"Piss in a cup and drink it everyday and you will know the mental compromises it takes to be an addict." - Sarge

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...


"Easy" Days

"Damn, this sobriety is real work. Not like those "easy" days of lying, hurting, evading, cheating, fighting, begging, and manipulating." - @TwelveDrawings


Lost Dutchman's Treasure

"The psychological dependency I developed to stimulants was a sloppy attempt at covering up who I really am and avoiding the responsibility of learning to manage my own struggles with my God-given abilities. I did not find the Lost Dutchman’s treasure in the shadows of the Superstition Mountains. But I did find my own." - Phoenix


Something Deeper

"The more momentum I gain, the harder I make it on myself to go back.  I think perhaps the greatest lesson was learning that dependency on drugs was a symptom of something deeper.  I’ve been able to attack things I didn’t even realize were there." - Phoenix


Few Words

"If I formulated an opinion or response it made it easier for him to crush me emotionally. So I kept to simple responses, used few words and coddled the situation." - A wife



"I make storms out of raindrops." - P



"I've been re-scoring everything and everyone’s value.  I was giving far too much relevance in my life to the wrong things." - Phoenix



"An idea comes and goes in an addict quicker than a buzz." - B


Helping 101

"Every addict is not the same. Know your limitations when helping as their recovery depends on it." - G



"My imperfections allowed me to connect with many beautiful people who I would not have understood if I was perfect." - M



"Recovery is discovering what we missed." -N


Addiction & Faith

"Addiction is a selfish pull away from God that says, “I know the answer and I don’t trust that there is a better way”. Faith is an acknowledgement of fault and a trust in capabilities for something more. God could be said to be the ultimate faith and drugs and alcohol the ultimate fear." - T



"Often a setback can show you a more direct path to your destination." -D



"The more I drank, the more I became engraved in the thinking that it was other people's fault." - J



"It is not just about what you are doing, it's about who you are becoming in what you are doing." - P


Blame God

"Who wants to own the mess they created? Often it is just easier to simply blame God, be angry and continue to drink. To remain angry relieves you from the pressures to change or stop drinking." - T


Real Issues

"I lost my marriage because I was more focused on not drinking than dealing with the real issues between us." -D



"You are not the only victim of your addiction." - R



"Drinking is a symptom of relapse, not its cause." - Big D


Be Proud

"We are all different. We are all human and will make mistakes. Sometimes it is better to follow that voice that resonates deep within you than blindly follow someone else’s rules for “recovery”. It is only you who will have to account for your life in the end. In the quiet of the night, alone, you will know the truth of who you are. You can follow the world by day, but you are the one who has to be proud when you lay your head down on your pillow at night." - T


Underlying Emotional Pain

"If you continue to struggle in recovery then you have not yet addressed the underlying emotional pain." - C



"longevity isn’t simply realized by replacing a bad habit with a good habit… It’s replacing it with a good habit that you can become passionate about. You will always give priority to your passion. If your old habit has to contend with something you’re passionate about, you have a greater chance of beating it. Especially once you’ve built some momentum with your new habit." - Phoenix