Month

December 2017
My name is Mandee and today I celebrate two years in recovery. I started using drugs at a young age and as time went by I started using harder drugs. Heroin became my drug of choice for 6 years and it became the only thing that mattered. I honestly thought I was going to be...
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I Once Was….. By Sonny Cruz #MYTOXICLIFE I once was a sinner I once was a saint I once was a youngster Who huffed on clear paint I once was a blind man Who wished I could see Cartoons in rainbows So I took L.S.D. I once had a vision And once had a dream...
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Our son was a 4.0 student who found his calling assisting and counseling young men with disabili­ties in Fresno, CA. He was a very smart and caring person who had a love for life, all around beautiful human being. His favorite pastime was playing his guitar and reading. He was incredible on the guitar self-taught....
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My name is Kat. I am sharing my story in the hopes that someone out there reading can relate, and can find that little drop of hope they need to keep fighting or to finally ask for help. I have struggled since I was very young with feeling different. The tall awkward girl with a...
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Our son Adam kept his addiction to himself, calling it a “hobby’. When the pills “ran out of road”, he turned to fentanyl and died after using it twice. No heroin in between the two, that would have made him “an addict”, in his mind. The reality was that he was exactly that…but pills didn’t...
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It all started with thumbsucking:  my first coping mechanism to deal with emotional pain. At 8 years old, I was sucking my thumb and then hiding it whenever I could. I was a functioning thumb sucker. Eventually the pain of embarrassment from those around me got to be so great I stopped. My next addiction...
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My name is Sande, I am 38 years old, a mother of 4, and I am a “recovering” addict. I never planned on becoming addicted to pain medication. I was the picture perfect DARE program officer in my middle school. I went around telling everyone the dangers of drugs and what they could do to...
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An acting teacher once told to me, “look at an actors career, the roles he or she has plays will give you an insight into their character”. The example he gave that most struck me was of the late Philip Seymore Hoffman, who frequented his class, “If you look at his career he often played...
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I came from a middle-class family with good core values. However, I always had a strong self-will and despite warnings and admonishments from my parents I began drinking alcohol and experimenting with mind-changing/mood-altering substances at an early age. I got drunk for the first time at age 14 and it was transformative – I couldn’t...
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My name is Casey Longan and I am a woman in long term recovery. My sobriety date is September 14th, 2011. I started using at a very young age and meth was the first and only drug I ever used. I spent countless years in and out of the criminal justice system. I not only...
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