Olivia Pennelle

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 FacebookInstagram, and Twitter

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How To Tell Your Family About Your Addiction

While some stages of substance use disorder can be hidden, after a while it becomes quite obvious—as much as we like to think we’re great at covering our tracks. Whether your family know or not, telling them can be daunting.

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How To Get Sober Alone

Can you get sober alone, without 12-step or other support groups? What’s more, some people recover with no method at all—contrary to popular belief. A recent study examining the pathways of recovery shatters the myth that you need to maintain a program of recovery to stay sober.

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Weight Gain In Addiction Recovery

Gaining weight when we get sober is a rite of passage for many of us. Why do we gain weight in early addiction recovery, and how can we accept weight gain, and find solutions?

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Taking Opiates For Migraines Fueled My Drug Addiction

From my very first codeine tablet, I was hooked. That warm fuzzy feeling permeated my body and my migraine—caused by severe dehydration and four bottles of wine the night before—almost vanished into thin air. I was transported to this almost memory-foam-type-fluffy-cloud.

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Why Rock Bottom Might Be A Pervasive Myth

When I started writing this article the concept was to write about the point at which seven of us reached the end of our substance use disorder, and sought help. It was to show others that while that point may have looked different to all of us, we all had mounting consequences and a dire need to seek more for our lives—a life worth living, if you will.

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Why You WANT To Eat Well In Early Recovery

Early recovery is one of the toughest undertakings in life. If you’re anything like me, you might be wondering if you’ll make it. My first month felt like I had lead weights strapped to my legs while I took a hike for 30 days straight. It was ruthless and grueling. Why on earth would you want to make it more difficult for yourself? I’m not suggesting you choose to make that more hard, rather you may be unaware how some of your actions may be harming your recovery.

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