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Heroin Addict to Instagram Husband – Celebrating 2 years sober

From Heroin Addict to Instagram Husband - celebrating 2 years sober and Fall men's wardrobe basics with Nordstrom

Today I am sharing a post about men’s Fall wardrobe basics and CELEBRATING my husband’s rise from heroin addict to Instagram husband in collaboration with Nordstrom.   While my blog is geared towards style – I didn’t want to let this sober milestone go by without recognition.

 From Heroin Addict to Instagram Husband - celebrating 2 years sober and Fall men's wardrobe basics with Nordstrom

Since my hubby kindly played male model for me, I wanted to talk about him a bit.   One year ago today I took to my blog to speak to what my family had been through getting my husband out of the grips of a heroin addiction.   I have had such an outpouring of support and contact from hundreds of other families dealing with the same issues.

The intent with my original post (outside of the fundraiser included in it) was to show people that heroin is not just a street drug.  I am a nurse practitioner (with opiate prescribing privileges) and mom of 2 little boys (babies at the time) living in an ideal neighborhood and heroin almost took my husband’s life.   He didn’t get addicted overnight – it started with years of recreational use of pain pills.

In 2002 a little over 20,000 people died in the US from drug overdoses and last year the number was MORE THAN TRIPLE.  This puts overdose deaths in the top 10 causes of death in our country.

When my blog post went live a year ago it was picked up by our local newspaper.  Strangers I’d meet knew the story.   It was a great healing to be so public about a problem that was so fueled by secrecy.  Owning his flaws and mistakes has made Chris such a better father and husband.

It was just over 2 years ago that I tested my husband’s urine and gave him the ultimatum to leave our home or go to rehab.   Luckily he chose rehab.  Chris packed up and went to New Hampshire to a place where a friend of ours had gotten sober 18 months prior.   I can’t speak highly enough of the Plymouth House and how much they have impacted my family’s everyday life.  My husband returned from the Plymouth House like a new person.  If you’ve followed my charity closet sale on Facebook you know I’m still doing my best to raise scholarships for the Plymouth House because I believe in the way they are helping addicts.

In my opinion suboxone is not the answer to the opioid epidemic.   I know there are people who have had success with it but there are common personality traits amongst addicts that need to be recognized and reworked.  Having worked in the healthcare field for more than the last decade I was getting disheartened at how rich the pharmaceutical companies were becoming off the public’s misfortunes.   For every side effect from one medication pharmaceutical companies work hard to create a new drug to add to fix the ones their previous medications caused. While polypharmacy is getting Pharma-companies rich, these are short sighted solutions.   Rather than taking a pill to lose weight or prevent someone from opiate withdrawal symptoms why don’t we try to fix what’s causing people to overeat or abuse drugs?

This is a topic I am extremely passionate about but I don’t want to bore you (especially if you happened to come for my men’s fashion picks 🙂 ).  I simply want to celebrate the Plymouth House and my husband’s hard work to kick his addiction.   I say kick, but Chris still does daily work and weekly AA meetings to stay on track with all that he learned at the Plymouth House.

So 2 years ago I couldn’t have had a blog.   My husband was lost, angry, and completely consumed by his need for the comfort he got with using heroin.   It was only about 3 months after he got home from rehab that I decided to start blogging some of the DIY projects I was doing around my house.   I was doing DIY’s to save money because drugs had sucked up all our savings and I was still financially recovering from an unpaid maternity leave.

My blog has taken a much different turn in less than 2 years and I owe so much of my success to my Instagram husband.   When no one cared about my social media he still took pictures for me.   When I would get shy to take pictures in public he would remind to stop worrying about what other people were thinking.   When I told him I thought likes and comments might contribute to the popularity of my Instagram pictures he made sure to like and comment on every single post (and asked his best friend to like them too).   I can’t imagine having a blog without having an Instagram husband.

If you follow my Instagram you know my husband heckles me with snide remarks much of the time.   That’s our dynamic.   We tease each other in the most loving way you can belittle someone 🙂  So I wanted to make a little spoof video about Instagram husbands and turn the tables on Chris.  The video portrays him as the blogger and me as the Instagram spouse trying to make him laugh with mostly degrading remarks.   This is only meant to make you chuckle.   Most of these things he has said to me and NONE have hurt my feelings.   Please don’t be offended by our humor.

Men’s Fall Fashion Basics

And since this is a style blog I wanted to share some men’s Fall fashion wardrobe basics from Nordstrom.   My husband relies on me to purchases his clothes these days and since we can’t get into a dressing room together to try things on, I purchase online.   I usually order from Nordstrom (blessed to live 5 minutes away 🙂 ) and do curbside pick-up and bring back what doesn’t fit him.   Having free shipping and returns on makes it a great place to shop for husbands because it’s so easy to return what doesn’t fit.

