Olivia Pennelle is a writer, journalist, and recovery activist. Her work has appeared in STAT News, Insider, Filter Magazine, Ravishly, The Temper, and Shondaland. She is the founder of popular site Liv’s Recovery Kitchen. She lives near Portland, Oregon. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
Sometimes I think I’m superwoman. Well, not really. But my expectations are often so high that I would have to be superhuman to achieve them.
There are many effective pathways to recovery. Sometimes clinical addiction treatment isn’t the right option for people seeking recovery. There are a whole host of
Dating is one of the hardest things to navigate as a sober person. Paying attention to relationship red flags can help you throughout the dating
Knowing what to look for when choosing addiction treatment — whether it is for you or your loved one — can feel overwhelming. There is
96 percent of Americans own a cell phone, with 81 percent owning a smartphone — that’s a 35 percent increase since 2011. As a nation,
Recovery is so much more than getting sober. Stopping drinking and using—a huge task itself—is simply the gateway to a lifetime of work in recovery.
I’ve grappled with depression since childhood. It would manifest in feelings of hopelessness, low mood, lethargy, isolation, and a sense of despair. I didn’t want to do anything and family would complain that no one could please me. I was difficult to be around — even I didn’t want to be in my company.
The holiday season can be challenging, especially if you’re new to recovery. Our routine becomes disrupted as we cram lots of social events into an increasingly busy schedule, and we can struggle to navigate challenging family dynamics without numbing agents.
Fear is the biggest barrier to change, even if that change is for the better and will improve our lives. There is no doubt that getting sober is a daunting prospect — it’s terrifying.
Unfortunately, substance use disorder doesn’t affect just one type of person — it impacts people in all walks of life, and most of them have families. It is a serious national public health problem affecting approximately 45 million families.
It is challenging to list just eight of my fellow recovery heroes and thought leaders because there are so many more of us. That said, the following list is a picture of the people who have most influenced my recovery, advocacy, and writing.