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Category: Inspirational Stories

8 Years, 4 Months, 29 Days

Celebrate National Recovery Month

The following account of addiction and recovery was shared with us as part of our initiative to help people share their stories. If you would like to use your voice to help others, contact us at editors@harborvillageflorida.com. I was standing outside of a liquor store just before 10 am. It...

Women’s History Month: 5 Women in Recovery You Need to Follow

Women’s History Month: 5 Women in Recovery You Need to Follow

March is Women’s History Month! Each year we celebrate the women who have put their mark on history. Trailblazers, entrepreneurs, and civil leaders, the women we honor during Women’s History Month helped to shatter boundaries and shape the world as it is today. To celebrate, we’re honoring amazing women in...

Submission: “Hopeless to Dopeless” by Alicia Mason

Hopeless to Dopeless by Alicia Mason

The following poem is a submission written by Alicia Mason and published with permission from the author.  A hopeless dope fiend, broken down and beat A needle junkie with nothing left in me But guilt, shame, remorse, obsession, self-defeat No longer seeing light in this empty hollow me No longer...

Great New Years Resolutions for People in Recovery

Great New Years Resolutions for People in Recovery

We’re nearing the end of 2017 and with it many are taking this time to self-reflect and prepare for the new year.This is also when people typically decide their New Year’s Resolution-  personal goals they aspire to achieve in the coming year. Losing weight, overcoming debt, making career changes, and...

#WomanCrushWednesday! How Brittany Shelton Turned Recovery into Inspiration

#WomanCrushWednesday! How Brittany Shelton Turned Recovery into Inspiration

#WomanCrushWednesday is here once more, and we’re continuing to celebrate women in recovery! This week we’re placing the spotlight on one incredibly open, loving, and strong woman named Brittany Shelton who has taken her recovery journey to the next level, using to to unite and inspire others to embark on...

Lessons in Recovery: Harbor Village’s 2nd Annual Recovery eBook

Lessons in Recovery: Harbor Village’s 2nd Annual Recovery eBook

It’s 2017 and speaking openly and candidly about the realities of addiction and addiction recovery is still considered taboo. We still promote old stereotypes and stigmas of what addiction is and the type of people affected by it. We still ridicule and shame people living with substance abuse disorders, passing...

#WomanCrushWednesday! 5 Badass Women in Recovery!

#WomanCrushWednesday! 5 Badass Women in Recovery!

Ladies, every Wednesday our social media feeds get flooded with women being celebrated for their beauty, talents, capacity to love, and other achievements. #WomanCrushWednesdays are dedicated to mothers, wives, girlfriends, and admired celebrities all the time, but rarely is that spotlight given to women who are admired for their commitment...

#ManCrushMonday! Our Favorite Men in Recovery!

#ManCrushMonday! Our Favorite Men in Recovery!

You know, Mondays get a lot of smack. It’s the beginning of another week of work and school, the end of a relaxing, fun weekend. Monday brings sour moods and hidden temptations in the form of boredom, agitation, frustration, and stress. Staying focused and dedicated to sobriety is the key...

5 Quotes for the Person Fighting to Remain Sober Today

5 Quotes for the Person Fighting to Remain Sober Today

Living a life of sobriety after experiencing addiction is no walk in the park. It’s a daily commitment to make the best decisions for you and your dedication to staying clean and sober. While recovery is the greatest gift you could ever give yourself, the path is filled with bumps...

Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Time Injecting Heroin

Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Time Injecting Heroin

Life as a heroin addict presents challenges daily. Whether you are living with a substance abuse issue or in recovery, you can probably remember your first time using. It was the beginning of the end for some. For the lucky ones, this moment is a precautionary tale. Using heroine changes...