Caf-fiend

Ronnie Alcoholism, Big 4 : Mental Illness, Bipolar Disorder, Manic, Substance Abuse 0 Comments

When I first went sober I began drinking coffee. I always liked the smell of it but never enjoyed the taste. That was until I needed to replace the alcohol with something. Caffeine has been my upper for the last nearly 5 years. Coffee, Hi-Balls, 5-Hours, caffeine pills, crazy amount of soft drinks. Every single day. My body was having trouble functioning without it. I’ve recently began realizing it wasn’t a much better replacement to the alcohol. It controlled my life and my moods.

Texas

Ronnie Alcoholism, Big 4 : Addiction, Big 4 : Homosexuality, Big 4 : Mental Illness, Bigotry, Bipolar Disorder, Childhood, Closure, Family, First Drink, Homophobia, Homosexuality, Insecurity, LGBT, Milestones, Past, School, Struggle, Substance Abuse, Texas 0 Comments

Last week was a bittersweet one for me. I went on very quick road trip with Richie to handle some business in Texas, where I was born. Although we were there on business, we took some time to try and visit some places from my childhood in Dallas, and some touristy things for Richie. It was bittersweet because on our way we stopped in a little town named Sulphur Springs, population 15,000, and every bit of the stereotypical Texas that people commonly see the state as. Although I know both sides of Texas; the major metropolitan city of Dallas that is progressive, and then the very ‘red’ rural side.

Famous People Who Struggle(d) With Mental Illness

Ronnie Advocacy, Appreciation, Big 4 : Mental Illness, Bipolar Disorder, Celebrity, Depression, Health, Inspiration, Mental Illness, Stigma, Strength 0 Comments

When in mental illness recovery, we thrive and grow from peoples stories of perseverance and ability to stay stable through times of adversity. We learn new ways to manage episodes that we live with daily. When we can also hear stories from people who live in the spotlight, in one way or another, through all of the stress, criticism, adversity, and more, we take much strength from that. The people who live in the spotlight and can still manage their mental illness diagnosis, is something to admire.

2016 The Year That Changed Everything

Ronnie Alcoholism, Anger, Appreciation, Bipolar Disorder, Celebration, Christianity, Election, Equality, Expectations, Family, Forgiveness, Friends, Frustration, God's Will, Gratitude, Healing, Health, Homosexuality, Honesty, LGBT, Life, Loss, Moving, New Years, Past, Personal Journey, Positivity, Powerlessness, Prayer, Recovery, Relationships, Reliance, Renewal, Self Care, Self-Awareness, Strength, Stress, Struggle 0 Comments

There’s no doubt that 2016 will go down as one of the worst years ever for America, and many other places around the world. This year we lost so many prominent faces to addiction, mental illness, and natural causes. People who were forces in their own rightful arenas. We were also either one side or the other from a toxic and dividing political election that pitted friend against friend and relative against relative. I ended up being on the losing side of things unfortunately, in more ways than one.