This blog is dedicated to families who are going through the pain of addiction or are in the recovery process. It is here to give perspective and hope.

I married my husband in October 2006. That is when this odyssey through addiction began. We were partiers. We both enjoyed drinking together. And then I found out I was pregnant. The party stopped.

In 2008 while I was 4 months pregnant with our first child, he became a full blown alcoholic. It was the worst possible situation for my pregnancy and for our marriage. I denied it, I helped him, I managed it, I covered it all up, I didn’t talk to anyone about it for fear of him losing business, I tried to fix it, I did everything that “I” thought “I” should do. And all of it was wrong. When I finally realized that this was beyond me, we found hope. The Lord introduced us to Hebron Colony Ministries in Boone, NC and there we started a new life.

In 2010, after two times at Hebron we finally broke free of alcohol and co-dependency. Through much prayer and seeking, I felt the Lord calling me to share our story publicly through this blog. I did NOT want to do it at first. I didn’t want to relive the past or feel exposed to the world. But that’s when the blessing happened. I have now shared our story, what we have learned/keep learning and realize it has done exactly what we prayed: it gives hope! I am so glad you have found lifeonwagon and pray you will join this journey. I don’t write as much as I would like, but when the Holy Spirit prompts me, I write. Maybe you will find one post that resonates with your life or you may feel like I am eerily sharing your same story. Whichever it may be, just knowing that you aren’t alone, you are NOT crazy, and that your story can end differently will accomplish the reason I started writing this. I do not aim to be a great writer, but I do believe my story can help people. This medium is the vessel of this belief.

We are now in our 6th year of a sober life! We have expanded our family with the birth of my son in 2013 and my husband now works at the ministry that God used to change his life. This is our proof of redemption in our lives. He pulled us back in with His grace and mercy and now we must share the story so He receives ALL THE GLORY. We remain obedient and tell it. All of it. The good, the embarressing, the messy, the ugly, the beautiful. It’s all part of this call on our lives.

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Thank you for stopping by!




  1. I am so encouraged by your straight forward honesty! I am in tears reading through some of your writings, because I am right there with you. Your husband gave me your blog because my husband is being transformed at Hebron. I am so encouraged that he did, because nobody ever talks about making it through addiction.

    1. Megan, thank you for your response. I write this for you and the women who come after. I haven’t written in a while but hearing this refreshes my soul and reminds of what I’m doing and why. I am working on another post so stay tuned. Join via email if you want to follow along on this journey. God bless you Megan and never forget our reason for Hope…Jesus. Only Jesus.

  2. Leigh….what a divine intervention your post was to me this evening. My daughter loves a man with an addiction and she is preparing to wed him. I am fearful for her and him, but I pray endlessly for them both. She does not deny his addiction, but is so much in the mode of “helper”. I have sent her your latest post with prayer it will give her insight and courage to do what is right for her. I will love and support her decision, but fear what you know….it will not end until the addict works on ending it. Thank you so much for your courage to share these times in your life and your insights. God Bless You.

    1. Linda, I understand that kind of love but she is at the precipice of a life altering decision. She has the opportunity now to step back and say what she wants before she is married to it. I would have never chosen this path if I knew it before I married him. The heartache is at times been unbearable. I hope she chooses to offer him a choice. His decision will give her great insight to their future. Prayers for you and your family.

  3. Leigh, I just have to say I am so thankful for your obedience to share your story! I am so very thankful to be able to share your blog with others, knowing how much it has meant to me and other close friends!
    Tonight I have once again forwarded your blog to a friend. Although it is sad, and hard to know that the reason I share your blog is because my friends are living your story. It is encouraging and comforting that we all can see how God can transform lives. He has done so in my family and yours, Praise him!! Thank you for writing this and having others contribute! Love you!! Kathi

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