Stories About Addiction and Recovery
A table of contents for addiction and recovery stories written by Holly Kellums
This will serve as a table of contents for all my writings on recovery, addiction and principles of recovery.
Most of my stories on addiction and recovery are written in a way that anyone could understand and find value, whether they are in recovery or not.
I do not write exclusively for the recovering addict and alcoholic, but any human who is recovering from anything. That could be substance abuse, domestic abuse, grief, or any other trying symptom of the human condition.
The Opiate Crisis Series — Death and Deregulation
Short Stories Based on True Events
These are short stories and poems that are written about true events. Some names and details have been altered to protect the privacy of those discussed and their family.
Some stories contain traumatic details and truths, so be advised.
The Edge of Hope and The Thousand Shade Woman
A true tale of a lost mother and a lost baby — both saved by hope and the woman of a thousand shades
The Hell Paved Road to Freedom from Addiction | A Dark Side of Recovery
The path to recovery is riddled with misery, decay, destruction and death — this was just the beginning
A True Tale of Addiction and Suicide — When Death Brings Life
A poignant tale of two suicides that gave me life and eternal hope
Life After Surviving Severe Trauma | PTSD
A glance into a day in the life of those who have survived
Eremophobia — An inability to Bear Living in One’s Own Skin
A Poem on Suicide and Addiction — sometimes those who die are the ones who helped us live
If I Can Just Get Him There He Will Be Safe
A true story from Chapter 1 of An Untold Story — a treacherous 36 hour journey to save my son
Addiction — Sometimes You Will Never Know of the Lives You’ve Saved
I am a person in long-term recovery from a life of misery, hopelessness, degradation, powerlessness and defeat. I am…
Jillians Story parts 1–3:
Finding The Will to Live | Addiction Recovery
Jillian finds the will to live after years of slow suicide | Part 1 of a 3 part trilogy
People Places and Things | Addiction Recovery
Part 2 — Jillian visits an old friend and makes a choice that changes everything
Practicing the Principles of Recovery
These are stories about the principles that make recovery based on the 12 steps possible and how these principles can be applied to our daily lives. Here, you will find explanation, inspiration and motivation regarding the principles of recovery.
Helping Others Heals — A Foundation Stone of Recovery
Getting out of self is the key ingredient to getting better
Just Do The Next Right Thing — A Principle of Recovery
How doing the next right thing changed my life forever
These are stories that were written with the loved ones of the addict in mind or to help society at large understand addiction.
Addicts Use When They Don’t Want To
The most important thing to understand about addiction
Getting Real About Addiction And Recovery
Uncovering some little-known truths about those suffering and recovering from the disease of addiction and their…
A Culture of Recovery Shame
Low Recovery Rates Fall on the Fellowships — Disclaimer for 12-Step Members
There is no requirement for membership, but for acceptance, there are many
Addicts are Dying While Recovery is Failing — A Culture of Recovery Shame
A culture of shame in 12-step recovery programs leads to low recovery rates, relapse and death
Bleeding Deacons Atop Spiritual Hilltops — A Culture of Recovery Shame
Desperate addicts and alcoholics are being shamed to death by some of the most prized members of AA and NA