This is dedicated to those who have touched the fires of life... To those who fall but stand back up. To those who get weak but find new strength. To those who break but rebuild themselves. To those who lose hope but believe again. This is for those who chance upon the recovery road. There is a life that awaits you... Your story matters. Write it.



"Demons only play where love wants to stay." - B


Good Direction

"Sobriety doesn't make me smarter. Not at all. But I'm sober at the beginning, middle, and end of a decision. That's a good direction." - @TwelveDrawings



"If addiction is viewed as a behavior despite consequences how will consequences ever change us?" - S



"Am I free from addiction? Well, I can be free from debt one day and slave to it the next." - @TwelveDrawings



"Denial means your not saying it in the way I need to hear it." - S



"It was simple for me, I chose drunk over dead." - E


Cover Up Makeup

"Alcohol or drugs are like cover up makeup." - J



"After I had been drinking for a few years the wanting took over the liking." - P


Relapse Prevention

"People coming to us for help should be treated as more than just the results of a urine screen. That the best relapse prevention is living a rewarding life that is consistent with your personal values rather than a worksheet and a list of triggers." - K


Became Easy

"Recovery became easy when I began to align my behavior with who I really was." - P


What you need

"What you need for a successful recovery is motivation and a belief that it is possible." - D



"Recovery is the ability to be tremendously vulnerable, walk the path of "shame" through recovery work and believe something better may happen. And then laugh about it all." - W


Upside Down

"Recovery turns everything upside down. You are asked to walk on your head." - W



"If you go in seeking recovery, you will get advice. If you go in seeking advice, you will get recovery." - M



"Too afraid to live, but fearful of the unknown - the great beyond I numbed myself into behaviors that could lead me into the perceived abyss.

I almost succeeded. I lay in a coma for a week. On this side, it was a son with tubes coming out of every orifice, a mother crying by his hospital bed clinging to any movement or sign of life. Said the nurses, "Ma’am, he's not coming back Let him go." - Crossroads



"All of life can't be learned, some must be imagined. The same could be said for recovery." - T



"It's like my head is reacting to the old fear, searching for new things to be afraid of, like loneliness or abandonment or rejection. All the meanwhile, my heart is screaming in pain to stop, don't do this, people honestly care about you now! I battle myself almost constantly. On good days my heart wins, on bad days my head wins. It makes me feel exhausted." - P


See Glimpses

"You know what I miss? I miss not caring. Days are hard and long and so tiring and overwhelming and sometimes I struggle with every second of every minute of every hour of every moment to just stay calm and collected. I see glimpses of things that show me the light in the world and the future I can have in time. One step at a time. One breathe at a time. Whatever it takes to make it through another day." - P