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Welcome to this massively popular section of this website – addiction and alcoholism stories written by people like you.

If you’re reading this – alcoholism or drug addiction has probably had a major impact on your life. It might be that:

  • You personally are currently struggling with an addiction to alcohol or drugs
  • You’re married to or in a relationship with an alcoholic or addict
  • A family member like a mother, father, child, brother, sister you love dearly is suffering from an addiction
  • You've gone through the tragic experience of losing someone you love to their addiction
  • You or someone you love has managed to 'come out the other side' - and so you have a 'success' or recovery story to share
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So whatever your situation, it’s likely you’ve been deeply affected by alcohol or drugs. Rather than carry the burden of what you’re going through then, please share your story. Or if you've managed to overcome an addiction to alcohol or drugs, tell us what you went through and how you got to where you are now.

I read a really nice quote recently that sums up why sharing your story can be such a positive, uplifting and cathartic experience ...

“Telling your story is medicine for the spirit and healing for the soul”

Something happens when you share your story, especially when you write it down that is difficult to quantify, but has a deep and lasting effect nonetheless. Writing your story allows you to connect with yourself in the deepest way – you get a chance to know who you are and what you think.

But sharing your story isn’t only good for you. Your story can make a real difference to those who read it – because it only takes one person to identify with what you’ve shared for them to be touched or influenced in ways you’ll never know.

Here’s another great quote that I got from the “Book of Awakening” by Mark Nepo that shows why sharing and listening (or reading) to each other’s stories can be so powerful:

"It seems that the ancient Medicine Men understood that listening to another’s story somehow gives us the strength of example to carry on, as well as showing us aspects of ourselves we can’t easily see. For listening to the stories of others ... is a kind of water that breaks the fever of our isolation. If we listen closely enough, we are soothed into remembering our common name."

So, please share your story and tell us how alcoholism or drug addiction has affected you ...and if you read someone elses story, please leave a comment showing your support and encouragement.

And once you've told your story, please take a look at our new Drug and Alcohol Addiction Q & A Forum where you can participate in asking and answering questions related to alcoholism or drug addiction.

"Storytelling helps us make sense of our lives and helps us share our being." Doug Elliott


To make our vast collection of stories easier to find, we've recently added our Drug Addiction and Alcoholism Stories Archive. Here you'll find a range of stories written by people just like you on a range of topics relating to alcoholism and drug addiction. So if you're looking for inspiration, guidance, advice, or simply a story you can relate to ... you'll no doubt find it here.

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Read What Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Stories Other Visitors Have Shared

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I Can't Be Your Heroine... 
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My Life Is a Lie 
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Why is Recovery THE Answer?  
Despite my experience with recovery and the 12 Steps, when difficulties arise I still occasionally catch myself falling into old thought patterns. …

Broken Family 
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What to Do Re CrackHead Husband? 
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Alcohol Ruined My Life 
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Dreams, Imagination, Color...Will They Ever Return 
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Hardest Years of My Life and Many To Go 
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Bills, Drug Addiction and My Fiance's Affair 
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Christinas Heroin Addiction: My Living Hell 
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My Husband Is Married To Percocets. Where Do I Turn Now? 
My husband and I have been together for 8 years. He hasn't always had an addiction problem and I guess that's why I've refused to let go. He used to be …

Do They Ever Stop? 
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My 20 Year Old Son's Addiction to Heroin is "Killing" me. 
I first learned of my son's addiction to heroin after he graduated from high school. He played football all four years and was very well liked. I …

I Quit. Why Can't He? 
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His Other Love: How Heroin Stole My Husband 
12 years we had been together. I knew Tom had some issues when I met him but by the time I found out the extent of his problems I was in too deep to walk …

They Said There Was No Hope For Me. They Were Wrong! 
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Can't Get Off The Merry Go Round!!! My Husband and His Alcoholism 
I have been going round and round on the same merry go round for over 25 years now ... always believing things will get better! Recently I feel I am …

