Addiction Isn’t a Choice, but You Can Choose to Help

I’m what some people would call a “normie.” I learned this term while working in the field of substance abuse. Basically, a normie is someone who is able to have one drink and then stop, or take pain pills as prescribed and then stop when the p

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Welcome Home: Faith In Recovery

By: Andie McQuitty, MS, MCAP, EMDR, Transformations Christian therapist

There is a story in the Bible about a father and his two sons. In the story, the younger son has a conversation with his father and tells the father that he would like to rece

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The Light of the Dark

By: Bill C., Transformations alumnus

 

Can you see in the dark?

Tell me, what do you see?

Can you see yourself?

Because I can’t see me

 

Scratching, fighting, clawing

Begging for God to show me a sign

Because

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Addiction Recovery: Changing Your Past

You can’t change your past, you just have to learn to live with it. Yeah that sucks, and to be honest, it was overwhelming in early sobriety.  When I look back on my past it is often referred to as a “tornado of terror” by those who love me. I

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Lying and Manipulation in Active Addiction

By: Jamie Salsberg, LCSW, CAP, MPH, Assistant Clinical Director at Transformations

Many people have heard the saying, “an addict will steal your wallet, and then help you look for it.”  This idea, highlighting the lying and manipulation that

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A Mother’s Story: Part 3

The Call

On the morning of October 14, 2016, I received a phone call from Alison’s boyfriend, who also lived in her sober living home (it was co-ed).  Here is what I remember from the conversation that I now refer to as “The Call”:

Boy

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A Mother’s Story: Part 2

The timing was right…

My daughter had gotten to the point where she acknowledged (to herself, most importantly) that she had a problem with addiction and that she could not fix the problem on her own.  She was ready and willing to get the help

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A Mother’s Story: Part 1

Hi, my name is Jennifer Flory, and I’m a Recovery Advocate

People often ask me what this means and ask, “What do you actually do?”

Let me explain.

If someone had told me when I was younger that my passion in life as an adult would be to

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Repairing Broken Dreams

By Jason C. – VA Alumnus

 

When I was young, older I dreamed of being

Make my own decisions, the whole world I would be seeing

I’d be responsible, and a trophy I would marry

All the rules of my youth would be mine to carry

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