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Is Dad Drinking Again?

By Kristance Harlow | October 2, 2018 | 2 Comments
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“Are you drinking again?” I said it. It was out. The question was with me only as long as I said it. I was trying to be casually supportive.

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I Just Want To Drink

By Kristance Harlow | August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Now that I’m here, I really want a drink, but Alejandro won’t let me. I’m so nervous and anxious. Lost. My thoughts are circling, and I can’t stop the spiraling repetitiveness of my obsessions. I’m afraid.

Women in a class

The Importance of Women’s Recovery Spaces

By Kristance Harlow | August 13, 2018 | 1 Comment
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I’ve heard rumors suggesting that women’s only recovery meetings are not good because they’re just “man-bashing.” This is unequivocally false; just because something isn’t for you doesn’t mean it is against you.

Is It Possible to Stay Clean Without Getting Sober?

By Kristance Harlow | April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
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For the purposes of this essay, clean is defined as being off “hard drugs” and sober is being off all drugs (alcohol included). Accepting these definitions, is it possible to stay clean without getting sober?

Teaching Kids About Drugs: Alternatives to DARE

By Kristance Harlow | February 25, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Any program predicated on the idea that people need to “just say no” causes the opposite effect. High risk groups tend to be encouraged to participate in the forbidden behavior.

Recovery Sayings One Day at a Time

By Kristance Harlow | February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Doodling, drawing, and coloring impromptu art is a go to method for me to stay centered. Maybe it’ll work for you, too.

Weeding Out Anxiety

By Kristance Harlow | January 22, 2018 | 4 Comments
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I allowed a seed of anxiety to grow and take roots in other parts of my psyche. It is kind of like when a tree brings water up through its roots to nurture itself, only in a much more fucked up and non-poetic kind of way.

Binge eating at a holiday party

By Guest Blogger | January 2, 2018 | 1 Comment
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This is what a few hours in the life of a compulsive overeater are like. It wasn’t a constant binge, but a stretched out lifelong binge. I cannot recount how many days I experienced this over three decades of my life.

Am I depressed or just introverted? The truth about friendships.

By Kristance Harlow | January 1, 2018 | 3 Comments
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Being depressed and an introvert can make it hard to tease apart what these social urges are attributed to. Social contact helps treat depression, but depression causes social isolation. Is it depression or just introversion?

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Eating Obsessions and Body Negativity

By Kristance Harlow | December 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
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I think I’m emotionally eating. I really need to not do that. I have to be really careful with addictions. I could very easily become an alcoholic I think. I need to be so careful to never do that.

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Find help for a crisis by texting, calling, or chatting online with these free crisis organizations. Looking for one outside of the USA? Check out our support listings.

Crisis Text Line
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If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call your local emergency number. The numbers listed here are the commonly used numbers for the stated region, the numbers can vary greatly depending on where you live. If you don't know your country's equivalent to 911, this wiki page and The Lifeline Foundation have comprehensive listings.

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112

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112 & 999

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DV Support Abroad
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