Story Hour with Bridget Phetasy is a segment where Bridget reminisces with cousin Maggie and tells stories explaining who she is and how she got here. Full transcript available here: WiW16-StoryHour2-Transcript

This week Bridget delves into her long history with addiction and her 20 year journey to sobriety. Learn how Bridget went from being a straight A student on the path to an Ivy League school, to a heroin addict in rehab at age 19. She talks about hitting rock bottom on a trip to LA, kicking heroin in a mental ward, and seven months in “boot camp” rehab in downtown Minneapolis. Hear about the mental back-flips she performed to convince herself that she wasn’t an addict as long as she stayed away from heroin, because she didn’t want to give up her one true love – marijuana. She discusses her resistance to AA, going sober for a year to prove she didn’t have a problem, a second emotional rock bottom and her eventual surrender to the idea that she’s an alcoholic two years into her five years of sobriety. If you’ve ever wrestled with addiction, sobriety, or loved someone who has, Bridget’s take on 12 step programs, struggling with the “God stuff”, dogs as a higher power, and having an open-minded view of sobriety, might help. It’s a long one, but it’s worth it!

 

 

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  1. Mark Alexander Coolidge
    Mark Alexander
    @MarkAlexander

    Wow. What a helluva journey. You mentioned your experience with pot, which mirrored my own. After three years of smoking daily, I stopped and discovered something fascinating (and this may parallel the experience with alcohol).

    I think regular pot smoking stops your emotional growth. My brother, who is now 61, has smoked pot regularly since he was 14. And he is still an emotional 14-year-old.

    I’ve come to see pot as so insidious since we are living with the daily message that pot is soooo much better than alcohol.

    Well, not when used by youth and used daily.

    Whew…your stories…

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  2. La Tapada Member
    La Tapada
    @LaTapada

    What a great “speaker meeting.” Thank you!

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