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Posts by Zach Schemmer


What does it mean to be forgiven? What does it take to be gifted true forgiveness? Am I worth forgiving? These questions were commonplace in my mind during the early days of my sobriety. Often times, we do unthinkable things in our addiction; actions that have driven a wedge between ourselves and our loved ones…

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Each week our residents working tirelessly to maintain their own sobriety, while also reaching out to bring the newcomer along with them. It is an awesome thing to be able to tell someone, “hey, me too”, “I’ve been there”, “I understand what you’re going through”. I remember when I was early on in my sobriety,…

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It’s All About Connection

There are countless life lessons and sayings that I have learned throughout my journey of recovery. I have heard sayings and mottos in step-based meetings such as; “easy does it”, “one day at a time” and “Don’t take yourself too seriously”. Those all hold great meaning and have helped me throughout my recovery. However, the…

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Contemplating Life, While Wearing an Orange Jumpsuit

It’s that time again; the announcement of the resident of the month! The resident of the month for September is the one and only Thomas Stafford II. Tommy, as I like to call him, has grown leaps and bounds since moving into our program. It’s been a joy to watch him immerse himself in his…

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Dude, Where’s My Car!?

Recovery has given me many blessings and allowed me to do numerous things that I would not have been capable of doing in my addiction. Similarly, working at Hope is Alive has given me the privilege of seeing men in our program experience the blessings they are bound to encounter along their journey of recovery.…

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