Breaking the Stigma

Growing up, society taught me that I should not disclose that I am an alcoholic or an addict; that my addiction is something I should be ashamed of. I heard this message every time someone described someone’s behavior to be that of a “crackhead,” every time someone talked about what a “drunk” someone was or... Continue Reading →

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Tips on Staying Sober for the Holidays

The holidays are upon us! Can you believe it? This year seems to have flown by extra fast! As a recovering person, this time of year can stir up extra feelings of anxiety and/or a heightened sense of "danger" - as in there seems to be alcohol EVERYWHERE! Ughhh! So how does a recovering person stay focused on sobriety when everywhere they... Continue Reading →

Carry the Message of Hope

The following conversation took place while I was speaking with the inmates at the Milwaukee women's prison this past Friday night. Me: "Welcome ladies! Thanks for joining me tonight." Woman: “You don’t look like one of us.” Me: “One of who?” Woman: “One of US!” She points to herself and her friends. “You don’t like... Continue Reading →

Lost Time

Over the past few weeks, I've been digging through my house trying to find items to sell in an upcoming rummage sale. Most of the items are my daughters, and as time has passed and she has accumulated more and more things, our home has started to feel slightly claustrophobic. Still, I’m having a hard... Continue Reading →

Just for Today

The longer I stay healthy, the more I recognize there is so much more to recovery than just putting down the substance. I think the easiest part of my journey was probably making the decision to quit. The hardest part has been taking the actions necessary to remain successful. Sometimes, I miss the apathy that... Continue Reading →

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