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Addiction, Recovery & Healing

A collection of essays about addiction, recovery and healing.

Things You Need To Know About Becoming Sober As A Trauma Survivor

“My name is Britni, and I’m an alcoholic.” I’ve said those words more times than I can count and they’re always met with nods of recognition and assurances of “me too.” I’m also a survivor of rape... Read
Submitted by Britni de la Cretaz | 08.13.15 12am
30 of these, plus a handful.

Am I An Alcoholic?

Even with that quantity and its corresponding blood alcohol content looming in the back of my mind, nothing could compare to the blow of having a professional drinker twice my size say I could “... Read
Submitted by Katie Klabusich | 08.13.15 12am
Donuts. Tempting.

My Name Is Adiba Nelson, And I Am A Food Addict

This was how my eating disorder began. This is when I first consciously ate my emotions. THIS is when I said, “I don’t need you to love me. I don’t need to love myself. I don’t need to feel or be... Read
Submitted by Adiba Nelson | 08.12.15 12am

My 20 Year Love Affair With Drug Dealers And Cocaine

Unbeknownst to me, Kimmy and her boyfriend had been using cocaine. I was ignorant of cocaine use and wasn’t remotely interested in trying it. I was scared of it.
Submitted by Nancy Carr | 08.12.15 12am
Being sober isn't as boring as it seems.

How To Be Sober And Still Have A Social Life

Making the decision to get sober is never easy. Actually getting sober is even harder. So much has to change about the way you live your life in order to maintain, and it can be overwhelming to think... Read
Submitted by Britni de la Cretaz | 08.11.15 3pm
Vanessa. Image: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/arnade/6561602655/in/album-72157627894114489/">Flickr</a>

Chris Arnade's Faces Of Addiction: A Mini-Gallery

When Chris Arnade quit his white-collar job to pursue portrait photography, he had no idea his Faces of Addiction series would become a viral sensation. See his most stirring work here.
Submitted by Chris Arnade | 08.11.15 12am

5 Ways To Support A Loved One Struggling With Addiction

Loving someone who struggles with alcoholism and addiction is one of the hardest things to do. It’s a drain on friends and family in both financial and emotional ways. It comes with ups and downs,... Read
Submitted by Britni de la Cretaz | 08.11.15 12am
The author meets Macklemore.

What Macklemore's Relapse Reminded Me About Loving An Addict

What I do know is what it is like to be the wife of an addict, and those years taught me to claim responsibility for addictions that aren't my own. Thankfully, while that is still my first instinct,... Read
Submitted by Jody Allard | 08.10.15 12am
Sometimes ... second time's the charm.

Why I Didn’t Get Sober Until My Second DUI

I can’t tell you how many people have said to me, “Why didn’t you get sober after your first DUI?” These people were not alcoholics, mind you. They were normal drinkers who didn’t understand why... Read
Submitted by Nancy Carr | 08.10.15 12am