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For the relationally challenged (like me), and for those who love them.

For the relationally challenged (like me), and for those who love them.

10580204_10152377665747772_3497282060878623508_nTelling you that I struggle with intimacy would be like me telling you the grass is green or some other ridiculously obvious fact. However, it’s not something people are always aware of, well, unless you’ve been one of those people who’s attempted to develop a deep and meaningful relationship with me.

I know I’m not alone, which is why today I’m talking about it.

Trust for me is not natural. I…

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Learning to Listen to yourself.

Learning to Listen to yourself.

My 12th grade english teacher (Mrs. Bush) had a great impact on my life. She assigned our class narrative essays. At that point I was in the trenches of my eating disorder and struggled to really think about much else. I turned in this first essay that barely said anything at all. In that moment I desperately wanted both to reveal my secret and hide it at the same time. Mrs. Bush sent the first…

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our beautiful brain - brushstroke your way to zen

our beautiful brain – brushstroke your way to zen

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What you will need:

- A wide soft brush – or three brushes – one for each color

- Black fluid acrylic paint, or 3 different colors of fluid acrylic paint – you could also use water colors

- 20 or more sheets of card-stock or heavy paper – a torn up cardboard box works great -

How it works:

Zen painting is a very simple spontaneous painting exercise, yet it takes great unselfconscious…

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Returning to the scene of the crime.

Returning to the scene of the crime.

For the next three weeks I’ll be living with my parents once again in the town where I grew up, Roanoke Va. I just ended my first year working full time at a therapeutic group home for teenage boys and am getting ready to start my graduate program for healthcare communication and advocacy in mid august.

It seems like everyone has very distinct feelings about returning home to where they grew from…

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The Meeting That Saved My Life.

The Meeting That Saved My Life.

The Meeting That Saved My Life By: Dawn Sachleben

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Meeting at a church on a Friday night at 10pm is not usual for me, this was usually the time I spent in the bar downtown on Main Street. Today was different though I was going to attend my first Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting in support of one of my best friends because he asked me to and that’s what friends do. As we entered and went down to…

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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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