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.

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?

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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A steaming coffee cup; Illustration by Traci Daberko

How She Helped a Pastor Struggling with Alcohol Addiction

She healed from the sadness of her father’s alcoholism by befriending a clergyman years later.

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Jocelynn James Edmonds with friend and father figure, Terrell Potter; photo by Michael A. Schwarz

She Donated a Kidney to the Cop Who Arrested Her

After years of drug abuse, she finally got sober. But she had no idea what God had in store for her.

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An illustration of a jack, guitar, hibiscus flower, and license plate; Illustration by Stuart Briers

5 Signs from Beyond from Her Late Son

After her son passed, these mysterious experiences showed that their love could never be broken.

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A woman finding comfort in a Serenity Shawl; Illustration by Coco Masuda

Someone Cares: A Much-Needed Hug

This addiction recovery community sends comforting, blessed shawls to those in need.

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An artist's rendering of sewing materials; Illustration by Miyuki Sakai

Her Care Packages Comforted These Vietnam Veterans on Valentine’s Day

A Vietnam vet struggling with addiction was inspired by a simple gift of sewing kits.

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ILLUSTRATION BY WEITONG MAI

This Prison Chaplain Earned a Divine Second Chance

The former drug addict spent time in prison; then a mysterious letter propelled him to change his life.

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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. 

Don Embrey in his woodworking shed and banjo studio; photo by Heather Rousseau

God's Grace—and a Banjo—Made This Marine Veteran Whole Again

Tormented by memories of the Vietnam War, he turned to alcohol. Music was his path to sobriety and salvation.

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A silver AA medallion.

How a Silver Coin Connected Two Alcoholic Anonymous Members

He found a medallion honoring 25 years of sobriety. But who did the chip belong to?

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Ian Morgan Cron and his wife, Anne; photo by Tamika Moore

He Learned to See His Wife Through God's Eyes

A personality test gave him new insights on both himself and his wife, but would it save their faltering marriage?

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Recovery counselor Sidney H. Smith III

Sidney Smith Offers Advice on Recovery

The recovery counselor offers advice for those who are struggling with addiction and loved ones and friends who wish to offer them support and encouragement.

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