Just one short year ago I started this blog with the intentions of sharing my experiences with addiction, drugs, harm reduction and methadone. Has the time ever flown by...
Prior to my recovery and starting www.studiolonline.net, writing was generally something I loathed. I hated it in high school, I hated it in University, and I hated hearing that I "should try keeping a journal" even more. I despised being told what to write about, yet when I sat down to write for myself only, it felt like I had nothing of interest to say. Yet after my journey through addiction and beginning my recovery, those negative feelings towards writing did a complete 180.
I had grown and continue to grow exponentially from my addiction. I became part of a world that many are unfamiliar with, and experienced the stigmas and stereotypes that plague many users and recovering addicts. I suddenly began to feel as though I had plenty to say and share. So, I decided to give this whole 'writing' thing a serious shot, and opted for a blog. Having sold just about everything I had owned years ago to fund my drug habit, I initially started and maintained the blog from my cell phone only. My cell phone was my only connection to the internet, so I slowly began writing about my recovery and issues surrounding addiction, and (ever so slowly) began posting them online (this is mobile data we're talking about here). But it was worth it. Writing turned into a very beneficial part of my recovery.
I was absolutely floored by the positive responses I received, and by how many people could relate to my writing. Whether they spoke anonymously or by name, so many others shared similar stories and experiences. As I continued to blog, the heartwarming comments and personal stories from readers only inspired me more.
I owe everyone who has taken the time to visit my blog, to comment, or share their story with me a huge thank you. Without the support and encouragement from my readers and peers, none of this would have been possible. It means so much to me to read your input, kind words, criticisms, and comments.
I have to mention a few of the extraordinary people who have had an amazing impact on my writing, and provided me with the support and generosity that has gotten me where I am today. I owe a very BIG thank you to Donna D May from rufedupca.com, Victor from opiateaddictionresource.com, and Chixx & Stixx from themethadonemaze.blogspot.ca - you have been such big supporters of me, and your generosity is unmatched. I also have to mention Edward from talkingdrugs.org, Chris Aguirre from sincerightnow.com, Tiffany Gibson from NewsOK.com, Randy Roberts of SHARC Brantford, Casey Doyle from bravenewworldblog.com, and Janet Hopkins from In Recovery Magazine- thank you so much for supporting and sharing my writing. You have helped me come a long way. Last, but certainly not least, my husband, Mr. L, for encouraging my writing and supporting me in whatever I do.
My addiction and actions caused an immense amount of negativity and hurt to those close to me. Knowing that even just a few of you have been able to take something positive from my experiences and writing is a truly amazing feeling. It gives me the all the motivation I need to continue.
Thank you <3
Wishing all of you a safe and happy holiday season, as well as a great 2015!
By K. Lanktree
- Freelance Writer -
- Blog Mistress -
- Former IV Drug User -
- Methadone Patient -
- Lover of all things Harm Reduction -
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