Category: Holy Addiction (Blog)

Facebook Recovery

Facebook Recovery

Online – recovery is a powerful tool.  Just like any other tool, it can be dangerous if you don’t read the directions.  This is a summary of how to navigate the recovery world on Facebook.  A quick walkthrough of typical group rules and what is expected when sharing.  When I entered this community there were no do’s and don’ts.  If there was I missed them.

The world is changing all around us, so it isn’t surprising that recovery is changing too.  In my opinion that is a good thing.  With anything new though there are some bumps that need ironing out.  If you are new to recovery or even an old timer and you stumble across the Facebook recovery community it can be pretty overwhelming.  When I found the community it almost felt like I imagined Harry Potter felt when he first saw Diagon Alley.    I had used Facebook for years to post pictures of my family, flowers, or a new recipe I tried and found success with them.

The first thing I will tell you is that there is no way to be anonymous in groups if you are using your real name.  I mean that the groups on Facebook can be wonderful places to learn and share.  Just always be aware that with 150-30,000 members of one group give or take thousands, it’s impossible to ensure your safety.  Anything that you put in these groups could end up outside of the group.

Groups have rules that are usually pinned to the top of the page.  When you join a group be sure to read the group rules.  If you don’t understand the rules, be sure to ask someone.

Never share posts from a group.  Those posts are private.

Be sure to keep any negative feedback to yourself.

You can share from pages, though.  To your page or to groups.

You can tell the difference between and group and a page easily.  Look at the top of the page, if you can like the page, its a page.  If you had to join the group, yep, it’s a group.

The only universal law for pages is simple.  When you find a post you like, simply use the share button to share the content.  Don’t download, that is considered stealing intellectual property and people can and will get highly upset.

Be sure whether you are in a group or on a page that when you comment that you think before typing. Everyone has their battles, we are not here to judge, we are here to heal.

Online Sponsors are Scary
Careful when choosing a sponsor online, you never know what you might get.

 

Online Sponsorship:

This one is tricky.  First of all, if you can get a real life sponsor in the rooms, please do that.  If you cannot get to meetings and that is why you are here please be careful who you choose.  Here are some guidelines:

  1. Ask them if they have a sponsor
  2. Ask them if they have worked the steps
  3. Don’t ask the opposite sex to sponsor you (  yeah I know he’s cute but you don’t want to go there )
  4. Find a sponsor with a similar story or drug of choice

Finding a sponsor is very important so be careful and take your time choosing the right one.  If you decide to get involved in the Facebook recovery community just remember it’s just like any other community, so don’t think that everyone has the best intentions or that since they are in recovery you can let them hold your wallet or babysit.  This is like any other large community.  There are all kinds of personalities and many are driven by things other than recovery.

Be picky when choosing a home group on Facebook.  Date around and see which group you like and which you want to steer clear of.  In the end, Facebook should offer you a great extension to your recovery plan.

If you encounter any bullying:

Remember that this is a community that has some possible untreated mental issues, immaturities, and ego’s.  Just laugh at the little baby bully and click the wonderful block feature.  Then sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet.  I would let the admins know if it was in a group and page owner know if it is on a page.  If they fail to act then block them too because anyone that condones that behavior is no better than the bully themselves.  See now you just figured out that that group wasn’t right for you.  Keep looking, you will find your spot.

The good news is that we do recover, and the only thing you need to do that, is you.

 

When in doubt, go to a real meeting and meet a real person to ask to be your sponsor.  Good luck out there guys.

 

10 Tips To Stay Sober On New Years Eve

10 TIPS TO STAY SOBER ON NEW YEARS EVE

According to a 2011 feature in TIME magazine, New Year’s Eve ranks number one in the list of the “booziest” holidays of the year. It is the holiday when people consume the most alcohol, and is also one of the holidays with the highest rates of drunk driving accidents on the calendar. Even those who avoid injury in a DUI crash are at risk of being pulled over and arrested for drinking and driving. In addition to the high rates of alcohol consumption, many people use drugs during their New Year’s Eve celebrations. Whether you are working to maintain your sobriety after quitting drugs or alcohol, or if you are trying to help a friend or family member avoid substance abuse on the coming holiday, here are some tips that you can use to achieve a drug and alcohol free New Year this year:

