9 Interviews With People Struggling With Addiction

We have interviewed 9 people who have struggled with addiction. These stories are full of inspiring tips on how to live with and overcome addiction, both from substances and alcohol. Please allow these stories to be a beacon of hope for you, and know that there is always a way out.

Most recent stories of people struggling with addiction

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I’ve interviewed 9 people struggling with addiction, and here are the top 5 most mentioned tips that helped these people overcome
it:

  1. Rehab (4 people helped)
  2. Reinventing yourself (4 people helped)
  3. Therapy (4 people helped)
  4. Self-improvement (3 people helped)
  5. Treatment (2 people helped)

In our many years of publishing helpful mental health content, we always received questions from our readers about specific situations. While we have a lot of helpful tips to share on how to be happier, we simply can’t offer advice for every situation.

That’s why I've set out to interview folks with every type of mental health struggle. My job as an interviewer is to categorize these interviews and present them in a way that is most helpful to our readers.

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How Accepting Help and Mindfulness Became the Turning Point in My Life

"Drugs and alcohol were common place and I was constantly moving around. That’s not to say that my parents were using in front of me, just that it was fairly obvious as to what was going on. Because of this, I actually grew up attending AA meetings and was introduced to “recovery” pretty early on. Even so, I would go on to spend 16 years in an alcohol and drug-induced nightmare that almost consumed my life. Irony at its finest."

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How the 12-Step Program and Therapy Helped Me Deal With Addiction, Depression & ADHD

"I met my future husband when I was 26 but I never felt truly connected to him. I felt just as invisible to him as I did to everyone else. When we decided we wanted to have children, by some miracle, I was able to abstain from drinking just before and during my pregnancy. I coped by being very controlling, a shopaholic, and a workaholic. The twins were born when I was 31 and postpartum depression led me back to the only solution I thought I had: drinking"

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My Journey From Alcoholism to 1 Year Into Sobriety and Better Mental Health

"Being sober or being 'okay' isn't about becoming perfect. A lot of people expect to look better or earn more or fall in love and so on. Sure, it can happen - but those are not pillars to build yourself on, because they can fade. You need to do an inventory with yourself or a therapist, look into who you are that brings you such shame or guilt, and start confronting that."

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How Hitting Rock Bottom Started My Journey of Healing From BPD and Addiction

"Do you know how hard it is to be friends with a person who wants to kill themselves then 5 minutes later they're ok? It's draining. Well, I am that person. The struggle impacts me daily, however, last Saturday I had an epiphany that I've been working on and the days seem to be getting better."