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Recovery From Norway!

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Recovery From Norway!

Hi! I'm Torill from Norway! I grew up in a dysfunctional family. With alcoholism, physical, verbal, and sexual abuse. I was the oldest daughter—the second oldest child—and took on the role of parenting early on. When my youngest sibling was born with a disability it was I who took care of her, carried her out when the weather was good, tickled her "useless" feet with grass, and told her stories about reaching for the sun with the wind stroking our faces. The grown ups said she was a punishment from god. We weren't even religious. "The grown ups said she...

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I Only Exercised Loaded!

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I Only Exercised Loaded!

I only exercised while loaded during the first 7 years of my love affair with the gym.Well, obsession with the gym is more accurate; but yes, I only worked out with heavy weights drunk, high, or both. Now, that sounds pretty crazy in hindsight, even to me, but at the time I didn’t think twice about it. A huge part of my disease came in the form of body shaming (which ultimately led to body dysmorphia), feelings of inadequacy, and feeling weak or downright pathetic. As a kid, I was picked on a lot as I tried to hang with...

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Fascinating Drunk People

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Fascinating Drunk People

When I got clean and sober the first time I had this odd fascination with people being drunk around me. Sometimes it triggered me, but other times it really got me off! It was a split decision whether I liked being around it because I was still holding onto resentments from the past, or other times that I would completely spaz out and run to a coffee shop to rid myself of the situation. I’m also a frequent concert goer and I would remember that I’d pay more attention to the drunk guy throwing his arms up mocking the drums...

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I'm Not an Addict in Recovery, but I Still Chose to be 100% Sober! Why?

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I'm Not an Addict in Recovery, but I Still Chose to be 100% Sober! Why?

My wife and I were sitting around talking today and I had a few questions on my mind. If most of you didn’t already know, she isn’t an addict. But the best part about it for me is that she understands addiction pretty well, understands recovery well, and is completely abstinent and sober herself. Now what I’d always thought was that she had stopped for me when we’d gotten together, and that isn’t completely false. But to my surprise it’s not that hard for her either; I’m not sure why I’m surprised by that, but it really isn’t hard for...

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A Father Son Duo: Tackling Addiction One Book at a Time with Tweak

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A Father Son Duo: Tackling Addiction One Book at a Time with Tweak

Sheff senior and his son are both New York Times best selling authors, who're tackling addiction one book at a time! Nic Sheff with "Tweak" and David Sheff with "Beautiful Boy."  David Sheff amounted the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list in April and May of 2008, for his book “Beautiful Boy.”  The book showed David’s point of view of his son--Nic’s--substance abuse. According the New York Times, Beautiful Boy is a “journey through his son’s addiction,” at the same time being “through the father’s eyes.”  They go on to state:   “For me, the hardest part about...

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