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My Abstract Thought Sucks! But It’ll Come Back...

My Abstract Thought Sucks! But It’ll Come Back...

Many of you out there in early recovery are probably struggling with things like math classes, writing creatively, or the music you used to love to play! Heck, trust me, when I first got clean I couldn't hold a beat on my drum set, and failed math classes when it was my best subject in high school! But you should know that these effects on your brain aren't permanent as long as you stay clean and sober! And eventually you will be even more badass at it than you ever were; just know recovery is possible! Math was always my...

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21 Ways to Tell Drugs to SCREW OFF!

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21 Ways to Tell Drugs to SCREW OFF!

In my opinion the “Just Say No” idea is outdated and not working when you get approached about doing or being asked to do drugs. If it was a promising idea then we wouldn’t have a youth heroin crisis on our hands; in fact, something I addressed Drug Policy and the White House on a few weeks ago. When confronted with the issue of doing something that health education classes only tell you is, “euphoric” and a “means to escape,” like drugs, then saying no turns to curiosity and most times indulgent for youngsters. Me being a little bit older,...

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Goodbye Blood Clots! Hello, Recovery.

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Goodbye Blood Clots! Hello, Recovery.

Because of my addiction to substances—amongst other things—my liver has never really been too great until recent years. I’ve gone through talks with doctors who’ve mentioned things like liver transplants, and put myself at risk for hepatitis C and AIDS by sharing needles. My liver has been inflamed and I’ve never drank enough water, at the right foods, or took care of myself until I found recovery. It was always booze, needles, and fast food joints on top of smoking and garbage into my system… But what struck me the hardest, and most painful, was blood clots going through the...

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Remembering the Newcomer In Us All…

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Remembering the Newcomer In Us All…

Today was a beautiful day, as I show up to his in-laws front door, “Knock-knock!” Answers come to a barking dog and smiling face. I walk in and the father in law has to make the snide but necessary remark of "no nonsense shall be had here," not acknowledging my six years in recovery but for the sake of his son-in-law’s newfound sobriety; it was a must of tough love. His wife greets me in her pajamas, but you could tell that there was a sense of calm after the storm about her. And then meeting their beautiful daughter, pure...

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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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