Tag Archives: 12 Steps

12 Steps and Hope

12 Steps and Hope

I’ve been thinking about what faith truly means for me, and what life is like when I have it. For me, faith is when I am cheerful and kind even when I feel like acting the opposite. It’s when I feel peaceful...
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06/13 2016
Any length to stay sober

Any length to stay sober

I’ll be the first to admit sometimes I don’t go to any length to stay sober. I’ve gone a week and a half without going to a meeting, I don’t write out my Tenth Step every single night, and sometimes I procrastinate...
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06/04 2015
Trust Yourself, You Will Know How to Live

Trust Yourself, You Will Know How to Live

“As soon as you Trust Yourself, You Will Know How to Live.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe One of the most challenging aspects of recovery, at least for me, is trusting myself. I sometimes find it even more difficult than trusting other people....
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04/29 2015
Up and Down and All Around: Dealing with AA

Up and Down and All Around: Dealing with AA

I have been in and out of recovery since I was fifteen years old. I’m twenty-one now. My life has been up and down and all around. I have trudged through darkness and floated through light. Honestly I feel like I’m a...
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04/07 2015
Before Recovery: The First Time He Hit Me

Before Recovery: The First Time He Hit Me

For the purposes of easy reading and to protect his identity, I’ll call my ex boyfriend Aaron. The first time he hit me it surprised me more than it physically hurt. He was immediately consumed with guilt and shame afterward; he fell...
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04/01 2015
The Journey of My Relationship with my Father

The Journey of My Relationship with my Father

The journey of my relationship with my father has undoubtedly been a tumultuous one. Some of my earliest memories are of either rebelling against him or desperately wanting his approval. When I was very little, we were the best of friends. But...
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03/25 2015
Relapse Is a Part of My Story

Relapse Is a Part of My Story

Relapse is a part of my story. I was once ashamed of that, and I can honestly say that I am not embarrassed anymore! I actively choose to not dwell on it and let myself start to think those negative thoughts: “You...
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01/19 2015