I Lost Everything Because of My Drinking

I jumped from job to job and relationship to relationship. I loved being a party girl, going out every night and getting wasted. I thought it made my life fun. Sure, there was shame and regret in the morning, but I could wash that away with a few drinks. When I was around 21, I met the man that is now my husband. We were, “the party couple,” until my birth control failed and I found myself pregnant. Our parents convinced us getting marriage was the right thing to do, so we did.

How To Work Through A Deep Craving Episode

I beat my drinking demon to a pulp today. My illness and I fought — good and hard on the wrestling mat — and against all odds, I won. It was a terrifying match. I finished bloody, messy and exhausted…but I… Read More

Why is Anonymity in Recovery So Confusing?

There’s nothing better than sharing a personal recovery story on social media and having someone comment with a friendly reminder about anonymity with a winky face. 😉 Perhaps it’s assumed I’m so excited about the amazing life I get to live because of… Read More

I Feel More Alone Sober

I am new to abstinence. I am in “early recovery.” Before I began my much needed quest for sobriety, I felt alone — isolated from my peers in their sober world. This world has no drinks; or is… Read More

“Motherhood in Recovery” is Inclusive

A few weeks ago, I was asked to speak on an upcoming, six-person panel for my 12-step community. The theme of the panel is “Motherhood in Recovery.” I agreed without a thought, because I’ve been taught to never… Read More