Dear Daughter...Goodbye for now 
I have to tell you my goodbye. I have decided to step out of your life. It took me six years, but I am finished now. I know I was a good mother ... …

Black's Beer Instead of Coffee. 
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It Just Gets Worse: Alcoholic Husband Abandoned Us, Now Using Drugs and a Criminal 
I hope my story helps someone else. My husband is the son of an alcoholic, he comes from a very dysfunctional family. His father is also abusive and molested …

Sharing a Life With a Man Who Has a Heroin Addiction 
When I first met Tony I thought he was attractive and responsible. He was employed as a manager at a fast food restaurant, and always had money. He willingly …

How Do I Help My 17 Year Old Son Addicted to Heroin? I'm Afraid He Will Die Without Immediate Help. 
My 17 year old son is addicted to heroin. He entered voluntarily an inpatient program last year, after an overdose but he dropped off after 2 and a half …

Wilma's Life and Alcoholism ... This Is Not An Encouraging Story. Yet. 
I got into a habit of drinking a bottle of wine every night. As my wages increased, so did my wine consumption. From every second night to every night. …

Sad Loser: My Junkie Brother 
I'm 17, high school senior, about to graduate. My mother is enabling my older 31 year old druggie brother, my other brother older than him by a few months …

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Are These Signs That My Husband Relapsed Back on Meth? 
Been with my husband almost 8 years and for at least the last 6 years he has used/sold meth off and on (mostly on). Everytime he would get worse and we …

Dating an Alcoholic 
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Day One - I hope. 
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K's Ongoing College Story 
I'm writing this in hopes that it will help me understand my own problem. I'm only 21, and have been for about five months. My drinking started much …

My Story Living With An Alcoholic.  
My story isn't here to depress, scare or upset anyone. Unfortunately my story is a reality for many. I met him when I was 19 and he was 26, in a bar …

A Look At Drug Addiction, Through a Sister's Eyes. 
Growing up I admired my older brother, he was absolutely my everything, as I was to him. He adored me and wanted to include me in everything he did and …

Hi My Name's Becca, and I'm an Alcoholic. 
My whole life had been surrounded by some sort of addiction. I was born in a family with an alcoholic/addict father. I thank god every day I have an amazing …

Eric B's story: I've Realized I'm An Alcoholic 
Wow! I just realized I pissed on my rug in front of my couch. How bizarre is that. Its almost like I woke up in the middle of it, already finished peeing, …

Addiction Can Happen to Anyone 
After completing 4 years at the University of Northern Colorado for my Bachelor of Science in 1990, 1 year at Johns Hopkins University for my Masters in …

Husband Denies That He is an Alcoholic 
My hubby drinks 6 pack of beer or a small bottle everyday after work, and then when it comes to Friday he will go out and drink with friends, get really …

Finding Happiness After Separating from Alcoholic/Abusive Husband 
I just wanted to share with anyone who is feeling the despair and hopelessness of living with a significant other that is addicted to drug or alcohol that …

The Dark Half: Descending Into Alcoholism 
My dark place is alcohol. I love to drink. It makes me who I wish I was - confident, carefree, good looking, and everyone likes me. That taste of the …

My Brother's Drug Addiction Is Tearing Apart My Family 
My older brother is 19 and has been using since he was a freshman in high school. I always knew about it, but was too afraid to say anything to my parents …

Tradition and Dysfunction: 20 Years of Alcoholism and Abuse Is Over 
My marriage of 20 years ended in January of this year. My husband, the alcoholic, disappeared for the Christmas holiday when I was visiting my adult child …

My Plummet Into Alcohol Addiction 
First Happy New Year to all my suffering brothers and sisters. I feel a lot of your pain. And have learned a great deal from everyone who has posted. …

My Brother's Drug Addiction and How Its Affected Our Family 
I don't remember when precisely my brother started using drugs, I'm guessing he was around 16. Although I can't remember much of that time since I was …

