This Week in Recovery – 5-17-15

A list of important recent recovery blog posts.

It has been a while since our last collection of blog posts about recovery, and there have been so many amazing recovery blog posts since then! Here are a few of our favorites:

Most Hopeful:

Beth Leipholtz at The Fix with “9 Things I’ve Gained in Sobriety”

“It took some time, but eventually I realized that what I thought was a full life was really just a lot of shallowness and superficiality that I mistook as meaningful. Two years later, and I’ve realized what that family friend meant. My life is so much fuller than I ever anticipated, and I owe it all to sobriety.”

Most Persevering:

Pam at Heroes in Recovery with “Why I Do What I Do”

“The negative comments outweighed the positive ones at least 10 to 1. And I thought to myself, what happened in these people’s lives that they can be so cruel? That made them lack any empathy or compassion? That makes them more worried about their tax dollars being spent on Narcan than the lives it saves? That makes them say not all lives have value? I wept at the heartlessness and lack of concern for their fellow human beings.

“And then it hit me, they don’t have a clue what addiction is all about. They haven’t bothered to educate themselves, yet they feel qualified to pass judgment on something which they know nothing about. They say otherwise, but I guarantee they would feel much differently if it happened to one of their children. I know it.”

Best Historical Perspective:

Addiction Blog with “America’s heroin Epidemic: A Chronology”

“Although heroin addiction has been a societal problem for centuries, new factors – including a proliferation of pain medication and lawlessness in Afghanistan – have contributed to an acceleration of abuse and dependency.”

Most Likely to Make You Cry Tears of Joy:

Momastery with “We Did It!!!! We Raised Over A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS in 24 Hours To Get HER Rising!”

“One day, while planning  this Love Flash Mob, I found myself on the phone listening to Liz announce the board’s intention to include EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE 176 SHEROES NOMINATED. As I listened to Liz- I sensed two things. First: panic rising in my chest. Second: this verse rising above the panic: Give to all who ask of you. Give to all who ask of you, Give to all who ask of you. Then my brain kicked in and patted that sweet thought on the head and said to it with a patronizing smile: “Well, aren’t you precious, little verse? That’s impossible. GIVE TO EVERYONE. HA! Sit down, you ridiculous audacious verse.””

Most Likely to Make You Go “Hmmm…”:

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids with “Putting Alcohol Ignition Interlocks in New Cars Could Prevent Many Deaths: Study”

“If all new cars had devices that prevent drunk drivers from starting the engine, an estimated 85 percent of alcohol-related deaths could be prevented in the United States, a new study concludes.

“The devices, called alcohol ignition interlocks, could prevent more than 59,000 crash fatalities and more than 1.25 million non-fatal injuries, according to the University of Michigan researchers.”

(We discovered this post through a related post at My Life as 3D)

Most Useful:

Tim Powers at Sober Nation with “7 Signs Your Loved One Has A Drug Problem”

“It goes without saying that you know your loved ones on an almost telepathic level. It also goes without saying that if you loved one is struggling with a drug problem, those extraordinary and deep connections can become frayed and you can be at your wits end trying to find ways to help them through the darkness.”

Those were our favorite recent recovery blog posts. What were yours? Leave them in the comments section below. And be sure to share this post with your friends using the share buttons below!


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