Renew publishes the experiences of our readers and community members in hopes that others will find fellowship and support in their experiences. 

Last Post: A Life Turned Around - 11/11/2015

Greg Kayko is the single father of two young children, the sponsor of half a dozen (or so) men in the Midwest, and an avid but painfully average golfer. A self-described sobriety junkie, Kayko is also a managing editor at a large national media company and author of Realtime Recovery: Where Sober is the New Black, a personal blog that celebrates the many ways we “trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.”

Last Post: Teach Him How to Drink - 4/16/2016

Rising from the Ashes chronicles Fiona Purcell's experiences with recovery. She strives to de-stigmatize addiction by describing her journey as honestly as she knows how in hopes that she can bring about some level of understanding and acceptance.

Last Post: Freeing The Black Dragon - 4/10/2016

Raised in South Carolina and born to question everything, including her sexual identity, Temple Hayes turned to spirit to pull her from the car wrecks of abuse and alcohol addiction. Today, as a new thought global leader, she’s showing others how to be exactly who they are and live the life their hearts desire. 
Last Post: Growing Balance - 4/3/2017

Margi Taber’s life work is about hope and healing. Her career path has focused on adolescent and family work in the field of addiction and social work. She is on the leadership committee of NAADAC's Adolescent Specialty Committee and is the vice president of programs and operations at RSSS.

A Guiding Light of Hope is inspired by the many people she has met who are on a mission to increase awareness, provide education, and promote health and healing regarding this ever-challenging disease called addiction that is destroying lives on a daily basis.

Last Post: RecoveryATX - 5/24/2016

#RightsForRecovery is all about providing real-time information on important issues surrounding recovery, advocacy and social justice issues. We can inspire social change, one voice at a time. 

Born in north Texas and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, Robert Ashford is a certified peer recovery support specialist and an advocate for all individuals seeking long-term recovery. Ashford most recently served as the national program director for Young People in Recovery and as the founding program director of the University of North Texas Collegiate Recovery Program. Ashford is currently finishing a bachelor of social work and bachelor of science in psychology from the University of North Texas and will be pursuing a master of social work from the University of Pennsylvania beginning in the summer of 2016. Ashford has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, most notably NADAAC’s Young Emerging Leader Award (2014), Young People in Recovery’s Advocate of the Year (2014), and the University of North Founders’ Award (2015). Ashford also serves on multiple nonprofit organizations’ board of directors, the Council for Advising and Planning for the Texas Department of State Health Services, and is a current national planning partner for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. More about Ashford can be found at his website.

Last Post: Rituals in Recovery - 4/16/2016

Dr. Harris Stratyner, vice president of Caron Treatment Center and clinical director of the New York region, is internationally known for developing and implementing the groundbreaking clinical model of "Carefrontation," a treatment approach that doesn't shame or blame the patient. It recognizes addiction as a disease and stresses each individual's responsibility to work with healthcare providers to reach the goal of complete abstinence. 

Last Post: The Great Escape - 7/15/2015

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