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The Man in the Glass

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Looking through my family album, one thing you will notice is that there’s a beer can or a bottle in practically every photo. There’s one of my father holding me when I was an infant. In his other hand he’s holding a can of beer. In another one, my grandfather is sitting in his favorite […]

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Something You Can’t Fix

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Naomi Weinstein is the former director of the Children of Alcoholics Foundation, director of Phoenix House’s center on addiction in the family, and is now VP, Innovations at the Institute for Community Living. She has trained substance abuse treatment providers to better understand child welfare issues. Represent: When is a parent’s alcohol or drug use […]

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God Isn’t a Therapist

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It was 2:15 a.m. and I was wide awake, my eyes glossed with tears. I sat on the hardwood floor beside my bed, gripping my arms tightly around my knees, my bedroom door shut. I tilted my head up. “God, please help me,” I begged. “I’m so sad, God, I’m miserable, I don’t think I […]

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I Do Better Accepting My Depression Than Fighting It

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As a child, I flamed with creative energy and pleasure in connecting with humans or animals. My 2nd grade teacher told me I would be a great writer one day. My elementary art teacher encouraged me to create an odd mystical creature statue, and draw a picture book which I titled Two Sister Seals. It […]

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