The Cure to Addiction

I’ve been wanting to write this post for quite some time, and I’m excited to have finally done so. A cure to addiction... Is this even possible? Before we explore this, let’s take a snapshot of what...

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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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Recovery Excavation at Five Months Sober

I have returned after a long absence! Things are proceeding along for me, and I’m over five months sober–157 days. My neighborhood is surrounded by a major construction project, one of many throughout our fair city. I have determined this to be more than the usual...

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Use Your Voice | Setting Boundaries in Sobriety

Once fragile, broken, and drunk I lacked the ability to function as a true adult.  Just 23 months ago. After a lifetime of trying to fit, longing to be enough, striving to simply “be.” Stunted in my emotional development at about the age of twelve. I followed the...

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