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Into the Heart of Addiction

This recovery blog was born from a desire to give back to the sober community through creating an open forum resource with recovery and addiction information, where people with loved ones struggling with addiction can help one another. By utilizing specific categories, Into the Heart of Addiction strives to create a user-friendly recovery blog where it’s easier to reach what you want to read instead of spending valuable time navigating through difficult terrain to get where you need to go.

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Thought Provoking

  • Can You Be Too Young To Get Sober?
    Can You Be Too Young To Get Sober?

      Is it possible for someone to be too young to get sober? Unfortunately, addiction doesn’t discriminate based on

Addict Insight

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Family

Family contains interviews/stories and addiction info that reveals the struggles, feelings and ways of dealing with loving a relative in recovery or still in active addiction. The goal of this section is to offer insight on recognizing the family disease of addiction and learning how to separate the addict from it with love and understanding.

  • New Life House alumni and mother
    7 Years Sober Didn’t Happen Overnight

    Our son just took his 7th cake and each year as I hear him speak, I’m grateful for all he’s accomplished. I knew

  • Sister and brother in recovery
    My Brother is Alive Again

    The truth is, when my brother Ryan left to go to New Life House I did not have solid faith in his recovery and assumed...

  • Parallel Parenting Two Children in Recovery
    Parallel Parenting Two Children in Recovery

    As a parent, we all dream of the road of least resistance and highest accomplishment for our children.  Imagining that they w

Thought Provoking

Thought Provoking showcases New Life House and shares its thoughts on matters they have discovered while being in the recovery business for almost 30 years through 100% original content designed to get you thinking. Whether giving our opinion on local news involving a drug addict’s skirmish with the law, tackling the latest differences in drug treatment, trends in drug use, the benefits of drug testing or intervention, Into the Heart of Addiction writers supply you with original content on issues addiction blogs find interesting.

Addict Insight

Addict Insight contains interviews and stories directly from the mouths of youth in recovery. Here is where you will find what is going on in the mind and heart of young people who were addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, went through treatment and recovery, and are now living life one-day-at-a-time. They discuss their feelings, opinions, Alcoholics Anonymous, relationships in recovery and all the ingredients essential to living a happy and productive life.

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Happy 9 years sober to Chase T! Seeing alumni rebuild their lives is an inspiration to so many of us.

Im overwhelmed with gratitude for the life I have today. Around this time each year, I think back to what my life was like those last months and weeks before making the decision to do something different. Its hard to imagine the person I was 9 years ago, but its important for me not to forget. Thank you New Life House for providing the safe and structured environment I needed that first year of my recovery. Its awesome to be an alumni of such an amazing place. Thank God for Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 steps! My life is full of amazing individuals who help me be the best husband, father, son and friend I can be. Much love to you all!

#newlifehouse #realrecovery #alumni #family

Happy 9 years sober to Chase T! Seeing alumni rebuild their lives is an inspiration to so many of us.

"I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for the life I have today. Around this time each year, I think back to what my life was like those last months and weeks before making the decision to do something different. It's hard to imagine the person I was 9 years ago, but it's important for me not to forget. Thank you New Life House for providing the safe and structured environment I needed that first year of my recovery. It's awesome to be an alumni of such an amazing place. Thank God for Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 steps! My life is full of amazing individuals who help me be the best husband, father, son and friend I can be. Much love to you all!"

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Chantel ThayerI am so proud of you brother!!! You are an amazing brother, husband, father and so many other things. I love you so much and happy that I am your sister!😘

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Marlene Rodriguez KatriadakisCongrats keep it strong!!! I love these stories it gives me hope for my son

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Darsi Mason WishnackCongratulations and thank you for the help you've given so many in the past!!

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Brian O'SheaChase T!!! You are a powerful example All the Blessings and Promises !!! Well deserved !!! Grateful for YOU!!!

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Jason KenyonCongrats brother can't believe or days were 11 years ago

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Peterandkimberly RelfYou the man! And husband and Dad! HAH!

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Tricia Seamons EvansSo proud of you!

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Carol ChampagneCongratulations...An attitude of gratitude and counting your blessings can bring such inner peace and clarity...Those one day at a time moments add up to an amazing and beautiful life...Yeah You!!

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Sonya PhillipsCongrats😄🎉😉🎊😘😇🌺🎉😄🎉😄🎉

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Jeannie Lynn Peters-PesnerI'm so happy for you. I met u 2 years ago as I was bringing my son in and I was fond of you from that moment. Your words of encouragement to a very new life house mom were very much what I needed that day. I am thankful for u and all the other guys that helped Jeff be able to celebrate his 2 yrs sober. Keep up the good work as you have a beautiful family and need to be there for them Congrats to u my friend

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Nancy Morrow KnightThank you for sharing your recovery with so many others. Your time spent on our son helped put our family back together again. So happy for you

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Talk about life on lifes terms! New Life alumni have been all over the world recently - heres some pictures of their travels from Arizona all the way to Israel and everywhere in between!

