITE City? A. NY

Q. Have you ever been arrested and, if so, what for? A. NO

Q. Do you take work home with you?
A. Yes

Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
A. To never give up

Q. Do you think addiction is an illness, a disease, a choice, or a wicked twist of fate?
A.  A disease 

Q. What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken?
A.  Going back to school mid life

Q. What is your biggest mistake?
A. Marrying for the wrong reasons

Q. What is the proudest moment in your life?
A. Becoming a mother and grandmother

Q. What prompted you to go into the healing profession?
A. Becoming a single parent

Q. What do you think of the phrase “people are only as sick as their secrets”?
A. Absolutely.  Shame is the worst thing to carry through life.  

Q. Who would your favorite mentor be, dead or alive?
A. My father

Q. Do you think clients in residential rehab should have access to their cell phones, and why?
A. Yes, because I don’t believe in tough love

Q. Who is the most important author in your life?
A.  Melody Beattie

Q. What is your favorite Weekly Newsletter?
A.  Yours  lol