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Vanessa - Reject the Riot

Vanessa is the Founder of Reject the Riot, and she's awesome. It's really cool to have her as a friend - especially the fact that she's way out in California, yet we walk the same path called sobriety. Follow her on Insta @vanzsetfree, and definitely check out her website! Let's start at the beginning. I grew up in a super normal, middle-class family. I was spoiled but unhappy, all of the time. I needed a drink before I even knew I needed a drink. Restless, irritable, discontent -- this was me even at 5 years old.  Both an overachiever and the black sheep of my family, I did a lot of weird and stupid and pretty impressive shit. But still,...

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Meredith

Meredith, you are awesome! Almost 2 years...that's a big deal! Give her a follow on Instagram @merbearcareshare and feel free to comment below.  "This Christmas I am always more grateful to be spending it with family and not in jail, like I did two years ago. Alcohol became a way for me to fit in socially and made me feel "accepted." I had lots of friends, plenty of other drugs around me, and never had a dull weekend. I had no self love, and no self respect. After my first DUI, I brushed it off and told myself I'd be smarter from now on... DUI's aren't that out of the ordinary, lots of people get them! But then the second...

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Beauty from Ashes

This is so good. @jl.devilliers - truly an amazing person, and an amazing story.  "Fifteen years ago I was an angry teenager. I was living with my alcoholic father and grandparents. We lived in a one bedroom apartment. My bedroom was their dining room. Fifteen years ago you would have found that angry teenager lying on her back, on the mattress on the floor where I slept. You would have seen that my angry face was tear stained. You would have seen that my eyes were empty. My heart was empty. You would have heard me cursing the very God that I love so much today. I was lost, hopeless, and so damn angry. Angry because my father was an...

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Shane

Shane has such a powerful story. You can follow him on Instagram @silverladder - he's doing awesome things in the recovery community. His sobriety date is 11/29/2011. Feel free to comment below! "I was awakened by the sound of someone screaming. I couldn’t make out the words, but I didn’t need to. The sound was unnerving enough without knowing what was being said. As I opened my eyes and adjusted to my surroundings, I was reminded once again where I was: jail. Suddenly, the sights, sounds, and yes, smells, came flooding back in to my head. With them came the cold reality of where I was, who I had become, and where my life had ended up. If being regularly jolted...

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Andrea - Charlotte, NC

This is Andrea's story - also from right here in Charlotte!!! Give her a follow on Instagram @andrea_marie311 (she's going on a mission trip to Haiti, so keep her in your prayers, too!) "For we are Gods masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago" - Ephesians 2:10   "My name is Andrea, I have about 10 months sober (this time around, as you will come to find out). I had my very first drink, which I can still taste that bitter, almost metal-like taste of the beer, when I was around 14 years old. I was at a house party and I got DRUNK. I remember...

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