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Talk about life on life's terms! New Life alumni have been all over the world recently - here's some pictures of their travels from Arizona all the way to Israel and everywhere in between!

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Sonya PhillipsCongrats😄🎉🎊😉😘😇🌺😄

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New Life Alumni Nigel T. exploring Seattle! Recovery opens doors for us and breaks us out of the box that our addiction leaves us in!

#realrecovery #travel #seattle #newlifehouse #freedom

New Life Alumni Nigel T. exploring Seattle! Recovery opens doors for us and breaks us out of the box that our addiction leaves us in!

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Bill McClellanHey Nigel , if you make it up to Whidbey island look me up ! I can pm you my contact information 😀 I'm a New Life alumni also !

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Sonya Phillips😄🎉😉🎊😘😇😄

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Happy 6 years sober to Mike K!

I am extremely grateful to have 6 years sober. New Life and AA has given me a fighting chance in the world, and a bright future I never saw when I was using. I have a stronger love for my friends and family, and I am forever in their debt for never giving up on me. Happy 6 years to my brother who has trudged this road along side of me. Couldnt have done it without you.

Happy 6 years sober to Mike K!

"I am extremely grateful to have 6 years sober. New Life and AA has given me a fighting chance in the world, and a bright future I never saw when I was using. I have a stronger love for my friends and family, and I am forever in their debt for never giving up on me. Happy 6 years to my brother who has trudged this road along side of me. Couldn't have done it without you."
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Megan Kennally CleggSo proud of you! I love you very much!

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Carol ChampagneFantastic...Congratulations!!

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Marlene Rodriguez KatriadakisCongratulations keep it strong

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Darleen MintonThat's great

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Karen Ann BeaumontSo happy for you. 6 years of sobriety is really something to be proud of. I will pray that you continue to seek Goods will in all things. Take care & God bless.

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Sheila Roberts BaughanWay to go Mike!!! Happy Birthday and congratulations to you!!! Thanks for the example!!! All the very best!!!

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Alisa SetliffAn inspiration

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Happy Fathers Day to all of the dads that are such a huge part of our recovery!

#newlifehouse #realrecovery #family #fathersday

Happy Father's Day to all of the dads that are such a huge part of our recovery!

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Sonya Phillips😄😉🎉🎊😘😇😍😇😘🎊🎉😉😄😉🎉🎊🎉😄

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Happy 5 years sober to Howard B!

Im overwhelmed with gratitude today for God, New Life House, AA and my family for all the love and support I have been blessed with. I remember coming out of detox shaking, sweating and unable to look anyone in the eyes. I didnt have any friends left to wonder where I went when I went into the house and I felt hopeless and alone. Fortunately I had a family that gave me one more shot. New Life introduced me to AA and showed me what it meant to be a man. How to show up for people around me, live my life with integrity, and most importantly start thinking about someone other than myself. Today I have lots of really cool material stuff that I never had before I got sober, but more importantly, I have character, love and a purpose. A huge thanks to Mike J, the rest of the New Life staff and all of the alumni that came before me and showed me through their behavior what it meant to be a good person. I cant wait to see what the future brings.

#newlifehouse #realrecovery #family #fellowship #community #character

Happy 5 years sober to Howard B!

"I'm overwhelmed with gratitude today for God, New Life House, AA and my family for all the love and support I have been blessed with. I remember coming out of detox shaking, sweating and unable to look anyone in the eyes. I didn't have any friends left to wonder where I went when I went into the house and I felt hopeless and alone. Fortunately I had a family that gave me one more shot. New Life introduced me to AA and showed me what it meant to be a man. How to show up for people around me, live my life with integrity, and most importantly start thinking about someone other than myself. Today I have lots of really cool material stuff that I never had before I got sober, but more importantly, I have character, love and a purpose. A huge thanks to Mike J, the rest of the New Life staff and all of the alumni that came before me and showed me through their behavior what it meant to be a good person. I can't wait to see what the future brings."

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Stacey WestHappy Birthday Howard. You are a living testimony to the other young men and I am thankful for the help and guidance you offer to them and us parents! Congrats!

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Darsi Mason WishnackCongratulations, Howard, for what you have accomplished for yourself, but also for being a wonderful mentor to so many other young men! Thank you, thank you!!!

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Linda Rosten EnyeartHappy Birthday! You are an inspiration to those who are struggling!!

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Michelle McShane GaonaHoward, you inspire many by being the you God intended you to be! Congratulations

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Carole Castro ShirreffsYou are an inspiration and we are all blessed to have crossed paths with you!

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Michele Baker HagstromHappy happy birthday Howard. You are an inspiration to many. Keep on trudging this road to happy destiny. Luv ya lots.

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Katherine Norman HinschHey Howard! So proud of you, are a true testimony to spirituality and helping others. So happy to know you! Big #5

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Roberta Lenner LermanHappy 5 years, Howard! You are such an inspiration to so many! We are so grateful for all you've done and continue to do.

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Robert HinschHey Howard, congratulations. Your an inspiration to all of us..

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Dana Young SarukCongratulations Howard. Sooo proud of you.

