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 another person's behavior to be that of a “crackhead,” every time someone talked about what a “drunk” someone... Continue Reading →

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Grace and Dignity

There have been all of these moments in my life - tiny moments that don’t seem to mean much at the time - but when I stop to think about them, I am reminded how fortunate I am. Even after a painful week like the one I just had, I can still find something to... Continue Reading →

Songs of my Recovery

I was recently driving home with my daughter when Demi Lovato's new song Sober came on the radio. I had read that she had been struggling in her recovery and wrote about it in a song, but I hadn't heard it yet. Before I knew what was happening, I was overcome with emotion. As I... Continue Reading →

Feelings

“It can be exhausting - the inability to fix another human being, yet wishing with all of my heart that I could at the same time.” Vanessa Day

Learning How to Celebrate Me

I have some exciting news that I’ve been waiting patiently to share with you all! It’s official! I was promoted at work today! Or as my daughter would say - I leveled up! So I’m taking a moment to toot my own horn, because I’ve worked hard for this dammit! To be honest, I still... Continue Reading →

Mother’s Day and Recovery

I’m using my first Mother’s Day coupon for some Mommy/Daughter quiet time this morning! ☀️ I am so incredibly grateful for my recovery today, and I know I talk about it a lot, but please try to understand that without my recovery I wouldn’t be here today. It is incredibly important to me - it... Continue Reading →

Still Standing

It’s tough when friends in recovery go back to their addictions. Sometimes it feels personal, although I know it has nothing to do with me. Other times, I feel helpless - hopeless even. It’s not easy seeing people you care about choose to walk an unhealthy path, sometimes it’s straight up heartbreaking. Lately, I’ve been... Continue Reading →

Just Breathe…

Most of what I fear never materializes. I make up stories in my head and manipulate myself into believing they are fact. I’m still learning to treat myself better - to be as honest with myself as I am with others.

Moving Forward with Gratitude

“I had hoped that by now she would have forgotten about the bad days. I had hoped that those memories – that desperate version of her mother - would fade away as time went on, but it hasn't – she still remembers when I was sick. And that is OK! It is OK that she remembers those times, because I still remember too. I don’t want to forget, and sometimes I need that humbling reminder that I am just one drink away from leaving her again.” Vanessa Day #recovery #sobermom #womeninrecovery

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