Month

April 2017
In A Kentucky Jail, I Turned From Heroin Addiction to the Care of God. Today, I Have Hope. #VoicesProject
For those of you that don’t know my story, here is a glimpse of the hell I went through. It took me a long time just to see the light that was there all along. When I look back on my life, sometimes I get disappointed, sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cry. I was an...
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My Daughter’s In Treatment. I Don’t Want Her To Become Another Statistic. - by Kimberly Paulson, #VoicesProject
I have a soulful, creative, loving, beautiful and kind 19 year old daughter. She is still alive, still in recovery, and still in treatment—her fifth one since she was 15. Any parent who has been through this knows the silent pain we face and can only image the silent pain our child faces. Anxiety, depression,...
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Treatment, Prison, Advocacy: My Journey To Long-Term Recovery From Addiction - by Randy Anderson, #VoicesProject
My name is Randy Anderson and I’m a person in long term recovery. What that means to me is I haven’t had to use drugs or alcohol or any mind or mood altering substance since January 9, 2005. Because of my recovery I’m able to be a husband, a son, an uncle, a brother. I’m able...
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Today I Live Without The Bondage Of Drugs & Alcohol. I Am Free. - by Nancy Carr, #VoicesProject
I got drunk for the first time at age 13 at a teenage drinking party in Avalon, NJ.  There was a large punch bowl filled with grain alcohol jungle juice and I was eager to try alcohol, as it was a constant in our household growing up.  I wanted to be cool and fit in...
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My Generation’s Civil Rights Movement: Advocating For People With Addiction - by Ted Collins, #VoicesProject
I had a privileged upbringing and was blessed to have access to plentiful resources and opportunities as a child and young adult. I have always been an overachiever—achievement and validation were my first addictions, and my entire sense of self was built on my accomplishments. Although addiction runs in my family, I drank alcohol, smoked...
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Eight Things That Kept Me Sober, Inspired, And Evolving For Eight Years - by Jen Yockey, #VoicesProject
March 6, 2009. Eight years ago. I finally had enough. I finally decided that the life that I was living was not the one I wanted. So what did I do? I asked for help. I surrendered. I listened when I didn’t want to. I followed suggestions that I didn’t want to. I showed up...
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Justin Kunzelman, Rebel Recovery #VoicesProject
I still remember the first time I ever felt truly free. I was 16, going to the South Florida Fair in my friend Chris’ busted down broham. We were listening to OutKast’s Aquemini and he handed me a blunt. As I smoked, all the worry and concern I had experienced my entire life washed away....
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There's Always Hope: My Story Is Living Proof - by Stephanie Maitner, #VoicesProject
My name is Steph and I’m an addict. That’s how I introduce myself these days at 12-step meetings. It’s part of who I am, but let’s start with how I got here. I was born and raised in Elmwood Park, N.J., a small town near New York City. I have two younger brothers, and out...
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Love From My Brothers & Family Led Me To Long-Term Recovery - by Brian Cuban, #Voices Project
I recently celebrated my 10th year in long-term recovery (April 8, 2017). In hitting milestones, its normal to reflect back on moments of the journey. I think back to July 2005. A dark room. Table, desk, chairs. I’m with a staff psychiatrist of the Green Oaks Psychiatric Hospital in Dallas, Texas. My brothers, Mark and Jeff, are...
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Tell Us About Andrew - by Margie Borth, #VoicesProject
Andrew Was More Than Just An Addict How do we remember someone as special as Andrew? 99 percent of the time, the first thing people mention, is his incredible intellect. From the very beginning, Andrew was extremely bright. He was accepted into the Gifted Program in first grade. He always excelled in school and graduated...
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