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...
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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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Willingness to Change – How to Stop Drinking

I have heard it said that to recover from an addiction, you need some intangible qualities. Among them are honesty, willingness, and an open-mind. These qualities may not come easily. They may only develop after you take some actions that you do not yet believe in,...

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Numbers | Running Reclaimed in Recovery

Four years ago today I ran 26.2 miles in three hours, five minutes, and 42 seconds. It was and still is the shortest length of time it has taken me to complete that distance. I am extraordinarily proud of that personal record, but I feel as though it should have...

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I’m Not Back | Two Years Sober

Once upon a time I was a young girl, perched at my favorite window, nestled in my coziest corner, pencil and paper in hand. I had grand fantasies in my head poised to weave into stories. The wind would rush in as the corn stalks swayed in the fields that surrounded my...

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