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Freelance writer, entrepreneur, grateful recovering addict, and lover of black cats.

And the role that stripping played in my addiction

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I’ve had a handful of different job titles over the years- including pharmacy technician, bartender, and office temp, to name a few. I ended up settling into a nursing career, and that’s what I’ve done for the last 12 years.

Most of the people who know me today, either professionally…

These non-alcoholic drinks are also stylish and easy to make

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During my first year in recovery, I noticed that many holiday parties and social functions have a serious lack of non-alcoholic drink options. …

What does it mean for the future of drug policy and treatment in America?

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For five days, the nation anxiously waited on standby while a handful of key battleground states finished counting their ballots. We finally received confirmation on November 8th that former Vice President Joe Biden was the projected winner of the election. …

Dealing with the wounds of our childhood is the only way to make progress in recovery

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Over the last ten years, I’ve learned a lot about my unhealthy coping mechanisms and self-defeating behavior patterns. Substance use at a young age affects the brain’s neurological development during a crucial time and has lasting results. …

Bullet journals are useful for recovering addicts in several ways

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If you are in recovery from a substance abuse disorder, it’s important to find engaging hobbies that interest you to avoid having too much idle time on your hands. This is especially true during the first year in recovery, as excessive boredom and a lack of structure can trigger relapses…

His comments about Hunter Biden’s past substance use are exactly what this country doesn’t need

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There were many reasons why watching the first presidential debate was infuriating. Donald Trump’s childish tantrums and displays of disrespect were worse than usual. …

Treating opioid addiction has never been more imperative

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The opioid crisis — the staggering number of individuals battling Opioid Use Disorder and dying from opioid-related overdoses — has persisted through two decades. Until recently, it was considered the worst public health tragedy to affect Americans since the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. …

From the standpoint of a nurse who’s actually battling addiction in the real world

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It was the spring of 2009 when I first read a review for a new television series premiering called Nurse Jackie. I was intrigued by the title alone; Shows about the complexities of life as an MD are quite common, but few focus on nurses’ professional experiences. …

Four Years Later And The Pain Is Still Just As Fresh

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I remember hearing the words through the phone very clearly, but not processing everything that was said.

“We found George in his bedroom about an hour ago.”

George and I had been a couple for ten years. Together we had two little girls, who were ages 8 and 6 at…

Why Advocating Your Own Recovery Is Key

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It wasn’t until hitting what I considered to be rock bottom in 2005 that I finally accepted a very hard truth — I needed professional help dealing with my drug addiction and unmanaged bipolar disorder.

It was a very hard pill for me to swallow. I had been successful at…

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