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19 Days Clean...

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19 Days Clean...

I'm Jake, have 19 days clean, and I call it my first real attempt at recovery, because before, it was either to satisfy my family, a girlfriend, a job, or whatever the cause may be; but the reason wasn’t me. This time getting clean is for me, and at the same time I’ll be helping my wife and newborn daughter. I want my daughter to grow up with a positive male role model in her life, while showing her that you can overcome anything that is put in your path. She’ll see the strength within me and our family when...

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What my Sister has Missed Since her Addiction

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What my Sister has Missed Since her Addiction

An addiction is more like an affliction. It's a realization that the life you once had with the sister I once knew is gone gone forever until one day she may wakes up and makes the choice. The choice to be a sister, to be a mother, to be a daughter, to be an Aunt, to be a niece, to be a cousin to be there for the ones who love her and stop being there for one thing a drug. A drug named Roxy. Roxy stole my sister. The drug stole the only sibling I had left. To say...

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Recovery Donation Pt. 2 [Video]

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Recovery Donation Pt. 2 [Video]

For the month of October we have Miriam who has become our primary donor in Newtown, Pennsylvania!  She is the owner of DoingDrugs.Sucks and has been working really closely with us here at SFY on getting her message her and trying to spread youth prevention with her youth approved prevention book, "I Love My Brother." Miriam comes from the realm of recovery that we believe effects many, many, many people because it's not just the addicted or those in the feat of addictions. Rather, she lost her brother to an overdose of heroin and is combating the opioid crisis by...

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Why They Call Addiction a Family Disease!

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Why They Call Addiction a Family Disease!

I start my message to you with, “I LOVE YOU.” Aaron—my son—always asked me, “Mom. Why is ‘I love you’ the first thing out of your mouth when I call?”  I said him that, “Aaron, sometimes you don't call for weeks, or even months. I have to seize the opportunity when I can, and let you know I LOVE YOU NO MATTER WHAT.”       I proceeded to tell my son, “Frankly Aaron, I don't know when I’m going to get that next opportunity to say, ‘I love you’ to my only son." So, if you haven’t already made...

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Six Years Clean and a Merry Christmas!

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Six Years Clean and a Merry Christmas!

Today was my six years clean and sober, in recovery, and one of the best days that I’ve had in a long time! It was also Christmas, and sobriety was a great present to myself, as well as others. I wasn’t only rejoicing for me but I was rejoicing for the sanity of my mother and health of my father. Frankly, this was the first year that one, or both, of her sons hasn’t spent in the hospital. That alone is a blessing. But to say that I’ve been actively working on my recovery for six years now is a...

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