Worried About How Much My Niece Is Affected By Her Drug Addicted Mother  
My sister in law is a drug addict, as far as I know it started about 5 years ago after her daughter was born. I think it started with percocets and progressed …

Coming To The Realization: I Have A Drinking Problem 
That I have a drinking problem. I've lost my last two boyfriends due to drinking related problems. I cannot recall the last holiday that I spent with …

I'm Pregnant and I Just Found Out My Boyfriend Is Shooting Up Heroin! 
Ok so this is kind of a long story, please read the whole thing because I'm desperate for advice. My boyfriend and I met at the end of his last year of …

Am I Mad Or Is My Husband an Alcoholic and Drug Addict? 
Hi, Where do I start ... I'm lost ! I got married a little over a year ago to such a beautiful man - a really beautiful person. We were together for 5 …

40 Years Into an Alcoholic Marriage. Now What? 
Tonight I went out to the car after my husband passed out in his chair, found the half-empty bottle of brandy under the seat and dumped it out on the ground. …

My Boyfriend's Alcoholism: Broke Up With Him. Couldn't Take It Anymore 
I just broke up with my alcoholic boyfriend of 3 and a half years because of his addiction. I feel horrible about myself and I wish I could be there to …

I'm On a Rollercoaster: Alcoholic Husband Has Made Me The Bad Guy And Now Wants A Divorce 
I have been married for 10 years, my husband recently admitted he was an alcoholic and started AA after we were on a visit to my son to see our newborn …

Help Me Please, My Soulmate is an Alcoholic 
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Seven Years With an Abusive Alcoholic 
I met my now ex when I was 16 yrs old. When I met him it was like love at first sight, he was everything that I was looking for in a guy ... sweet, caring, …

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The Addict I Fell in Love With Has Broken My Heart 
I am a therapist. A counselor. So I am here to say, if I can turn a blind eye to the problems my man was struggling with ... anyone can. I am divorced, …

I Am "In Love" with a Heroin Addict. 
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Where To Get Help Divorcing the Alcoholic? 
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I Lost the Love of My Life to Cocaine and Alcohol 
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What YOU CAN DO If Someone You Love Is Struggling With Alcoholism or Drug Addiction 
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I Changed The Way I Think About Alcohol and Was Able to Quit. 
I met her 30 years ago and I liked her right away. When we hung out I felt grown up and confident. She made me feel pretty and part of the crowd. She …

Same Life, Different Day 
So, I guess I'm an alcoholic. I took one of those online questionnaires--12 out of 20 (apparently three indicates a problem). Hell, I figure taking the …

2 Days Sober ... and Proud! 
I quit drinking two days ago. My husband did not come home and find me passed out yesterday or today. In large from reading all of the stories on this …

My Husband's Drinking Has Destroyed Our Lives 
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Alcoholic at 25 and Trying to Quit. I'm Too Young For This! 
Hello, my name is R. and I'm an alcoholic. I started drinking when I was in my teens, say 16 or so. It was pretty much weekends only, and even then not …

After All the Abuse, I Cannot Get Him Out My Head. My Love For An Abusive Crackhead 
When I was 18, I met a guy who I instantly fell in love with. I moved 15 hours away to be live with him and I felt like I had met my soulmate. I could …

The Red Flag: How a Night In Prison Gave Me Clarity on My Drinking Problem 
This is my story of how spending a night in prison provided me with new resolve to finally deal with my drinking problem ... I wake up. I see what I …

The Girl Who Saved My Life By Saving Me from My Drinking Problem. God Works in Mysterious Ways. 
I was 13 years old when I started drinking ... I know, how do you start drinking at the age of 13? Well growing up I never had the closest of friends, …

Tom (My Husband's) Alcoholism and How It's Ruining Our Marriage 
I am currently attending college with a goal of obtaining a job that pays enough to help support my family. My husband is currently the primary breadwinner. …

