From Paranoid to Making Progress in Recovery, My Eyes Are Fixed On the Future.

From Paranoid to Making Progress in Recovery, My Eyes Are Fixed On the Future.

About ten years ago, I thought I was destined to die an alcoholic and drug addict; and I was ok with that. In fact, I was proud of how much I could drink. Then I found meth and lived in a drug-induced psychosis; I was the center of attention and the life of the party. […]

Before I Got Sober, I Couldn't See Who I Was. Now, I Value Myself in Recovery.

Before I Got Sober, I Couldn’t See Who I Was. Now, I Value Myself in Recovery.

My name is Erin and I am a women in long term recovery from substance use disorder.  What that means to me is that I have not found it necessary to use any mind altering, mood changing substance since November 10, 2014. A lot of people would ask…ok? So what’s the difference?  By living a […]

I'm Affected By Addiction. Surviving Isn't Enough: I Needed Relief.

I’m Affected By Addiction. Surviving Isn’t Enough: I Needed Relief.

I don’t write as someone in recovery from addiction.  I write as one in recovery from my obsession with someone who has struggled with addiction. I write as the affected family member. I am the youngest of six.  Four of my older siblings were born into my parents’ violent marriage.  My Dad was an alcoholic […]

Addiction Affects Everyone, Including Me. That's Why I Don't Judge.

Addiction Affects Everyone, Including Me. That’s Why I Don’t Judge.

I’m Catherine, I’m an addict, and I am many other things as well. I am a mother, a step-mother, and a wife. I am a daughter, a sister, and an aunt. I am an employee, a counselor, an advocate, and a human being. For years I was afraid to publicly acknowledge my reality of being […]

Shelly Young Addiction

May My Love and My Voice Be Weapons of Mass Destruction Against Addiction

We are a family in recovery, almost 2 years. My son is almost 24 and entered treatment that day in 2015 after an intervention I held to save his life. That’s the day I committed myself to sobriety too, to change our family trajectory, our family story, to break the cycle and to devote my […]