As a mother of someone in recovery my heart broke today. Not for my son, not for my family, not even for myself but for every other son and mother out there who continue to fight the beast of addiction. My son was (is – if I’m willing to accept that) addicted to prescription meds and alcohol. Even after 5 years of recovery under his belt, I still have a hard time using addict or alcoholic to describe him.
My baby is so much more than an addict, in fact if you met him (even at his [...]
One of the most challenging parts of having a mental illness is that even with treatment, some days are harder than others. This is exactly why healthy coping strategies make all the difference. When a difficult day rears it's head, co-founder Geoffrey Davis takes to writing to relieve the stress and unrest. Today he shares a glimpse behind the mask of depression in his latest poem.
Behind The Mask by Geoffrey Davis
Depressed, stuck in a place of unrest,
things happening around me and I[...]
Who would have thought I would be able to be perfectly happy sitting at the same coffee shop every day after work, just doing a little bit of writing and hanging out with a group of people who I now consider to be family even though I’ve only known them for about two months. I sure as hell wouldn’t have thought it possible when just a little over three years ago I would have looked at a guy like myself like he was a fucking idiot, and thought he was wasting his life. But that’s [...]
This piece is a raw and passionate account with harsh language but for those who need this article I don’t think that is a concern. You matter to more people than you realize! If you’re one of my friends you matter to me! Please read this great piece by Britta Reque-Dragicevic founder of LifeAfterWar.Org
You’re thinking about it. Ending your life. Stopping the pain. Doing it because you think it’s best for those around you. You’re tired of your shit being the cause of other [...]
Over the last year, between a friend’s son passing and a wake-up call family event, I found myself having a hard time reading this message. It felt too raw, to real and too painful. But the reality is that it is RAW, it is REAL and things like Depression, PTSD and Anxiety are PAINFUL No amount of wishing them away works and, for those of us affected by loved ones dealing with these things, we are left with feelings ranging from helplessness to hope.
And while it’s [...]