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Across the country, people in recovery are celebrating their successes and sharing them with others in an effort to educate the public about treatment, how it works, for whom, and why. Because these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Voices for Recovery provides a vehicle for people to share their recovery stories.


Years: 2014   2013   2012   2011   2010   2009   2008

In 2014, 27 voices were posted for Recovery Month

Ellie Schoenberger - Submitted 5/6/2014
I could not imagine a life without alcohol. It was my everything – until it ripped me apart.
Keywords: alcohol, recovery, rehabilitation, treatment, support

Kristoph Pydynkowski - Submitted 5/6/2014
I am a person in long-term recovery, which means I have not used drugs or alcohol since 2007. My primary goal in life is to give away the one thing that means everything to me – hope.
Keywords: recovery, long-term, hope, family, treatment, support

Lisa Pratt - Submitted 5/6/2014
I am grateful for the gifts sobriety has given me, and I hope that through telling my story I can pass some of those gifts on to others.
Keywords: recovery, alcohol, drugs, addiction, treatment, education, family, support

Meghan Paul - Submitted 5/6/2014
I am so thankful for each day I am sober and I would never take back anything. I am the person I am today because of my experiences. I am not ashamed to say I am in recovery…for life.
Keywords: drugs, alcohol, addiction, legal, treatment, recovery, family, community, support

Frances Miller - Submitted 5/6/2014
My story is a different type of addiction recovery, but not often figured into the addict’s recovery. It is the addiction of enabling my addicted child.
Keywords: addiction, recovery, family, support

Tina Levene - Submitted 5/6/2014
The freedom from guilt, shame and hurt is the biggest gift my recovery has given me. I am eternally grateful for my recovery.
Keywords: recovery, alcohol, drugs, addiction, treatment, faith, family

Amanda Finnerty - Submitted 5/6/2014
Helping people find sobriety and community has filled a hole in me that I was trying to fill with alcohol. My life is anything but boring and best of all, it’s fun.
Keywords: alcohol, recovery, social, rehabilitation, advocate, addiction, community

Bill Eitel - Submitted 5/6/2014
Today as I write this, I’m back in school studying this disease we call addiction, and my time is otherwise filled with family, friends, art, and music – all the things I truly love.
Keywords: recovery, addiction, alcoholism, rehabilitation, faith, education, support

Dean Dauphinais - Submitted 5/6/2014
I may have a few more gray hairs because of my son's addiction, but I am emotionally richer because of it. And that's not such a bad thing.
Keywords: family, recovery, addiction, heroin, parent, support

Elizabeth Chance - Submitted 5/6/2014
Today my life isn’t about hiding and getting what I want, it is about helping people, sharing my passion for recovery and hope!
Keywords: recovery, alcohol, drugs, family, education, community, support

Beth Burgess - Submitted 5/6/2014
Recovery has given me the chance to become who I was always meant to be, and to help others do the same.
Keywords: alcoholism, mental health, recovery, community, support

Jenna Bertino - Submitted 5/6/2014
Every day is a new opportunity to learn and grow, and I do not take any of it for granted. I am so grateful to be on this journey and to have found this new way of life.
Keywords: recovery, faith, drugs, alcohol, family, anniversary, education, support

Steve Adelman - Submitted 5/6/2014
That moment, January 31, 2008, is when I first started onto the path of recovery. My life would have been so very different today if not for accepting recovery!
Keywords: recovery, family, friends, long-term, support

Deborah Denson - Submitted 4/22/2014
Growing up in the Southern Baptist Church, I came to know God as the rule maker. And if you break the rules, you will get your just desserts.
Keywords: recovery, story, voice, faith, spirituality, understanding, community, hope

Mrs. D - Submitted 4/14/2014
I was one of those heavy drinkers where from the outside I didn’t appear to be suffering.
Keywords: alcoholism, alcoholic, drinking, problem, drunk, wine, addiction, recovery, blog

Larry Buttel - Submitted 4/10/2014
His absent and abusive father called him Dummy. His mother spent his adolescence reliving hers. He never really drank alcohol but started smoking dope in Junior High.
Keywords: addiction, depression, abuse, suicide, recovery, family, hope, education, support, responsibility, personal, self, advocacy

Brandon Tankersley - Submitted 3/31/2014
I want to explain a little of my story to you and help you understand some valuable ways you can help people overcome difficult circumstances. This story marks the culmination of years and years of Hard Work and Determination after a life-changing event that occurred on May 25th, 1991.
Keywords: recovery, motivation, hard, work, determination, teaching, speaking, volunteering, networking, faith

Karen Webster - Submitted 3/13/2014
I believe I have lived with depression most of my life. Many traumatic events happened before I reached the age of 8. But eventually, through a great mental health organization, I re-learned to live.
Keywords: depression, trauma, stress, abuse, suicide, unemployment, violence, recovery, positivity, hope

Deborah Perkins - Submitted 3/12/2014
I was abused at the age of 6. My abuser would give me alcohol and I became a full blown addict at the age of 10. If I can get and stay sober then anyone can!
Keywords: abuse, alcohol, addiction, prison, treatment, women, sober, faith

Sherry - Submitted 2/28/2014
This is a hard one to write but on the off chance that someone out there, who even suspects they may have a drinking problem, finds any comfort in these words...then I am duty bound to write them.
Keywords: addiction, recovery, family, support, alcoholism

Pilar Walsh - Submitted 2/28/2014
One Day at a Time is used in all 12-step programs and even though it may be an old and dusty bumper sticker slogan, I noticed this really works for me especially when I choose to stay in the moment.
Keywords: recovery, faith, one day at a time, support, addiction, education

Stephen Mucci - Submitted 2/20/2014
Even though meth addiction was a long and painful ordeal for me, I finally beat it, and have been 100% clean and sober for over 4 years now.
Keywords: drugs, methamphetamine, addiction, sober, recovery, support

Letizia Principato - Submitted 2/5/2014
Being sober has inspired me to look towards the future. Taking this step has given me the confidence and hope I needed.
Keywords: recovery, faith, support, addiction, education, treatment, alcohol

Anthony Lightfoot - Submitted 1/27/2014
Life is full of tests and challenges, they may be like a brick wall but in the end we all can make it through it, we just have to be willing to give it our all.
Keywords: recovery, faith, family, support, addiction, education

Scott Breedlove - Submitted 1/17/2014
I have 21 years of personal long-term recovery and now have a Master Degree in Addiction Studies and work in the field of Behavioral Health and conduct trainings across the country. I have 10 principles that I created for myself and live by.
Keywords: recovery, education, support, training, positivity

Kyle D. Lloyd - Submitted 1/17/2014
I was 19 years of age, beginning to get my sea legs firmed up, and well into my US Navy enlistment when mental illness struck me. Since entering this program of recovery, I have strongly advocated for others with serious mental illnesses, and especially military veterans.
Keywords: mental illness, treatment, recovery, support, military, veterans, community

Dante Murry - Submitted 1/17/2014
Recovery is an ongoing process that is possible. Confide in your physicians, family and friends for the support that will fuel your path to a productive and fulfilling life now and into the future.
Keywords: mental illness, recovery, treatment, family, support, education

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