Author: Brittany

When Our Past is Used as a Weapon.

                Our past. This is a huge part of  our story. For some of us, our past is not pretty. Maybe we have caused a lot of pain. Maybe we have experienced trauma, and hurt. Many of us have made a lot of mistakes and we have hurt …

I Made A Fear(Filled) Moral Inventory

                Most of the time, a life that includes an addiction, also includes a lot of hurt. Hurting and destroying ourselves, and hurting other people, and buried, ancient hurt we carry. The guilt and shame that I covered up for so long got to be overwhelming. I cannot express …

I Am Free.

When I entered recovery I had never experienced true freedom. I yearned for it. I think I always had. I had always envisioned a life of just being. A life of feeling true contentment and having the ability to laugh and connect with other people and to enjoy my life. This piece of scripture from …

Prevention Education is Useless?

  The other day during a conversation, a friend of mine made a comment that got my wheels spinning. The comment was in regard to her personal theory, relating to why our public education systems were not effective enough, or as they originally sought out to be–specifically when it came to Sex Education and Drug Prevention. …

What do you stand for?

Think of something…anything that you are a firm believer in- that at some point or another you have had to take a stand for. This something is so important to you, and you want to be a voice for the cause. It is no secret that when It comes to underage drinking, binge drinking, recreational …

“Omg. Just Quit Already.”

Today, I read an article on “Myths vs. Realities ” relating to Addiction problems. Most of the Myths were the simple cookie-cutter misconceptions or skewed viewpoints. Society likes to hold on to the one’s that perpetuate stigma. Today I am going to talk about a common misconception that goes something like this: “If you really …

Fighting Within.

A person who is struggling with addiction is fighting an epic battle. The fighting is fierce and continuous. It is tiring. And it becomes more and more intense with each passing day. It is a fight between the person struggling with addiction, the substance, and a third. The quietest one of all. The whisper of truth. …

Spiritual Death.

Becoming dependent on a substance takes time. No matter what your substance of choice is, I bet we can all agree that the ultimate result of addiction is death- but before that, there is this place where we live. It is the last stop before physical death: Spiritual death. This is a place where nothing …

Addiction Recovery- Things that have helped me -1

Out of the countless tools and newly acquired skills that I have learned in the past seven years, one of the most important concepts that I had to accept is what I am going to talk about today. It sounds very simple, here it is: It is not my job to fix your problems.

A glimpse of —her.

This is a picture of my mother and I. This short visit happened on April 13, 2013. It has taken a lot of learning to trust in God’s word and personal growth on my part to be able to say that I am truly grateful for her, and genuinely happy that she has thought about …

Drug-Alcohol Prevention is Important.

Here are a few links: http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/talk_about_drugs.html http://www.drugfree.org/prevent http://www.dare.com/parents/Parents_Tips/Story2d13.asp http://www.childrennow.org/index.php/learn/twk_drugs http://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/parenting_challenges/talking-with-your-kids-about-drugs-and-alcohol.aspx

Knowledge is Power.

http://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/monitoring-future/trends-in-prevalence-various-drug The more that I study different substances, signs, symptoms, side effects, withdrawal discomforts and brain altering effects-I become more and more interested in prevention. The bigger picture. Not only do I empathize with people who suffer from and struggle with the powerful stronghold of addiction, I am very concerned with the growing numbers and …

Passionate Work.

Not everyone gets to this place, or has the opportunity. Often, the people who I meet who have, have stumbled upon this gift as a result of going through some really tough things through some self-revelation. But they come out the other side, and they just know. It is an incredible thing and it is …

Churches & People.

I did not grow up in church. I was more of an occasional visitor with friends on the weekends. Although, there was a period spanning over about a year that my mom obsessed, revolving her entire (and I mean entire) existence around Catholicism, forcing my brother and I to go to what I think are called …

The Beauty of Letting Go.

Don’t we all have those feelings… The ones that we just want to hold onto- even when it hurts us or is holding us back from something new? The ones that have the ability to completely conquer us if we allow them to? All of those things that we really can’t change or control. Wouldn’t …

Calm Drama Free Life

I am grateful for the experiences that I had during my 20’s, and all that I was able to take away, learn from and grow because of. However, I am ready to embrace what 30 has to offer! Who knows where God is going to take me, but I am ready to find out! No …

Emotional and Disconnected.

Admitting that I needed help.

Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor. (Matthew 5:3) We have the choice to change our lives and we don’t have to do it alone.  

Celebrate Recovery, changed my life!

Find a CR meeting! –>  http://www.celebraterecovery.com/find-a-group/    

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