  1. Remember that it’s not all about getting drunk or high
    It’s too easy to think of New Year’s Eve as one big drunk fest, a party holiday when the goal is to get as drunk or high as possible and do things you wouldn’t normally do. It doesn’t have to be this way! You can enjoy New Year’s Eve while sober, celebrating everything you have done this past year and looking forward to the coming year with your friends and family.
  2. Go with a buddy
    If you are going to a party where alcohol will be served or drugs will be available, find someone you trust and go with that person. This should be someone who knows about your intention to remain sober, who is supportive of that intention, and who you can trust to help you make the right decisions.
  3. Have an emergency plan
    Realize that if you are going to a New Year’s Eve party, you may find yourself in a difficult situation. You might be surrounded by friends and acquaintances who are drinking or using drugs and feel pressured to join in. Someone might offer you a drink or a hit. What will you do then? How can you say “No” without feeling awkward? Unless you’re comfortable saying “No,” you should have some type of excuse that you can use to turn down the offer or even to leave the party if you’re feeling too much pressure.
  4. Choose a party where drugs or alcohol won’t be the focus
    It may seem like you can’t go to a New Year’s Eve party without being surrounded by drunk people, but this simply isn’t the case. Most people know at least one person who is going to a party where drinking isn’t the main event, and if you ask around you can probably find a party like this.
  5. Celebrate with sober friends
    You probably know someone, or perhaps even many people, who aren’t all that interested in drugs or alcohol. Maybe they’re having their own party, or maybe you can go with them to another party. Even at parties where some people are getting drunk or high, there are usually other people at the same venue who are staying sober but having at least as much fun, or maybe even more. Spend your time with these people!
  6. Take care of yourself
    The holiday season is the favorite time of year for many people, but it is also the most stressful time of year for just as many people. It’s easy to push yourself too hard, to set expectations too high and to allow yourself to be spread too thin. The final result of all this stress could be you deciding to cut loose and get drunk or high. No matter how much you may feel obligated to show up to every party or try to make the holidays perfect for everyone, remember to set limits and take care of yourself, so that you don’t end up burning yourself out.
  7. Don’t set yourself for failure
    It’s too easy to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Maybe you have decided to spend New Year’s Eve sober and to stay away from drugs and alcohol entirely. What happens if you do take a drink or a hit? Too often, someone in this situation decides that he or she has failed, gives up and goes off the deep end drinking or using drugs. It’s good to have the goal of staying sober, but don’t go into the holiday with unrealistic expectations. If you do make a mistake, be willing to forgive yourself and start over; it’s better to have one drink and then stay sober than to give up on the goal of sobriety after having a moment of weakness.
  8. Eat a healthy diet
    The holiday season is a time when people usually over-indulge in sweets, eat too much and generally consume a poor diet. When you eat this way, you tend to feel bad, and this stress can lead to wanting to have a drink or get high to “take the edge off.” If you maintain a healthy diet and eat in moderation in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve, you will have a more solid foundation from which to work on your goal of staying sober.
  9. Set up a reward for staying sober
    One thing you can do to increase the likelihood that you will make it through New Year’s Eve sober is to arrange some type of reward for yourself. Maybe it’s a purchase of some item you’ve been wanting, or perhaps it’s being able to have New Year’s brunch at your favorite restaurant. Alternatively, the reward could be being relieved from something unpleasant, such as if your spouse agrees to do the dishes for a week if you manage to stay sober. Whatever it may be, find something that will motivate you to stick to your decision to avoid drinking or using drugs on New Year’s Eve.
  10. Get started early on your New Year’s resolution
    If you have been struggling with substance abuse or have recently quit in an effort to overcome your addiction, you probably have a New Year’s resolution along the lines of, “I will stay sober for the entire year in 2014.” Why wait until January first to get started on this? Begin applying your resolution on New Year’s Eve. That way, you won’t have to start off your 2014 with a hangover, and when you reach the end of the year, you can be that much more proud of yourself for having started out the year on the right foot.

Source:

http://www.recoverymonth.gov/ 

Addiction In The Family Do’s & Dont’s

Addiction In The Family

If you just found out that someone in your life is in active addiction, here are the rules.  NO sugar coating just laid out so you can see.  If you can follow these standards the person with the disease of addiction has a better chance of finding recovery and you won’t be enabling their disease.
DON’T Confront the addict especially if they are still using.
DON’T Waste energy trying analyzing your loved one, thinking you played a role.  If you want to know why here it is…it’s a disease.
DON’T Ever lose hope that they will heal from this addiction.
DON’T take your loved one’s drug abuse and addiction personally
DO Take care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually.
DO Trust your intuition.
DO  Face The Facts
DO  GO to Nar-Anon or a Family Support Group
DO Allow them to stumble
DO Tell your loved one that you love them.  Tell them that you hate the drugs, You hate what those drugs have done to your loved one.
DO Educate yourself on their drug of choice.
DO Seek help from people who have been here before, Social Media support groups as well as Naranon and Alanon

DO Let them face any consequences their addiction has or will cause, even jail,  losing their job,  getting evicted, electric turned off.

