The speed boat moves fast and Genesis notices Kayla’s hair keeps getting into her eyes. She laughs, as do all the others, who bounce up and down and let out high-pitched screams each time the boat rides a wave up into the air before crashing back down on the choppy water. Kayla grips the edge […]
Jade Sharma discusses her first novel
Problems, the complicated feelings that came with debuting to rave reviews, and her writing and editing processes. ...more
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Then the road less traveled by diverged in a wood and took him in the night. ...more
Tags: addict, addiction, dating, drug abuse, drug use, drugs, love, marriage, Megan Aronson, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, pills, recovery, rehab, relationships, sobriety, Voices on Addiction
This was a reconnaissance mission. My intention was to save her, not alienate her. ...more
Tags: A Harp in the Stars, addiction, All the Leavings, book excerpt, child custody, custody, custody hearing, detox, divorce, drug abuse, drug use, drugs, exclusive excerpt, female friendship, friendship, laurie easter, meth, methamphetamine, missing person, missing persons, motherhood, Oregon, Portland, rehab, relapse, Richard Rawson, Rumpus exclusive, sobriety, substance abuse, substance use disorder, suicide, trauma, tweakers, Voices on Addiction
I can tell he knows exactly what kind of trouble I like. ...more
Tags: addiction, Alex Watson, Christopher Columbus, Columbus Day, dating, dominican, Dominican Republic, drug use, drugs, fathers, fathers and daughters, Heroin, rehab, relationships, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short stories, short story, stepmother
James Brown and Patrick O’Neil discuss WRITING YOUR WAY TO RECOVERY.
Tags: addiction, alcohol, alcohol use disorder, Anarchy at the Circle K, Apology to the Young Addict, collaboration, craft, creative writing, drinking, drug abuse, drug use, drugs, dyslexia, dyslexic, Gun Needle Spoon, Heroin, incarceration, James Brown, journaling, los angeles, memoir, Patrick O'Neil, philip lopate, prison, recovery, sobriety, Sue William Silverman, The Los Angeles Diaries, This River, Tim Hillegonds, triggers, Vivian Gornick, Voices on Addiction, Writing Your Way to Recovery
Television babysat our family—our thirteen-channel set, reception via a rooftop antenna. ...more
Tags: #generalstrike, absent father, absent fathers, addiction, alcohol, alcohol use disorder, alcoholic, Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, Alphabet City, California, Carol Burnett, Charles G. Thompson, Cher, child support, childhood, childhood trauma, chronic pain, cocaine, crack, depression, divorce, drinking, drug abuse, drug use, drugs, gay, Indochine, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, mothers, mothers and sons, overdose, parents, queer, San Luis Obispo, sobriety, television, TV, Voices on Addiction
Kayleb Rae Candrilli discusses their new poetry collection, WATER I WON’T TOUCH.
Tags: Aeon Ginsberg, Akasha Rabut, alcoholism, All the Gay Saints, Book Club, brian spears, Copper Canyon, Copper Canyon Press, COVID, COVID-19, Death Magick Abundance, drug use, drugs, greyhound, Kayleb Candrilli, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, LGBTQ, Love Poems, pandemic, poems, poetry, poetry book club, queer, queerness, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, rural, rural America, rural life, sestina, sestinas, Stephanie Trott, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, toxic masculinity, trans, Water I Won’t Touch, What Runs Over
Lilly Dancyger discusses her debut memoir, NEGATIVE SPACE.
Tags: addiction, artwork, Burn It Down, drug use, drugs, editing, editors, Erin Khar, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, grief, inherited trauma, Joe Shactman, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lilly Dancyger, memoir, memoir monday, Monograph, mothers, mothers and daughters, Negative Space, parents, Strung Out, visual art, Voices on Addiction
“Thinking about blurring those lines got me closer to the truth of the clichés.”
Tags: A Lover’s Discourse, Barthes, Bourdieu, Cam & Beau, Cam and Beau, critical theory, debut novel, Derrida, drugs, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Foucault, friendship, gender, gender roles, genre, genre fiction, Jonathan Leal, LGBTQ, literary theory, literary tropes, love, love songs, love stories, love story, Maria Cichosz, Middlemen, queer, queerness, relationships, romance novels, sexuality, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Toronto, unrequited love
Addiction steals your integrity. Your freedom, too. ...more
Tags: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, addiction, brothers and sisters, childhood trauma, cocaine, crack, crack cocaine, drug abuse, drug addiction, drug use, drugs, family, family trauma, fathers, fathers and daughters, grief, Heather Stokes, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, larceny, loss, Parole, prison, siblings, theft, therapist, therapy, uncles, Voices on Addiction
For years, decades even, my father tried to escape meth’s hold. ...more
Tags: addiction, alcohol, alcohol abuse, Bolivia, child abuse, childhood, childhood trauma, drinking, drug abuse, drug use, drugs, Elara Cáceres, Elara Elizabeth Cáceres, fathers, fathers and daughters, immigrant, immigrants, meth, methamphetamine, Mexican, single mother, Single Mothers, Voices on Addiction
She introduced me to the ugly of religion and to the beauty of the world. ...more
Tags: addiction, adolescence, child molestation, childhood molestation, childhood trauma, church, dating, drug addiction, drugs, friendship, grief, Heroin, high school, incest, loss, molestation, Nicole Shawan Junior, Ohio, overdose, pills, religion, Sex, sexual abuse, sexuality, Starr Davis, teenagers, trauma, virgin, virginity, Voices on Addiction
Rachel Genn discusses her new novel, WHAT YOU COULD HAVE WON.
