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Read the real and inspiring stories of recovering addicts as they tackle hard topics from their own journey and experiences in addiction.

Addicted to Vicodin: One Woman's Story

By LeAnn Brown

Growing up, words like substance abuse and addiction were never even a part of my vocabulary. I lived in a small community, and... Continue Reading

person in recovery breaking free from the chains of addiction

My Personal Journey Towards Recovery

By Rebecca Kovacs

One recovering addict shares how she used time as an ally rather than a detriment during her journey towards recovery. Continue Reading

man reading a book following a relapse

Bouncing Back After Relapse: It's Not All Bad

By Dawn Hurley

Finding yourself in the midst of a relapse can feel like an insurmountable failure, leaving you wondering how you became enslav... Continue Reading


How the #MyYoungerSelf Campaign Sheds Light On Mental Health

By Nicole Arzt, M.S., L.M.F.T. Nicole Arzt is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in providing psychotherapy for individuals, families, and groups struggling with substance use disorders and psychiatric illnesses.

In 2016, the Child’s Mind Institute launched the #MyYoungerSelf campaign as a platform for celebrities to share personal storie... Continue Reading

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Nick Howard

Recovery Hero of the Week: Nick Howard

By Nicholas Howard

"This is my story from the depths of addiction to the road to recovery. If I put my recovery first, everything else comes first... Continue Reading

Cris Carter

Recovery Hero of the Week: Cris Carter

By Donn Gruta

"I lost my job. The Philadelphia Eagles released me, and then subsequently the Minnesota Vikings claimed me and they demanded t... Continue Reading