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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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I Wish I Could go Back

By Hannah… If I could go back and undo it I would. I would go back to that moment when I first put that drug in my body, that moment when I felt my first high, that moment when I first got drunk, that moment when I felt carefree and on top of the world. […] (Read the rest.)

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My Evolution with Alcohol

By Ashley… As a busy mother of three who is married to a non-drinker — and cares very much about the habits she exposes her family to — I seldom find the time or the need to sip on a glass, but that wasn’t always the case. There was a time when my drinking habits […] (Read the rest.)

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When my World Fell Out from Under me

By Justin Dalton… I thought I had it all at one stage. Fun, partying, money, girls and popularity. I always seemed — focus on seemed — to have the best of every situation. A bigger smooth talker you just could not find. I used to pride myself on the fact that I could talk my […] (Read the rest.)

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Please Don’t Call me Clean and Sober

By April W. Smith… “Clean and sober!” said the pastor of my church, by way of congratulations. I replied that I don’t use either word. “So how do you refer to yourself?” he asked. “Cat-positive radical feminist vegan cupcake goddess,” I wrote. But I elaborated.  Why don’t I call myself clean and sober?  I mean, […] (Read the rest.)

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