The Age of Anxiety

Living in the Age of Anxiety Anxiety. It's almost the most common mental health complaint of young people today.For most millennials, anxiety is listed as a number one complaint among mental health concerns across America. People are anxious, unnerved, worries and conflicted.  It's something that we have begun to hear of more and more over … Continue reading The Age of Anxiety

An Ode to Freedom

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

Harm Reduction

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

Forgiveness

Forgive and forget, as the old saying goes. The alliteral advice, doesn't sit well with most folks. For some reason the idea of completely letting go is unsettling to most people. Why? Why are we resisting forgiveness so much in our lives? This resistance to forgive, to me, illustrates a buried resentment. To not forgive, … Continue reading Forgiveness

What does it mean to be in recovery? 

  Recovery Whether you like it, or not, you’re in it. The term recovery, is one with an admittedly harsh stigma. When you share that label, that modifier, that statement, “I’m in recovery” a cornucopia of strange emotions arise. Whether it be judgment, pity, scorn, resentment or envy- it is a statement that almost always … Continue reading What does it mean to be in recovery? 

Gratitude

Gratitude was one of the earliest influencers in my journey of healing. After hitting a point of pure desperation, being grateful for even the smallest of things became easy. When I was finally awarded a bed, a decent meal, safety and dignity- I was genuinely overwhelmed with appreciation. If not for the lack, I would … Continue reading Gratitude