The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. —Mark Twain My name is Randy Anderson and I’m a person in long term recovery. What that means to me is I haven’t had to use alcohol or any other mind- or mood-altering substance since January 9, 2005. Because of my recovery, I’m …
I am a daughter, sister, wife, mom, friend, and neighbor. I am also a daughter, stepdaughter, granddaughter, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, niece, great niece, aunt, and cousin. I am no different from anyone else who is trying to maneuver through this thing called life. What most people outside my own family circle did not know is that I was hiding a painful secret: my alcohol addiction. I wasn’t the only one in my family with this illness, …
I am mandated to do this work. Too many people are dying from addiction and to keep silent as a person in long-term recovery just doesn’t work for me. I was born into a womb full of liquor. My mother was not bad or evil or wrong; she was just sick. But I was swimming in alcohol even before I was born. When I was two years old, she …
As I sit here and reflect on a life riddled with hurt, shame, and failure, my gratitude overflows. I am exceedingly blessed to share my experience as a means of lending you the courage to speak your truth. The deep, inner hurts that we carry can only die in the light of exposure. Our struggles are how we connect with each other and paradoxically lend us our greatest strengths. I was the last of triplet …
My name is Kelly Mahoney, and this is my story of how a single mother transformed from a fearless girl to an empowered woman. I am a person in long term recovery. For me, that means I have not found it necessary to pick up a drink or a drug since January 5, 2016. Recovery is something I never saw myself experiencing. I was convinced I was just a bad person. I have since learned …
In the depths of an alcohol induced depression, I went from suicidal to serene. My name is Katie and I’m a special education teacher, runner, softball player, dog lover, sister, daughter and friend. I am also a person in recovery, and I am proud to say that as of May 12, 2017 I have been abstinent from alcohol for 600 consecutive days. That’s just shy of 20 months. It’s the longest period free from alcohol …
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This is going to be a night to remember, was the phrase I kept repeating to myself. It was Friday, December 23, 2016. My wife Lauren and I had a lot to celebrate: the holiday season, her birthday, our engagement anniversary, and our new baby boy, who was due to arrive on December 28. We ate at the Palace Café right on Canal Street in the heart of …
What’s Green and White and Does 200 Laps? At this year’s Indy 500, there’s going to be more than one recovery vehicle on the course. No, not the Giuffre Brothers’ new articulated boom truck. This vehicle will be out on the track, alongside iconic vehicles that feature big name brands like Pennzoil, Red Bull, and Target. What’s different about it? Sponsored by Oceanfront Recovery, a treatment center in Orange County, California, the green and white …
Recently, I caught up with Professor John Freyer and Tom Bannard to talk about Rams in Recovery, founded in 2013 on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus, and the program’s Free Hot Coffee Bike. John came up with the idea for the bike as part of a social practice art project and Tom is the Rams in Recovery program coordinator. Both are in long-term recovery. Following is my conversation with them. BW: Guys, this …
I was given the opportunity to write ‘“Just One” as the original song for the new documentary film Generation Found about youth addiction and recovery issues. Since joining the project, I’ve traveled the country performing my music with a sense of purpose I’ve never felt before. I’ve told my recovery story, and I’ve heard the stories of so many I’ve performed for and met along …