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The Trauma that Shackled Me also Liberated Me

By Tricia Moceo… Trauma has had its greatest influence on some of my earliest memories. I was born to an addicted mother and shipped off to Florida when my father divorced her. I was 5 when I was molested. I was 7 when my confessions were completely ignored and swept under the rug. Looking back, […] (Read the rest.)

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Recovering While Grieving

By Daniel W… The worst thing to ever happen to me was losing my father at age 60. I was 26. He had suffered a heart attack overnight while sleeping and didn’t survive it. The thought of it to this day stirs up a lot of emotion in me. What makes it even worse for […] (Read the rest.)

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Chasing Sobriety

By Cassidy Webb… When I was 14 years old, I took a summer trip with my parents to go to a lake in the Ozark Mountains. The highway was busy with travelers and the wind of passing cars was noisy and constant. We came upon a tunnel that ran straight through one of the mountains. […] (Read the rest.)

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Stepping Away from the Twelve Steps

By Eric Nada… I used to tell my addiction and recovery story often. For 20 years, I was an involved member of a 12-step fellowship, never a zealot, but committed to a path that had proven itself helpful to me in a few ways. I always enjoyed telling my story. I had an aptitude for […] (Read the rest.)

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The Carrion Feeder

By Zachary Phillips… Sample chapter from ‘Under the Influence – Stories From a Broken Childhood’ The morning that I found out that Dad had passed away, I drove over to his house. I knew the process of sorting through his possessions could not wait at all, it had to be done that day. One of […] (Read the rest.)

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