STOP Lying for them.
STOP Enabling
STOP Giving them money
STOP  BEING ASHAMED, IT’S A DISEASE. 

STOP Bailing them out of jail.

STOP Trying to control them
STOP Trying to fix them
STOP Blaming yourself, it’s not your fault.  It’s a disease.
STOP Trying to find their “rock bottom.”
STOP Believing the lies.
STOP allowing them to manipulate you.
STOP Telling them if they loved you they wouldn’t use drugs.

BEGIN: Conversation with your loved one. If they ask for money, give them a list of treatment options, churches that help with bills, the welfare information.  Having tho face where the addiction has taken them could save their lives.

BEGIN: Looking into treatment options so when they are ready for help, you are ready as well.  See what treatment looks like for you.  What if anything will you be needed for? Funds, Rides?

Things to remember: People DO recover from this disease.
People DO recover from this disease.
HELP is what you give someone who cannot do for themselves.
ENABLING is providing for someone who can take care of themselves.
You did not cause this; you cannot fix it, and you will never control it.

85 of MY FAVORITE Recovery Resources Online For 2016

85 OF MY FAVORITE RECOVERY RESOURCES OF 2016

I WORK RECOVERY ONLINE EVERY DAY, ALL DAY in the recovery community.  THESE ARE MY FAVORITE RESOURCES FOR INFORMATION, INSPIRATION, AND JUST ALL AROUND ENTERTAINMENT.

Whether you suffer from addiction yourself or are dealing with addiction in your family,  ALL OF THESE RESOURCES HAVE SOMETHING FOR YOU.

BE SURE TO CHECK THEM ALL OUT.  THEY HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE IN 2016.  I HOPE THEY WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOURS IN 2017.

I KNOW I WILL BE JUMPING FROM ONE TO ANOTHER.  I HOPE TO SEE YOU AROUND!!   The order means nothing.

All of these resources are awesome.

Ok, I love @rjvieds work…what I can’t help it.  Lol…enjoy

RJ Vied 

@rjvied  www.facebook.com/rjvied  

recoveryradio.fm

About: RJ VIED is in long-term recovery. He is an Author, Father, Husband and Recovery Warrior.  RJ travels across the Country spreading hope and fighting the stigma of addiction.  He currently is doing a radio show Tuesday and Thursday nights at

http://www.facebook.com/rjvied

9pm-11pm Eastern Standard Time

The show is streamed live to that Facebook link or at their website www.recoveryradio.fm


 Magnolia new beginnings – nonprofit – family support

http://magnolianewbeginnings.org    Blog  

Support Group Families

 
About: Support for families struggling with the disease of Addiction, Substance Use Disorder.  This is a NONPROFIT that was created by a mother who found herself alone and clueless of how to help save her child who was using heroin.  This is an amazing group of mother and fathers that have some together to keep other families from going through the isolation and unknowing of discovering your child is addicted to heroin.

 A Hangover Free Life

http://ahangoverfreelife.com
About: This British blog is run by Lou. Lou offers personal blog posts, how-tos, interviews, and workshops. This blog is an excellent resource for anyone living in recovery. Lou also includes an excellent section on mocktails, including in-depth recipes and photos.

 Adam Sledd

http://adamsledd.com
About: Adam Sledd recovered from a substance use disorder. Adam was addicted for 27 years. Following this, he finally decided to get clean by entering a drug court program. Adam favours what he terms ‘self-directed, empowered recovery’ over the 12 step alternative.

Addiction Land

http://addictionland.com
About: Addictionland is designed to help all types of addicts. The site includes recovery experts, addiction support resources, and various recovery paths. The main purpose of Addictionland is to offer addicts, in and out of recovery, a place to blog and gain free insight.

 Addicts Mom – Facebook page and Support Groups

http://addictsmom.com  http://www.facebook.com/addictsmom
About: The Addict’s Mom” is a group focusing on the mothers of addicted children.

Addict Chick – Book & Recovery Blog Page – Facebook

http://addictchick.com     http://www.facebook.com/addictchick
 Addict Chick
About: At 34, Amanda Meredith had it all – A successful career, a home, a child, and everything that should have made her happy. She was also crazy in love; his name was Cage, and their love would become her first addiction—but not her last. Some would say that love destroyed her, but what she let ravage her mind, body, and soul had nothing to do with love and everything to do with a deep-seated need to destroy herself.

