By: Marilyn L. Davis, founder and Editor-in-Chief at From Addict 2 Advocate
The Benefits of Collaborating with other Writers
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, strong writers share 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, 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 beauty of collaborative writing is various voices, styles, and tones. We learn so much more about how recovery works from different perspectives.
The following Contributing Writers at From Addict 2 Advocate add their struggles, experiences, and encouragement, which means that our readers have information to help them recover, and we all benefit.
Here are the submission guidelines when you’re ready to contribute a guest post to From Addict 2 Advocate.
Whitney McKendree Moore
Voice and pen became Whitney’s ways to be heard. After she married in 1971, she published an article every year as she pursued her professional career, and she continued to “sing constantly.”
A turning point for Whitney came in 1989 when she found her way into Twelve-Step recovery.
People were sharing “dirty laundry” and seeking God’s guidance to overcome. Now her writing is focused on encouraging others that God is still in the miracle-making business.
To Connect with Whitney:
Jim Savage is a licensed chemical dependency counselor who has worked in addiction treatment since 1984. He specializes in working with adolescents, young adults, and families. After running his own adolescent outpatient treatment program for over ten years, Jim turned his attention to working directly with families to improve treatment outcomes through effective family engagement.
In 2014 he wrote Rehab Works! A Parent’s Guide To Drug Treatment, helping families navigate the road to successful recovery for a loved one. He created the RehabWorks Family Support Program, an entire online learning platform designed specifically for families to use while a loved one is being treated for Substance Use Disorder.
In addition to his clinical skills, Jim is an accomplished professional musician and producer dedicated to supporting recovery through the creative arts. He wrote a rock musical called The Journey: A Musical Story Of Transformation, in which he uses a treatment curriculum and a vehicle for carrying a positive message about recovery. The Journey is based on Jim’s own story of addiction and recovery but shows that as addicts, we all have essentially the same story. Ultimately, this is revealed to be the overall spiritual journey of life.
Jim lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Laura. Jim is often found playing hockey at the local ice rink when he’s not writing, producing, or coaching families through RehabWorks.
Follow Jim on:
Substance abuse services:
- Treatment Consultant
Specializing in teens, young adults, and parent support
Bio: Deb Palmer
Deb Palmer is the co-author of “In Spite of Us- A Love Story about Second Chances.”
She lives in Yakima, Washington, with her husband/co-author, Sandy.
Deb has published many fiction and non-fiction articles in print magazines, online journals, and anthologies. In addition, she writes an inspirational blog, “In Spite of Us,” known for gut-wrenching truth and humor with a message.
Craig W. Stratton MS, ASCAS – Monthly Contributor
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 the Drug Treatment Court.
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 and his education to his students. His sharing ensures that the next generation of substance abuse counselors understand the 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 on various aspects of recovery besides not using is another of Craig’s strengths.
More posts from Craig W. Stratton on From Addict 2 Advocate
Barbara Sinor, Ph.D.
Barbara is a retired psychotherapist and the author of eight books available worldwide. Her books are highly endorsed in the adult children of alcoholics, childhood abuse/incest, and addiction recovery genres.
Dr. Sinor’s newest release October 2018, Inspirational Musings: Insights Through Healing, is now available as an audiobook.
Tales of Addiction is available in hardbound, paperback, ebook, and audiobook.
Besides non-fiction, Barbara has also written a novel, Finding Destiny, which invites us to find inspiration and to remember the interconnectedness of all things.
Dr. Sinor can be reached through her website: www.drsinor.com
Dr. Noelle Sterne
Author, editor, writing coach, writing and meditation workshop leader, and spiritual counselor, Noelle has published over 400 writing craft articles, spiritual pieces, essays, short stories, and occasional poems.
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 aid doctoral candidates in obtaining 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. She is completing her first novel, taking her own advice (hard as it may be).
Author, Trust Your Life: Forgive Yourself and Go After Your Dreams Unity Books, 2011.
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 on 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 educate others about gambling addiction and recovery. She resides in Arizona and So. Oregon. Catherine’s Social Media: Facebook – Twitter – LinkedIn.
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.
Chelsea has previous experience dealing with the struggles and consequences of substance abuse and understands how difficult it is to find resources. Because of this, she has a strong desire to help others through their recovery journey.
She is passionate about advocating for those who may not have a voice or don’t know where to turn for help.
To facilitate others, she is in the process of completing school to become a clinical therapist and hopes that she can be both an advocate and resource in her community.
Penelope, P-Rae Jackson
P-Rae is a 20-year-old flower child with five years of recovery. Born under a bad sign in a housing project in Brooklyn, she currently resides with her fiance, Jeanie, in The East Village of Manhattan and attends college. P-Rae works part-time as a mannequin dresser for a department store when not sponsoring others or handing out homemade sack lunches to the homeless.
She is a G5 Krav Maga practitioner and is training to move up to E1. She also studies ballroom dancing, Tantric Yoga, and drug-free psychonauts using:
- SSD ( Samadhi Sensory Deprivation) tanks
- Holotropic breathing with a teacher.
- Recorded guided meditations
Follow her on Facebook as Penelope Rae Jackson.
Donnie 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.
Christine Campbell BSW, 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 of decades ago. I am so grateful for all I have and all that I don’t have.
I have come a long way from living in the fast lane, struggling to find myself, be a mother, and stand proud and discover what 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 the book, With Vigilance-a woman in long-term recovery
Alison is a writer, speaker, and addiction recovery and health advocate. Through her blog, Alison’s Insights, she shares her experience overcoming alcoholism and a life-threatening eating disorder in midlife and how she now faces it every day.
She is a Social media Influencer for BlogHer.
I have been in the recovery field for over seven years, where I find a great deal of purpose in helping others, and I have a great passion for recovery working as a Recovery Coach with Brad McLeod Recovery and do my best to support people struggling with addiction over the internet.
I enjoy 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)
I’ve loved writing, words, and language for as long as I can remember. After college, most of my writing was work-related, which didn’t fulfill the creative writing itch.
After some time, via a connection at Well of Mercy, a wonderful retreat area outside of Charlotte, NC, I was in touch with a writing coach who helped me see writing in a new light. This gift of a new perception helped me get away from perfectionist tendencies, which were also holding me back.
Now I write with a new spirit. One project is a story of my father’s life based on several years of interviews with him.
I also enjoy poetry-that the words can be brief, poignant-there’s a freeness there. In addition to these projects, I like doing travel and restaurant reviews for different websites.
Nature, especially walking in the forest, re-energizes me. I have a passion for the environment, animals, and education and am looking into bringing specific educational and environmental organizations together to benefit current and future generations.
Themes in my writing usually are around nature, aging, and the impact of substance abuse on families.
Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D., DCC, DDVA, DLC, DD, NCIP, NCAMP, IMAC
Rev 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, and 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. A two-time World Champion and nine-time National Champion, and State and National Record holder powerlifter, a gentle giant who has championed many in his career. He also writes poetry on addiction and Christian subjects, with over 500 published.
RevKev’s accomplishments do not stop here, so connect with RevKev on LinkedIn.