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The Secret Shame of Mental Illness – One Woman’s Honest Story

It’s tough for me to share this story with you, but if it helps just one person who is suffering from the shame of mental illness like me, I want you to know you are not alone. When I was six years sober, I had been struggling for months to get out of bed most […]

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Recovery from addiction is mom’s greatest gift

EVESHAM TWP. – Last Mother’s Day, Ashley Segars woke up in a rehab where she had sought treatment for substance use disorder the night before. Then a 24-year-old single mom, she was a detox and rehab veteran. But this attempt at recovery felt different, she recalled. “I completely changed my mindset,” Segars said, during an interview […]

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Women Abuse Alcohol More than Men?

Women abuse alcohol  in different ways than men, 33.3% male (alcohol) and 42.3% female (alcohol).  Women tend to do it while they are alone, so they can hide their problem. Drug abuse is often connected to mental health illness with women. Women suffer from anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, most of which have to do with […]

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I Don’t Look Like A Meth Addict

I am the mother of an amazing eight-year-old girl. I am a fabulous dressing, master’s degree holding, funny divorcee. I don’t look like a meth addict. I got sober three years before my daughter was born, and remained that way for over ten years. My daughter had never seen me drink, she had never seen […]

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Heroin Has Taken Over My Soul and Ruined My Life

Do you ever feel like you’re living in a dream but you never really wake up? I never thought I would use drugs, and I certainly never imagined the possibility that I would use heroin, and somehow today, I find myself as an active heroin addict. Just over a year ago, I was an average 19 […]

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At 43, a rape survivor and former drug addict gets to be ‘inside the box’ at her SMU graduation

Sweat trickled down Wendy Birdsall’s face as she stumbled into the classroom, cardboard box in one hand and a heavy hanger in another. Wendy Birdsall (left) talks to Isabella de Cardenas before her class at Dallas Hall on Friday.  (Nathan Hunsinger/Staff Photographer) “I am so nervous,” she said, wiping her face. Her graduation gown took up an […]

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What It’s Really Like to Be a Young Female Alcoholic on Her Way to Recovery

Is your relationship with alcohol more harmful than you think? Six hundred and seventy days ago, I had my last drink—a mimosa. Not even my favorite. I wish it had been a Sam Adams, my drink of choice. Like so many twentysomethings, drinking was a big part of my life. I used to start craving […]

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Women in Recovery: Establishing Healthy Relationships in Early Recovery is Not So Easy

  Addiction Destroys Genuine Intimacy Women in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction describe their emotional struggle during recovery as empty, lonely, guilty, disconnected and numb. For the woman who is still addicted, these fearful and painful emotions are temporarily remedied by drugs and/or alcohol and, sometimes, sexual encounters. “Most of the time I felt […]

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Carrying the Weight: Being a Woman in Recovery

“Other stories come second or third-hand, via friends who acted as confidants to the assaulted,” Tara Rose writes for Washington Post. Her article, titled, “Women are suffering under the weight of each other’s stories” talks about the profound experience of heartache women carry when they have experienced sexual assault. Women carry a magnitude of heartbreaking and […]

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Female Veterans and Drug Addiction: 15 Ways to Support their Ongoing Battle

Coming back home after serving in the military can be a very challenging time for those who have bravely served our country. The National Conference of State Legislatures states that the “transition from military to civilian life varies for each female veteran just as it does for male veterans. Though many women reintegrate with ease, others may […]

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Jehovah-Shalom

Hiding in shadows in my darkest hour, I begin to shake, cry, and cower. I turn to Him for His reassuring light, On my knees praying for His insight. I surround myself with His Holy verse, Continuing to pray, He lifts this curse. I find solace in the harmony of His song, Cradled in His […]

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Humble Me

I’ve worshiped idle gods and men, oh, how foolish I have been, to throw away wasted years. Now, I look to You through tears. I stand before You, vulnerable, stripped naked, and ashamed. Now, it’s only Your name I proclaim. I struggle with faith day-to-day. You’re the only one true way. Hold me steadfast to […]

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