Tags: addiction, Amy Winehouse, And Other Stories, Dries Van Noten, drugs, hilary mantel, Jo Varnish, kafka, Mat Treiber, Max Brod, music industry, musicians, neuroscience, Paul Celan, perspective, point of view, power dynamics, psychiatrist, psychiatry, Rachel Genn, rehab, relationships, satire, science, social satire, the cure, the sopranos, tony soprano, Ursula K. Le Guin, What You Could Have Won
I always thought I was too smart to be one of those girls. ...more
Tags: addiction, COVID-19, dating, Denton, drug abuse, drug addict, drug addiction, drug use, drugs, faith, Hepatitis C, Heroin, John Clellon Holmes, Kat Moore, Memphis, Milan Kundera, Nabokov, opioid epidemic, opioids, pandemic, recovery, rehab, relapse, relationships, sober, sobriety, Speak Memory, Texas, the unbearable lightness of being, trauma, Voices on Addiction
The hit below the belt worked. A jab like that was the quickest way to protect one’s denial. ...more
Tags: animals, Barack Obama, class inequality, costa rica, DC, Dominical, drug addiction, drugs, expat, expats, fbi, fugitives, horse ranch, Horses, husbands and wives, immigration, John Manuel Arias, marriage, obama, Puntarenas, Racism, ranchers, ranching, Rumpus Original Fiction, San José, short fiction, short story, tourism, tourists, Washington DC
All anyone really wants is to be seen and heard, and yet we avoid seeing and hearing others every day. ...more
Tags: 1990s, 9/11, 90s, A Woman a Plan an Outline of a Man, abortion, Abuse, abusive relationship, adolescence, american politics, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, book excerpt, childhood, college, domestic battery, domestic violence, Donald Trump, Dreams from My Father, drug use, drugs, election, elections, exclusive excerpt, Facebook, fathers, fathers and daughters, George W. Bush, misogyny, obama, Politics, Pot, privilege, PTSD, reproductive rights, Rumpus exclusive, Sarah Kasbeer, September 11, shame, stalking, teenagers, University of Illinois, violence against women, weed, Zone 3
Amy Long discusses her debut book, CODEPENDENCE.
Tags: addiction, Amy Long, Andrea Anderson, Bluets, Brian Foreman, chronic pain, Codependence, debut memoir, depression, disability, disabled, drug abuse, drugs, emotional abuse, essay collection, essays, Haley Sherif, Kate Nicholson, Kirsten Gillibrand, Maia Szalavitz, memoir, Michael Schatman, online activism, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, Pain Management, recovery, relapse, Social Media, Stefan Kertesz, substance use disorder, Terri Lewis, twitter, withdrawal
Anything we write now is a primary source. ...more
Tags: addict, addiction, Boulder, brothers, brothers and sisters, Colorado, COVID-19, death, drugs, family, Fentanyl, grief, guilt, Jennie Burke, loss, mourning, opiate addiction, opiates, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, overdose, pandemic, Percocet, pills, roller coaster, siblings, sisters, Voices on Addiction, withdrawal, zoom
Judith Santopietro discusses TIAWANAKU. POEMAS DE LA MADRE COQA/POEMS FROM THE MOTHER COQA.
Tags: Abya Yala, Alfonsina Storni, Andes, Aymara, Bolivia, border crossing, chola women, Claire Jimenez, cocaine, colonial narratives, colonialism, coqa, Daniela Rea, Diaspora, dictatorship, drugs, Evo Morales, Federico Garcia Lorca, first nations, Gabriela Wiener, Guatemala, Humberto Ak’abal, Ilana Luna, Indigenous, José Revueltas, Joy Harjo, Judith Santopietro, Katherine M. Hedeen, La Paz, language, Latin America, Latin American literature, Latina, Lina X. Aguirre, linguistics, Marcela Turati, Mayan, Mexico, Mikeas Sánchez, Nahuatl, Nantzin Paula López, oral history, oral tradition, Orca Libros, Pacha Mama, Palabras de Agua, poems, poetry, PTSD, Quechua, racial inequality, Racism, representation, Spanish, spirituality, Tata Domingo Choc Ché, Tiawanaku, translation, trauma, Victor Rodriguez Núnez, war on drugs
Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn discusses her debut essay collection, A FISH GROWING LUNGS.
