family

Family can be our support system. Or they can be part of the problem. All about the complicated, loving, and difficult relationship with us and the ones who love us.

Mike Cunningham21 days ago
Does the Past Become the Future
So, in order to fully understand what it is like to be in my shoes, we are going to have to travel back in time a bit. Actually, more than a bit, like 40 years or so. I know, just bear with me for a m...
J A N E Y .2 months ago
Toxic Parents Are a Thing
Parents can be the best and worst thing that happens to us. There is a healing that only they can give us, yet they damage us like no one else. In reality, everything that we are and are to become flo...
Maelyn Jeffers3 months ago
The Moment I Haven't Been Waiting on...
The moment that I’ve been dreading since August 2009 is coming. The moment that seemed so far away is now quickly surfacing in the horizon. What moment might you ask? The moment that my stepdad is get...
Gabi Laureano5 months ago
It Feeds...
I went through this and continue to go through this. She's family. She's worth it. He was my friend first, boyfriend next, and then someone I now realize I should have never introduced him into my lif...
Jocelyn Ponce5 months ago
R.I.P. to My Youth
I never really imagined my youth would have played out the way it did. Although my life is not even halfway over, I have lived a life longer than my years. Additionally, things happen in the blink of ...
Desirée Gonzalez5 months ago
Narcissistic Abuse
Recently, I've had to "cut off" or go "no contact" with two of the most important people in my life—two family members—my twin sister and my mother, and it hasn't been easy by any means, but I know fo...
Natalie C..5 months ago
Unnoticed
This story begins with a sad beginning, with a mom dropping off her little girl at school that morning. The school day went on and on leading to the freedom from school, as the bell rings and all the ...
Supporting Your Loved One’s Sobriety: Tips for Families During and After Treatment
The consumption of alcohol and use of illicit drugs are not exactly uncommon in the United States. Approximately 86.4 percent of Americans over the age of 18 report drinking alcohol at some point duri...
bella klatt6 months ago
The Backstory
It’s Saturday, July 14, 2018 around 6 in the morning. I wake up to a phone call from my brother, Ryan, telling me something happened to my older sister, Katie. “Go wake up Dad! I tried calling Mom but...
Tiffany Green7 months ago
I Am a Mom with an Eating Disorder
It was the end of 2017 and I noticed a shift. In a way, I had gotten used to the frequent anxiety attacks and bouts of depression. This was different. I felt like a bottomless pit. I was constantly ea...
Courtney Elizabeth9 months ago
Bipolar and Addiction
I have learned so much in my 22 years of life. A lot of things are not as they seem. When I was a young kid, I thought there were no issues in my family at all... Boy was I wrong! As I got older, tens...
Devon Rooks10 months ago
Siblings + Depression (Pt. 1)
I can never stay mad at him because I'm constantly asking him to borrow money.
Beginning
My toes skim my reflection in the water, turning me into a smudge of myself. As the water stills, I see the shape of my upper body. Pale, of average build, leading up to a normal round face, framed by...
K Specks10 months ago
Once Upon a Time
Once upon a time we had all been read a story or two, but once upon a time I wanted to be the princess in one of them that found their prince and lived happily ever after. Once upon a time I enjoyed w...
C G10 months ago
Entry 1
18 years ago, I saw light for the first time. According to a cursory web search, even before that I tasted something for the first time. Soon after, I spoke my first words, took my first steps, and tr...
Amber Consiglio10 months ago
Thoughts in My Head
Where do I even begin? Before I had ever become pregnant with any of my children, I worked hard. I hated not having a job to support my self and especially hated having someone take are of me. I first...
Olivia S10 months ago
To the Family of an Addicted Loved One
Dear Family of an Addicted Soul, I am so, so sorry. I’m sorry that whatever their drug of choice is has destroyed the image you had of your loved one forever. I pray that this letter brings you even a...
quinn riley10 months ago
Deranged from Pain
At a young age, I learned to cry with style: silently, with soft tears rolling down my cheeks after swelling gradually in my eyes. No smears or streaks. Just water with a tinge of salt, and boundless ...