With the prick of a needle and a shot of methamphetamine, she lost everything- her child, her career, and she lost Cage. Homeless and alone on the streets of Dallas, she became a statistic. A broken nobody that had hit the gutter and licked it. Her story is not for the faint of heart. It is, however, an accurate account of what a life lived without an actual sense of self, without self-love, and addiction looks like.

Addict Chick: Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘N’ Roll is her heartbreak, her sorrow, and the story of how she fought like hell to save herself, with a little help from the Man above.

In this memoir, one woman proves that no matter who you are or how far you have fallen, nobody is beyond redemption.


 Alcohol Recovery Blog

http://ialcoholrecovery.com
About: Alcohol Recovery Blog is a written by an anonymous writer. The blog details this person’s journey into recovery.

 Casey’s Law 

http://www.caseyslaw.org   Support Group: CASEY”S LAW
About: If someone you love is struggling with the disease of addiction, Casey’s Law can help you get them the treatment they need. It is a law that allows family members and friends to petition the court to get the addict into court-ordered treatment without criminal punishment. This video features information on utilization of the law from the following individuals:

 Barbara Cofer Stoefen

http://barbaracoferstoefen.com
About: Barbara Cofer Stoefen’s website is for families who grieve a loved one gripped by the disease of addiction. Barbara’s daughter successfully navigated an addiction to crystal meth. Barbara’s writings detail her experiences with her daughter’s addiction and subsequent recovery.

James Sweasy Live

http://facebook.com/jamessweasy
 Watch One Of My Favorite Videos of James Sweasy

About: James SWEASY is a breath of fresh air in a community that all too often hears the same lines over and over.  James has found a way to deliver the message without sounding like he is preaching or that you are in hell.  Please check this resource out.  You will be entertained while you learn the truth about the disease of addiction.

After 20 years of addiction and recovery combined.  I found a way to live without drugs and alcohol. I carry this message with public speaking.


 Buy Buy Beer

http://byebyebeer.wordpress.com
About: Kristen started her blog in 2011 ago while newly sober and quickly discovered a supportive community and just how many ways there are to get and stay sober. These days she writes more about finding balance and celebrating

13. Buzzkill Pod

http://buzzkillpod.com
About: Buzzkill Pod is a podcast run by Paul. Paul has been sober for more than five years. Buzzkill Pod is about life through the eye’s of recovery. Paul comes from an AA background, but he respects all routes to sobriety.

 Candace Plattor

http://candaceplattor.com
About: This blog is by a registered clinical counselor with 20+ years experience. Candace has also struggled with her issues with addiction. She was diagnosed with Crones Disease at the age of 22. She was prescribed valium and codeine and later became addicted to these drugs. For many years she used these drugs. She also became addicted to cannabis. She’s been in recovery since 1987, and she uses the blog to offer inspiration and guidance for others.

 Catholic Alcoholic

http://catholicalcoholic.com
About: The Catholic Alcoholic is a blog written by an AA advocate and written from the perspective of a female Catholic now living her life in recovery.

Cathy Taughinbaugh

http://cathytaughinbaugh.com
About: Blog for CathyTaughinbaugh.com, who is a personal coach and author of Free Guide, 7 Ways to Find Parental Recovery When Your Child is Addicted

Heroin is killing my town

http://hikmt.us  http://www.facebook.com/heroiniskillingmytown
HEROIN IS KILLING MY TOWN
About: Heroin is killing my town is a nonprofit organization owned and operated by the founder, Dina Favreau.  HIKMT Has been instrumental in changing the laws in Massachusattes and Dina just got started.

This website is pretty new but it was already putting up high numbers and pumping out exceptional content.  This site is ideal for the one still suffering, in recovery or for their family wanting to understand.


 Changing Lives Foundation

http://drug-addiction-help-now.org
About: This blog aims to help the family, friends, and employers of someone who is struggling with substance abuse/addiction. The Changing Lives Foundation is a Colorado-based Charitable C-corp.

 Chipur

http://chipur.com
About: Chipur is a blog for people who suffer with mood or anxiety disorders. Chipur is run by Bill White. Bill is a mental health professional and he’s recovered from what he describes as ‘decades of mood and anxiety torture’. He’s also been sober since 1984.

 Crying Out Now

http://cryingoutnow.com
About: Crying Out Now is a community of women speaking about addiction and recovery – telling our truths, and breaking down the walls of stigma and denial surrounding addiction – One Story at a Time.

