• NO EXCUSES
    NO EXCUSES
  • NO EXCUSES
    NO EXCUSES
    Alcoholism causes many excuses to come out. We look for reasons to drink. Then we look for reasons to cover up our drinking. "I know I shouldn't have said that, I was drunk", "I didn't know what I was doing", "whiskey makes me mean", "I promise it'll never happen again". This cycle can carry on for a long time, sometimes our whole life. It may not be severe or ever cause any permanent damage, but it may eventually cause some of us to sink to our rock bottom, like it did to me. 
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  • SHARING IS HEALING
    SHARING IS HEALING
  • SHARING IS HEALING
    SHARING IS HEALING
    A few people have asked me if I'm afraid of being "too open" about my alcoholism. My short answer to the question is:  No.  Not one bit. I can't speak for everyone who has ever struggled with an addiction, but I can speak for myself and I think it's important for me to do so.   Not every one's story is the same.
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  • UNDERSTANDING SELF HARM
    UNDERSTANDING SELF HARM
  • UNDERSTANDING SELF HARM
    UNDERSTANDING SELF HARM
    Self-harm, like almost any addiction, starts out physical and morphs into a mental state of mind. The first time my razor blade met my wrist, I was desperate for a sign that I was still living. It sounds silly, but it’s true. At the time, I let people walk all over me, ignore me, belittle me, use me, verbally abuse me…it got to the point where I was sitting on the floor of my bathroom with a pounding headache and tears streaming down my face almost every night.
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  • RECOVERY AS A MOTHER
    RECOVERY AS A MOTHER
  • RECOVERY AS A MOTHER
    RECOVERY AS A MOTHER
    As you are reading this, you might think, this is just another testimonial on sobriety. Contrary to your thoughts, I am here to inform you about, not only the journey of recovery, but recovery as a mother.
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  • Marines to Meth
    Marines to Meth
  • Marines to Meth
    Marines to Meth
    Marines Can’t Save an Addict My grandfather and two uncles were Marines. I also had another grandfather and uncle in the Army. My father pushed for me to join the Marine Corps. I almost didn’t join. I almost gave it all away. I grew up in a home where everyone partied and partied hard. My mother was an alcoholic and drug addict.
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