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March 2, 2020

It’s a privilege to be able to continue on the path of recovery in sickness and in health, through misfortune and advancement, and down the ever-shifting and flitty landscape of feelings. Though it may feel like physical sickness and setbacks like losing a job or relat...

February 3, 2020

I had sober sex for the first time. I didn’t completely lose it when someone cut me off on the train. These aren’t the sort of recovery milestones that get celebrated with coins, but they are just as important. Days and months between soberversaries don’t have to be du...

December 6, 2019

Coming up on six years sober from alcohol and drugs, I’ve grown in many ways that make holidays feel more manageable and community-oriented than they ever did in my substance use disorder. I choose to celebrate with various chosen families (many of whom are recovering...

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...

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