Contributing Writers

By: Marilyn L. Davis, founder and Editor-in-Chief at From Addict 2 Advocate
 

 

The Benefits of Collaborating with other Writers

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For many years, I’ve talked, preached, and promoted the concept of collaborating with other writers to reach a wider audience. To me it just makes sense. And here at From Addict 2 Advocate, there are strong writers sharing their message of hope and recovery.
 
I also like quotes that reinforce a belief, and this one says it all.
 
“That’s why I’m a proponent of collaboration. It’s not because working together feels good. If it felt good and the results were mediocre, then collaboration wouldn’t be worth the effort. Collaboration is valuable because it helps us transcend our individual limits and create something greater than ourselves.” ― Bob Sullo
 
 
The following Contributing Writers at From Addict 2 Advocate add their struggles, experiences, and encouragement. This means that our readers have information to help them in their recovery, and we all benefit.
 

Craig W. Stratton MS, ASCAS

Combining his passions with a purpose is one of his goals. He has worked to help marginalized populations understand their addictions and introduce them to the benefits of recovery, as a Case Manager for the homeless, and those in Drug Treatment Court. from addict 2 advocate

He has also counseled adolescents, adults and couples over the last 14 years in various agencies, and worked extensively on  Alternatives to Incarceration, to offer treatment and not incarceration for nonviolent offenders.

Craig is an Adjunct Professor at Hudson Valley Community College, where he brings his personal experience of 17 years in recovery as well as his education to his students, ensuring that the next generation of substance abuse counselors understand knowledge of addiction, but more importantly, know a representative of the addicted population.

Bringing this human element to his classes, advocates for recovery and will help remove the stigmas and myths associated with faceless addicts. His unique perspective to various aspects of recovery besides not using is another of Craig’s strengths. For more posts that will positively influence your recovery, here’s a link to Craig’s blog. 

 
More posts from Craig W. Stratton on From Addict 2 Advocate
 
 

Noelle Sternefrom addict 2 advocate marilyn l davis noelle sterne

Author, editor, writing coach, writing and meditation workshop leader, spiritual counselor, Noelle has published over 400 writing craft articles, spiritual pieces, essays, short stories, and occasional poems. 
Publications include Author Magazine, Black Fox Literary Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children’s Book Insider, Coffeehouse For Writers, Funds for Writers, InnerSelf, Inside Higher Ed, Mused, New Age Journal, Pen & Prosper, Ruminate, Sasee, Story Monsters Ink, Transformation Coaching, The Write Place At the Write Time, Unity Magazine, Writer’s Journal, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, The Writer, and Writer’s Digest.

Academic mentor, editor and coach, with the Ph.D. from Columbia University, she helps doctoral students wrestling with their dissertations and publishes articles in several blogs for dissertation writers. Noelle has delivered requested presentations on academic writing at several universities and is a regular contributor to Abstract, the blog of the Textbook and Academic Authors Association (TAA). She also contributes pieces to other national and international publications, on dissertation issues and writing. In July and August 2018 she was one of six webinar presenters for its “Writing Gym.” Her topic: “Get Started, Continue Your Draft, and Finish.”

Eons ago, she published a children’s book of original (groan worthy) dinosaur riddles, Tyrannosaurus Wrecks (What do you get when dinosaurs crash their cars?). Riddles from the book appear in several elementary school language arts texts, and the book was featured on PBS’s Reading Rainbow.

A Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast (May 16, 2017) featured her story “Time to Say Goodbye” from a 2013 volume: https://chickensoup.podbean.com/e/tip-tuesday-why-you-should-remove-toxic-people-from-your-life-and-how-to-do-it/_

Noelle’s book Trust Your Life: Forgive Yourself and Go After Your Dreams (Unity Books, 2011) contains examples from her practice, writing, and other aspects of life to help readers release regrets, relabel their past, and reach lifelong yearnings.

Her book Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation: Coping With the Emotional, Interpersonal, and Spiritual Struggles (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2015) further aids doctoral candidates to award of their degrees.

As part of pursuing her writing Dream, Noelle’s mission is to help other writers reach theirs and create the lives they truly desire. Taking her own advice (hard as it may be), she is completing her first novel.

