Early on I realized that hearing or reading other people’s stories had a huge effect on my own recovery. It was probably the one biggest thing that made me feel like I was not alone and that I too could recover. I may not always relate to other people’s circumstances, or their lives exactly but I can always relate to the feelings that active addiction can bring on and the struggles that we face while we are recovering. Furthermore, reading about how people recover and their lives change gave me, and continues to give me, the hope and the inspiration to keep going!
I also love to share my story, because I know that there are people out there that can relate too – we sure are alike in so many ways! (You can read my story HERE.)
What brings me even closer to people is the connection I feel when someone says, Wow! Yes, me too!
So, if you are just starting out or in a long-term recovery, I urge you to read some of these amazing stories and consider sharing yours. There is something so very healing when we write down where we came from, what happened and where we are now. Often we can see how far we have come in our journey and feel even more grateful! Then in return, our stories will also help heal someone else!
Here are a few of my favorite sites where you can read amazing stories as well as share your own. Please give them a visit – I am sure that you will find that you are not alone!
Our mission is to bring the SOLUTION into the conversation in hopes of helping the millions of people who remain untreated and help the world understand that addiction is not a moral failing. (From About Us.)
Faces & Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, our families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery. (From Our Mission.)
Heroes in Recovery celebrates the heroic efforts of those who seek the addiction and mental health help they need without feeling ashamed or isolated. This grassroots movement is intended to remove the social stigma and to connect those in recovery through sharing our stories and engaging in community together. (From About.)
The Rooms Project:
The Rooms Project is a sober photographer’s photo and audio story series on individuals living in recovery from addiction and alcoholism. The goal of this project is to show life on the other side of addiction, giving recovery a voice through the stories of experience, strength, and hope often heard in “the rooms” of recovery support groups and meetings. It is my hope that through this site—whether visitors are in recovery, not in recovery, or questioning their drug and alcohol use—they will find someone like them. (From Overview.)
The mission is to put faces with recovery, focusing on the positive aspects present in the lives of the people that are living in commitment to recovery. Often, recovery is shrouded in anonymity as many of us continue to live dual lives, afraid of the social stigma associated with addiction. My mission with this project is to paint the light that I see in the mirror as well as the light that I see in the people in recovery around me. (From Mission.)
Addiction and recovery impact individuals, families, and communities in many different ways. We are purposefully coming together to let our nation know that addiction is preventable and treatable, that far too many of those affected have been incarcerated, and that people can and do get well. (From Purpose.)
I would love to post your story too! If you would like to share your story on this blog, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with My Story in the subject.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with alcohol addiction, please click the Find Support link for an extensive list of support groups. Also please check out the links to many useful resources in the sidebar, and always feel free to contact me anytime at email@example.com.
You may also find some great inspiration and support from all the awesome sober bloggers listed in the side bar under POSTS I LIKE and RECOVERY BLOGGERS, as well as Sober Courage page on Facebook and SoberCourage on Twitter.