 Dirk Hanson

http://addiction-dirkh.blogspot.com
About: Articles and health studies about drugs, addiction and alcoholism, including the most recent scientific and medical findings.

 Discovery Place

http://discoveryplace.info
About: Discovery Place offers blog posts from the perspective of an alcohol rehab centre.

 Drinking Diaries

http://drinkingdiaries.com
About: A blog about women and drinking–the ups, downs, and everything in between.

Drinking to Distraction

http://drinkingtodistraction.com
About: This blog is run by Jenna Hollenstein. Jenna is a professional nutrition therapist. The blog includes personal stories, how-tos and podcast style interviews. Good information on different ‘holistic therapies’ and nutrition. Highly recommended.

 Drug Class

About: Drug Class is run by Rand Teed. Rand describes himself as a ‘nationally recognized leaders in the Drug and Alcohol Education and Prevention Field’. The main focus of the Drug Class Program is to help people better understand the nature of and problems associated with substance abuse.

Fine Anon

http://fine-anon.blogspot.com
About: Fine-anon is run by Syd. Syd is an adult child of an alcoholic married to an alcoholic who is learning the steps to recovery through Al-Anon. The blog details Syd’s journey in search of serenity.

 Growing up Chaotic

http://growingupchaotic.com
About: This blog is run by Dawn Clancy. Dawn manages the blog as well as a popular podcast that provides a 360° view on all topics related to the addict’s or alcoholic’s family and friends, codependency, domestic violence, drugs and culture, mental health, recovery and siblings and addiction.

 Guinevere Gets Sober

http://guineveregetssober.com
About: A top-rated blog offering reliable news, reviews and straight talk about addiction, alcoholism, smoking, and recovery… plus good stories.

 Heros in Recovery

http://heroesinrecovery.com
About: Heroes in Recovery celebrates the heroic efforts of those who seek the addiction and mental health help they need without feeling ashamed or isolated.

 Hip Sobriety

http://hipsobriety.com
About: The Hip Sobriety was formed in 2012 by Holly Glenn after hitting rock bottom. Holly was addicted to alcohol and cannabis. Holly uses the blog to discuss her individualized path of recovery. She believes sobriety isn’t just about quitting alcohol and drugs, but it’s about getting after your best life and having everything you ever dreamed of. It’s about living the way other people won’t live, so you can live the way most people can’t.

 Fu@k heroin foundation

http://fu@kheroinfoundation.com/
 Fuck Heroin Foundation
About: .If you or a loved one hurt those around you, if you or a loved one wake up with withdrawal symptoms, if you or a loved one’s life is unmanageable, you or a loved one may be suffering from heroin addiction.

 Jagged Little Edges

http://jaggedlittleedges.com
About: Jagged Little Edges is run by Lorelie Rozanno.

Lorelie has been in recovery for more than 18 years.She is now an alcohol and drug counselor, as well as an author. Rozanno is passionate about helping others recover from the effects of addiction. Her blog aims to inspire addicts and their families to reach out for help.


 Jody Lamb

http://jodylamb.com
About: Jody Lamb is a blog written from the perspective of an ‘adult child of an alcoholic.’ Jody uses the blog to share her personal story and what she learned on this journey.

 Leaving AA

http://leavingaa.com
About: Leaving AA is run by Monica Richardson. Monica is an avid supporter for those harmed in any AA or NA meeting or it’s culture.

 Life Corked

http://lifecorked.com
About: Life Corked is a blog written by Chenoa Woods. Chenoa turned to alcohol following the death of her mother. Chenoa’s blog reflects on her experiences with alcohol and subsequent recovery. Chenoa attributes her success to her relationship with God.

 Living Without Alcohol

http://livingwithoutalcohol.blogspot.com
About: This blog is run by. Mrs D. Mrs. D is a New Zealand housewife who started anonymously blogging about her struggle with alcohol after realizing her drinking was out of control and she needed to stop. She feels that writing out her thoughts and feelings in the early days of sobriety was immensely strengthening, and the community of support that soon grew up around her blog meant. Mrs D was able to develop a robust and lasting recovery.. Mrs D is now over four years sober and continues to update her blog weekly with all the goings-on of her busy, domesticated, alcohol-free life.

 Liv’s Recovery Kitchen

http://livsrecoverykitchen.com
About: Liv’s Recovery Kitchen’s Mission is to provide a dedicated resource for all you need to know about good nutrition & wellness in recovery from addiction. Whether your goal is to lose weight, to feel more energized, or to learn how to really enjoy life in recovery, this is the place for you.