 

Noelle’s books:

Author, Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation: Coping With the Emotional, Interpersonal, and Spiritual Struggles. Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2015.

Website: www.trustyourlifenow.com

https://chickensoup.podbean.com/e/tip-tuesday-why-you-should-remove-toxic-people-from-your-life-and-how-to-do-it/

Catherine Townsend-Lyon

Catherine is a former columnist for In Recovery Magazine’s “The Author’s Cafe,” a recovery coach, and ghostwriter.

She runs “Cat Lyon’s Reading & Writing Den” helping authors market their books throughout social media. Catherine advocates and has shared her story on Addictionland.com, Facing Addiction.org and Heroes in Recovery.com. 

Catherine was invited to be in media articles by The University of Columbia, Nautil.us, and Time.com. She seeks platforms to raise awareness, inform, and educated others about gambling addiction and recovery. She resides in Arizona and So. Oregon. Catherine’s Social Media: Facebook – Twitter – LinkedIn.

from addict 2 advocate marilyn l davis She is the author of “Addicted to Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat” published by The Kodel Empire Group and available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM, Walmart books online, and InReocvery.com bookstand.

 

Donnie Huffman

from addict 2 advocate donnie huffmanDonnie Huffman is an aspiring writer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Struggling with trauma, mental illness, and addiction, he spent substantial segments of his adolescence in and out of hospitals, treatment centers, halfway houses, and jail.

After a suicide attempt, he got sober at age 29 through the 12-Steps and therapy.  

Clean, refocused, and rekindling a passion for writing, he is also working on his autobiography.  He now has a full-time job in the healthcare field, and credits his daily practice of meditation and writing for helping him stay in recovery.  

More writing from Donnie Huffman

 

Christine Campbell BSW,from addict 2 advocate MS

I am so humbled and grateful for my sobriety, my peaceful life, and for all my ‘spiritual family’. Many men and women saw one wounded woman crawl into the rooms and couple decades ago. I am so grateful for all I have and for all that I don’t have.

I have come a long way from life in the fast lane, struggling to find myself, be a mother, and stand proud and discover what really matters.

My story is raw and honest-painfully shared-but a story about the ability to live life to the fullest and pass on what was so freely given to me, no matter what life brings you.

Retiring as a mental health practitioner,  I celebrated 25 years last January and live a peaceful life in Northern Michigan. I write, blog, and stay connected with the wonderful people in recovery.

Link for book, With Vigilance-a woman in long-term recovery 

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/442608

 

Aaron Lebold

I have been in the recovery field for over seven years, I find a great deal of purpose by helping others, and I have great passion for recovery. I work as a Recovery Coach with Brad McLeod Recovery, and do my best to support people struggling with addiction over the internet.

I am really enjoying the experience, and reflecting on my past has been very beneficial for me, even after nearly nine years of recovery.

If you would like to learn more about me, I have written out my life story on Medium (https://medium.com/@aaronleboldbmr)

 

Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D., DCC, DDVA, DLC, DD, NCIP, NCAMP, IMAC

from addict 2 advocateRev Dr. Coughlin is a Founder and the Director of New Beginning Ministry, Inc. a grassroots evidence based, twelve-step residential addiction recovery program for adults that is accredited by the A.A.C.T. Most call him RevKev.

RevKev is also a Nationally Certified Recovery Coach and Anger Management Specialist, a Nationally Certified Family Recovery Coach, a Nationally Certified Christian Recovery Coach and Family Recovery Coach, and a Nationally Certified Gambling Addiction Coach, Nationally Certified Case Manager, Life Coach, an International Master Addictions Coach, Sexual Addiction Coach, Life Recovery Coach and Trainer.

Dr. Coughlin has helped thousands of people to change their lives over the past seventeen plus years. He is an Addiction Expert, Blogger/Writer at Addicted Minds and VIP Interventions, and a Professional Associate member at Gemini Behavioral Health, Addict2Advocate, The Addictions Academy, Sober Services, and hundreds of small press magazines and newspapers.   He is a two-time World Champion and nine time National Champion and State and National Record holder power lifter, a gentle giant who has championed many in his career. His also writes poetry on addiction and Christian subjects, with over 500 published to date.

RevKev’s accomplishments do not stop here; so connect with RevKev on LinkedIn