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A Fork in the Road

I was raised in Newport Beach, California. Even though my parents divorced when I was ten years old, I had a relatively normal childhood. When...

My Lifelong Battle

Self-esteem. Two simple words describing a state of mind that dramatically affects how we feel about ourselves and the way those feelings affect our lives. Positive self-esteem...
Flight

Flight To Transformation

The evening of February 3, 1999, started out like many other evenings. I had a fully-stocked liquor cabinet; a fridge full of beer; and...

SOBER: SIMPLE LIVING STRATEGIES

Need to relax? Try Acupuncture. Acupuncture is becoming a complementary treatment in addiction recovery programs. Auricular or ear acupuncture is a popular form of this...
Vance Johnson

LOST AND FOUND

My father was an alcoholic New Jersey gang-banger who got into a lot of trouble in the 1950s. To avoid jail time, he went into...
The Journey

The Journey: Shawn Balentine

“Do you want this for the rest of your life, or do you want something more?” asked the dark blur of a stranger sitting...
Deadly Disease

A Deadly Disease

I am an alcoholic. It took more years than I can count and more sad encounters than I care to share for me to have...

Job Done!

My name is Mark. I live on the Isle of Wight in England, and am an addict in recovery for four years now. My...
Attitude of Whatever

AN ATTITUDE OF WHATEVER

Chasing the high overtook school obligations, and cocaine quickly became a priority. He was completely unaware that addiction was taking hold. Friends and family...
Awfulizing

Awfulizing Again?

Roller coasters were my favorite thrill ride – until I got sober. The emotional roller coaster I boarded appeared specifically designed for Twelve Steppers....

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