What Goes Down Must Come Up

Recovery is a journey.  The journey begins the day you begin sobriety, or the day you decide to seek transformation from and treatment for whatever is holding you down.  I began my journey when I sought professional treatment for my mental health condition.  Life has many challenges before recovery, for sure.  But life after recovery …

The Opioid Epidemic

I'm sure you are aware of the opioid crisis our country is facing.  People are becoming addicted to prescription painkillers that were previously considered safe, heroin use has skyrocketed (at least in part due to addictions rooted in prescription meds), and new, dangerously potent synthetic opioids such as fentanyl are appearing.  Look up any of …

How God Helps

I am a follower of Jesus Christ.  He is my personal Savior, and He gives me hope and comfort when I am down.  In fact, Jesus favored the outcasts, the shamed, and the rejected.  If you, like me, suffer from shame and rejection in your depression, have comfort knowing that Jesus was particularly interested in loving …

My Addiction

The disease of addiction can strike anyone.  Unfortunately, depression and drug or alcohol addiction often coexist.  Sometimes it's drug or alcohol use that leads to depression, either due to chemical effects or stresses and circumstances created by the drug or alcohol use.  Sometimes it's the opposite - depression leads one to abuse drugs or alcohol …