I just celebrated a six-year anniversary. An anniversary marking six years of being free of the addiction that created so much havoc and dis-ease in my life. Six years abstinent of the chemical hooks that promised me brighter days, and led me to darker corridors. While yes, I am proud. I do take a moment … Continue reading Clean Time
Public Schools & Substance Use Public school. It’s where the bulk of the American populus will spend the majority of their childhood and adolescence.
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My shadow As I continue on my own path of personal development- I wanted to share a piece I wrote. I am in great exploration now of my shadow self, and I invite you to read the following with an open mind. There is a symbiotic relationship when we act in vulnerability. Treading carefully … Continue reading My Shadow
Resiliency It's a fickle thing, really. Over the past several years, thanks to Brene Brown, we have seen a peaked interest in the idea of being emotionally resilient. This general idea of focused perseverance, rooted in an emotional strength and discipline of sorts. It's something that we as humans have inherently, and it's something that … Continue reading Resilience
There's this fear when you get sober, this overwhelming fear of losing your freedom. It's easy to romanticize the lifestyle as being free, an experience of rebellion coated with substances abound. I get it. There's not a lot of other obligations to uphold when your priority is always to get high again. The vulnerability of … Continue reading An Ode to Freedom
The Tragedy of an Overdose Today, is international Overdose Awareness Day. I have struggled to find the words to begin. A lump in the back of my throats hangs stagnant, and I almost feel defeated. Almost. Instead, I feel anger. Angry that we have to devote an entire day, to the awareness of a disease. A … Continue reading The Tragedy of an Overdose
When you're in recovery, your friends die. Your friends die, a lot. That may seem brash, or cold, or dehumanizing; But I promise it isn't. It's a truth that I came to live with, the reality. Each death, while still heartbreakingly tragic- became less and less shocking. I was growing increasingly complacent. Until, that is, … Continue reading Cody’s Miracle
Finding the courage to create change, instead of resisting it.
Today is International Harm Reduction Day. It is a day that intends to honor the practice of harm reduction in our communities, and the people who champion for that cause. Downtown today, the Harm Reduction Action Center was busy, dispensing kits and patrolling Colfax for possible overdoses. Online, the conversation continues to get heated and … Continue reading Harm Reduction