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Transition trouble…. Why can’t I just pull it together?

Transition trouble…. Why can’t I just pull it together?

My mom says I’ve always hated change. I wish she was wrong. Even the thought and idea of impending changes makes my palms sweat. After everything, you think I’d be used to it by now.

My treatment team throws out words: coping, surviving, managing, regulating and I want to scream. Is that really what I’m going to be doing for the rest of my life? Is that what my days, weeks, months and years are…

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A For Effort By: Hollyn Donovan Sometimes, I want to be pushed to eat more and to do better,…

A For Effort
By: Hollyn Donovan

you-cant-please-everyone2Sometimes, I want to be pushed to eat more and to do better, because I know I need the push and I know I’m capable. Sometimes, being challenged is a good thing and is needed in order to make progress in recovery. Other times, I just want to hear that I’m doing well. Sometimes, I just want to be told that others know I’m trying. Sometimes, I want to know that my…

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To Pieces I Fall

To Pieces I Fall

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September 27th: Okay this is going to be the last time. After today, I’m never going to do this again. I can’t it’s horrible for me. It’s bad. Last time ever.

October 9th: Screw it, I need to do it tonight. Then it really will be the last time. I know for sure, I mean today has been horrible. Tomorrow I start fresh.

October 11th: I know I said last time was the last time, but really this is the…

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“Be the wanderer that’s coming back…”

“Be the wanderer that’s coming back…”

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“Be the wanderer that’s coming back…”
By: Christina Calhoun

 When I started my path of sobriety I was doing it to find me, sober me, and to rebuild the relationships I had broken with my alcohol use. I knew that my path would take me on a long road of sobriety, but I truly thought that I would eventually be able to handle alcohol like a “normal” person. My Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor once said,…

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Letter of Hope…A Letter to Her…A Letter to My ED

Letter of Hope…A Letter to Her…A Letter to My ED

Letter of Hope…A Letter to Her…A Letter to My ED
By Denise Kirschner

 imagesIt has been a while since I have written. We have chatted on occasion, but I think it is time that I really sit and talk to you about me, about us. Do you know you have been with me for 12 years? I was a newlywed whose husband began a slow, insidious attack on my body image. I was 28 at the time, in love and blind. Although I…

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Be grateful; not scared.

Be grateful; not scared.

10483627_10202230455754059_619531641573567890_nI turned 24 on tuesday. Honestly, in the weeks leading up to it I felt this strange pressure that I had to have my entire life together by now. I didn’t want to be 24. Honestly I was afraid that by turning 24 I was becoming that much more of an adult and somehow I had to have all the answers. Thankfully, my mother stepped in and set me straight.  Below is a conversation that my wonderful mother…

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Don’t Call Me Anxious: Ending Mental Health Stigma Starts With Word Usage

Don’t Call Me Anxious: Ending Mental Health Stigma Starts With Word Usage

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Imagine this scenario. You’ve fallen down a flight of stairs and broken your leg. You call 9-1-1 to get help and you’re rushed to the hospital via ambulance. When you arrive to the ER however, instead of getting immediate help, you’re told that you need to wait your turn because your injury isn’t that severe. When you ask for painkillers, you’re told that you don’t really need them and that you…

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