Happy Birthday From Struggle To Strength. It was 5 years ago on November 10, 2011.
That I wrote my first blog post. Back then it was used simply as a place for me to write down my thoughts, to be able to see my patterns and to free up some space in my head. I needed a place to vent. I was still using and I was sick and tired of the way my life had turned out. I was new to the concept of recovery and someone suggested that I create a journal. They suggested that I buy a book to jot down my thoughts. Well needless to say I was using so spending money on a book was not going to happen. Lol

I did however find a website called blogspot.

I created an account and I called it Eric’s Daily Struggle. I remember choosing that name because everyday was a struggle for me. Every day I struggled with the thoughts that raced through my mind. The Royal Rumble that was going on inside my head between good and evil. Wanting to stop using and continuing to use. With wanting to die but deep down inside wanting to live just a little bit more.

So by taking that suggestion 5 short years ago my personal journal has turned into my blog. After a couple of years of struggling with staying clean. I finally made a decision to get off the fence and stop struggling. I realized that it was all in the way I viewed my life and my circumstances. I decided to fight for my life and so I changed the name from Eric’s Daily Struggle to From Struggle To Strength. I became willing to do the work necessary to stop the daily struggle and to become strong enough to just say no and to actually mean it.

Well needless to say, I have come a long way since that first blog


I am truly grateful for all the people I have met along the way as a direct result of my blog. I am grateful for the therapeutic value of writing down thoughts for it has taught me some very valuable lessons. I never realized when I began this journey that my words would help anyone not even myself and sometimes I still feel like I am not suited to be of any help by sharing my journey but I know that, that is not true. I know that the same way I get help from reading and hearing other people share their journey, my words have the same healing effect. I am thankful that I did not give up way back then. My blog has helped me to grow and in turn I am able to help others to grow as well.

So with that being said. I want to wish my blog a happy birthday. I want to thank my readers who comment on my posts too. I couldn’t have made it without all of your support and encouragement.

Here to the next 5 years and beyond.

Peace and Blessings

Eric Ease




8 thoughts on “HAPPY BIRTHDAY

  1. When I was coming to the end of this post my heart started to sink as I thought you were going to call it a day! But then of course that would make no sense! Eric you are so right your blog has brought to much hope at least for me, it got me thro some of my darkest days – maybe I placed too much hope on your story on someone that hadn’t yet made that choice. But knowing it was possible gave me hope. And when living with an addict hope is what we need. Even tho now my journey and the addicts have come to a fork in the road and have chosen different paths I am glad I came across your path and your journey. Everyone is different of course but to you I am grateful For keeping hope for K in my heart x

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    • Karen I thank you for always sharing with me your journey. I have prayed many nights that K would be alright and you would begin to experience the happiness that you deserve. It saddens me to hear that you guys are at the fork in the road. Unfortunately it happens all to often. One thing I learned is that I and You also deserve better. Sometimes our higher power sees that people in our lives are not ready and he doesn’t want them to interfere with the plan he has for us, so he removes them so we can continue our forward motion. I am grateful that my writing was able to bring you hope. I am grateful to be able to share with you my story. Keep the hope Karen. Keep believing. We are proof that recovery does work. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend.

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  2. God’s Continuing Blessings Eric, as you grow, and share, helping others grow. You have come a long ways, but God is not finished with you yet. He has great plans for you to accomplish, that can only be completed as He leads, and you follow, in His Strength.
    Looking forward to the future.

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    • Good morning George. Thanks. I agree. God’s grace has been amazing and he has more work for me to do. I will continue to practice living God’s will for me and not my own. I am gratefully looking forward to the future as well. Have a fantastic day brother.

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