Must have men's fall fashion wardrobe staples and sharing the story of my husband's transformation from heroin addict to Instagram husband

Men’s Fall Outerwear Favorites:

Men’s Fall Tops:

Men’s Staple Denim and Accessories


Here is my favorite recovered heroin addict modeling the outfit I purchased for him.

Sharing 2 important topics - men's Fall fashion and my husband' recovery from heroin addiction

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heroin addict to instagram husband - celebrating sobriety and sharing Fall men's wardrobe basics

All of Chris’ items fit true to size.

As always – if you have questions or want to speak to me about addiction, fashion, anything – I always respond to my emails.

If you’d like to consider donating to the Plymouth House Scholarship Fund to assist other addicts looking to get sober their address is:

Plymouth House Scholarship Fund

446 Main St

Plymouth, NH 03264

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.

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  • Anna
    September 22, 2017 at 11:52 am

    You are so brave for sharing the story with us. I am so happy for you and your family! You guys seem to be in such an amazing place now. I feel so fortunate to have met you! The video was absolutely hilarious. Thanks so much for Sharing! Btw Chris has potential for to be the blogger himself!

  • Jennie
    September 22, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Congrats Chris!!! You are awesome! When I see pictures of you with your boys and your wife the love is real!!! I am happy that you are enjoying your life and that you have come so far!!! You are a great example for those who suffer from addiction! Your recovery story is so important to those who are feeling lost. Thanks for your honesty and strength to share. Thanks for loving your wife and boys the way you do……in my mind they are very special and deserve the best…as do you…

    Jennie xoxo

  • Deirdre Harria
    September 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Love this post! So happy for Chris and your family. Also the video????

    • Rachel
      September 22, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      thank you so much! he’s doing amazing things. appreciate you commenting. glad you liked the video 🙂

  • Abigail
    September 22, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    This is an amazing story, thank you so much for sharing! Also, your video was seriously so funny!

    • Rachel
      September 22, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      ha. thank you!!! keepin’ it real :). have a great weekend!

  • Sue
    September 22, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    How cute are y’all! I loved the video and what a celebration today is! You seriously are my favorite fashion blogger and you story seriously brought me to tears. Enjoy celebrating today! Cheers to 2 years!!!

    • Rachel
      September 22, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      AWWW!!! Sue you’re so sweet. So happy blogging connected us. Love ya!!!!

  • Janet Lowe
    September 22, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Huge congratulations to your hubby, and to you as well for loving and supporting him through the process and in the days since then. I might or might not have ugly cried when as I read this post… Thank you for sharing your story so that many can see that heroin addiction can affect the lives of anyone, be it a person living on a park bench or a CEO of a successful business. There is no room for judgement when it comes to this, only those affected by it can know that no one woke up and decided they just wanted to become addicted, it usually comes after years of deep pain, emotional and/or physical. In my case I am on the medical side of this in the ED, and although it is heartbreaking to see the addict who is not ready to quit, and who is very likely to die any day from overdose or a medical complication of use of IV drugs, it is also so encouraging to hear the story of those who decided they no longer wanted to live this way and were able to overcome their addiction. Thank you for sharing your story so that others can see it IS possible.

    • Rachel
      September 22, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Hi Janet!!
      Thanks so much for your sweet words here and on Instagram. It’s definitely becoming so wide spread for various reasons. The withdrawal was definitely painful (for Chris and for me to watch) but he pushed through and made it to a rehab that didn’t allow anything besides Tylenol. So glad you’ve come through your own hard times. Prayers for your continued health!

  • Natalie
    September 22, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    That video is hilarious. You are such an amazing person and just thank you for being so honest and funny! 🙂 Congrats to Chris, it’s such an accomplishment and it’s great to hear he’s doing well!

    xoxo, Natalie

    • Rachel
      September 22, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you Natalie!!!
      So appreciative of your support. I wouldn’t have known any of you if Chris had not gotten clean.

  • Angela Massmann
    September 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    This is an amazing post! Congratulations to the both of you! You two are so strong and i really like that you shared this incredible milestone! That video was awesome too!

    • Rachel
      September 22, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you Angela!!!!
      Hopefully we can pass on the miracle that happened when we found the Plymouth House.

