Featured Advocate: Cindy from Recovery- the Journey that follows 3/26

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delembCindy: At an early age, I thought I could “save the world” and everyone in it. Elders tried to discourage me throughout my life saying “You can’t help everyone”. When I began my recovery, I was fortunate enough to have my husband by my side, but no other friends or family to be there for me in my time of need. That is when I decided to create my home online group My Journey, then later on my page Recovery- the Journey that follows. We all long for understanding, compassion, and respect. And sometimes this is easiest to find among others who share our situation or outlook. My calling was thrown into full mode in no time. I enjoy helping people, hearing their stories, helping them get down to the root of their addiction, giving them the resources they need, and listening to them vent or ask for support.

Recovery- the Journey that follows:  Addiction, recovery, mental and chronic illness, self mutilation, etc. We provide inspiration and the resources needed to cope/overcome your struggle ❤️

Group: My Journey is a place where men & women can comeand support each other through life’s difficulties. It is where we strive to build an online family. We all long for understanding, compassion, and respect. And sometimes it’s easiest to find this among others who share our situation or outlook. That’s where our support group comes in. There is nothing like sharing stories and experiences with others on the same path. *****We discuss addiction, recovery, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, chronic illnesses, and self harm.

Our group is a tight-knit family, where we can be free and comfortable with one another, without feeling judged or criticized.
Feel free to post any question you may have for fellow members, or myself.



Featured Advocate: Andrea at Drug Free to the T 1/14


Andrea: I am an advocate because I am a recovering alcoholic and believe that we can only keep what we have by giving it away and so I started my page to help others.

delandrea2Drug free too the T   We welcome all who are seeking support in recovery or those who want to share their experience,strength,+ hope with others+show recovery IS possible:-)

Featured Advocate: Anonymous from Codependent Recovery 10/3

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del52Anonymous: I am an advocate because I  support sanity and mental health. I started my page because I grew up and lived in a culture in which ‘it’ was always someone else’s fault and ‘it’ could be anything; negative emotions, misery, life going wrong. Blame was normal, shame was normal and mental health and sanity were foreign concepts. Screaming, chaos, anger, fear was ‘normal life.’ Alcohol allowed my escape from this during my teenaged years.

After getting sober, some years after college – I saw the same systems around me even though I was no longer in my old household. People were still shaming others, blaming others, throwing anger onto others, using emotional blackmail. In fact, even in college, my roommates and I did it to each other. It was just insanity.

Now in my own home, and shortly after going into 12 Step recovery for other peoples’ drinking, I realized the problem was systemic – at least in my world – because it wasn’t just about dealing with ‘alcoholics’ in my life, but about dealing with the world that supported dysfunctional systems. In my own household at the time I saw it so clearly. He would say a thing to wound me and I’d naturally need to wound him back. And it ping-ponged and degraded. (And this made sense at the time, despite the fact it hurt like hell. Of course, today I look back and grimace as to how it could have ever made sense.)

And I saw this unhealthy validation everywhere: TV, movies, songs, pop-culture, and even in ‘recovery’ circles. I saw that these dysfunctional systems were being supporting everywhere (hyperbole), either tacitly or explicitly.

And this is why I started this page; Just because the world’s gone Codependent or you currently have ideas or only have knowledge of tools that support codependent systems does not mean you’re ‘crazy.’ I prefer the term, ‘confused’ and confusion can be undone with clarity.

Codependent Recovery
Noticing codependency tendencies is the first step. Healing is the next.

Codependency is placing your happiness, autonomy, well-being, in the hands of another person. It can take the form of being the “Controller” [tools: shaming, blaming, anger] or the “Controlled” [tools: people-pleaser, eggshell walker, fear].

No matter which version you may be or can even be blended to be, Codependency is a sickness [think dis-ease] so pervasive, that many of us have learned to communicate and relate only using these tools.

Codependent Recovery offers other tools; Tools that enable us to have self-respect, happiness, authenticity and peace. Join us!


Featured Advocate: Anonymous from FOA Families of Addicts 9/26


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del103I am an advocate because I know how addiction has affected myself and family personally and that got me thinking of how it must affect other families. I started. FOA with the idea if helping other families. From there it had grown into support but also advocacy to eliminate the shame and stigma for all of us affected in the hopes that people have more peaceful healthy lives and those addicted would be more likely to seek help. 

