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let's put a face on it

Let’s Put a Face on It

This is me as a young person with a substance use disorder. 15 years old. Freshman in high school. This is me as a young person with a substance use disorder. 17 years old. This is me as a young person with a substance use disorder. 18 years old. During high school: -I played a…

We are the Courage Center

Together, We Can Make a New Future

As many of you know, The Courage Center has submitted a request to rezone a property in the town we serve, so we can establish a permanent location. We have read a number of posts, letters, or other communication that state that having our organization near their properties will be injecting people in the community…

this thing called recovery

This Thing Called Recovery

I am Julie, and I am a person in long-term recovery. What does this statement mean? I am a daughter, a wife, a mother. I am a sister, an aunt, and a cousin. I am a neighbor, a community member, and a giver of time to those who are hurting. I am some of these…

Letter to my teenage self

Allow Me to Spare You Some Pain: A Letter to My Teenage Self

Dear Abby, I know you will not want to listen to what I have to say. You’ll figure I am just another adult trying to tell you what to do. I know you do not trust adults or believe that we can relate or understand. But give me a chance. Try and hear me out.…

wrong way

Our Stories Have Power

How does one get here…from there? First, a little about what “there” was. In the end, the outside was as messy as the inside, but the inside is what is the most important (as the outside is merely a reflection of the inside). From the beginning I felt alone, even with people; a profound sense…



Such a subtle distinction. One is grounded in an external belief, and the other – grounded in belief, something deeply internal. I know there are people who read this who have been severely hurt, beaten, traumatized by addiction – more specifically by someone who is or has been active in addiction. It’s a desperately isolating…

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Language of Recovery

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