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Ryan Hampton
Ryan Hampton
Independence Day is my favorite day of the year. Some people love Christmas or Valentine’s Day. For me, it’s the Fourth of July. I love America, and the Fourth of July is like the biggest, best birthday party ever, for the nation I’m lucky to call home. I love the fireworks, the flags, the parades....
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When I Got Sober, I Became the Present, Responsible Mom My Son Deserves - #VoicesProject
“You. I missed you, mom. Everything about you.” *********************** When I got back to Ohio, 9 months after my drug and alcohol  treatment, I was asked [or kind of told], “do you regret anything from your past? I know you have to regret something?” My answer was simple, firm and true: “No. I regret nothing.”...
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I Was a Lost Girl, Stuck in a Cycle of Pain and Hurt. Today, I Know My Self Worth. - #VoicesProject
My name is Melissa and I am an alcoholic and a drug addict in recovery and that’s the best thing about me. I’m writing to share my “experience strength and hope”. I like to start with hope because I like hope. My sobriety date is April 12th, 2006 and I do a lot of things...
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I Am A Father, Son, Brother, and Person In Recovery From Addiction - #VoicesProject
I came out of an opiate induced blackout, in treatment, on June 27th 2009. I don’t remember how i arrived there, but i do remember what led to me being admitted. For a couple of years prior, I had been inching ever closer to oblivion. My son was hospitalized, in early 2007, due to a...
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#VoicesProject addiction
These are the words my son said to me after a close family member made a comment during a discussion about a well- known musician who was asked to leave a rock band due to his addiction. “That guy just couldn’t get it together so they got somebody else to play.” The comment was said...
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Today, I Am 412 Days Sober - #VoicesProject
I was raised in southern home where ladies didn’t speak unless spoken to, daddy was always right, manners were literally spanked into your bare ass when your words weren’t spoken correctly, lady chores – mainly in the kitchen – were taught while still sipping from a bottle, stockings and slips were always worn Sunday mornings...
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I Broke My Back and Lost My Way in Addiction. Music Gave Me A Path To Recovery. - #VoicesProject
Hello everyone. My name is Logan Bruce and I am in recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism. I’d like to say that my substance use derived from a rough childhood, but that simply is not the case. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio (just west of Cleveland) and my childhood was perfect. My mother and...
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Although Addiction Brought Me To My Knees, Recovery Helped Me Fall Up to a Better Life - #VoicesProject
My name is Terria Jean Walters, I am 44 years old. I live in Alaska and have since 1977 when my parents brought me here during the pipeline. I grew up in a home that was full of addiction, alcoholism and physical and sexual abuse. I had gotten high with my parents starting at the...
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I Used Substances For 27 Years. And Now I Don't. - #VoicesProject
I used substances for 27 years…and now I don’t. That’s the short version. What I like about my story is that it defies convention in many ways. I did not start my recovery voluntarily; I was court-mandated. I did not start my recovery for myself-I did it for my son. I did not accept that...
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From the Shackles of Addiction to Freedom in Sobriety - #VoicesProject
When I was a child growing up in Pennsylvania I began my lifelong quest – the endless search for “more.” I was always an all or nothing person. Black or white. All in or all out. Drunk or sober. I remember on Christmas I was the one searching under the Christmas tree for more gifts...
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