SELF-ESTEEM: Tips, Tricks & Traps – by Kyczy Hawk

I came to recovery broken. I came to recovery having lost all sense of self. I had a huge sense of what I had needed; another drink, another line, another pill – anything- I just needed something!  Until I didn’t. Until I had only one thing left to lose: my being. The day after I had taken my last drink, and NO, I didn’t know at the time it would be my last, but that day, that morning I woke up, sitting on the edge of the bed – looking out at nothing. I felt lost and doomed. I felt that if I did this one more time, if I drank and drugged just one more time, I would walk out on what was left of my life. I would walk out of my dingy infested room, out the front door and turn my back on the last bits of… Continue reading

Anna David – I United To Face Addiction

Originally posted on Rehab Reviews When you’re gathering with thousands of sober folks, relatives of addicts and others who just care about the recovery cause, you don’t know what to expect. Or let me rephrase: I had no idea at all what to expect. I am not, by any means, a political activist. It’s safe to say I have never gathered with any large group of people except at concerts. And I couldn’t seem to find out a great deal of information about the event ahead of time. The first time someone asked me if I was going a few months ago, in fact, I said something along the lines of, “Look, I don’t gather.” But then the information seeping out about the event seemed to snowball: Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli would be speaking! Sheryl Crow and Steven Tyler were performing! Comedians Tig Notaro and Bill… Continue reading

In The Rooms Is 7 years old And Celebrated In Washington DC

  This past weekend I had the good fortune to attend the Unite To Face Addiction event in Washington DC. InTheRooms was one of the sponsors and we shared the Wellness Tent with our good friends Tommy Rosen, Nikki Myers and Jameson Monroe. We’ve worked hard on this event for 4 months. We’ve sent emails, newsletter articles, and live video meetings interviewing the promoters. InTheRooms members provided one of the largest number of signups to the event! A week before the concert, however, Hurricane Joaquin surfaced, and threatened the cancellation of the entire show! On the day of the concert, the temperatures dipped into the 50’s with steady brisk winds and dark gray skies throughout the day. It was so amazing to see it all come together, but the best part of this event for me, was to meet you, our members! We got to meet new friends and ITR… Continue reading

My DC Trip – Unite To Face Addiction Rally

Me getting to DC last weekend for the Unite To Face Addiction rally took all the planning of a large scale military operation. Organizing childcare, trying to fund it, booking flights – and then of course there was the hurricane scare. Would I even get out of Ireland without being sucked into the vortex of a tornado over the Atlantic somewhere? However, all was well and I headed to the airport for my five day trip with enough clothes to last a month. It was to be a jam packed few days. Not only would I be attending the rally on Sunday and meeting my www.intherooms.com family face to face for the first time, but I’d be meeting Jake Parent, Author and Editor of the online book I’m part of called Hearts & Scars – 10 Human Stories of Addiction, and taking part in a panel discussion for its launch.… Continue reading