Overwhelmed: A Painting from My Journey to Recovery

The inspiration for “Overwhelmed” came to me in my second week of treatment.  I was asked to create an autobiographical painting of my life at the time.  I had two weeks sober, I hated life, I didn’t want to be sober, I didn’t want to be loaded.  I was confused, my life was a mess and my future unknown.  I was new in sobriety and although I was grateful, I was questioning whether or not I had the strength to change.  Needless to say, I had a lot on my mind, and I was overwhelmed.


Image is used with permission © Annie Preece.

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    December 12, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    love the painting…both my girls are addicts…and artists…i think they will love this…. thanks for sharing! you are very talented!

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    September 24, 2010 at 6:11 AM

    Thanks for this useful article. Definitely worth the time away from my coursework.

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    Patti Herndon

    July 31, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Annie….Wow! This is so beautifully profound. You have incredible talent. Keep painting…Keep Sharing.

    On Change:

    “Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.”
    -Bruce Barton

    Addiction is the journey. Recovery is the destination.

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