 Mark Goodson

Site: http://markgoodson.com
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About: Mark Goodson offers a hodgepodge of poety, essays and creative non-fiction on addiction and recovery. Mark has been in clean for nine years. Mark’s blog aims to help and teach others who now face their own issues with addiction and recovery.

 Message in a Bottle blog

http://messageinabottleblog.wordpress.com
About: Message in a Bottle is run by Paul, a former alcohol who’s clocked up more than 25 years in recovery. Paul’s an AA advocate and uses his blog to write about life in recovery.

 Holy Addiction

http://www.holyaddiction.com

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/holyaddict 

About: Holy Addiction is my blog, so I had to put it here.  I hope you like the messages of hope and my new found love of iMovie and Adobe products to bring you cool movies like this.

My Journey From An Addict

http://myjourneyfromanaddict.blogspot.com
About: My Journey from an Addict is a blog by Mary Beth Robertson. This blog details Mary’s life in recovery and offers inspiration to those contemplating life in recovery.

 My Life As 3D

http://mylifeas3d.blogspot.com
About: This blog is run by Dean Dauphinais. Dean dedicates the blog to breaking the stigma associated with addiction. The blog allows Dean a platform for thoughts on addiction. Dean is the Father of a Person in Long-Term Recovery from Addiction, a member of the Parent Support Network at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and a Lead Advocate for Heroes in Recovery.

 One Crafty Mother

http://onecraftymother.com
About: One Crafty Mother is written by Ellie Schoenberger. She is Founder of Crying Out Now, a blog where women tell their stories of addiction and recovery and offer each other support through a vibrant and growing community.

 Parent Pathway

http://parentpathway.com
About: Parent Pathway aims to support parents who’s children are affected by addiction. Parent Pathway was created for parents, by parents, to provide a place to find peace of mind at a time when their world feels like it is falling apart. Parent Pathway offers help for parents of addicts and alcoholics through information, support, community, and hope.

 Parents of an Addict

http://parentsofanaddict.blogspot.com
About: This blog is run by Ron and Darlene. Ron and Darlene are parents of a former addict now living in recovery. However, Ron and Darlene continue to share their experiences with the public through this fantastic blog. This blog is particularly useful for parents or over loved ones of an addiction/recovered addiction. This blog is an excellent companion to an Alanon program.

 Quit & Recovery Registry

http://quitandrecovery.org
About: Launched in September 2011, the International Quit & Recovery Registry seeks to understand what allows people to succeed in overcoming addiction, whether to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or harmful behaviors. Led by Warren Bickel, PhD, a world-renowned addiction researcher, and director of the Addiction Recovery Research Center of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, the registry taps the insights and experiences of people who are in recovery from an addiction.

 Quitting Crystal Meth

http://quittingcrystalmeth.com
About: Quitting Crystal Meth is a blog by Joseph Sharp. Joseph is a survivor of HIV and cancer. He’s also a recovering crystal me

Choose Freedom

   Choose Freedom
About: Choose Freedom is a heartfelt blog by a young man in recovery that works hard every day to spread a message of hope to the world.  You can also find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/choosefreedom  

reach Out Recovery

Site: http://reachoutrecovery.com
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About: Reach Out Recovery is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to Addiction Education, Prevention, and Recovery founded in March 2011

Johnsoshoies       WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/JOHNSOSOPHIES

About: Johnsosophies are flashes of insight gained over years of trial and error… The musings of a recovering mind.

Recovery Reflections

Site: http://recoveryreflections.com
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About: Recovery Reflections offers inspiring blog posts for those in recovery.

Sandy Swenson

Site: http://sandyswenson.com
About: Sandy Swenson writes this blog from the perspective of a mother of an addicted child. Through her blog, Sandy is a voice for parents–particularly mothers–of children suffering from the disease of addiction, putting their thoughts and feeling into words.

Shatter Proof

Site: http://shatterproof.org
About: Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation that addiction causes families.

She Recovers

Site: http://sherecovers.co
About: This blog is run by Dawn Nickel, Taryn Strong and Sharonlee Latham and Asley Prosser. She Recovers is dedicated to women now living in recovery. This blog is an excellent resource for women suffering from addiction or now living in recovery, and the blog is one I often recommend to female patients of ours at Ocean Recovery Centre.

 Since Right Now

About: This blog is run by Chris Aguirre. Chris is a former alcoholic now living in recovery. Chris offers many resources, how-tos, personal stories and podcasts. Highly recommended!

