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My Cat Saved My Life

By Dawn Clancy

More importantly, my cat has taught me that I am indeed worthy and surprisingly lovable despite what my childhood and the adults in it may have taught me. MORE  

A Man's Gotta Do...

By Christopher Dale

My struggles with OCD in recovery. MORE  

Jump Around

By Mary Killian

As he shut the door, I smelled the faint whiff of cooked cocaine. I knew it, I thought to myself. It felt like I'd just won a prize. MORE  

Loving My Brother from a Distance

By Dawn Clancy

I was asked whether or not I wanted his number and without pause, I answered with a very firm, “No.” I felt guilty for a few days after for turning down the opportunity to hear his voice but eventually I came to respect the fact that I’m just not ready. MORE  

Hospital, Again

By Susan Mansfield

We spoke about his other anxieties and how he feels inadequate and how he has such an empty life that he could not be able to go clean and face all his issues because it would be too hard, too painful and take too long. MORE  

Fun At Social Gatherings Sober?

By Julie Elsdon-Height

If you’re attending events and find you’re feeling out of place, perhaps ask yourself if you’re allowing yourself to have FUN and remember you’re not under a spotlight, people aren’t focusing on whether you’re drinking or not. MORE  

These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends

By Mary Killian

I tried to reassure myself, but it was a terrible thought. Sometimes, I wondered if I could ever get away. Charlie would never let me leave. I'd have to kill him, and I didn't know if I could pull that off. MORE  

I Will Not Help the Addict to Kill My Son

By Sandy Swenson

Three times Joey was convinced or cornered into going into addiction treatment. And three times Joey played it and everyone around him like a game and then walked away. MORE  

Sleepless in Sobriety

By Christopher Dale

I can't fall asleep on command any more than I can defy gravity; both demand changes impossible to execute. The difference is that failure to achieve weightlessness for eight hours won't make me tired, irritable and unproductive for the remainder of the day. MORE  

Breaking the Cycle: Parenting After Being Raised in Hell

By Christine Cissy White

It is radical work to self-accept rather than self-hate. MORE  

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