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Caroline Beidler, MSW is a twin mother, grateful woman in recovery and the Director of Creative Consultation Services, LLC., a business focused on creating sustainable addiction recovery support services at the local, state, and federal levels. She also recently started the story-telling platform: Bright Story Shine. She holds a BA in English (2004) and an MSW (2016) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the past Director of Wisconsin Voices for Recovery, along with a past founder and Director of ED2Recovery, a nationally recognized program that brings Recovery Coaching into the Emergency Department setting to address the opioid crisis and opioid overdose fatalities. Through her consulting work, speaking engagements and writing, Caroline has worked with legislators, non-profits, universities, federal agencies and others to create innovative models that empower communities and people in recovery. Caroline and her family recently relocated to Oak Ridge, Tennessee in the US where she enjoys writing, hiking in the mountains and chasing around her two-year-old twins, Henrick and Violet. Reach her at https://linktr.ee/Brightstoryshine.
life is fragile what my moms illness has taught me

In middle school, we had well-meaning, completely-out-of-touch teachers (according to us) who thought that it was important to include “life lessons” as part of

5 ways to make adult friends in the lonely age of social media

As I scroll through my list of friend requests on social media, I usually ask myself the same questions: if my life was falling

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Walking-Away-from-Mr.-Wrong-to-Love-the-One-Who-Was-Right-for-Me

He sat in his black chair with a headset on, and periodically, I’d hear him shout obscenities at the screen. He was playing the

self care is a radical act of love for mommas

When I was six months pregnant with twins, I talked my husband into getting an L-shaped sectional as an act of self-care. My cute,

One-healthy-way-a-SAHM-handles-jealousy-of-her-husband

My husband quietly closes the door behind him. It’s such a soft noise—like the sound of breathing out on a cold day. Lately, he

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Looking Stupid, A Noble Act

This year, I resolve not to make any more New Year’s resolutions. No more diets, exercise programs or firm convictions that I will eat less

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One day after my 8-year sober birthday, I decided to give up social media for a month (or as long as I could). In