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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.

adult child of alcoholic haunted by the past

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

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

Former Homeless Addict Shares Thoughts on Finding Recovery Hope in the Streets

By Caitlin Thiede

When you see a homeless addict on the street, there are usually two options that cross our mind: acknowledge and engage, or avo... Continue Reading

What to do to help a person in distress thinking of suicide

How to Really Help Someone Struggling with Thoughts of Suicide

By Donn Gruta

With self-preservation hard-wired in almost everything humans do, it's difficult for many to fathom how some can arrive at the ... 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

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