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Dixie’s Story

Dixie’s Story

My name is Dixie M.  I am truly honored to share my experience, strength and hope. My addiction to alcohol and drugs came on fast.  I had no idea what addiction was in the beginning.  My mother and father were both alcoholics.  The drinking,...
I Do Recover – A Story of Tragedy and Divine Intervention

I Do Recover – A Story of Tragedy and Divine Intervention

Unlike many addicts, I can not say I grew up in a dysfunctional home. For the most part of my childhood, I grew up in a 2 parent home, the oldest of 3 children. We lived in a upper-middle class neighborhood. We didn't have everything we wanted but...
Rock Bottom – A Story of Redemption

Rock Bottom – A Story of Redemption

Pain it seems, is our greatest motivator. With websites, it is easy to portray an image. An idea or a perception that you want people to think of you. The internet allows us to show the world exactly what we want them to see. Very rarely do we get...
These People Don’t Respect my Sobriety

These People Don’t Respect my Sobriety

I came across the story on the STOP DRINKING section in Reddit. I really this we could share our advice on this matter. ...to other people. I have previously posted here about having a difficult time with my professional circle after I quit...
What I learned from OxyContin – A Story of Freedom

What I learned from OxyContin – A Story of Freedom

We recently published a blog featuring Macklemore. It was a quick series of video's in which Macklemore talks about his past drug use, and a few of his experiences. In the first video, Macklemore discusses his experience with oxycontin. He says that...
The Flower Story…

The Flower Story…

During my active addiction... I faced serious criminal charges for various felonies. The last time I was arrested, I remember the police officers telling me that I was facing charges on 5 different felonies. I didn't even know with what I was...
She Called me a Dreamer…

She Called me a Dreamer…

My mom always called me a dreamer. She called me a believer, but not in the ways you would think. My head was in the clouds and I dreamed of fancy hotels with an abundance of drugs, I believed in death... and I wasn't scared of it. It was never...
The Life of an Addict

The Life of an Addict

My clean date is August 10th 2013. On august 9th I wanted to die, I was packing my bags to head to treatment or the third time in less than a year. I was done; I had reached the lowest point of my life 21 years old and ready to just throw in the...
He saved my life. Now he is dead…

He saved my life. Now he is dead…

My last relapse only lasted 3 days but took me down.  I moved back into the halfway house….again,  I was back on track for my 90 in 90….again, had a sponsor….again, started step work…. again, but this time it was different.  At 30 days...
A One Way Ticket to Panama – How this Addict Found Peace

A One Way Ticket to Panama – How this Addict Found Peace

A few weeks ago, Sober Nation came across Dana Brewster. Dana is a recovered addict who bought a one way ticket to Panama. Dana knew that he needed a big change in his life and he felt like there was a whole world to see. Now that he is clean and...
Before I Was an Addict I was an Artist.

Before I Was an Addict I was an Artist.

When I was a kid I colored inside the lines, painted by numbers and had sketch books full of my rudimentary drawings of anything and everything. I reveled in my fantasies to escape my reality. I lived for art and for books, worlds I could create or...
Regaining My Self Worth – Personal Story

Regaining My Self Worth – Personal Story

I received this story though email last night from a young man. We get a lot of user submissions so I didn't think much of it. When I read it, and when I received a Facebook message from him, he personally thanked Sober Nation for helping him stay...
The Trouble With Shame

The Trouble With Shame

Recovery seems to shed new light on old stories. Events of the past can take on significant meaning when we see them as illustrations of recent lessons learned. Take, for example, a dusty old memory from 1984 when my future husband and I were young...
Yes, I am a chatterbox!

Yes, I am a chatterbox!

14 months sober today! Woooo-Hoooo! That is 425 days in a row without one drink! (Not one glass of wine with dinner, not one drop of margarita on the patio of our favorite Mexican restaurant and not ONE beer after a looooooooong hot day.  Just...
You Do What You Can – My Voyage to Sobriety Via the Internet

You Do What You Can – My Voyage to Sobriety Via the Internet

I have been sober for 749 days, 11 hours, and 13 minutes.  I did not go to AA meetings, I did not check myself into rehab, and I didn’t call any telephone hotlines.  Many people that knew me then and know me now tend to look at me in...
Anyway – By: April Grisham – A Fan Submitted Poem

Anyway – By: April Grisham – A Fan Submitted Poem

When I was just a girl So innocent & sweet No care in the world My life then was complete A few years went by I'll never forget that day I didn't want my daddy to leave But he left me anyway It was all just too complicated I finally...
A Day in the Life Of A Sober Musician

A Day in the Life Of A Sober Musician

A Day in the Life of a Sober Musician Being a musician satisfies the soul like nothing else in my life.  I can’t really put it into concrete sentences, but there is some sort of psychospiritual hoodoo that happens when I strap on my ’75 Gibson...
VIDEO – Before and After Montage – Sobriety for Women

VIDEO – Before and After Montage – Sobriety for Women

Our good friends at Sobriety for Women put together this video. It is only a few minutes long, but it is full of examples of recovery! Enjoy! :) ...
Three Inspirational Recovery Stories

Three Inspirational Recovery Stories

The National Health Service, the UK’s publically funded healthcare system, estimates that around 9% of men in the UK and 4% of UK women show signs of alcohol dependence (source). These kinds of statistics - coupled with the rise in youth drinking...
VIDEO – Sweet Child O’ Mine – Personal Story

VIDEO – Sweet Child O’ Mine – Personal Story

This video is dedicated to Kacie Erin Rumford Kacie was a beautiful young woman when at the age of 23 Heroin took her life. Watch Kacie as she grows from an adorable little girl to a young woman, enjoying all that life has to offer. Kacie's...