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Will Speaks Out on 4 Years Sober!

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Will Speaks Out on 4 Years Sober!

God gave me a second chance at life. Every day the gratitude that I feel that I am alive, and especially on this day, is surreal. *Alcoholic/drug addict or not, never forget how far you've come. Everything that you've survived through, all the times you've pushed on, even when you felt you couldn't. All the mornings you got out of bed, no matter how hard it was. All the times you wanted to give up but you got through another day.#onedayatatime. Find the willingness to surrender who you were, for who you can become. #putgodfirst. #AA. #unityrecoveryservice. #helpothers. #lifeafteralcohol. #lifeafterRX. #lifeafterheroin....

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I'm Not an Alcoholic... am I?

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I'm Not an Alcoholic... am I?

I am Not an Alcoholic, I Just Like to Have A Few Drinks with Friends How many times have you said that? If you have said it at all, you must be thinking that you may have a problem. In fact, if you are reading this, you must be considering the fact that you may be an alcoholic. It is quite common, in fact, one in every 12 adults in the United States have some form of alcohol dependence. That is over 17 million people. There is so much advertising about having fun with your friends while drinking at a...

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She said, "Your Story Will Never Matter!" Boy, Was She Wrong!

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She said, "Your Story Will Never Matter!" Boy, Was She Wrong!

Once, I had a journalism teacher who told me that “people don’t want to hear your opinion.” She continued to ramble on about how that wasn’t in journalistic ethics and that my opinion, ultimately, did not matter. She continued to grade me poorly because I showed passions for what I believed in, and refused to “see it my way.” Man, it’s a good thing that I didn’t listen to her, right?! If I’d have listened to her, or the millions of other times someone told me that my story didn’t matter, I wouldn’t be here telling you that it’s the...

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Raven: My First Meeting

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Raven: My First Meeting

December 21st 2011. This was the beginning of a new way of life. It was a cold Tuesday evening and I was sick because I hadn't had a drink. I walked into my first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and I was greeted by a very tall lanky woman with a big smile. She extended her hand to me and said, "Welcome, I'm glad you're here!” I thought to myself, “Is this woman crazy? Does she know who I am? What I've done?” And then she guided me to my seat. After I sat down I listened to everyone introduce themselves as alcoholics. “How did I...

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Art, Life, and Sobriety

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Art, Life, and Sobriety

We all come to terms with our sobriety in different ways. Mine begins with a feckless artist being murdered on the beach and ends with the archetypal be-heading of a biblical monster. Caravaggio is just another name in some cold museum. He died at 39 in 1610 –maybe murdered – and he had spent his last few years on the run from a murder charge. But that was not what drew me to him – nor the fact that I retraced his footsteps through Southern Italy for two gloriously drunken weeks back in 2006.   What drew me to him...

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