Posts tagged Alcohol

Music and Recovery- Sour In the Belly

Music and Recovery- Sour In the Belly

Listen to Dave’s song here. This was a snapshot of my reflections on recovery from alcoholism.  I drank excessively from age 14 to 24.  It is really difficult to come up with numbers, but a rough estimate is I got totally, over the top, drunk approximately 1,000 times during those 10 years. Trying to cover […]

Self Help Alcoholism – 3 Ugly Truths

Self Help Alcoholism – 3 Ugly Truths

I am alcoholic. I knew I was from the moment alcohol first kissed my lips as a 14 year old. But it took me another 33 years to really explore the question and finally answer it for myself; Yes, I am alcoholic! As I go through my own self help alcoholism story, I realize that […]

Mugshot of the Day

Mugshot of the Day

I google most everything. Google knows everything…all the important stuff and the junk. April 6, 2015, five days after Mother died I googled her name. I’m not sure why. I think I expected to see some kind of death notice. But I didn’t. There was nothing that let the world know my mother had passed […]

7 Tips for Parents Worried About Substance Abuse

7 Tips for Parents Worried About Substance Abuse

As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, I hear a lot about the constant worrying. Brave, caring, resilient parents trying to figure out how to help. They long for a healthy loving relationship with their child. It’s a struggle to show compassion and support when a potential addiction feels like a wedge […]

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Adults who grew up in a household where one or both parents had any type of addiction may find themselves struggling with relationships in their personal lives or at work. Many ACOAs (adult children of alcoholics or addicts) want to believe that they’ve somehow escaped the clutches of the illness once they emerge into adulthood and are […]

ACA/ACOAs: Top 9 Traits for Adult Children of Alcoholics

ACA/ACOAs: Top 9 Traits for Adult Children of Alcoholics

Yes, I said it. I have a top 9 for ACOAs. We’ve all seen some variation of characteristics that are correlated with growing up in a household affected, directly or indirectly, by a parent’s use of alcohol or drugs. Common ACOA traits include: Adult children of alcoholics judge themselves fiercely They may constantly seek approval […]

Another “Shot” at Life: Recovering from Alcoholism

Another “Shot” at Life: Recovering from Alcoholism

I grew up with my Grandparents and eight girls. My mother and grandmother were alcoholics. Thankfully, my grandfather was sober and he helped me a lot, especially when my mom and grandma would fight. He’d take us out of the house for a few hours until things settled down. I was looking for an escape […]

Past, Present & Future

Past, Present & Future

Then in 2008 at age 18 I was diagnosed with schizophrenia. I was hearing voices, suffered what was considered delusions and hallucinations, attempted suicide and episodic psychosis.

To Hell and Back- Recovery

To Hell and Back- Recovery

From a very early age I had to teach myself how to cope, and “my ways” were of course all the wrong ways. I was robbed of my innocence at 9 years old when my uncle started molesting me and it went on for years, as I suffered in silence, completely alone, and very confused. […]

We Do Recover

We Do Recover

I am a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. This original art piece depicts the horrible darkness, emotional and physical pain of my addiction. It shows how the disease not only breaks the body but shatters the mind to where we are no longer ourselves but are a slave to our addiction. But as it is […]