Carol's Alcoholism Story: From The Depths of Despair To a Year Sober 
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Andrew's Alcoholism Story: My Journey From Drinking Heavily to Finding Recovery 
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The Children Left Behind: How I Lost My Parents to Heroin Addiction 
My mum was one of the best mum's a child could ask for. Growing up I never felt unloved, she would always make sure we knew we were important and worthy. …

My Name is Lori-Ann: This is My Story of Recovery from Alcoholism and Drug Addiction 
My name is Lori-Ann and I am a recovered alcoholic and addict which seemed like an impossible task. My journey began at a young age of 14. I was adopted …

Miriam's Alcoholism Story ... Alone For The Ride: How Do I Stay Sober Without Support? 
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Husband Addicted to Crack Cocaine: My Success His Failure ...Tearing Us Apart 
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Get Me Out of This Painkiller Prison: Sami's Story 
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Road to Redemption: My Journey From Drug Addiction To Sobriety 
By the time I was fifteen years of age, I was a drug addict. My life has been a series of ups and downs since the very beginning. The knowing of drugs …

Husband is a Recovering Cocaine Addict/Alcoholic and Wants to Come Home.  
I have never been on a site like this before, but I am struggling with my "non-relationship" with my husband. He has been clean for a year now, for 3 …

Young and Free: John's Story of Recovery From Drug Addiction 
My name is John and I am an alcoholic and a raging drug addict. I'm seventeen years old and only used for about 2 and a half years, but that was more than …

5 Weeks After Getting Sober, A Major Depression Crash & Plans for Suicide. 
I rode the classic "pink cloud" for 5 weeks after getting sober but when I encountered external emotional "triggers" I couldn't deal with, suicide became …

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Many Chances, Same Results - My Struggle With Alcohol 
I am going on 10 years of marriage and I love my wife and kids more than anything in the world yet I still drink. I am not violent, I am very involved …

Greg & Loris' Alcohol Addiction Story - The Insanity of Addiction at Play 
I'm 55 now and have gone back and forth between drinking and tenuous sobriety since 1981. My drinking & the associated behavior has resulted in the destruction …

Don't Let Anyone Tell You Marijuana isn't Addictive 
Don't let anyone ever tell you that marijuana isn't addictive or that it doesn't ruin lives. Years ago, I was coming out of an abusive relationship and …

Lost to Alcohol - How It's Destroyed My Family 
I am sitting here crying about a loss, shaking because I am so isolated, I was arrested several weeks ago for domestic violence, when I was released from …

My Husband's Alcoholism Has Destroyed our Marriage 
Hi there. I've been married for 13 yrs now and my husband as always battled with drink. In February last year he was admitted to hospital and he was diagnosed …

I Beat two of the Worst Addictions ( Heroin & Crystal Meth ) but now a Medication my Doctor gave me has Knocked me back down to the floor and this time I'm Dying but still can't get up. 
I will first start off by introducing myself, my name is Nicole and I have been a struggling addict for the last five years of my thirty-two that I have …

Five Years Sober – How I’ve Done It 
I'd just like to share a few ideas as to how I managed to recently reach the five year mark of my new life in sobriety. This is not intended to brag about …

My Life with an Alcoholic ...... 
The pattern just keeps going on and on. I must be brave and try to harden my heart to survive. I have called the attorney for the 5th time, my appointment …

Shane's Alcoholism Story: I Think I Could Be an Alcoholic or en Route 
I am 21 years old, and I have been abusing alcohol from the age of 14/15. I come from a broken home. My dad was an alcoholic and a drug addict. He walked …

How My Addiction to Cocaine and Alcohol Left Me on the Streets 
I was brought up in a good home and I always said I'd never do drugs, alcohol or cigarettes. Lesson number one: Never say never. In my 20's I moved to …

Alida's Story: Living With My Husband's Alcoholism 
I have been married for 17 years and we have 5 children. My husband has been drinking for years but its only during the past year that his drinking has …