Smyls

Site: http://smyls.co.uk
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About: Beth’s main passion is Recovery Coaching, specialising in helping people to rebuild their lives and achieve success after problems such as addiction, stress, life changes, illness, divorce, life transitions and mental health disorders.

 kill the heroin epidemic nationwide

Site: http://www.kthen.org  www.heroinforum.org
About: Kill Heroin Epidemic Nationwide is a blog and forum on heroin addiction.  The page is very responsive and worth checking out.

 Sober Courage

Site: http://sobercourage.com
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About: Sober Courage is run by Magz Shores. Sober Courage is somewhere for people to get together and celebrate life in recovery. This blog’s main focus is on early sobriety, surviving Friday-Nights sober, sober parenting, and dealing with the social stigma.

 Sober Julie

Site: http://soberjulie.com
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About: Sober Julie is a treat for anyone living “straight up.” This funky sober mom blogger shares inspiration, life, health tips, recipes, reviews and giveaways.

 Sober Nation

Site: http://sobernation.com
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About: Sober Nation is a national resource center and online community for people seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

 Sober Senorita

Site: http://sobersenorita.com
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About: This blog is run by Kelly Fitzgerald. Kelly is an advocate for breaking the stigma of addiction. Striving to fit in with her peers and living the party girl lifestyle, Kelly quickly discovered her drinking habits were much more extreme than others, with devastating consequences. After escaping to Cancun, Mexico and living abroad for five years, she got sober in a spring breakers’ paradise. Today, she lives in Florida and writes about living life as a 20-something sober girl.

 Sober Unicorn

Site: http://soberunicorn.com
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About: Sober Unicorn is run by Cristina. Cristina has been sober since 2015. Sober Unicorn is an outlet for Cristina to be completely transparent and genuine. In this blog, Christina details her recovery experiences, and reveals her failures and awakenings as stepping stones so that others may know the grace that has found her.

 The Discovering Alcoholic

Site: http://discoveringalcoholic.com
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About: The Discovering Alcoholic is run by Gavin. Gavin is a recovering alcoholic since 1994. He started the blog back in 2007 and offers the blog as an attempt to lessen the stigma associated with addiction and to encourage others to share in this confidence or feel more inclined to seek help.

 The Hurt Healer

Site: http://thehurthealer.com
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About: The Hurt Healer is run by Carolyn Hughes. Carolyn is a freelance writing specialising in addiction and mental health issues. She overcame her own alcoholism and depression in the past. The Hurt Healer has a thriving community of worldwide members who want to make their own journey to emotional wholeness and empowered living. The blog reflects Carolyn’s passion to inspire others to live their lives as the person they were meant to be.

 The Immortal Alcoholic

Site: http://immortalalcoholic.blogspot.com
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About: The Immortal Alcoholic is run by Linda Doyne. This blog details the effect of being a non-alcoholic person married to an end-stage alcoholic. This blog also provides useful insight and facts concerning the complexities of conflicting information.

 The Soberwold

Site: http://thesoberworld.com
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About: TheSoberWorld Magazine is published monthly and provides addiction resources and recovery services.

 The Sobriety Collective

Site: http://thesobrietycollective.com
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About: The Sobriety Collective is run by Laura. Laura’s aim is to create a living, breathing community of sober individuals. Laura advocates a mental health approach to addiction treatment.

 The Spirit of Recovery

Site: http://thespiritofrecovery.net
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About: The Spirit of Recovery is a blog written by Ron, a 57-year-old recovered alcoholic. Ron attributes his success in recovery to AA. Ron’s blog aims to help those who still suffer in the problem or struggle to maintain a fragile sobriety.

 The Unruffled

Site: http://theunruffled.com
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About: The Unruffled is run by Sondra. Sondra has been in recovery since 2014. Sondra’s blog details her experiences in recovery. Sondra helps people fill the void created when drugs and alcohol are abandoned.

 Tired of Thinking About Drinking

Site: http://tiredofthinkingaboutdrinking.com
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About: Tired of Thinking About Drinking is a blog written by Belle. This blog details belle’s journey to sobriety. The website includes blog posts, Belle’s 100 day sober challenge and a sober ‘jumpstart’.

 Tommy Rosen

Site: http://tommyrosen.com
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About: Tommy Rosen has been in recovery for over 23 years and learned first-hand how to move beyond addiction to true healing and freedom, one breath at a time.

 Transformation Is Real

Site: http://transformation-is-real.com
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About: Transformation Is Real shares stories, books, and podcasts about personal transformation, resilience and addiction.

