Treatment, Prison, Advocacy: My Journey To Long-Term Recovery From Addiction - by Randy Anderson, #VoicesProject

Treatment, Prison, Advocacy: My Journey To Long-Term Recovery From Addiction

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 […]

Today I Live Without The Bondage Of Drugs & Alcohol. I Am Free. - by Nancy Carr, #VoicesProject

Today I Live Without The Bondage Of Drugs & Alcohol. I Am Free.

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 […]

My Generation’s Civil Rights Movement: Advocating For People With Addiction - by Ted Collins, #VoicesProject

My Generation’s Civil Rights Movement: Advocating For People With Addiction

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 […]

Eight Things That Kept Me Sober, Inspired, And Evolving For Eight Years - by Jen Yockey, #VoicesProject

Eight Things That Kept Me Sober, Inspired, And Evolving For Eight Years

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 […]

Justin Kunzelman, Rebel Recovery #VoicesProject

I Built A Life In Recovery One Rebellious Act At A Time

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. […]