High Bottom Drunk: The Wheels Don’t Have To Fly Off

We all hear the stories of alcoholics who almost completely ruin their lives before getting sober. They are secretly chugging bottles of vodka, crashing cars, getting arrested, and continuously...
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Wendy’s Story: A Drinking Memoir

June 28, 2017 In an effort to get my story down on paper this is my attempt.  This burning desire has stirred inside me for quite some time.  I think more ever over the past 6 months as I have been listening to others on the recovery elevator podcasts.  Also with my...

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4 Benefits of Pet Therapy

4 Benefits of Pet Therapy During Addiction Recovery “And following its path, we took no care To rest, but climbed: he first, then I - so far, Through a round aperture I saw appear Some of the beautiful things that Heaven bears, Where we came forth, and once more saw...

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Feel Better

I am approaching three years of sobriety. Recently, I have been distracted enough to not consider the convoluted emotions which typically accompany my sobriety date. Not a day goes by when I am not authentically grateful for the disease of alcoholism; along with the...

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Undread

I suddenly find myself three years sober. I've been contemplating how to write about this milestone for weeks. Recently distracted and shamelessly overwhelmed with life events, to a degree that I actually did not over analyze this past year in recovery. It just...

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The Importance of Community in Recovery

When I got sober I felt more alone than I’ve ever been. My boyfriend had just broken up with me, I was living in a foreign country, and I was too ashamed and embarrassed to share with anyone what I was going through. I had a friend in Cancun who was sober and offered...

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Powerless Over Alcohol

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak to a local women’s group, the subject was “Overcoming Our Struggles.” For three weeks prior to this event, I wrote and rewrote countless versions of what I would say. I have told my story before, always to a group of...

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Dealing With Emotions in Sobriety

Grief: The Most Sobering Emotion of My Sobriety By Kellie Ideson   My dad died. On December 20th, 2016 he passed away peacefully in the care of his wife, my sister, and my brother, three short weeks after I left him in a Las Vegas hospital with a hug and “I love...

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Sober Recovery Memes

Sober Recovery Memes One of my favorite things to do while traveling is create sober recovery memes. They are all related to my memories of drinking and creating these recovery memes is a great way to add humor to my recovery. I've created over 100 sober memes and...

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For Every 1,000 People Who Quit Drinking, 2.5 Make it 2 Years

I was in my first 72 hours of sobriety when Paul threw out the stat that only 5 percent of those who want to get sober will make it to 90 days.  Of those 5 percent, only 5 percent will make it to 2 years without drinking alcohol.  Let’s see…  Okay, for every 1000...

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