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8 Women Share What Made Them Finally Decide To Get Sober

Spoiler alert! I'm one of the 8 women featured. What an honor! 

Spoiler alert! I'm one of the 8 women featured. What an honor! 

Via Angela Haupt for Women's Health

“Like many who struggle with addiction, my wake-up call came in the form of a series of unfortunate events, each one a neon sign blinking, 'this is a problem,' rather than one single event," says Dani D., 34, who's been sober for seven years. Dani's story echoes that of many alcoholics: The drinking was fun, until it wasn’t. And deciding to get sober? That was hard as hell—but worth it, every day.

“It is so powerful to hear women’s stories of sobriety,” says licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor Beth Kane-Davidson, director of the Addiction Treatment Center at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. “It’s dealing with a disorder, just as if you were dealing with diabetes or cardiac issues, and people are much more open these days to saying, ‘This is the disorder I had, this is what I did to recover, and this is how my life is now.’” The more women talk about alcoholism, the easier it becomes for women to get the help and support they need, she says. It's time to end the stigma.

Here, eight women reveal their struggles with alcoholism and how they got—and stayed—sober.

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With Vigilance: Christine Campbell's Story

A few weeks ago, when The Sobriety Collective was still an infant (we're now in official "TOT" status), Christine reached out to me to share her e-book: With Vigilance - A Woman in Long Term Recovery.  I'll just let Christine take it away with her self-written bio.

I am a recently retired mental health practitioner.  I worked the mean streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul for years.  I am back home in Northern Michigan loving the peace, the quiet and the ability to write. I am passionate about many things, one is the continued stigma of alcoholics and addicts, especially women. I continue to do service work, enjoy my life, simplicity and peace.  

I survived the 70's & 80's!! (Wasn’t that nuts??!!)

The definition of stigma is 'a distinguishing mark of social disgrace'.  I read many articles that state 'who would take a stand and admit this and try to change things?' Me it looks like! I am not known for being timid in any way. I have fought, lectured, presented and now written about this ongoing epidemic and stigma. Solution is possible.  We are warriors! Those who have recovered and those still struggling can recover, laugh, parent and be more than anyone thought possible. Life is precious and a gift! You are not alone!

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Read the first 10% of Christine's book here. Link to buy within.
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