Addiction and Recovery, Stories of Hope

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Addiction and Recovery

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
Addiction and Recovery

Her Customers Helped This Waitress Stay Sober

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

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Rickie Van Shelton performing, Chicago, Illinois, August 2, 1988.
Addiction and Recovery

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.
Addiction and Recovery

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.
Addiction and Recovery

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 man in shadow walking in a tunnel towards the exit.
Addiction and Recovery

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
Life Advice

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
Addiction and Recovery

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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Carol Garsee riding her bike on Dog Beach in San Diego, California.
Living Longer, Living Better

The 77-Year-Old Breast Cancer Survivor Who Biked Across the Country

Cancer survivor Carol Zemola Garsee, 77, shares highlights of her bike trip across the country.

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An addiciton counseling session
Addiction and Recovery

Healing Relationships in Recovery

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

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