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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

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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

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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

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, and life coach and possesses three degrees in counseling and psychology, focusing on addictions and women’s studies.

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 Recovery

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

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

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

active addict is fired from his job for being under the influence

How Addiction Impacted My Work Life

By Rebecca Kovacs

Being addicted to drugs or alcohol makes it much harder to keep a job. 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

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Why I’m More than My Addiction Story

By Lyn Geist Lyn has years of experience relating to addiction and recovery. She earned her Master's of Social Work (MSW) and also a Masters of Arts (MA) in psychology and social work from California State University-Sacramento.

Trying to make sense of addiction and bring understanding to the people around you can be a futile effort. Continue Reading

recovering addict looking forward

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

recovering addict lying over her open diary

My Love Letters to Addiction Throughout the Years

By Lisa OBrien

For one writer, writing about her struggles with alcohol abuse was the first step towards leaving addiction behind for good. Continue Reading

Woman gets sober during pregnancy

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

woman struggling with alcoholism

This is What Alcoholism is Really Like

By Tess Chedsey

One writer shares how being the breadwinner of a family while coping with alcoholism led her to seek recovery. 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

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