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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.

man reading a book to collect himself 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

#MyYoungerSelf

How the #MyYoungerSelf Campaign Sheds Light On Mental Health

By Nicole Arzt

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

adult child of alcoholic haunted by the past

How an Adult Child of an Addict Made Her Way Out of a Neverending Halloween

By Toshia Humphries Toshia Humphries is a Texan freelance writer, artist, life coach and talk radio co-host of Girl Power Hour on Blog Talk Radio.

One writer compares her ACOA story to an endless horror movie and how she found the power to claim her right to a life of heali... Continue Reading

homeless addict

Former Homeless Addict Shares Thoughts on Finding Hope in the Streets

By Caitlin Thiede

You’re walking down the street, and you see a person with obvious signs of addiction and homelessness. Will you acknowledge or ... 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