Category Archives: family addiction

The Cycle Ends with Me: Part One, On Paper

*I have wanted to share on this topic for a looooong time and realized in finally starting this piece that it has grown substantially from when I initially began making notes a couple of years ago, so l feel it … Continue reading

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Can’t Hope Him Sober

Hope is strong. It has the power to push a lost person onward to face another day, bring a broken soul back from the cusp of death, or be that life raft when it feels like things are at the … Continue reading

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Love is the Answer

The morning of September 11, 2001 I was awoken by my T.V. alarm which happened to be tuned to CNN. I sat up and stared in disbelief at video footage of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center. I … Continue reading

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You’re Just Not That Important

  One of the first nuggets of wisdom I heard that really stuck with me was from a long time member, Phil. Phil is a grown child of alcoholics, so he grew up in the disease, then married an alcoholic … Continue reading

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I Need an Adulting Gold Star

I giggle every time I run across someone on my social media complaining about “adulting”. “I don’t want to adult today”, or any number of hilarious memes dedicated to the subject. I laugh, but totally agree that it is rough … Continue reading

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At Least He’s Not a Heroin Addict

During Chad’s first year of rehab, I was super grateful that he was “just an alcoholic”. Sure, he popped pills now and again, but mostly it was “just drinking.” In my head alcohol wasn’t that scary. Almost everyone drinks, it’s … Continue reading

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A Christmas Rant and Reflection

  Apparently, my Christmas gift from HP is a big, fat test of my recovery. My mum called me a few days ago to let me know some “bad news” which was that Chad had a relapse and had checked … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Give Me Cash: A Recovery Gift Guide

If you’re anything like me, you looked at the calendar today and yelled, “Crap! I mean rejoice! Christmas is in a week and I haven’t shopped yet!” Gifting is tricky enough as it is, mix in some addiction, mental instability, … Continue reading

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How to Survive the Holidaze

I would wager a fair bet that most families have at least one individual who is a dreaded holiday guest. Enter the drunken inappropriate uncle, crab puss grandparent, bitchy mother-in-law, and said grandparent’s beloved pet who pisses all over the … Continue reading

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Proper Nutrition: Good for the Ass, Soul, and Crazy Brain

Having friends is awesome. Having friends who also double as talented stars in helping others is even awesomer. Sheila happens to be one of those people. She is a fantastically knowledgeable and experienced nutritionist, who truly and passionately adores helping … Continue reading

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