Moving Through The Madness is an everyday look at the life of a grateful recovering alcoholic of over 10 years, and a manic-depressive who was diagnosed in 2001 and has been med compliant and stabilized (read: hasn't had to be hospitalized) since then.  It is meant to give voice to my experiences as a dually-diagnosed individual; to let me have an outlet to express myself while letting you have the opportunity to walk with me, ask questions, and hopefully see that mostly, it isn't all that bad. And even when it *seems* like it is, everything always changes.

My thoughts, challenges, opinions, and experiences are just that -- my own. They do not represent everyone with a mental illness or everyone recovering from alcoholism/addiction. They do not speak for any 12-step program, and they do NOT constitute medical advice. They are the collective knowledge and wisdom gathered over 10+ years of living with these conditions of mind and body, and some of the tips, tricks, and tools I've picked up along the way. Some of this will just be the raw, honest truth of where I am at the present moment.

If you are feeling helpless, hopeless, or in immediate danger -- the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available online or you can call anytime at 1.800.273.8255. If you feel like you need help with alcoholism or addiction, there are many ways to recover. Some of them include 12-step programs, which is the only thing I have personal experience with. You can find your local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, Overeater's Anonymous, Debtor's Anonymous (for money problems), Gambler's Anonymous -- and many more -- online.

If you are the friend or relative of someone struggling with these issues, Al-Anon is geared specifically toward the friends/relatives of people who are alcoholic. There are also other support groups in other fellowships as well.

I hope this will be entertaining as well as enlightening, and that we will all learn something together.