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Our details may be very different, but our experiences share a common thread. We each have a unique voice, and using that voice to share any part of ourselves, any part of our stories, can be a powerful tool for growth and healing.

If you’ve been touched by the disease of addiction in any way, we want to hear from you here. We want to celebrate with you, learn with you, grow with you and support you. We can all do that when we share our stories. Submit Your Story


Good afternoon! My name is Gary and I am an alcoholic. I am 66 years old and I have been without a drink or drug for over 15 years. I had the distinct pleasure to hear Chris speak at the Kate Walton Field Hose in Kingston NY last Wed. evening. It was the most powerful…
I am alcoholic named Sean.  As I approach 5 years of sobriety in May, I am eternally grateful for running and recovery.  I would venture to say that my family life was normal growing up.  I had plenty of friends, played sports, and did very well academically eventually graduating third in my high school class. …
I have been clean from heroin since the year 2000. Over 16 years. Sounds good, and undoubtedly it is. I have however struggled to have a 'normal' life. More out of work than in. Long periods of time being single. No needle in my arm though. It is only really in recent months that I…
Next of kin. That's the first question I was asked when I got off the bus at San Quentin State Prison, and the last thing I ever thought I would hear. My name is Adam Ezra Kiedrowski, and basketball saved my life. As a teen I excelled in high school basketball, earning 1999-2000 SJAA All-League,…
My name is Willem and I'm an alcoholic. This was something I had known for years but had never said honestly out loud or to myself. I grew up in an upper middle class neighborhood in San Francisco. My father emigrated from Holland after meeting my mother on a cruise where he was the ships…
My journey began over 15 years ago. My son was a running back for his high school team and had loads of friends and the normal ups and downs as he entered adulthood. He started to have many mood swings and began to lie. All of these things were so different for him. As parents,…
My name is Lindsay. I am 40 years old and I am a recovering Heroin Addict. My story begins in January of 2009. I had made the decision at that time in my life to have a full gastric bypass surgery to lose weight and improve my health. I was 32 years old, extremely overweight…
I've come from Isolation, illness, desperation, rape,and an attempted suicide even before I began to use drugs.  When I began using drugs it wasn't long before I realized I wasn't having fun, I chased an illusion that I'd forget about my pain.  That never happened as long as I was in active addiction.  Over the…
Growing up, I always knew that my cousin, Jeffrey from Weymouth, MA, struggled with addiction starting in his late teens. Being 12 years younger than him, I didn't understand what addiction meant. 10 year old me simply wondered why my cousin didn’t just stop drinking or doing drugs. It couldn’t be that hard just to…
I was born 2nd in a set of twin boys in 1959 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - which, at the time, was the "Beer Capitol" of the United States! Our father was an Alcoholic and, despite having a Master's in Engineering from Yale, lost every good job he had due to his drinking. He got Sober…
Hi, my name is Dodie My story is short because I did not know my son had an addiction. I knew there were serious problems in our community because we had had a string of deaths (14 to be exact) . All the deaths were young men in there early twenties late teens. In our…
As I write this I can proudly say I have not had a drink in 10 years. The more I learn about myself and this illness called Bipolar, the more I see just how much I used alcohol to help deal with an unchecked mood disorder until eventually it controlled me and ultimately took over.…
Whenever I am asked this question, I always choose to focus more on my recovery rather than my journey down the wrong path. Anyone who's familiar with this path knows there's a million ways to find the wrong path, but only one road leads out to the road of recovery. The main reason I chose…
On April 21, 2015, after 4 detoxes and immense pain and suffering, I decided to take the leap of faith THP offered me and flew to Great Oaks Recovery Center in Egypt, Texas.  After many years of opiate and alcohol abuse, my life progressively turned to shambles. I struggled maintaining consistency in my 7 year…