FOA Families of Addicts

Support, friendship and education for the residents of Dayton, Ohio, and Its surrounding communities.
FOA holds weekly meetings every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at:
Lutheran Church of Our Savior
155 Thruston Blvd E, Dayton, OH 45419

FOA Family of Addicts ~ offers support, friendship and education to the people of Dayton, Ohio, and the surrounding communities whose life has been affected by the devastating disease of addiction. Through the sharing of our experiences, FOA provides a place for all family members, including those seeking and those living in long-term recovery to find support, friendship and education. We welcome those seeking and those living in long-term recovery to attend, as they can help us and we can help them, no matter what their place is in their journey. All are welcome to attend with an attitude of willingness, open-mindedness and honesty.

If addiction has found its way into your life, please consider joining us at our weekly meeting for support, friendship and education.


Featured Advocate: Cathy from Addicted To Recovering Musings Of A Clean Redneck Grandma 9/25

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del99Cathy: I am an advocate of better understanding folks with mental heath issues. Be it depression, addiction, etc etc. I believe these issues need to be talked about. Brought to light, if you will. I’m not afraid to talk about controversial issues on my page. I share my ESH no matter how ugly it may be. I’m an addict named Cathy.

Addicted To Recovering Musings Of A Clean Redneck Grandma

Welcome to the original page of the recovering Redneck Gma! Sharing the good, the bad and the ugly days of my recovery! Warning: I use foul language!





Featured Advocate: Anonymous from Heroin Addicts Lifeline 9/17

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del77Anonymous: I’m an advocate because I’ve suffered from both mental health issues and substance abuse issues. I’m in recovery and have been for a little while now. I know what it’s like to feel helpless and hopeless. There is a way out. I struggled for years and years. My hope is to help other people so they don’t have to be me. There is a freedom and happiness to be had!!

Heroin Addicts Lifeline

Help us unite against the growing heroin epidemic. We will help provide you or a loved one with finding help to no longer suffer!!


Featured Advocate: Candace from Loving An Addict, Loving Yourself 9/15

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del66Candace: I’m an advocate because I’ve just seen so much suffering amongst people who have the ‘dual diagnosis’ of addiction and mental illness – and I also know that services and assistance for anyone struggling with virtually any mental health condition are few and far between – in Canada where I am, and in so many other places in our world.

Loving An Addict, Loving Yourself
Candace Plattor, Registered Clinical Counsellor in Vancouver, BC offers Addiction Counseling for those struggling with any Addictive Behaviors. She also specializes in helping people deal with their loved ones’ addiction.  Website

Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself presents a dramatically fresh approach to help you get off your loved one’s roller-coaster chaos of addiction, maintain your own sanity and serenity, and live your best life.

The book clearly and simply outlines 10 things you can do to take back control of your life. It covers all aspects of loving an addict.


Featured Advocate: Owen from Recovery for All 9/14

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del64Owen: I am an advocate because I am in recovery and feel obligated to spread awareness to as many people I can who are in need resources.  I began my page as a way to encourage and offer a support and to carry the message of overcoming addictions through recovery.  I also want people to know what resources are available. 


Encouragement through addiction, recovery, spirituality, self improvement and life.  Website

I created RECOVERY FOR ALL as a way for individuals to have a page for encouragement, and support for those who are battling addictions and who are and who seek recovery. I am obligated to carry the message that programs are available to overcome addiction. I am a recovering addict and feel the need to reach and help as many as possible


Featured Advocate: Jason from Instinctive Bird 8/23

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del9Jason: I am an advocate because I have a dual diagnosis of bipolar disorder 1 and addiction to drugs and alcohol. I have 19 years clean and sober. I live a stable productive life. I’m married and have two beautiful children. I work for a municipal government position. I started Instinctive Bird as a creative project to share my recovery through the arts. I have videos posted on YouTube and links to most social sites. I am an IOOV presenter for NAMI to educate about mental illness. I just want to pay it forward.

Instinctive Bird
Instinctive Bird was created by Jason Insalaco in November of 2011. It is a project that was started as a creative outlet to share feelings and thoughts of life in recovery.

Instinctive Bird was created by Jason Insalaco in November of 2011. My mission is to create, inspire, and share recovery for human development. My passions are writing, music, video, and public speaking. My goal is to provide my mission through my passions.

Website                                          Youtube                              Twitter                                  Book

Featured Advocate: Michelle from My Journey through addiction 8/19

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delete53Michelle:  I am an advocate because I was an active addict for more than 25 years and I can tell you that there are far far more people that go undiagnosed and for some of us our drug use was/is the only thing that made us feel normal. I went almost my entire adult life not knowing that the insanity I lived with had a name much less that there was a way to manage without being high. Life is so much better now that i see it through clear eyes.

My Journey through addiction

It may not always be pretty and has never been easy but it’s my life!!!!