Skipping the Green Beer for Mocktails and Prayer on St. Patrick’s Day

With St. Patrick’s Day on the way, and the world as it is today this is a good reminder about the importance of staying sober during challenges in recovery. Continue reading

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From the SHARE by Paulo Murrillo


“In the beginning I was freaking out about how we were going to get to meetings because they closed meetings of recovery. At first was I reluctant to do the ZOOM meetings, but one of my friends said, ‘girl, just try it.” I remember there was a meeting called Adapt or Die and a lot of people shared about adapting with the times. That changed my perspective. I stayed positive and I kept busy and tried to stay connected as much as I could. In 2022, I had to be careful with my time. It’s very easy for us alcoholics to deviate and wallow in self-pity. I also love to chase men and get into that sort of trouble, so I was careful. My year had its ups and downs. I got to travel to Mexico this year. I showed up for my birth mother and I took care of her. Then my other mother who raised me passed away when I was in Puerto Vallarta. I got to show up for her daughter who is my niece. I practice Buddhism and other forms of spirituality, so I believe it was her time. I made peace with her passing. God put me there so I can be of service and help with the church and make other arrangements. I stayed sober in 2022 because I love my sobriety and I stayed optimistic, and I continued to go to meetings and surround myself with people I love and people who love me and accept me for the sober woman I am today.”  —Claudia Estrada, sober since May 5, 2008.


“2022 was a challenging year for me. I moved in with a guy who said he was going to get back into recovery and he ended up continuously using for six months. I moved out and moved in with another sober roommate, and he relapsed two weeks later. I moved out and moved in with another sober roommate and she has been sober for eight years and that has been really helpful. I stayed sober this year by keeping my people close to me and checking in every day. It hasn’t been an easy year. People, places and things have been a challenge, a real challenge for me. I feel like people a lot of people are using all around me. Just driving down the street, I see people using. I know it’s easily accessible to me. Being around so many relapses makes think this isn’t possible and the hardest part was being around so much death due to relapses. I get past it by sticking around with the winners who have sober time and are doing what they need to do to stay sober.

A highlight this year was turning two years sober. My parents came down. My mother gave me a cake and it was extremely emotional. I got to hold my dad’s hand and I got to share and thank him for always being by my side and always accepting me for who I am and giving me his full support. He knows 100 percent of my truth and doesn’t change the love that he has for me, so I’m really lucky I had that moment to thank my dad. Even though it has been an extremely challenging year, there are people who have showed up for me in 2022 and they did it for fun and for free and for free. That to me is priceless.”  —Curtis Blue, sober since July 8, 2020.

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Giving Thanks for Your Recovery Journey

Showing gratitude can speed up your recovery journey. When you have a grateful heart, it’s easier to transform negative thoughts and feelings into positive ones. So, give thanks for having the strength and courage to stay sober. With a humble attitude, you can put your trust in a higher power and escape drug or alcohol addiction.

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Family for the Holidays: Support or Trigger?

The holidays come with an unfortunate truth. Each year, 70% of Americans feel stress during the holidays. Of that group, 17% report family dynamics as a trigger, making it the third top stressor during the season.  Continue reading

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What Makes Fentanyl So Lethal?

Fentanyl currently dominates overdose clusters. Over 150 people per day die from synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Unfortunately, those deaths continue to increase due to fentanyl’s unique properties and current distribution. Here is an overview of why fentanyl is so lethal.  Continue reading

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Lunchtime Drinking: Watch For These Signs

Workplace stress is an unfortunate norm: 40% of workers report their jobs are very or extremely stressful. That leaves some professions at the mercy of lunchtime drinking. Tourism, real estate and law are especially vulnerable to lunchtime drinking affecting recovery or sobriety. Watch for these signs so you can act before your noon-hour drinking becomes problematic.  Continue reading

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Paulo Murillo on Satan whispering in his ear, shadow people and the beauty about being clean and sober 

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Getting a Head Start On Preparing for a Sober Holiday Season

Struggling with an addiction is a hard thing to deal with. As the holidays approach, staying the course and avoiding falling into an addiction habit will be hard. If you are a person that is fighting to keep a sober life, here are some things that will help you avoid falling back into a life of addiction. Continue reading

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8 Ways to Deal with Stress

There are a lot of things in life that can cause you a fair amount of stress. You may have found your car needs expensive repairs, or your boss just gave you a time-sensitive project he needs right away. Whatever the reason for the stress, it will take its toll on your body and have lasting effects that can cause trouble in the future. You do not have to live with stress any longer because there are some things you can do to help lower your stress level.  Continue reading

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No Insurance? How Do You Get the Help You Need?

Wooden little men hanging on rope with pin. Symbol of friendship, help, support and teamwork

Addictions are a serious issue that many people struggle with on a daily basis. If you are a person that struggles with addiction and are wondering where to get help, there are places you can call to start the process. The great thing about getting help is that there are places where you can get help without having to provide your insurance. One of the best ways to find out where to find help with no insurance in your area is to call information for any 12-step hotline or go to any 12-step meeting and ask. Someone will help you with a lead or information on who to call or where to go.

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