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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.

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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

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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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How to Really Help Someone Struggling with Thoughts of Suicide

By Donn Gruta

Suicide is a worldwide issue. Much like addiction, it does not discriminate and is typically associated with mental health prob... Continue Reading

A Death Other Than Dying: From a Mother’s Point of View

By Colleen Marlett

For someone who loves an addict, there are other deaths we grieve a thousand times over besides a physical one. Continue Reading

Man beyond addiction

Why I’m More than My Addiction Story

By Lyn Geist

As addicts, our perception and persecution of ourselves is far worse than anyone else could lay on us. Continue Reading

Happy to Be Alive: How I Survived Trauma and Addiction

By Emma Burns

If my experiences make a difference to even one person, all of the pain and triumphs of my recovery journey will be rewarding f... Continue Reading

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My Collection of Love Letters to Addiction

By Lisa OBrien

One writer tells us the story of her addiction and recovery through a series of letters addressed to alcohol. Continue Reading

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The Day I Found Out I Was Pregnant

By Lisa OBrien

One writer shares how her life took a sudden turn from being a substance addicted "party girl" to an expectant mother in recovery. Continue Reading

This is What Alcoholism is Really Like

By Tess Chedsey

One writer describes her experience juggling being the breadwinner of the family and her secret life as a functioning alcoholic. Continue Reading

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Watching My Father From One Side of the Window

By Lisa OBrien

When faced with the chance to reconnect with the alcoholic father whom she loved dearly, this writer found a pathway to heal fr... Continue Reading

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Celebrate Recovery: A Personal Story

By Heather Adams

One writer shares her personal experience with Celebrate Recovery. Continue Reading

Woman looks back

How I Broke Free From My Love Addiction

By Dominica Applegate

One writer shares the highs and lows of her life as a recovered codependent and how you, too, can find the strength to rebuild ... Continue Reading

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My Story as an Adult Child of an Addict and How I Finally Chose Life

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.

"My saving grace was a choice. By choosing myself, I not only dodged a bullet—I put down the gun. The gun that my dysfunctional... Continue Reading

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My Not-So-Typical 5 Stages of Grief

By Cassandra Huerta

Dealing with the death of a friend from your past life may not always take you down the Kübler-Ross model of grief. A writer sh... Continue Reading

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Community Poll: What was your favorite moment of 2015?

By SoberRecovery, Staff Writer

Our forum members share their personal highlights from this year. Continue Reading

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