  • Ally
    September 22, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    This blog post had soooo much in it, I loved it. From a husband recovering from an addiction, to you telling us you’re a nurse practitioner, having 2 kids, making diys with your husband to save $ due to rehab… this post was just everything. I really am shocked in how far you’ve guys have come. Keep it up. LOVE it.

    Xoxo, Ally

    • Rachel
      September 22, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Aw!! Thank you for the supportive words. So happy to have connected with such a supportive group of people!! XOXOXO
      Have a great weekend Ally!

  • Jill
    September 22, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Rachel and Chris:
    Rachel is my favorite blogger–because she has approachable style, but adds humor, humility and kindness to every post. I love Chris’ comments–you guys add a much-needed dose of reality to the blog world.
    A huge congrats to you both on a major milestone. As someone who was medically over-prescribed opioids for back surgery and chronic pain by New York City’s best doctors, and as someone who took my health into my own hands and got off everything thru my own blood, sweat and tears, I appreciate just how horrific the epidemic is. Best to you and your beautiful family!

    • Rachel
      September 22, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you Jill!!
      What sweet words to read. So appreciative of your support and Chris is sure to keep trolling my Instagram photos 🙂
      So happy to have connected!

  • Tabitha
    September 22, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story with us! It touched my soul to hear your husband’s story and the passion you have and how it led to something greater. I think stories like yours need to be more well known in order to reach out to more people to lessen the stigma so people can get help without fears of judgement.


    • Rachel
      September 22, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      YES!!! exactly. so much stigma and shame that is locking people in. If we can make any small dent in that it’s at least a step in the right direction. XO

  • Karina
    September 22, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Congrats to your hubby! Thank you for sharing this! Not very many people would share such a private matter with the public. I have no doubt you will touch the hearts of many and help someone who is going through a tough time of their own. I love how modest, realistic, honest and funny your posts are! I love seeing bloggers like you! ❤

    • Rachel
      September 22, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Thank you so much Karina!!! I definitely think escaping the shame is a huge part of recovery. I’m so proud of what my husband overcame. I saw him at his worst and he was totally locked in by the addiction. Not even my sweet little boys could get him to stop he was in so deep. So hopefully others can see this can be done and it’s something to be proud of when you make it through such a struggle. I appreciate your support!! XOXO

  • Beautygirl24
    September 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Absolutely LOVE this post, both because of its honesty and because I think the more we talk about it, the better. Also, the video made me die from laughter! Your love is strong! Congrats to you both!

    Noelle Engel

    • Rachel
      September 22, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      Totally agree!!! The shame is making things much worse. I am BEYOND proud of what my husband has done with his life. He’s my number one partner in crime now and 2 years ago we were constantly annoyed with each other. I can’t say enough good things about him now. He transformed himself. It’s hard to even articulate it but people who’ve known us for years always make comments to me 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Calla
    September 22, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I absolutely love this ♥️♥️♥️ My city is running with addicts, many of whom are people i grew up with and used to be friends with. I also work in the medical field (nursing student) and see so many young people come in to get valve replacements or who have OD’d. It’s so sad. I am very proud of your husband for overcoming his addiction and continuing to fight it and I am so happy that you help to support a wonderful business. I hope that someday we can tackle this issue and help more addicts find the way out.

    • Rachel
      September 23, 2017 at 1:56 am

      hi calla!
      thank you!! it’s such a wonderful accomplishment worth celebrating!!! and so obvious of an epidemic for those of us in the healthcare field. thanks for reading 🙂

  • Sharon
    September 22, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Congrats to your husband! My brother went through a similar situation and I was the only person in my family living near by him to help him. It was rough he had gotten arrested a couple time for stealing before coming clean to us. He went to rehab as well and is working hard in AA weekly. He has now been sober for three years going on four, he has a stable girfriend who he lives with and they have two dogs. I could not be more proud of him so I understand where you’re coming from and really commend you as a wife for being so strong. Congrats to you and your husband and have a lovely weekend.

    • Rachel
      September 23, 2017 at 1:58 am

      so glad he found the right help. so many people don’t and some of that is luck. I feel so blessed that chris went to the Plymouth House is first shot at rehab. Prayers for your brother’s continued health!

  • Debbie
    September 29, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Truly inspirational, Rachel. God has a way of working in our lives. He’s surely watching over you and your family. What a wonderful story. I admire his willingness to let you share his story and his participation in your business. Not all significant others are so willing. I love your Instagram feed and blog. And thank you for sharing all of your fabulous outfits. I finally have some totally cute outfits because of you. 🙂 Hugs!

    • Rachel
      September 30, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you Debbie.
      It’s a transformation he should be so proud of and hopefully set an example for others to see the same.
      I appreciate your kind words.

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