The Secrets of an Addict

I just finished writing my memoir, called Small Town Secrets. I began writing it when I was in the middle of a storm.  In 2013 the storm swept everything I knew away. The storm was called depression, and although I was living in the eye of the storm, I couldn’t see what it was doing … Continued

About Charlotte Edwards

I am a mother, a friend, and a co-worker. I work as a social worker and each day I live with the effects of PTSD and the struggles of being in recovery from alcoholism.


Lessons from a 50 year old addict

I turned 50 yesterday, and I wanted to share a few things that I have learned over the years. I learned that there are a balance of good days and days that are not in our favour at times. I have learned that at times we have to be our own biggest fan. I have … Continued

About Charlotte Edwards

I am a mother, a friend, and a co-worker. I work as a social worker and each day I live with the effects of PTSD and the struggles of being in recovery from alcoholism.


Addictions and PTSD…Let’s talk!

In  my last post I spoke about stigma amongst us who live with mental illness. I am no longer keeping my personal journey secret. For too long, I kept how I was really feeling from everyone, including myself. As a trained professional in the field of social work, I realize how difficult it can be … Continued

About Charlotte Edwards

I am a mother, a friend, and a co-worker. I work as a social worker and each day I live with the effects of PTSD and the struggles of being in recovery from alcoholism.


Stigma On and Off Stage

In order for mental illness to be discussed in a positive light, there often is a powerful occurrence that starts the conversation. In 1994, alternative rock icon Kurt Cobain joined the so-called 27 Club – an unfortunate group of singers and musicians such as Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, to name a few, who … Continued

About Charlotte Edwards

I am a mother, a friend, and a co-worker. I work as a social worker and each day I live with the effects of PTSD and the struggles of being in recovery from alcoholism.