Beth Leipholtz is the founder of Life to be Continued, a blog about the realities of getting sober young. She writes about her own experience falling into substance use disorder and how she found her way back out. Beth also works as a web designer and photographer in Minnesota. Follow her on Instagram @beth_leipholtz and on Twitter @el9292.
When Beth Leipholtz thinks back to early recovery, the thought of reaching a month, 6 months, a year seemed insurmountable. She had so many images in my head of what recovery was sure to look like, and why she would hate it. Over the past 7 years, it’s become obvious that many of those images in my mind were misconceptions. Here are a few of the biggest ones.
The ability to stay in recovery and be a father is not an easy feat, and not something to take lightly. For these three fathers in recovery, the best Father’s Day gift is the ability to be present for their children.
When I first got sober, I threw my extra time and energy into working out, and the passion I have for fitness and CrossFit has
Even if you’ve been throwing the idea around for a while, actually quitting drinking can be daunting. You may find yourself with more questions than
It’s a scene that is likely familiar for many. You wake up the morning after a night out with blurry recollections of the evening and
Chances are you’ve caught wind of Dry January in recent years. But for those who haven’t, the idea is simple: start off the new year
It’s that time of year again: the holiday season is upon us. Though most people enjoy these few months and the involved festivities, all the togetherness and family time can be anxiety-inducing and stressful for some — especially those in recovery from a substance use disorder.
More often than not, those battling a substance use disorder lose things along the way. One of the most common losses and one of the most difficult to regain is the loss of trust of loved ones.
If you’ve been sober, whether for a long period of time or a short while, you’ve likely had to deal with facing a holiday while in recovery. Doing so can feel like an intimidating, daunting task, especially when drinking-heavy holidays like Halloween make their way around.
When I think back to getting sober more than six years ago, there are many reasons I know I was successful: I had a supportive family. I had the tools and resources to go to treatment. I had the necessary mindset. I knew I was better off without alcohol in my life.