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    • Thank you, so nice to hear!

      I am in IT field, there is lots of drinking gatherings, I felt like I needed to protect my sobriety so I told them that I was in recovery. It was scary, but I found that my co-workers were actually supportive. Also, I know many people do not know this, but we are protected againt discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. You can Google info about it.

      Thanks for stopping by. Hugs!


      • I am self employed, if anybody would find out I would not be able to work anywhere anymore. A lot of people know me because I have been teaching and doing consultancy in a very small and competitive branche with, sorry to say, 98% of gossiping women.
        Nice to hear that our co-workers are supportive :-). I am not sure if we have protection here in this country. I assume we would but nothing says ‘no money’ so well as ‘not getting the job’ in the first place. 😦 But I should not worry about that now because I am not looking yet. xx, Feeling.


        • I totally understand that too! I have a friend who is self-employed also and in the same situation.

          It took me a while to decide to “come out” – somewhere around year 4-5 I started to feel comfortable with it! It’s a process, I didn’t just jump out and scream it from the roof tops! lol!

          The bottom line, and the most important part is that you are sober now! Woot Woot!

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  1. Just when I thought I couldn’t get more excited about being a part of the portrait series next weekend… Absolutely great post!! When people reach out to me because of my openness about recovery, it reminds me I did the right thing. People aren’t always willing to go to a room full of strangers. They are at least willing to reach out to someone who might help them get there or get help they need in another way. Thanks for sharing you experience, Heather! And Maggie, I hope you get to be a part of it very soon!! Much love to you both!

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    • Thank you Lauren! It’s so true. And every time I open up about it, I get to help either some one who is themself affected or some one they know. I have only once gotten negative response. The fear of it was much greater than it turned out, and the freedom was amazing.

      I am so very excited for you too!!! I can’t wait to hear all about it!



  2. This is great! I recently got the movie and will soon be showing it at Club East. I find that the longer I’m in recovery the louder my voice gets about speaking out with regard to this issue to the community at large, more specifically the Church. I know so many church leaders so secretly struggle with alcoholism. Their biggest fear is that others will find out.

    I once led a pastors-only group for church leaders who struggle with pornography. My only conditions for attending were that their wives had to know about their struggle and what the meeting was about; they had to be absolutely serious about wanting to get help; and they had to be open and honest. We met off-campus in my wife’s office. In a group of 10, four of the eight pastors from my own church showed up that first night, with none of them knowing the other was attending.

    I say that only to say that people of every stripe want help. The fight is just beginning.

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    • That so true, everyone wants help, we just don’t know sometimes where to find it and that’s the key. If I want ordered to go to meetings or rehab I am not sure I would know where to go. And it’s so hard to ask for help when others just think you should be pushed. That’s why I believe this is the right journey for me. I want people to know that they are not alone and that recovery is possible and there is hope!

      Thanks Greg! Keep up the good work! Hugs.

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  4. Thanks for the post. Really interesting read and valid point. I recently “came out” to a friend and let me sister read my story, rather liberating. I feel such joy, can’t help but want to share that feeling.

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  5. I love this! I am an open book. Addiction and Recovery are such MASSIVE contributors to the person I am today, that it seems impossible to keep that under wraps. I talk about my recovery every chance I can, for me, I am always aware that I may cross paths with someone silently suffering, and I just may be the living proof they need to see to recognize that there is hope, help, and the possibility of a wonderful future.
    I completely recognize the need for anonymity in some cases, certainly. Thank you for sharing. I’m new to WordPress and was searching out pages about recovery, so grateful to have found this xo

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