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11 Year Old Missing her Sister & Dad Since Their Addiction

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11 Year Old Missing her Sister & Dad Since Their Addiction

Having a father and a sister that were both drug addicts, did not give me a good life. It was hard on my life. It affected my school grades, it affected the way my parents treated each other, and most important it affected my life in a very bad way. I've learned a lot in life for these reasons.  Since my dad was a drug addict he missed a lot of parts of my life like my school talent shows, my science fairs, my chorus concerts, and a lot of my birth days. I still remember the first time my...

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Invisible Illness! Don't Believe Me Until My Bones Are Already Broken...

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Invisible Illness! Don't Believe Me Until My Bones Are Already Broken...

This isn't recent news, but it is relevant news for me, my story, and another grotesque mental illness saga. My mental illness never seems to go away, but does it better when I find healthier ways to cope. But, this was a time in my life when I was at an all time low mentally, dealing with panic disorders and anorexia, while trying to realize that maybe I truly did have a problem with addiction; not just substances, either.  While chronically threatening to kill myself was the least of my worries. In fact, I thought that it would fix my...

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Collaborative Communities to Aide Preventing Addiction

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Collaborative Communities to Aide Preventing Addiction

In my personal opinion—which is what you’re here to read—I believe that collaborative communities are the way to finding longevity in not just the recovery community, but our nation(s) as a whole. They have the ability to help create the awareness and educational tools available to prevent addiction before it happens; not after the fact! A collaborative community is the essence of why we share commonalities and differences of our experience, strength, and hope. Through these types of societal changes that will come from creating a more aware, educated, and yet conversational community there will be hope to bring prevention...

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Transition from Rehab to Home: Prevention

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Transition from Rehab to Home: Prevention

The transition from rehab to home brings many challenges. We are stripped from the favorable conditions that promoted our abstinence. The 24/7 support of counselors and staff are no longer available to us. Staying clean in rehab is actually quite simple. Rehab is a comfort zone, a place of safety. Stepping outside of that comfort ...

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