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.
Melissa Dale

The Unique Challenges Presented by a Gambling Addiction

Melissa Dale, who has been in recovery for 15 years for addiction to drugs, alcohol and gambling, shares why her impulse to gambling has been the most difficult to overcome.

An airplane flying off into a brilliant sunset.

How God's Mercy Helped This Pilot Through Addiction

His sobriety was possible because of the power of prayer and God's merciful forgiveness.

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Dr. Norman Vincent Peale in his office

How Dr. Norman Vincent Peale Interprets the 12 Steps

Dr. Peale shares tips on how you can apply the 12 Steps to daily life in this classic story from Guideposts magazine. 

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Photograph by Scott Jones

Jazz Benefit Concert to Honor Susan Salomone

The Drug Crisis in Our Backyard co-founder will be recognized for her work with families struggling with addiction.

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Dana Smith, proprietor of D's Friendly Diner

Her Customers Helped This Waitress Stay Sober

The supportive community also encouraged her to open her own restaurant.

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A sobriety support group

Community Can Be Key to Sobriety

The cofounder of a sober living facility explains why the support of others is so important. 

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Rickie Van Shelton performing, Chicago, Illinois, August 2, 1988.

How This Country Music Singer Overcame Alcohol Addiction

Ricky Van Shelton recalls how God released him from addiction and gave him self-respect.

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Dana with some of her staff. 'We're like family,' she says.

How Dana Smith's Diner Supports the Recovery Community

Dana Smith, who has been sober since 2007, shares how she came to open D's Friendly Diner, where nearly all the employees are in recovery.

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Two women reading the Bible at a Bible study group gathering.

How Divine Intervention Guided Her Out of Drug Addiction

By overcoming addiction and violence, she set out to start her own ministry dedicated to helping the incarcerated.

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A woman praying in a church pew.

She Confronted Her Drug Addiction with God's Help

After eight years of having a painkiller addiction, she found comfort at church and knew she was not alone in her journey.

A man in shadow walking in a tunnel towards the exit.

The Mysterious Messages That Helped Him Stay Sober

This recovering alcoholic describes three inexplicable events that saved his life.

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Owning up to a mistake

The Healing Power of Owning Our Mistakes

Taking responsibility for our actions requires courage and honesty—and leads to peace.

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Bob L. and his wife, Alice

How Recovery from Alcohol Addiction Impacts Relationships

Bob L., a recovering alcoholic, was married twice before getting sober and finding Alice, his wife of over 25 years. He shares some of what he's learned about how sobriety can positively impact relationships.

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An addiciton counseling session

Healing Relationships in Recovery

An expert in addiction treatment explores the impact the disease has on relationships.

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