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November 1, 2019

Generally speaking, I live my life with dignity, self respect, responsibility, and care. I like to be in healthy relationships with my family, friends, and romantic interests. I try to be financially stable, working hard and saving money, while still enjoying the occas...

September 30, 2019

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Recovery Month, a national observance held every September to raise awareness about the fact that substance use treatment and mental health services can help those with mental health and substance use disorders live healthy, mea...

August 30, 2019

Early recovery from a substance use disorder can be challenging for anyone, but perhaps not more so than for the countless students in recovery who, while committed to sustaining their sobriety, are thrust back into an environment where the temptation to use can exist...

August 5, 2019

Many people in recovery from alcohol and/or drug use remember those early days in sobriety when we were convinced the party was over. No more laughing. No more dancing. No more fun. Fortunately, as time went on we found that in fact, life was better than it had been in...

June 21, 2019

Recovery from addiction is a life-long journey. As such, it’s critical that we continue to practice our program regularly in order to avoid relapse.  We often hear people say that they’re working their program, but just not getting as much out of it as they once did. T...

May 22, 2019

Relapse is a significant part of my recovery story.  I first tried to get sober in AA in late 2006 and since then, have had more 90-day celebrations than I can remember. I’ve had 364 days of sobriety, then 16 months, 2.1 years and at the most 3.6 years. My relapses las...

March 22, 2019

In the spirit of self-preservation, an essential part of my recovery has been learning how to practice healthy boundaries with myself and with others. In early sobriety, I was fortunate that recovery mentors modeled this practice for me, however irksome and foreign the...

February 25, 2019

The urge to self-medicate is a habit shared by almost everyone who suffers from addiction. It is an urge which drives us to quiet uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, to ease physical discomfort, to sidestep emotional trauma, and to just feel… better. Unfortunately for...

January 25, 2019

Many people in recovery fear or even loathe drugs and alcohol. Go to any recovery fellowship meeting or scroll through posts on recovery-oriented social media feeds, and you’re bound to witness it. Former addicts maligning the substances that brought them to their knee...

December 10, 2018

During active addiction, I wasn’t a fan of big holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah. To me and my addiction, holidays and holiday parties meant one of two things: either I try to white knuckle it through a family gathering or office party without my drug(...

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