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Patricia JohnsonCongratulations Howard! You are amazing.

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Carol ChampagneCongratulations!!!

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Tammy LoweAwesome great job

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Letty Portilla-EuforaCongratulations Howard !!! 🎉🎉

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Mike KroenerHappy birthday brotha!!

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Karen Ann BeaumontSo happy for you & your 5 years of sobriety. You are a great example of sobriety & the program to those around you. I pray God will continue to guide your path. Take care & God bless.

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Alisa SetliffWay to go

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Laurie FoegeWe are so proud of you!! You have worked so hard and continue to live your life with strength, dignity, and compassion while encouraging everyone around you!! Love you!!

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Megan FoegeSo proud of you!! What an awesome accomplishment! Such an insanely difficult hurdle to jump over. You are incredibly strong and brave! Keep inspiring, educating, and mentoring those around you!! I have such an incredible cousin who has beat all odds!!!! I love you!! Be well, be safe, and "live it lite!"

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Susan McNicol BourgInspiring... You now have it all!!!!

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Tish Dombrowski ZwolferHappy Birthday. Thanks for all you do.

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Jackie WattsonYour inspiring story brings hope to all of people who are still struggling with this disease. Happy Birthday and God Bless you.

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Sheila Roberts BaughanCongratulations Howard!!! So very happy for you and thank you for your great example!!!

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Carolyn BreckenridgeI'm so proud of you. You look wonderful. May god bless you always!

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Marlene WaltersCongrats how wonderful ! Inspiring story

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This past year has held a lot of new experiences for me. I have been fortunate to dive deeper into my self-discovery, spirituality and life fulfillment. I have been able to do some incredible things professionally, pursue new ambitions and connect with some amazing people along the way. I get to be the man I always wanted to be - right now and today! All of these things are possible because of the foundation I built while at New Life House. Thank you!

Happy 6 years sober to Josh F!

#newlifehouse #realrecovery #growth #character

"This past year has held a lot of new experiences for me. I have been fortunate to dive deeper into my self-discovery, spirituality and life fulfillment. I have been able to do some incredible things professionally, pursue new ambitions and connect with some amazing people along the way. I get to be the man I always wanted to be - right now and today! All of these things are possible because of the foundation I built while at New Life House. Thank you!"

Happy 6 years sober to Josh F!

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Ginger LarsonXOXO

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Karen Ann Beaumont6 years that's terrific. I'm so very happy for you. I know this was not an easy road for you when you began this new journey but l'm glad for you that you did take this path that God has you on. Take care & God bless.

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Kim FlearyCongratulations, Josh!

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Dana Young Sarukcongratulatons josh.

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New Life House graduate Brett M. getting barreled in the South Bay! 

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New Life House graduate Brett M. getting barreled in the South Bay!

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Chase Anthony MarkhamIn there!

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Leslie Mann KelleyCool pic!

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Robyn Watkin MangerThat's my boy !!!

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Robert HinschGo Brett!!

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New Life was a sponsor again this year at the Boys and Girls Club charity golf tournament! We love giving back and Mike, James and Chase were joined by Brett M this year!

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New Life was a sponsor again this year at the Boys and Girls Club charity golf tournament! We love giving back and Mike, James and Chase were joined by Brett M this year!

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Mardi FolksHit 'em straight, fellas...

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Its extremely humbling to look back and think about the arrogant, weak, foolish and entitled boy I was 10 years ago. Ill never forget thats who I was before going into New Life. Although Sometimes it seems fake, as if all of those terrible things Id did and bad things couldnt have really happened. That is what New Life and AA has given me - a life and a character change that makes the person I was before seem unreal. It took a lot of work (inside and out) to change from that boy to the man I am today and the work and life lessons are constant to this day. Thank you for the recognition.

Happy 10 years sober to Jason K! Good luck on that 330 unit complex youre building!

#newlifehouse #realrecovery #character #humility

"It's extremely humbling to look back and think about the arrogant, weak, foolish and entitled boy I was 10 years ago. I'll never forget that's who I was before going into New Life. Although Sometimes it seems fake, as if all of those terrible things I'd did and bad things couldn't have really happened. That is what New Life and AA has given me - a life and a character change that makes the person I was before seem unreal. It took a lot of work (inside and out) to change from that boy to the man I am today and the work and life lessons are constant to this day. Thank you for the recognition."

Happy 10 years sober to Jason K! Good luck on that 330 unit complex you're building!

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Jordan AyersCongrats Jason, thanks for always being of service in my early recovery

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Bill McClellanAwesome, great job !

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Marlene Rodriguez KatriadakisCongratulations keep it strong

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Chase ThayerCongrats brother!

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Cody KehlYou are such an inspiration!

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Celia PortillaThis so great to see persons like you who have 10 years behind. You look very healthy you are an inspiration to the others who are struggling not to give up.

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Karen Ann BeaumontSo very happy for you Jason, 10 years wow! I am so glad that you found your way to New Life because there is such a difference from the guy you were to the man you are now. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Take care & God bless.

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Rob Joseph JuhaszCongrats Jason!!!

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