Blog Entries

  • How Facebook Reminds Me It’s Good to Be Sober

    April 24, 2017

    Mary R., Crossroads Volunteer Recovery Blogger Memories….. “scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind” Seems like Facebook wants to throw a lot of memories at me lately.  Here I go, having a perfectly great day.  Over breakfast, I tell my husband about my plans. …


  • How I Survive Weddings… Sober

    April 04, 2017

    Mary R., Crossroads Volunteer Recovery Blogger My Last Drinking Wedding The last wedding I attended while I was still drinking remains, both fortunately and unfortunately, a very clear memory.  As they say in AA, “We won’t regret the past, nor wish to shut the door on it.”& …


  • The Paradox of Loneliness in Addiction

    March 05, 2017

    Mary R., Crossroads Volunteer Recovery Blogger Addicts are lonely…and don’t even know it. As a recovering alcoholic, having just celebrated four continuous years of sobriety (a MIRACLE in itself, after a 40-year drinking career), I would like to tell you that my disease took me into …


  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction: Recovery is a family affair

    January 31, 2017

    Mary R., Crossroads Volunteer Recovery Blogger "The alcoholic is like a tornado roaring his way through the lives of others.  Hearts are broken.  Sweet relationships are dead.   Affections have been uprooted.  Selfish and inconsiderate habits have kept the home in turmoil.& …


  • Mucinex Stolen from Lee County Drugstores

    January 25, 2017

    Dextromethorphan use is a growing problem among teens, who are consuming large amounts of cough medicine in order to get high off the drug. After the passing of a new Florida law prohibiting the sale of cough medicine to anyone under 18 earlier this month, thousands of dollars of Mucinex DM have …


  • Thinking About Making a New Year’s Resolution? – You Might Want to Think Again!

    January 17, 2017

    Mary R., DLC Volunteer Recovery Blogger Resolutions didn’t work for me.  Not on New Year’s, not ever. “I woke up in the middle of the night and threw all the [fill in substance of choice] down the drain.  I swore I was done.  But by [fill in time] the next day, I …


  • Teen Dextromethorphan Abuse: New Florida Law Passed

    January 06, 2017

    Did you know a new law has passed in Florida that prohibits the sale of over-the-counter cough medicine to underage teens?  Cough medicine is a type of medication that is typically used to suppress/soothe cold symptoms. Cough medicine is easily accessible in a wide variety of Florida stores …


  • STAYING SOBER THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS; Tiptoeing through the minefields of euphoric recall, stress and temptation

    December 16, 2016

    By Mary R. I remember that Christmas.  I had a bit of sobriety under my belt and headed off to spend the holidays with my family….Big Book in hand; sponsor’s number in my cell; a plan for daily meetings.  All was going pretty well, until the Christmas Eve meal.  Fine …


  • Alcohol Detox & When to Get Help

    October 21, 2016

    Many people who struggle with alcohol addiction may at some point end up thinking about detoxing at home. Whether it was a conscious choice to quit cold turkey or the result of abstaining from alcohol long enough for the effects of detox to occur, there are a number of inherent risks associated …


  • Help: My Spouse is Addicted to Pain Pills

    October 18, 2016

    When someone you love immensely, such as your partner for life, is struggling with addiction, it can be crippling not knowing what to do. Drug abuse happens all across the US every day with prescription pain medications, and it’s easy to become addicted to them. An addiction to pain pills is …


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