Is SMART Recovery a Better Alternative to the 12 steps?

Is SMART Recovery a Better Alternative to the 12 steps?

Patrick Garnett spent years fighting a losing battle against crystal meth. He went to hundreds of 12-step meetings, sometimes twice a day, but relapse always followed. [caption id="attachment_59782" align="alignnone" width="600"] Patrick Garnett,...
My Uncle Doug Gets 20 Years!!!

My Uncle Doug Gets 20 Years!!!

It is very difficult to get sober alone. I owe so much to my family. High on that list is my Uncle Doug. Growing up he was almost considered a big brother to me. He was the cool uncle that I always wanted to hang out with. When I was little I...
Chris’s Recovery Story – From Prison to Sobriety!

Chris’s Recovery Story – From Prison to Sobriety!

My name is Chris, I'm a recovering heroin addict. My story starts with having a dream like most others do. I came from a great family, I played baseball when I was young. I did the normal kid stuff I started to get into trouble as a teen and got to...
Stevie Jay – Personal Recovery Story

Stevie Jay – Personal Recovery Story

My name is Stevie, and I'm an addict. Not only am I addicted to alcohol and drugs, I'm addicted to just about everything I start. I go full-bore or nothing - that's the way it's been as long as I remember. It's already been 10 days since I picked...
Josh’s Recovery Story

Josh’s Recovery Story

My name is Joshua Dupee and I am from Weston, Massachusetts. I had a great childhood with wonderful and loving parents but still managed to fall victim to the disease of addiction. I am a prime example that environment is not the sole cause of...
Sober Nation’s Stance on Methadone

Sober Nation’s Stance on Methadone

We had our monthly twitter chat last night. The topic was methadone and suboxone. For obvious reasons this is a controversial topic. Sober Nation has already taken some back lash on how we feel about the issue. We have nothing to hide about how we...
Why Recovery is Cool

Why Recovery is Cool

“Cool” is a subjective concept. Society usually comes to a general consensus about what’s considered acceptable and “in,” but individual opinions can vary greatly. Fads come and go, and what’s “cool” now might not have been yesterday...
I Was Born Drunk – Jane Foster

I Was Born Drunk – Jane Foster

Like some of you reading this, I was born drunk.  My mother arrived at the hospital having had too many cocktails to safely be given additional sedatives.  Sadly, no one was on hand to rush mother and daughter into a twelve step meeting that...
How to Stop Enabling

How to Stop Enabling

Are you an enabling a drug addict or alcoholic? Enablers are usually close family members or friends, and they enable the addict by shielding them from the consequences of their addiction. Enablers might do things like give the addict money, take...
Sum 41 Frontman Nearly Dies from Alcoholism

Sum 41 Frontman Nearly Dies from Alcoholism

This weekend, Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley announced that he is being treated in hospital after alcoholism “finally caught up” with him. In a post shared on his website, entitled Rock Bottom, he discussed how his addiction to alcohol...
Shannon’s Story of Recovery

Shannon’s Story of Recovery

Hello my name is Shannon Quigley. I have been an addict and an alcoholic since I was thirteen years old. During my struggle I have been homeless, beaten, in and out of jail, had my kids taken, (it would be seven long years before I got him back and...
Factors of an Addictive Personality – What to Look For

Factors of an Addictive Personality – What to Look For

Addictions come in many forms, and a person can be addicted to almost anything. If a behavior or use of something becomes unhealthy and destructive, but a person is still unable to stop, it’s become an addiction. Drugs, sex, gambling, exercise,...
One Year Anniversary Anxiety

One Year Anniversary Anxiety

Anyone who’s gotten sober knows how difficult it is, and that’s why making it to your one year sober anniversary is such a big milestone. I remember when I hit my one year mark. I was surprised how quickly one year had passed, and I did a lot of...
Deaths from Fentanyl Laced Heroin Soars in Philadelphia

Deaths from Fentanyl Laced Heroin Soars in Philadelphia

This article was found on Philly.com. Link to the original article can be found here. [caption id="attachment_59686" align="alignnone" width="600"] Image credit given to Philly.com.[/caption] City officials have issued a warning that dangerous...
Recovery is Slowly Losing the Stigma

Recovery is Slowly Losing the Stigma

The recovery movement is underway, and it carries a strong message - addiction shouldn’t be a taboo topic, and addicts shouldn’t be shamed. The stigma that surrounds addiction is diminishing, and it’s largely due to the openness of the...
Stacey’s Story

Stacey’s Story

Hey my name is Stacey and I'm an addict. When I first realized I had a problem was when I was 19. My life growing up was what you could call a cookie cutter life. I had a great family and friends. Once I went to high school my life...
Tim’ Powers Story – 11 Years Clean Today!

Tim’ Powers Story – 11 Years Clean Today!

As I wake up this early May morning, I breathe in deeply and within that breath a universe of revelations burst forth from the negative spaces of my conscience. I am filled with peace and a stillness that is like an itch you can’t quite reach...
Drugs and Alcohol in Pop Culture

Drugs and Alcohol in Pop Culture

Turn on any pop music radio station today, and it won’t be long before you hear lyrics referencing drugs or alcohol. The taboo subject of drug use is more mainstream than ever, and it’s shocking to hear popular artists be so nonchalant about...
Kristy’s Story

Kristy’s Story

* Kristy's story goes hand in hand with Thad's story that we shared last week. If you haven't read Thad's story read Kristy''s and follow the link at the bottom to read his and see how this couple overcame Addiction together. My “story” began...
Deirdra’s Story

Deirdra’s Story

I was born Deirdra Adina Leinweber on March 26th, 1980. The 3rd born of four kids, my brothers, sister and I were each a year apart. My earliest childhood memories begin at about 3 years old. While I have many good memories, mostly of my mom,...