Addiction and Recovery

Recovery from addiction is a major undertaking and a gift you give yourself, your family, and your community. While recovery can be a long and arduous process, it is so gratifying when you can confidently say your addiction is well-managed and no longer in control of your life. Share addiction stories to inspire others to take their first steps toward recovery.

Author Christine Naman

A Mother's Tips for Talking to Kids About Drugs

Author Christine Naman, whose teenage daughter struggled with addiction, discusses actions parents can take to decrease the likelihood that their children will get involved with alcohol and drugs and to help them get sober if they do.

Author and SoulCycle instructor Noa Shaw

Noa Shaw on Overcoming the Fear of Exercise

The author and SoulCycle instructor shares how conquering the fear of exercise and of asking for help has helped him achieve fitness, both physical and spiritual, and sobriety.

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Matt Hall; photo by Michael A. Schwarz

How He Came to Minister to Hikers on the Appalachian Trail

A novice chaplain, a novice hiker and only four years sober. Was he up to this unexpected new challenge?

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Today show news anchor Craig Anchor; photo by  Larsen&Talbert

Craig Melvin: His Father's Sobriety Restored Their Relationship

When his Pops finally stopped drinking at age 67, the Today show news anchor got acquainted with the man he barely knew.

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Today Show new anchor Craig Melvin; video by Larsen & Talbert

Craig Melvin: How His Father Was Changed by Sobriety

The Today Show news anchor shares what a difference it made in the life of his family when his father confronted and overcame his alcohol and gambling addictions.

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Pastor Matt Hall hikes the Appalachian Trail; video by Michael A. Schwarz

How the Great Outdoors Helped a Pastor on His Sobriety Journey

United Methodist pastor Matt Hall shares how a summer ministering to hikers along the Appalachian Trail influenced his recovery from drug addiction.

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Edward Grinnan

The Journey of Recovery: Making Peace with the Past

In a Jesus Calling podcast, Guideposts Editor-in-Chief Edward Grinnan makes a discovery.

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Glasses with a scenic view in the lenses; Illustration by Daniel Lievano

How a Fond Memory of Her Son Sustained Her

Drug addiction took her son. But a chance encounter with another child reminded her to open her eyes to God’s many miracles.

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Heather Henry and her son Tim;  photo by Jim Graham

How an Art Class Gave This Worried Mom Hope

She feared her son would never overcome his drug addiction—until she received divine assurance.

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Life coach, podcaster and SoulCycle inspirer Noa Shaw; photo by Todd Plitt

This Former Addict is a Popular New York City SoulCycle Instructor

Addict. Drug dealer. Felon. But since getting sober he inspires others to do the same in his unique exercise class.

An illustration of an angel hovering over a watermelon; Illustration by Sarah Wilkins

A Lone Watermelon Reminded Her to Let Go and Let God

After attending Al-Anon meetings, she realized that she was enabling her son’s narcotics addiction.

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Edward Grinnan on finding a career

How ‘Just a Job’ Turned into a Career and a Relationship with God

With a life in shambles, one mysterious moment changes everything.

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Carol Weis; photo by Katye Martens Brier

A Recovering Alcoholic Feared Her Daughter Might Repeat Her Mistakes

How could she prevent her teenage daughter from turning to alcohol?

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Practicing mindfulness

How ‘Interoceptive Awareness’ Can Help Your Body Relax

Research shows we benefit simply by having an accurate understanding of our mind, body and feelings. 

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Edward and Gracie

Why Acceptance Is a Big Part of Recovery

In sobriety, being “cured” doesn’t play a role. But peace and serenity do.

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Edward Grinnan

Free from Guideposts: A Daily Devotions Booklet on Recovery

Whether you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, this collection of 60 devotionals offers a message of hope and inspiration.

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