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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.…

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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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The thing you think you cannot do…

Have you ever had one of those moments where you just knew that you were meant to be in that exact place at that moment? I had that experience July 16th, as I took the lead in my first commitment as the Executive Director of The Courage Center. It was one of those moments where…

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2017 Recovery Month Proclamation

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Celebrate Recovery Month

Celebrate Recovery Month

September is Celebrate Recovery Month! This is a celebration of the 23+ million Americans – and 400,000+ South Carolinians – in recovery from substance use disorders and addiction. Why is this important to me? It’s important to me because I owe everything to my recovery. Without it I would be either dead or continuing to…

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Signs & Symptoms

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Language of Recovery

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