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A Recovering Addict’s Guide for Surviving the Holidays


If you are newly clean and sober, I’m sure you are experiencing a lot of holiday anxiety right about now. Don’t worry, it’s normal. It happens to all of us- even those of us with several years of recovery under our belts. My first sober Christmas was spent behind bars. That was difficult for a [Read more…]


Is Addiction A Disease or a Choice?


As a recovering addict, I wholeheartedly adhere to the disease model of addiction; many of us addicts do. The disease model believes that alcoholism and drug addiction are chronic brain diseases characterized by chemical malfunctions in the frontal lobe, mid-brain, certain neurotransmitters, reward structures, motivation and memory. Many people who have not struggled with addiction, [Read more…]


Suicide: We Could Have Prevented It


This week is national suicide prevention week. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what suicide prevention actually looks like. How do we, as a society, prevent suicide from happening? Sounds like a difficult question to answer, but it’s not. Often, people who die by suicide suffer from mental illness. Not only does a profound [Read more…]


Life is Fragile: International Overdose Awareness Day


Life is fragile.  Sometimes I forget how precious and fragile life is. I get so busy living most days that I forget how close I was to dying. I actually did die a couple of times, although they don’t call it dying when paramedics/ doctors are there to resuscitate you. I think it’s just called [Read more…]


Dear Mama, You Are Enough


Dear mama, You are enough. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a mom for two hours, two days, two years or two decades. You are enough. It doesn’t matter if you stay home with the kids all day, work out of the house or work from home. You are enough. If doesn’t matter if your [Read more…]


I’m Not Scared to Talk About Suicide; I’m Scared to Stay Silent


A friend reached out this morning for advice; A dear friend of hers lost his battle last night. What do you say when someone takes their own life? she asked. It could have been me. My friend and I talked briefly about her friend. I had never met him; I didn’t know him. But at [Read more…]


There’s No Such Thing as a High Functioning Drug Addict


There is no such thing as a high functioning drug addict. I know this because there was a time when I thought I was one. My addiction to pills, powder, needles and alcohol had me convinced that my mind and body needed to be chemically altered in order for me to function. I considered myself [Read more…]


Stop Calling My Writing “Brave”


When I write, I do so with extreme candor. I write about heavy topics and the words I use have been described by readers as bold, raw, authentic, courageous and brave. I recount events that have happened in my life while taking my readers through an emotional experience. I allow others into the deepest, darkest [Read more…]


How I Got Rid of the Expectations That Nearly Destroyed My Marriage


Marriage is hard. I’ll be the first to admit all those years of studying relationships in graduate school gave me a wealth of knowledge about how to have a successful marriage, but living that knowledge is an entirely different story. My marriage is a constant work in progress — emphasis on work. My husband and [Read more…]


Mommy, What’s an Alcoholic?


Most of you know I’m an alcoholic. A low bottom, should-have-been-dead-hundreds-of-times kind of alcoholic. But I found a way out; I’m sober. I’ve been sober for a while and I thank God every day that I was fortunate enough to get sober before I had children. I can’t imagine their precious lives would have survived the [Read more…]

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