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.

An artist's rendering of Indiana Jones gazing down from the edge of a cliff

How Indiana Jones Helped to Preserve Her Sobriety

A month into her sobriety, she was experiencing a craving for alcohol she feared she couldn't overcome—until a forgotten scene from an action movie pulled her through.

Comfort Food Diaries

How Cooking Comfort Food Helped Her Heal

Emily Nunn was reeling from her brother’s suicide and a relapse into alcoholism. She found hope in the kitchen.

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Edward Grinnan, editor-in-chief of Guideposts

First and Last: Edward Grinnan on Moving from Hopeless to Hopeful

Edward Grinnan, Guideposts' Editor-in-Chief and author of The Promise of Hope, recalls his first drink and his last and discusses the difference sobriety has made in his life.

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Lynne’s proud of Ben’s progress; today he’s a mentor to recovering addicts and finishing college.

A Mother Learns to Turn Her Addict Son Over to God

He was kicked out of a sober-living home. Could she believe him when he said he was finally ready to give up drugs?

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Jeff Bauman with Jake Gyllenhaal at a Boston Red Sox game

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor on the Story behind 'Stronger'

Jeff Bauman shares his story of recovery and hope following the tragedy and how he felt seeing his life played out on screen. 

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Doug at Caron’s Pennsylvania campus

Getting Arrested Saved His Life: A Tale of Sobriety and Grace

He was the CEO of a respected addiction treatment program, but his own life was spinning out of control until a DUI arrest shone a spotlight on his drinking problem.

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Man reaching the end of the mountain hiking trail

12-Step Sayings for Everyone

These sayings associated with 12-step programs offer hope--whether or not you are recovering from an addiction.

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Andrea Freidenthaler with grandson Devon

She Learned to Let Go and Let God Help Her Addicted Grandson

Both her adult son and his son, whom she adopted, struggled with substance abuse. Was her approach to parenting in some way enabling?

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teens from different racial backgrounds gardening together, smiling

At-Risk Teens Grow Hope in Community Garden

Here's how Project L.I.F.T.'s inspiring after school program helps these teens prepare for a better future.

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Matthew West Gets Personal On 'All In'

Matthew West Gets Personal On 'All In'

The GRAMMY-nominated singer's latest album touches on his family, his personal walk with God, and how recovering addicts inspired him to write more music. 

Elizabeth, ABC "20/20" news anchor and cover star of the October 2016 Guideposts, in her office

Elizabeth Vargas: How Prayer Helped Her Overcome Anxiety, Addiction

For years the ABC "20/20" news anchor suffered secretly. Prayer gave her the strength to deal with her own struggles—and to help others in recovery.

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Elizabeth Vargas, anchor for ABC's 20/20, shares her story of overcoming anxiety and addition in the October 2016 issue of Guideposts

Elizabeth Vargas: The Blessings of the Sober Life

Watch as ABC News 20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas discusses her battle with addiction and anxiety.

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Find Resources for Those Coping with Addiction

Millions of Americans struggle with addiction—and their families and friends are affected too. Here's how you can seek information, guidance and assistance.

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Pastor Jay Haizlip on Preachers of L.A. Flashy Co-Stars Addiction and Tattoos

Addiction, Recovery, and Christian Tattoos on 'Preachers of L.A.'

Pastor Jay Haizlip, one of the stars of the reality TV show, tackles everything from his difficult past to his flashy co-stars.

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