recovery

Five Ways We Can Stand In Our Power

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This isn’t an essay about how “woke” I am — instead, it’s a journey of reclamation and standing in my power, which started with my getting sober.

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Ask Erin: Will I Lose My Fiance To Rehab?

What can I do for us to have a healthy, better, successful life and future marriage? (Artwork: Tess Emily Rodriguez)

My fiancé has been in inpatient rehab for close to a week. What can I do for us to have a healthy, better, successful life and future marriage?

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Addiction Recovery Forced Me To Sober Up About My Relationships

That’s the thing about recovery: if you stick with it, it introduces you to yourself.

When I decided to get sober, I simply wanted help to stop drowning myself; I certainly didn’t envision digging up my painful relationship history.

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How Queerness Influences My Alcohol Addiction

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Alcohol was the antidepressant I felt I always wanted. There was no need to step back, breathe, count to ten, or do any other self-soothing techniques.

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I Recovered From Health Anxiety (And So Can You)

For several years in my late 20s and early 30s, health anxiety had a stranglehold on my life — and it started from a scary place.

These days, I can’t say I’m never hit with anxiety about an unexpected pain or a weird lump. But when fear creeps in, I stick to some helpful guidelines.

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The Other Before and After: Life With An Eating Disorder 

This is my life with an eating disorder. This is my before and after.

I’ve never been a fan of eating disorder recovery Before-and-After photos. I don’t find it healthy or helpful to compare and appraise the shapes and sizes of bodies.

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Surviving Natural Disasters: An Empathetic Response To Victims

This is a story of surviving natural disasters.

We saw Hurricane Ike coming for days before it made landfall. It was just two short years post-hurricane Katrina, and all of south Texas and Louisiana were still reeling from her trauma. My husband and I began deliberating if we should stay or go. This is my story of surviving natural disasters.

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How Journaling Has Helped Me Heal

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My life is a constant recollection.

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Imposter Syndrome: Learning To Banish My Inner Gremlin

99% of the time, I feel like a complete f*ck-up in grown up’s clothing.

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Navigating The Trauma Of Moving

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Moving can be a traumatic experience. We often forget how many remnants of the past we hold onto—whether intentionally or accidentally, just because we put a letter away in a drawer and forgot about it.

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