The Amazing Value in Recovering Out Loud

“Those of us who have lost loved ones and those of us in in recovery from substance use disorders must speak up and tell our stories!” ~ Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy, in recovery from a substance use disorder for more than 26 years. The social stigma associated with addiction/alcoholism is regrettably…

Alcoholism, Motherhood and Dealing with the Social Stigma

Many people continue to believe that addiction is a character flaw or a weakness in a person. They may believe that the alcoholic simply cannot hold their booze and should just stop, but there are many factors as to why a person continues to use a drug despite the negative consequences. The idea of possibly…

Breaking Our Own Stigma Of Addiction

I have been sober for a while, but every time my “normal” world encounters my “recovery” world, I still get nervous. I still feel uncomfortable when discussing my sobriety with normie people – and even though I do it, I often still feel as if I have just shared my deepest, darkest, and dirtiest secret….

Portraits of Recovery: Hello My Name Is Project

The social stigma associated with addiction/alcoholism is regrettably still rather paramount! It often hinders those seeking recovery from ever attempting to find and get help. This same stigma is also present for those of us who have recovered, but often continue to feel the need to remain silent so that we are similarly not stereotyped!…

Spread the Word! Get Involved! Recovery Month 2014

Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sponsors National Recovery Month (Recovery Month).  As a person in long-term recovery (4.15.08), I am even more aware of how important it is to spread the word that recovery is possible for all of us! It brings much-needed…

Fighting The Social Stigma Against Alcoholism

I was quite astonished about how very few people actually know that April is the Alcohol Awareness Month. By the way did you know that April is also the Jazz Appreciation Month, National Poetry Month, Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, Confederate History Month, National Arab American Heritage Month, National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month!…