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This is How a Sober Wife, Saved My Family Life…

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This is How a Sober Wife, Saved My Family Life…

It’s absolutely awesome having a sober wife who’s not actually in recovery! She gives me, and, understands the best of both worlds. And just because she hasn’t been an addict, doesn’t mean she hasn’t been through struggle growing up in the Philippines, or even being married to an addict (me). She understands my need and want to stay sober, but then, also understands the “normie” aspect to living a balanced and fulfilling life; that I frankly wouldn’t get without being around her so freaking much! Like when I’ll go on an 18-hour work binge because stuff is flowing, and knowing...

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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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My Advice Being a Sober Dad to a Recovering Addict

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My Advice Being a Sober Dad to a Recovering Addict

I've done a lot of mom articles on SubstanceForYou.com. I've gotten some from my mom, other mom's I know who's children are still struggling or even mother's who have lost their son's. But what I know holds truest to this epidemic is that addiction doesn't effect just moms. It effects dads too. And I know my dad is a very smart man, but part of me felt he just didn't get this whole recovery thing, because at first he would say things that didn't quite make sense to me, at all. But as we grew together we recovered together, too....

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Hey dad, thanks for being there…

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Hey dad, thanks for being there…

Hey dad, it’s been a rough journey hasn’t it? I’ve written a lot of article on mom and how she felt going through my struggles, but I haven’t given you the respect you deserve and acknowledgment you’ve never asked for. And dad, I know you don’t need it but I really want to say these ...

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Dear Santa: Merry Sober Christmas!

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Dear Santa: Merry Sober Christmas!

Dear Santa, Last year was my first clean and sober holiday season in years.  It was the first holiday season I would confront, still pretty fresh outta rehab.  It was also the first holiday season I would spend with my children and family after being away for so long.  To the outsider looking in, it ...

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