Posts tagged addiction

The Mirror and the Door

The Mirror and the Door

No matter what I have been through I am not alone, there is hope and recovery is possible.

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.”

I Finally Met My Mom, Sober

I Finally Met My Mom, Sober

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” — John Wayne When I was twenty-two I got a call from my father early in the morning before work. He called to […]

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 […]

Shattering the Silence- Mental Health Stigma

Shattering the Silence- Mental Health Stigma

I continue to see posts on various sites from professionals who preach about “breaking stigma” and speaking out about mental health issues. While I think this is great, it hurts to see these same professionals continuing to promote stigma by refusing to give more than a few words on their own issues. I have been […]

Anxiety and OCD: The Pre-Drinking Years

Anxiety and OCD: The Pre-Drinking Years

Originally posted on The Sobriety Collective. I promised you a three-part series.  I know, I know. But it’s like, where the hell do I even begin? When people say, “OMG, I’m soooo OCD about [X, Y, Z]” I don’t really think they realize what the eff OCD actually does to a person. I’m not a […]

John Oliver Is Furious About The Appalling State Of Our Mental Health Services

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According to John, all we have done to help the mentally ill is: “nothing, not anything, very few things, not much, and prison.”

Under The Influence: How I Beat the Booze

Under The Influence: How I Beat the Booze

I can’t believe I’ve been under the evil influence for 35 years. That’s taking my first sips at around the age of 15 and having just turned 50, when I’m planning on definitively giving up for ever, probably, for sure, absolutely, I’m certain of it, maybe. 35 years. That’s quite a chunk. A fair stretch […]

Mental Health and Addiction- Change And Recovery

Mental Health and Addiction- Change And Recovery

I was diagnosed with a mental illness in 2004. Over the next eleven years, I would be in and out of mental health facilities and on different medications. It took me getting into a program known as Family Endeavors for four years in 2010 to begin the difficult road to recovery, not only was I […]