• Overcoming addiction and alcoholism-There is Hope

    My name is Stephanie, and I am a recovering alcoholic and addict. I remember how miserable I was when I was using and drinking. Getting sober isn’t nearly as hard as keeping up with our lives when we are out there drinking or using. It’s amazing how different I am today, nearly four years later. Through Bradford Health Services, AA, my family, my new (real) friends, and my AA sponsor, I gained my life back. ...

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    Recovery,
    stories,
    Alcoholism,
    coping strategies,
    hope
  • Affirmative! Roger That.

    Sometimes when we are depressed or become mentally ill, we lose a sense of identity, we lose track of who we are and what we may mean to those around us, as well as our impact on the world. Usually our home lives and ability to work is affected, our family ties can become strained. With that, we lose our sense of worth, we feel pointless, dull, ugly, sluggish, trapped and even as though we ...

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    depression,
    pessimism,
    positive thinking,
    Healing,
    negativity
  • Opening Up and Ending Stigma

    *DISCLAIMER- I have no medical training and am not a professional or affiliated with any medical professionals, organisations or practises. All the advice I have offered below is anecdotal and comes from personal experience and is not advocated by any mental health professional or personnel. This is advice from one layman to another* I want to talk about a dirty word beginning with 'V'. The one that people use against you because having it makes ...

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    depression,
    recovery,
    shame,
    stigma,
    vulnerability
  • Finding Your Way Through The Healing Process

    "Everything happens for a reason" "God gives us only what we can handle" "The law of attraction means that bad things happen because we, or our families/communities, are focussing our energy, attention and focus on it" "Before you came into this life you made a deal with the universe to experience everything in order to learn before the next life." These are some of the most infuriating things that I've heard when it comes explaining ...

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    options,
    recovery,
    wellness,
    health,
    personal responsibility