Posts tagged recovery

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. […]

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 […]

Trauma and Self-Doubt

Trauma and Self-Doubt

I’ve doubted myself in many ways for as long as I can remember; I just hid it pretty well most of the time. Beginning at 12, I drank and smoked. As I got older, I increased my drugs of choice to include acid and ‘shrooms, which I preferred over anything else. Two months ago, while […]

Backpacking to Heal Depression

Backpacking to Heal Depression

I’m a recovered depressive. Social anxiety was the root cause. I recovered by backpacking around Asia. When depression returned a few years later, this time caused by financial hardship, I again recovered, by hiking across Spain. If you have a depressed mood or clinical unipolar depression, with similar underlying causes, then it is highly likely […]

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 […]

Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: Self Care Checklist

Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: Self Care Checklist

Having a mental illness is sometimes a life long battle. You will feel alone, you will be judged, and you will doubt yourself. Others will tell you that you are fine, that nobody has it perfect, and that nobody is normal. The fact that you have learned coping strategies and that you piece together a […]

Body Image: Women Are Dying To Be Thin

Body Image: Women Are Dying To Be Thin

 

Verbal Abuse Almost Broke Me

Verbal Abuse Almost Broke Me

“Psychological abuse, also referred to as emotional abuse or mental abuse, is a form of abuse characterized by a person subjecting or exposing another to behavior that may result in psychological trauma, including anxiety, chronic depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder.” -Wikipedia In a moving and personal video, Chance shares how she survived verbal abuse and encourages […]

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.”

My Story- How to Rise Above Abuse

My Story- How to Rise Above Abuse

Humans, and especially children, are hard wired to be resilient and rise above abuse.  We grab onto a glimmer of hope, health, and love, to make that our guide to recovery. From around 6 years old I remember being verbally and physically abused by my Mother. She would call me fat and ugly, even though […]