These articles appear in our print magazine. Writers all across the country tap into their talents and creativity to bring candid stories and essays of hope, recovery and a new way of life.

Once Fooled

  Once Fooled   Lost. Fooled by a touch. Creativity, passion, desire – lost. Where am I? Who am I? Names of all types define me. Continuing on with insanity, surpassing all signs, [ ... ]

03/29/2017 // 0 Comments

Everyday Miracles: Doing the Two-Step

Everyday Miracles: Doing the Two-Step by Kiki Ryan Recovery isn’t easy, but if you do what a sober person does, it is likely that you will have what a sober person has. I never again want to do the [ ... ]

03/28/2017 // 0 Comments

A Formal Amends

A Formal Amends My name is Chris Budnick and I am a licensed clinical addiction specialist. I began working in the addiction treatment and recovery field in 1993.  There are many people involved [ ... ]

03/23/2017 // 0 Comments

It’s Not Just Pot Anymore by Jody Belsher

It’s Not Just Pot Anymore    My husband and I thought it was “just pot.” We had no idea our son’s teenage marijuana use could lead to a path of negative outcomes, including [ ... ]

03/23/2017 // 0 Comments

The Facade

The Façade   I was raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, an urban working-class seaport with boundless character. My mother was a music teacher; my father was a lawyer; and I was an only child [ ... ]

03/22/2017 // 0 Comments

The Magnificence of Ordinariness

The Magnificence of Ordinariness by Jim Smith At the end, I had lost the will to live. I came to in a hospital on October 27, 1976. What followed was a profound spiritual experience. I grew up in [ ... ]

02/28/2017 // 0 Comments

A Call to Action

A Call to Action by John Shinholser Every day, addiction affects thousands of people: families, neighbors, and communities. With your help, we can make a difference. We can reduce stigma and [ ... ]

02/26/2017 // 0 Comments

We Are The Only People We Know

We Are The Only People We Know by Ella Rowe   I want to change the way the world sees addiction; it has turned away for too long. Why do people whisper about addiction and rehab? Why don’t [ ... ]

02/24/2017 // 0 Comments

Step One

Step One Recovery Today shares our favorite tips and humor for people traipsing the Road of Happy Destiny. Admitting powerlessness and defeat is of the utmost importance in the Twelve Step approach [ ... ]

02/22/2017 // 0 Comments

A Broken Record

A Broken Record by Shane Ramer   Being a musician is my deepest passion. Early on, I realized that being a rocker pretty much meant you could do or say whatever the hell you wanted, which was [ ... ]

02/18/2017 // 0 Comments

Gratitude: A Practice of Happiness

Gratitude: A Practice of Happiness by Laura O’Reilly Gratitude is a practice of cultivating happiness by taking the time to appreciate and be present for all of life’s blessings. It’s [ ... ]

02/16/2017 // 0 Comments

Memo from God

Memo from God by Mark Masserant   I arrived at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center in Detroit, Michigan, on a warm, sunny, late spring weekend in 1991. My sponsor had suggested I attend the [ ... ]

02/16/2017 // 0 Comments

The Authors’ Café

The Authors’ Café by Catherine Townsend-Lyon   I recently caught up with my good friend and author, Roger Stark, a licensed addiction counselor for the State of Washington and founder of [ ... ]

02/15/2017 // 0 Comments

Meditation: Want a Bite?

Meditation: Want a Bite? by Mike Lyding In our Twelve Step program, we get to literally uproot ourselves, remove ourselves from infertile ground, and choose the best garden in which to grow. “I’m [ ... ]

02/15/2017 // 0 Comments

More Than My Fair Share

More Than My Fair Share When I first found sobriety, I was told I had the disease of addiction and was therefore an “addict.” This made sense to me, and it helped to alleviate a lot of the guilt [ ... ]

02/11/2017 // 0 Comments

Sober Celebrating

Sober Celebrating The holidays are supposed to be a time of celebration and comfort; but more often than not, they stir up difficult memories and remind us what we’re lacking: companionship, love, [ ... ]

02/10/2017 // 0 Comments

From the CEO: The Tipping Point

Addiction is a disease. Unfortunately, that truth still does not resonate with most Americans. All too frequently, society blames the person, not the illness. In turn, the addict, powerless to [ ... ]

02/10/2017 // 0 Comments

It Gets Way More Better

It Gets Way More Better   “Keep coming back; it works if you work it.” I first heard these words of advice and encouragement in a meeting. They were directed toward those of us who were new [ ... ]

02/10/2017 // 0 Comments

Steppin’ Out Radio

Steppin’ Out Radio   Sometimes it seems that sadness and disappointment permeate our society. This is particularly true for people struggling with addiction. Substance abuse and other serious [ ... ]

02/10/2017 // 0 Comments

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