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Anger It is my default emotion. I go here first in most scenarios. In my first couple years of sobriety, a long time ago, I went to a psychic reader at a friend’s house. I was miserable having just ended another epic failure of a relationship and mad about why I could not sustain love in my life… Read On

Two New Book Releases Coming in 2020

A 2nd Edition of Blackout Girl will be published by Hazelden in summer of 2020 loaded with new content, chapters, a discussion guide and more. Jennifer’s 5th book will be released in fall of 2020, tentatively titled Awakening Blackout Girl. More details to follow. Jennifer will be on tour for fall of 2020… Read On

Blackout Girl the Documentary begins filming June 30, 2018

Blackout GirlA Documentary Film based on the Memoir by Jennifer Stormby Sylvia Caminer, Tracy Schott, and Jennifer Storm Shining a light on dark secrets reveals the path to recovery. A 12-year old girl is raped during an alcohol-induced blackout, beginning a ten-year journey into darkness. Jennifer Storm’s story teaches us important lessons about the role of trauma in addiction and illuminates a new pathway to recovery… Read On

DolGer Films options Blackout Girl for Film Deal.

Today Jennifer Storm, Danielle Hall Count and DolGer Films announce an option deal to produce a film based on the screenplay adaptation of the memoir, Blackout Girl: Growing Up and Drying Out in America, published in 2008 by Hazelden Publishing.  Jennifer Storm and Danielle Hall Count co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of the award winning memoir… Read On

Ten Tools That Have Helped Me Fight Addiction & Depression

I’ve been there. In that dark place that no one likes to talk about socially. The pit of emotional hell that feels impossible to crawl out of. I struggled with addiction and depression, which for me went hand-hand, for over a decade. I’ve sat with a shotgun in my mouth and finger on the trigger. I’ve swallowed a bottle of pills with a bottle of peach schnapps hoping to end the pain I was feeling only to have my stomach pumped… Read On

Why Monday matters not only for Sandusky’s victims, but to all victims.

On Monday morning in the Dauphin County Courthouse three Penn State top ranking officials will be in court for their preliminary hearing on charges of failure to report child abuse and perjury.  As of now, Jerry Sandusky has been convicted on 45 of the original 48 charges of  sexual assault because the victims in this case took the stand to testify about what Sandusky did to them… Read On

The Aftermath of Sexual Violence

I was pondering yesterday about the ripple effects that sexual violence creates in the lives of so many, particularly within ones own self-esteem and comfort level with sex thereafter.  At times I can be so hard on myself, thinking that after 26 years from the first act of violence I endured should be a thing of the past… Read On

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month I am excited to bring you a guest blog by Kevin Hines. Kevin has reached international audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and will to live. When Kevin was 19-years old, two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge… Read On

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

1 in four females and 1 in 6 males will become victims of sexual violence by the time they reach the age of 18.  April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and it’s a perfect time to begin much needed preparation to help you avoid becoming a part of that horrific statistic. As a rape survivor myself… Read On

What we need to learn about Kevin Clash and the Elmo story

The general public still lacks an in-depth understanding of predatory behavior; the coverage of the recent allegations against Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, is only a painfully clear illustration of this.  The entire cast of ABC’s The View spoke endearingly of Clash as each woman said she would stand by him until his name is cleared so he can come back onto their show–all this … Read On

Today is my Anniversary; I have 15 years clean and sober.

Today is my Anniversary; I have 15 years clean and sober. That is 180 months, 780 weeks and 5,479 days. But really, I have only one day. This day. Today. That is all any of us have really. In writing my books and speaking across the country I have been beyond blessed to have people email me and approach me to share their darkest secrets… Read On

The protector of the monsters are no better than the monsters themselves.

Today we will finally see long awaited charges filed against The Pennsylvania State University President Graham Spanier say sources to The Post-Gazette.  This is a day so many of us have been waiting for–judgement day for Spanier, accountability for his lack of leadership and his failure to act.  From the first day in November when the grand jury presentment was released I said publicly that he needed to be charged… Read On