Posts tagged Alcohol

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Not Your Typical Normal

Not Your Typical Normal

My name is Samantha Rogers and I am the founder and president of NYTN (Not Your Typical Normal). I am also dual diagnosed with mental disorders and a recovering addict/alcoholic. This is my story. This is me. This is why I founded an organization to end the stigma of mental illness. Sit back, relax and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Recovered Alcoholic with Anxiety

Recovered Alcoholic with Anxiety

A few years prior to getting sober I awoke one morning with a feeling of anxiety. I’d had anxiety before but this feeling stayed with me for the day. Upon returning home from work I started drinking and the feeling went away. The next day I awoke and the anxiety had returned. Within a few […]

A Back-Handed Blessing- Mental Health and Alcoholism Recovery

A Back-Handed Blessing- Mental Health and Alcoholism Recovery

When you’ve been to hell and back more than once you can’t help but ask yourself a couple of what I’m sure are universal questions, when you’re under constant formidable pressure. Mine were, “What have I done to deserve this,” and eventually, “Why me?” Unfortunately, there weren’t any instant answers and for me it began […]

To A Little Girl Almost Forgotten, A Legacy

To A Little Girl Almost Forgotten, A Legacy

In the past couple of months two people from the rooms of recovery have stopped me and given me the same message. “ I didn’t think you were going to make it”, they said “ you were one of the most broken people that I ever met. You have grown and changed so much.” I […]