Some of you know I’ve been writing for the past three years or so about my recovery experience. I’ve opened myself up to the entire world and what fell out from the deepest parts of myself sometimes surprised even me. I’ve found no surer way to expose every part of yourself than to be creative. I’ve written about not only recovery from drug and alcohol addiction but also the recovery from the social and emotional issues which came with it. This included domestic violence, mental and emotional ill health, poverty, isolation and abandonment, to name but a few.

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For me, writing and having it published has been the single most empowering pursuit on my recovery path, besides following a 12 step recovery process. I always believed that being safe and strong meant hiding my vulnerability from the world. However, the truth for me is very different. Nothing has made me stronger and empowered me more than telling it like it is and letting people see me in my very rawest state. You might say I’ve shared my 5th and 10th steps with the entire world and there’s a whole lot more to reveal both to myself and others.
So, since my experience has been so life enhancing, I thought there would be no better way to give back than to give other people an opportunity to explore what writing and creativity can do for their recovery journey. Many of us create, but not so many of us have a chance to have others see our work. I approached Kenny with the idea of starting a community magazine for InTheRooms.com. Being the proactive and encouraging spirit he is, he gave me access to a magazine called InTheRooms.com/Addiction which has been laying dormant for some years, to hopefully breath some life into this project.

My vision for this magazine is to inspire and empower the very talented people in our community who may be hiding in the shadows. Believe me, I know how enormous submitting something to be published seems and how remote we feel our chances are at being successful. I want this magazine to be an expression of the individual and the voice of the artist to be heard loud and clear. This will be an opportunity for us to talk about the reality of addiction outside of meetings. I also would love to give other forms of expression a platform whether it be through art or music or any other creative genre – the possibilities are endless.
Submission is opened to everyone. It is not specific to any fellowship or recovery path. It will encompass all recovering people, no matter what your circumstance or situation. This is about creating community and individual empowerment and show the world that behind every addicts’ story is a real person.

I’d like to get a solid team of people together who would be able to commit to writing one article per month for the moment. I’m very excited about the people who have already shown interest. If you don’t want to write but feel you can contribute in another way, maybe to help with editing or design ideas, I want to hear from you too.
We will hold a team meeting when I get an idea of interest and see how we can organize this project going forward. This could be a really spectacular venture with the potential to help and heal a lot of people. Please don’t be shy about coming forward. YOU matter too. My intention is to support and encourage not reject and belittle.

I will warn you, if you decide to put yourself out there, you must be prepared for feedback. A lot of it will be encouraging and positive – and some of it will be not so nice. It goes with the territory. Personally I love to stir things up a little bit sometimes. Keeps things interesting. Also remember that this is not a competition. Everyone has something unique to offer, so don’t compare your work with anyone else. You have a wealth of wisdom, knowledge and experience inside you that the world needs.

You can get in contact with me by sending me a private message here on ITR and I will post updates on the progress we are making and notification of the first team meeting. I’ll be happy to answer any queries you may have and chat if you need encouragement or are feeling apprehensive but have a desire to get involved.

I really hope with can make this a success.
Much love – Nicky x
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Author

Nicola is our Blog and Article Editor at InTheRooms.com. Her work has been published internationally in many recovery publications and poetry books. She is a qualified Reflexologist, Masseuse and Life Coach. She has created content for intherooms.com for 7 years. She was Editor at iloverecovery.com. She is also an author at The Girl God books. She has lived with type 1 diabetes since she was 7 years old.

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  1. Barbara Neal-Askew Reply

    Desire to share my poems and don’t know where to share them with. I am age 81years young and sobriety for 42years. Life is been wonderful with those various hic hoc’s life. I completed al my college English and had poetry writing in Walmart College in college. Can you help me?

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