Posts tagged drugs

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.

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 […]

8 Things To Do When Your Friend Has A Drug Problem

8 Things To Do When Your Friend Has A Drug Problem

Fraser and I met at Voorhees High School in the the winter of the 1991-92 school  year. We were in honors sophomore English. There were a number of difficult kids in that class, and I still feel a bit badly for our teacher, Peggy Quadrini. Fraser and I spent the next couple of years partying, joking, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]