addiction & recovery
I got sober on January 1st, 2016. Before and since, life has been a hell of a roller coaster. I’ve written during panic attacks in the depths of addiction, and while riding the pink cloud in early recovery. It’s all real, it’s sometimes shit, sometimes great, and it all passes.
I’ve written about others’ addiction as well, such as growing up with an alcoholic father, and the ongoing ripples that effect the lives of myself and my family to this day.
I hope that my experience can help others, including those fighting their own battles with addiction or family members of addicts. Addiction isn’t easy to understand, and it tears lives apart, but there is always hope. Anyone can change if they want to.
Some selections include Trigger Warnings for descriptions of sexual assault and domestic violence.
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A photo essay covering my sober birthday and surgery in January, celebrating my anniversary, getting a puppy and loads of traveling!
Why am I not writing?
There is too much to say,
And I’m still learning the language.
I’m proud to announce my second exhibition with Artists in Recovery at the Newcastle Cathedral!
I am thrilled to announce that I am a part of Artists in Recovery and have the opportunity to share my work in this new and exciting way.
I lost my bag on the metro. While this isn’t really a thrilling story, it did teach me a lot about myself when a simple mistake turned into self-hatred.
My Depression Has a Soundtrack is a poem about the sounds of mental illness- the voices of others, of ourselves, of nightmares and distractions.
A Tale of Three Cities is about moving far away from where you grew up, and how it feels when you try and go home one more time.
Become a Patron
Inspired by The Art of Asking, the spirit of crowdfunding, and my belief in the innate goodness of people, I have decided to make the jump.