Caroline's Alcoholism Story: I'm Not Sure I Can Put Up With My Husband's Drinking Anymore 
My name is Caroline and have a wonderful husband and three beautiful children! Alcohol has detroyed my husband and all of our relationship. I have …

My Husband's Alcoholism is Tearing Our Family Apart: Should I Leave Him? 
I am sitting here crying at 2:00 in the morning. I just finished "scream" texting him for the last hour to get home and like always he is ignoring my …

Barbara's Alcoholism Story: On The Road to Recovery ... Three Weeks and Counting  
My life was going off the rails quickly. I had stopped taking my anti-depressants for mild bipolar disorder when I was on holiday and felt well. Then …

End of the Rope: How My Husband's Addiction Is Ruining our Marriage 
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My 23 Year Old Son is Destroying His Life with Drinking - 7 Years Now & Counting 
My 23 year old son started drinking from the age of 15.(so far as we know, could have been earlier) My daughter (now 28, a college grad, wonderful …

Katherine's Drug Addiction Story: How My Boyfriend's Addiction to Heroin Almost Destroyed Me 
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My Marriage to an Addictive Personality .... and How I Lost Love for My Husband! 
I have not loved my husband in quite some time now. He is a recovering alcoholic and has been for 3 years this May; however, the 7 years of alcoholism …

How My Alcoholism Destroyed My Marriage 
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Losing their Daddy 
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My Alcoholic Father 
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The Drink That Filled The Void, Turned On Me 
I grew up in a house where my mom and dad never had a drink not even at the dinner table. I have five other brothers and my parents are well known in our …

I Almost Died From a Drug Overdose 
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I Can't Move On From This Not rated yet
I have just discovered that my brother was taking my 16 year old son with him in the car to fetch his heroin ... whilst I was fighting cancer and thought …

"My Life As A Functional Alcoholic" Not rated yet
I don't really think functional alcoholics exist, but it is one way I can think of to describe my drinking habit. I drink every day. Sometimes I have 3 …

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My Son Is an Addict Not rated yet
My son is 19. He is a beautiful person and has so much to offer the world, I just wish he would realize the path of destruction he is on. Last night …

Enablers At An Early Age Not rated yet
I am sitting here watching my life partner(fiancé) and she caters to his every need. He is ten years old. He is not my biological child. I have been living …

If I Can Do It, You Can Do It!!! Not rated yet
I am a rock musician, surrounded by addicts of everything you can imagine for over 25 years, I drank a half bottle to a full bottle of Jack Daniels every …

You Can't Love Them Into Sobriety and You Can't Give Them Everything and Hope Not rated yet
I have been married for almost four years to an alcoholic and drug addict. He is sweet, gentle and loving, not violent but a master emotional manipulator. …

I Want My Real Big Brother Back Not rated yet
I'm Nicole. Currently I am twelve years old. My family has been dealing with my brothers addiction. His name is Robert. He is twenty years old. It …

Finally Fed Up With Myself Not rated yet
I became an alcoholic 5 years ago. I know the exact day that it started, almost the exact minute. My husband was in another state starting a new job …

Fourteen and a Marijuana Addict  Not rated yet
Well I started smoking in the sixth grade. I never thought it would get so bad so I kept smoking and eventually I became an addict. I didn't care what …

Being the Monster: How Alcohol Has Become My Refuge Not rated yet
My boyfriend and I have been together for 5 years this March. When we first started dating we talked on the phone nearly every day. Then 3 years ago we …

My Addiction To Cocaine and Valium Ruined My Relationship Not rated yet
My addiction pushed away the person that mattered most to me, and 7 months later i still feel like a pathetic little girl crying over the boy that broke …

From A Life of Crack, Blow, Roxies and Out of Control Nightlife ... to Sobriety and Recovery Not rated yet
I had the water works coming down and hung up to call my dealer and the next 5 weeks are a blur. Around November work wasn't going so well, I lost a lot …

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