Posts in category Substance Abuse

I Drank Away My Greatest Joy Into My Biggest Regret

I Drank Away My Greatest Joy Into My Biggest Regret

Drinking had cost me everything even my greatest joy. How was I to continue? How was I to even care?

Therapy and Treatment Make the Difference

Therapy and Treatment Make the Difference

“There is a much deeper relationship that you gain here you really talk to these girls, you find out what their journey and path has been. You’re like ‘wow’ I can really relate to this.”

Staying Sober Through the Holidays!

Staying Sober Through the Holidays!

“One common myth about sobriety is that once one commits to a life without drugs or alcohol they become stiff and unyielding. The truth is there’s an entire world of fun and entertainment beyond intoxication- things you could never enjoy when addiction stood in the way.”

Rehab Was My Home Away From Home

Rehab Was My Home Away From Home

Today I can say I am an acceptable, responsible and a productive member of society. My future is within reach because of the fundamentals I was taught at Inspirations. Today my parents have their daughter back. The little girl that had so many goals, dreams and aspirations is restored.

It Takes What It Takes- Alcoholism Recovery

It Takes What It Takes- Alcoholism Recovery

I believe I was born an addict. As a kid I started using fantasy to escape. I would be so deep in a daydream at school I didn’t hear a thing. There is also a cute story in my family about me at 2 years old getting sips of champagne from all adults at my […]

Years of Depression and Stagnation- My Marijuana Habit

Years of Depression and Stagnation- My Marijuana Habit

I still feel a little bit weird when I talk about my addiction to marijuana because a lot of people, even some who are supposed to be in the know about substance abuse, still don’t think of marijuana as an addictive substance.  For most of the time that I smoked marijuana, I didn’t think of it […]

Grateful for My Life 7 Years Clean

Grateful for My Life 7 Years Clean

If you ask me to describe my life now the words that jump out at me are happy, content, grateful and peace. Rewind 7 years and ask me the same thing and what words come to mind? Terrified, lonely, dark, hell, hopeless, sad… Quite a change isn’t it? So I bet you want to know […]

We Know There Is Hope

We Know There Is Hope

A true story about the life of a father and his daughter as they journey through denial, lies and pain. A story about how the power of love keeps them strong through moments of weakness and fear. For many years I had a powerful relationship with what I thought was the healthy enjoyment of alcohol. […]

Freedom to do ANYTHING! Substance Abuse Recovery

Freedom to do ANYTHING! Substance Abuse Recovery

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 […]

The Long Road Home- Addiction Recovery

The Long Road Home- Addiction Recovery

My story of recovery isn’t a new one, it’s just one of the many of us fighting our way out of the dark. I say the dark because I quite literally don’t remember years…about 12-14 to be exact, of my life. Recreationally I started using Xanax at about 18. I loved it. It made me […]