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Addiction to Parenthood: The Cocaine Cowgirl



In the beginning, cocaine made me beautiful. I was sexy, unstoppable, desirable to everyone. When I was high on cocaine and alcohol, I could float through a crowd of people like a goddess riding a chemical wave. No one could resist me. I sparkled. But then, of course, heaven turned to hell. I prostituted myself to feed my addictions. Until my mind and body couldn’t take it anymore. I found a way out.

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Recovery from Alcoholism is Worth the Fight: Maria P’s Story



Maria P is a recovering alcoholic. She is a member of the Aid in Recovery Book Club and came to speak to our community a few weeks ago. She tells us about her struggles with addiction. This is her story. Like millions of other recovering substance abusers, Maria has found sobriety and happiness. But the solution is not simple and not fast.

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Born Into Drug Addiction – I Followed in My Parents Footsteps – Until Now



This letter tells the story of a woman who grew up in a house torn apart by addiction. The far-reaching consequences may surprise you. We were inspired and moved by her story.

Hello, my name is Alexandria. I was born November 3rd, 1993 to two addicts and alcoholics. I’m the oldest of three girls. Growing up, my parents were always fighting. I always felt like it was my fault.

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My Semicolon Tattoo & Recovery: How Depression Led to Addiction and Worse



The following is a true story of pain and hope. Find the treatment you need to continue your story; whether that treatment is drug rehab, alcohol rehab, mental health counseling/meds or something else. It’s never too late to change the ending of your story.

Maybe you have seen it. The semicolon tattoo on someone’s wrist, behind their ear, or on their ankle. What does it mean anyway? How can one little ; mean so much to someone that they need to have it tattooed on their body?

If you struggle with substance abuse, you probably have at least one semicolon moment in your life. The time when it all could have ended in a period, but it didn’t. By choice or circumstance, your life continued.

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After a Relapse a Young Man Finds His Road to Recovery



My name is Joel M., I have been sober for 20 months after my relapse. Before that I was sober for 18 months. My story starts at the age of 13. I tried my first bowl of weed and my first cigarette. I was really into sports so I didn’t smoke either very often. It went that way until I was 15, and then I started smoking pot almost every day. I was hanging out with the wrong crowd. That year I dropped out of high school. Then when I was 16, I started to try other drugs (i.e. acid, shrooms, and cocaine), but the coke really grabbed me. That led to smoking crack. […]

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Her Recovery Story



It’s been over 24 hours since my last fix. A whole day has passed the last time I sucked up that beautiful, blue powdery substance through my nose. I was starting to feel those dreadful withdrawals, the tremors were setting in, and it’s starting to feel like there are vice grips on both sides of my head squeezing tighter and tighter. My head is ringing and everything has a deafening muffled sound to it. (Click the title to read more.)