Using the 24-hour Plan to Stay Sober

In our drinking days, we often had such bad times that we swore, “Never again.” We took pledges for as long as a year, or promised someone we would not touch the stuff for three weeks, or three months. And of course, we tried going on the wagon for various periods of time. We were…

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)

This is a topic that is dear to me, and a topic that I believe that I have not spoken about enough.  Most of us do not understand what abuse is, because often it is not physical in nature. Many victims go on for years not realizing that they have been severely abused, because they…

Out of the Darkness

Join Me in Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I’m walking in the Out of the Darkness Washington DC Walk to fight suicide and support AFSP’s bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025. Some staggering facts: In 2014 (latest available data), there were 42,773 reported suicide deaths. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of…

I’m Proud of Who I am

Have you ever heard a song that was spot on how you felt? Oh, this one is it for me! So very powerful and true to all I have gone through in the past year!  But this song can really apply to so many things in life. I was thinking that it definitely could apply…

The Benefits of Recovering Together

I have to admit that I still have a hard time asking for help, but I do it anyway. Why? I have to! I have to in order to stay sober! I always thought that I could do anything by myself, after all I am a fixer, a doer, a problem solver, but with quitting…

When Addiction Collides with Tragedy

That’s what alcohol did for me. It was my drink all you want card – my mom has cancer, gulp, gulp, and thousands of people just died, gulp, gulp, have another! I was so emotionally unavailable, and totally incapable of doing anything but numbing myself by getting drunk.