Ryan Donnelly's Blog

Learning Never Ceases

This past weekend was one hell of an experience.  I learned a lot about myself and the people in my life.  Made new friends and got to see some people push their minds and bodies to a different level then I have seen before.  Also got to see history made when Phil McCarthy broke the […]

Never Too Late

I have done a lot of bad things in my life, and made terrible decisions that hurt people. You learn from your mistakes, though,  and you realize it’s never too late to turn your life around. Never too late to make a difference. I was out on a long run on Saturday and afterward did […]

The Greatest Race


I have gone through my whole life believing I had a purpose and that I had a chance to be great.  At the same time, I must admit that I also believed I had limits.  Truth is, something was always tugging at my shirt, pulling a little at my progress.  The culprit?  My mind. As a recovering addict I […]

Do Not Take It Personally


A lot of the people that are reading this website are either going through a recovery, standing by someone who is, or at least knows of someone in a similar situation. One of the first things I wanted to address when I got out of rehab was that everyone close to me knew that everything […]

I’m Not Hiding


Everywhere I look, it seems like addiction is followed with some sort of negative connotation. Don’t get me wrong, addiction caused horrific pain and misfortune in my life and the lives of other addicts and their families but, because of this negative association, people are afraid to come out and get help. Why? Well, society […]

My Cover Is Unique


In today’s society, people have convinced themselves that they can judge anything and everything. We are our favorite critics. It seems that in every aspect, majority wins. Most people go with the flow in conversations with friends and acquaintances. People have an urge to fit in, be liked, respected by others. So that cover you […]

Life Is Funny


July 31st 2009. My first night in the ARC was an interesting one. This was my 6th day clean and the first night without any prescribed sleep aid. The doctor gave me a tryptophan medication to help me fall asleep while I was in the mental hospital going through withdrawal and being watched for suicide […]

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