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The Power of Animals in Recovery

Olivia PennelleAddiction / Recovery Stories

For the last four weeks I have fostered a rescue dog, Dawson. My sense of purpose, need for connection, and sense of value have been fulfilled immeasurably.
August 24th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Addiction / Recovery Stories

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My First Adult Children of Alcoholics Meeting

Olivia PennelleAddiction / Recovery Stories, Alcohol Treatment, The Recovery Village

I walked into my first Adult Children of Alcoholics Meeting (ACA) late—which is kind of ironic, given that I had been brought up to never be late.

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Your Story Matters: Meet Lisa Schmidt, Sober Hipster

Camille RenzoniAddiction / Recovery Stories

Lisa Schmidt lives for stories: simple photo quotes that spread like wildfire. Tales of redemption in podcasts.
August 10th 2017
Camille Renzoni
Addiction / Recovery Stories

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How I Define My Boundaries and Develop Self-Esteem

How I Define My Boundaries and Develop Self-Esteem

Olivia PennelleAddiction / Recovery Stories, Sober Living

When I got sober, I had no idea what a boundary was—other than a state line, or the dividing line of a country.
August 5th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Addiction / Recovery Stories, Sober Living

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How I Quit Smoking Through Harm Reduction

How I Quit Smoking Through Harm Reduction

Olivia PennelleAddiction, Addiction / Recovery Stories, Recovery

At around 18 months sober, I noticed the same addictive pattern of thinking and behavior that I had experienced with drugs, alcohol, and food—except this time the substance was nicotine (cigarettes).
July 30th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Addiction, Addiction / Recovery Stories, Recovery

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the power of journaling in recovery

The Power of Journaling as an Essential Recovery Practice 

Olivia PennelleAddiction / Recovery Stories, Recovery

I’ll never forget the words my first sponsor said to me during our initial meeting: I can see that you’re really disconnected between your head and your heart, she said.
July 29th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Addiction / Recovery Stories, Recovery

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From Addiction to Recovery: Sarah’s Story

Kelly FitzgeraldAddiction / Recovery Stories

I am 14 years old and I am in the back seat of my mom’s Toyota Tercel and I am literally heartbroken. I know my life is forever changing.
July 27th 2017
Kelly Fitzgerald
Addiction / Recovery Stories

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20 Quotes to Inspire Your Addiction Recovery Journey

20 Quotes to Inspire Your Addiction Recovery Journey

The Recovery VillageAddiction, Addiction / Recovery Stories, Recovery

Beginning and staying on the road to recovery can be a challenge. Drug addiction is a cunning and baffling disease...
July 27th 2017
The Recovery Village
Addiction, Addiction / Recovery Stories, Recovery

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From Addiction to Recovery: Laura S's Story

From Addiction to Recovery: Laura S’s Story

Kelly FitzgeraldAddiction / Recovery Stories

Growing up, I always felt like something was off. Despite having an amazing family - two wonderful parents and an older brother -- I struggled to fit in.
July 25th 2017
Kelly Fitzgerald
Addiction / Recovery Stories

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4 Ways Atheists and Agnostics Recover

4 Ways Atheists and Agnostics Recover

Kelly FitzgeraldAddiction, Addiction / Recovery Stories, Recovery

A common question among those trying to get sober, and those who are foreign to addiction and recovery is, how do atheists and agnostics recover?
July 24th 2017
Kelly Fitzgerald
Addiction, Addiction / Recovery Stories, Recovery