 Veronica Valli

Site: http://veronicavalli.com
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About: Veronica has worked as an therapist specialising in addiction for over 10 years; her experience includes working with young people in the criminal justice system, primary care adult treatment, outreach services and in private practice. Veronica has also worked in local government (in the UK) delivering the local drug and alcohol strategy.

Waking Up The Ghost

Site: http://wakinguptheghost.com
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About: Waking up the Ghost follows Marilyn Spiller’s life in recovery. She’s been dry since 2013. Marilyn’s blog offers many inspiration posts for people either in recovery or contemplating life in recovery.

 What Me Sober

Site: http://whatmesober.com
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About: What Me Sober is run by Bill. Bill has been a recovering alcoholic since 1989. Bill uses his blog to write about life in recovery. Bill started off blogging about Buddhism, but he now focuses on recovery.

William White Papers

Site: http://williamwhitepapers.com
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About: This site contains the full text of more than 300 articles, 8 monographs, 30+ recovery tools, 9 book chapters, 3 books, and links to an additional 15 books written by William White and co-authors over the past four decades as well as more than 100 interviews with addiction treatment and recovery leaders.

 Yoga and Recovery

Site: http://yoga-recovery.blogspot.com
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About: Yoga Recovery is run by Kyczy Hawk. Kyczy is a yoga teacher, and her primary focus is providing classes designed to help people recovering from addiction.

 RECOVERYRADIO.FM

Site: http://www.recoveryradio.fm
About: Live radio show that streams to Facebook at www.facebook.com/recoveryradio.fm and on their website http://www.recoveryradio.fm  Live Tuesdays and Thursday nights 9pm – 11 pm Eastern Standard time.  Palm Beach Florida with RJ Vied James Sweasy and Bobble as your hosts…Check it out.

 HEROIN BULLETIN

Site: http://HEROINBULLETIN.COM
About: HEROIN BULLETIN KEEPS YOU POSTED ON THE ONGOING EFFECTS OF ADDICTION IN OUR COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD.  LAUNCHING ON JAN 1ST. 2016

The Addict

 
I am not your child, or spouse, or friend. I’ve changed. I don’t belong to you anymore. I don’t care about you. Not in the way you want me too. I care about getting high. I WANT to get high. I will do ANYTHING to get high. I LOVE getting high. I NEED to get high.. and I will step over you to do it. When I look at you, I don’t see YOU. I see a means to an end. You have money. I want it. End of story. I don’t care if you can’t pay the rent. I don’t care if you need groceries. I don’t care if you promised you wouldn’t give me money again. I don’t care if you lie to Dad. I don’t care if you’re broke. Sell your rings, take a loan, sell your electronics, max out your credit cards, borrow the money from someone else, because if you don’t, I will STEAL it. I WILL find a way to get HIGH. You think you can CHANGE me, or SAVE me. You are WRONG! Something cold and dead slithers within me. I no longer respond to love or truth. You can CRY all you want. I don’t care. I have no integrity or values. My morals are a thing of the past. I will say anything, do anything, and hurt anyone, to get my next FIX.
Although I may play the game with you, make no mistake. I don’t play it because I LOVE you, I play it because I want my DOPE. I will say whatever you want to hear, I will promise you the world, I will look you in the eyes, and I WILL break your heart. Over and over again. I don’t have a heart anymore. I have HUNGER. It’s calculating and manipulative, and it OWNS me.
In a strange way, you’re thankful for this hunger. For when I feel it coming on, I find you, quick! Then when I’ve gotten what I want from you, I leave. You’re anxious without me. You offer to buy my food or pay my rent. You always GIVE me something.
By now, you’re NEED almost as great as mine.
I can’t stay SICK without you. You can’t breathe without ME.
You think you’re helping me. You believe you’re making a difference, but what you’re helping… is my ADDICTION.
I won’t tell you this, but you know it, deep down.
If we keep going like this, one or both of us will die. Me from an overdose that you paid for, and you from a heart attack, or stroke.
You’ll wait YEARS for me to change, or see the light, and I take full advantage of this.
You keep my secrets and protect my lies. You clean up my messes and bail me out. You love me to the exclusion of EVERYONE else.
You are bitter and resentful. You hide from your friends and isolate. You HATE.
Your world revolves around one thing only… ME.
But will your LOVE ever become greater than your FEAR? Would you be strong enough to reach out for help? Will you learn to say NO? Will you allow me to experience the consequences of my actions? Will you LOVE me enough to feel your discomfort and stop enabling my addiction?
I lay trapped with within the confines of this cold dark,  serpent – addiction, and I am… dying.”
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Author – Lorelei Rozanno
Will you love me enough to stop enabling me?