Tags: A Fish Growing Lungs, addiction, Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn, Alysia Sawchyn, bipolar, Book Club, Brit Bennett, Burrow Press, Children of the Land, COVID-19, debut collection, drugs, Elissa Washuta, Emily Fox Gordon, Emma Copley Eisenberg, essay collection, essay writing, essays, Fates and Furies, first book, Girl Interrupted, Jenny Offil, Jill Christman, lauren groff, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Mental Health, mental illness, micro essay, misdiagnosis, My Body Is a Book of Rules, pandemic, poetry, recovery, research, Rumpus book club interview, Susanna Kaysen, teaching, teaching writing, The Crying Book, The Mothers, The Rumpus Book Club, The Third Rainbow Girl, The Vanishing Half, withdrawal
Fear is real. Pain is real. Loss is real. Suffering is real. ...more
Tags: activism, black lives matter, Carlina White, crack, crack epidemic, crime, danger, drug use, drugs, eric garner, fear, Freddie Gray, gun violence, guns, Harlem, James Baldwin, Joy White, Lucin Rosario, michael brown, New York City, police brutality, police states, police violence, protest, protesters, Protests, racial inequality, Racism, school shooting, Shamecca Harris, stop and frisk, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, war on drugs
The marijuana shop shimmers from the abyss, a glowing green jewelry box atop the hill. ...more
Tags: addiction, alcohol abuse, drinking, drug abuse, drug use, drugs, epidemic, epidemics, gentrification, homeless, homelessness, homophobia, legalization, marijuana, pandemic, Quarantine, Sabra Boyd, Voices on Addiction, weed
Alia Volz discusses her debut memoir, HOME BAKED.
Tags: AIDS, AIDS crisis, Alia Volz, Bay Area, cannabis, Caryn Cardello, COVID-19, Donald Trump, drug dealer, drug use, drugs, edibles, epidemic, family, Home Baked, journalism, marijuana, medical marijuana, memoir, Michelle Wildgen, mothers, mothers and daughters, oral history, pandemic, parents, personal essay, Politics, Pot, pot brownies, Prop 64, research, San Francisco, Sticky Fingers Brownies, visual art
I’m saying people can be imperfect and still be remembered as beautiful. ...more
Tags: addict, addiction, addicts, Brooklyn, brothers and sisters, bushwick, cocaine, crack, crackhead, death, drug abuse, drug dealer, drugs, family, Heroin, high, home, nostalgia, opioid crisis, opioids, Puerto Rican, puerto rico, racial inequality, siblings, sober, sobriety, Thomas Reppetto, Vanessa Mártir, Voices on Addiction, war on drugs
I want to respond from my heart—not my anger, my judgment, my desire. ...more
Tags: addiction, addicts, anger, buddhism, buddhist, drug abuse, drug test, drug use, drugs, family, Heroin, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, jail, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, oxycodone, PCP, Pittsburgh, Rebecca Brenner, rehab, siblings, sisters, sobriety, Voices on Addiction
Erin Khar discusses her debut memoir, STRUNG OUT.
Tags: addiction, addicts, advice column, Ask Erin, blogging, Corporeal Writing, debut memoir, Dorothy Allison, drug use, drugs, Erin Khar, Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, John Irving, Lidia Yuknavitch, memoir, mental illness, motherhood, opiate addiction, opiates, opioid crisis, Ravishly, recovery, shame, Stigma, Strung Out, Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me, Tessa Torgeson, The Chronology of Water, The Hotel New Hampshire, trauma, Voices on Addiction
I wanted to stop withholding from them, but withholding was like a drug. ...more
Tags: abortion, addiction, Art, brothels, cheating, control, desire, divorce, drugs, Erin Khar, France, Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, Heroin, infidelity, Intimacy, love, marriage, motherhood, Musee d'Orsay, painting, parenting, paris, pregnancy, recovery, relationships, Sex Workers, sobriety, Strung Out, Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me, Toulouse Lautrec
It’s the atmosphere. The temperature. What lies between thee and me. ...more
Tags: book excerpt, Ceremonials, cocaine, dancing, drug use, drugs, exclusive excerpt, Irving Berlin, Katharine Coldiron, KERNPUNKT Press, Lesbian, LGBTQ, Music, queer, queerness, Rumpus exclusive, Sex, sexuality, singing
When I imagine his days, the loneliness of it all makes my chest tighten. ...more
Tags: addict, addiction, alcohol, alcoholism, Bay Area, brothers, brothers and sisters, cocaine, drug abuse, drug addict, drug addiction, drug dealer, drug use, drugs, DUI, family, fathers and sons, Hannah Hindley, Heroin, Jens Lekman, meth, methamphetamine, opioid epidemic, opioids, oxycontin, pain pills, painkillers, pills, Pot, recovery, siblings, sobriety, Voices on Addiction