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Ondo State, Nigeria
I'm a youth in recovery from addiction. By the grace of God, I survived almost 15 years of deadly addiction to alcohol and other drugs...more
At 14 yrs old, what many thought was just moody adolescents, I was actually suffering from depression. At this age I started self medicating with weed and alcohol....more
On November 12, 1986, my life changed forever when I finally admitted defeat and raised my hand and admitted,"My name is Pat and I am an alcoholic."...more
I am 6 years and 5 months sober from crystal methamphetamine. I turned to IV meth use after the loss of my husband during a very difficult divorce...more
New York, NY
Even after all this time, I can still sense the occasional awkwardness when people discover I don't drink, particularly around the holidays...more
New York, NY
I’ve been there; every drug, heroin, crack, and pcp. It put me in a homeless pit, clawing my way out just to fall back in the pit...more
Tupper Lake, NY
Out of the depths of despair comes recovery. We went through physical and emotional pain so long that we gave up any hope of ever finding meaning to our lives...more
Flowery Branch, GA
My name is Marilyn Davis and I am person in long term recovery. This means that I have not used drugs or alcohol in more than 24 years...more
Just a short story of when I confronted my fears, April 2009. I was lying in bed feeling sick getting well...more
All our life we’ve been spoiled, monetarily speaking. Whatever the problem was -- Daddy sent a check. Not this time....more
I have been in recovery for 7 years! I got in recovery through a friend by letting him take me off the streets...more
My name is Tony and I'm a person in longterm recovery. What that means to me is that I have not used Alcohol or other drugs since Jun 24, 2011...more
I am a grateful recovering addict/alcoholic of almost six years. The bottom I hit before...more
From the grips of despair to the Glories of Hope. Before recovery I was...more
When I was drowned in addiction I never thought that someday I would write about it, someday that I would have successfully passed through it...more
My name is Devin Fox. I'm a person in long-term recovery which means I haven't used a drink or a drug since...more
My life was unmanageable; jobs, a marriage, and my dignity were gone. Sitting in a jail cell...more
Allison Tierney Wood
I am writing this today because on June 1, 2012, I am celebrating 6 years on long term sobriety...more
My name is Kelvin and I'm a person in long term recovery, which means that I haven't used alcohol and other drugs for over 3 years...more
My drug of choice was alcohol and "Anything else you got". That was how I wound up on the fast track to hitting bottom...more
My teenage life disaster began early. To me it started when I was eleven years old. It was Mother's Day in 2005, I was cooking for my stepmom...more
30 yrs ago this coming June 13th I made a decision to change my life. Stopping my drinking and drugging has been the most rewarding lifestyle change I could ever make... more
My name is Angel and I am a recovering Addict/Alcoholic. After 30 years of living with addiction, domestic violence, incomprehensible demoralization...more
After completing 4 years at the University of Northern Colorado for my Bachelor of Science in 1990, 1 year at Johns Hopkins University for my Masters...more
I had a good upbringing. When I finished high school, two years later I met my husband. He owned a Seafood Restaurant where I worked for over 15 years...more
Port Angeles, WA
At 14 years of age around 1962 I first began using marijuana. It quickly escalated to LSD, amphetamines, downers, and on and on. For the most part I stuck...more
Queen Creek, AZ
Hello, my name is Christine. I've been in the mental health system since I was 15 years old. I am bipolar. I am now 31 years old and have managed...more
Fair Haven, NJ
Though I was never addicted to alcohol or drugs, substance abuse has impacted me and my family in profound ways. My father was an alcoholic...more
Hi, my name is Kelley. I can't remember my first drink or drug. They were always a part of my life. I was brought up...more
Kevin Edward Kelly
St. Cloud, MN
My addiction to opiate/opioid drugs began in 1974, back in NYC, where I was born and raised. Like most addicts, I first began getting high... more
Verona , WI
My son Aaron was 17 when he said "Dad, I don't care where you go or what you do, but you gotta do something about you 'cause your killin' Mom." Aaron was in recovery... more
Addiction does not just affect the addict, but everyone around them. more..
San Diego, CA
I am a survivor. I have conquered social phobia, dysthymia and alcoholism. More...
My 1st drink at 18 began 31 years of use and abuse; most of the time blacked out. . I progressed to cocaine, acid and everything in between. More...
I was 9 yrs old when I had my 1st sip of beer. I spit it out, but by the 7th grade I was smoking pot, cigarettes, and drinking vodka on the rocks. More...
In 1998 at age 43 I left my husband of 15 years. The disease of alcoholism placed a death grip on our marriage and never let go. More...
I was at the Symphony the other night and I was amazed. Not at the people or the music, but at the Maestro. More...
I am a 35 year old survivor who has been clean and sober for almost seven years. My drug of choice was Methamphetamine. More...
I started drinking at at age 12. Believe me I needed a drink, and managed not to cross the imaginary line of no return until I was about 18. More...
I no longer do the things I used to do when I was obsessed with the getting and using and finding ways and means to get more. I have learned respect more...
I'm Kevin Young and I am in long-term recovery, which means that I have not used opiates, alcohol, and other drugs for more than 19 years. more...
I am a parent of a graduate of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program. more...
Fort Payne, AL
Hello my name is Tiffanie and I am a person in recovery from drugs and alcohol more...
At 15, I began experimenting with alcohol and pot with the more...
Mingo Junction, OH
1999. What a way to end the decade - spiraling downward more...
February 9, 2000. It was the worst of times. I walked more...
In the past I was known as the Drunk among Drunks. More...
My addiction began when I was 13 after the death of my more...
Hugh Tudor Foley
In 2001 I was confronted for increasing alcoholic behavior more...
Lynn Marie Smith
San Clemente, CA
At the age of 19, I moved from small-town Pennsylvania more...
I am an Entertainer (singer/songwriter/recording artist). More...
Elkins Park, PA
My name is Art Zwerling and I’m an alcoholic/addict that more...
I arrived at my first Al-Anon Family Group meeting hoping more...
I have been a member of Al-Anon for 10 years. It not only more...
Paisley, ON, Canada
Upon his return from his first semester at University, my more...
Hilton Head Island, SC
I am the granddaughter, daughter, sister and mother of more...
Lois Lee Mazzone
I am a 45 year old middle class white woman who was more...
Shallow Lake, ON, Canada
Life before recovery was a variety of blacks and greys more...
I am a secondary victim (parent, sibling, friend, etc) in more...