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Read Personal Stories

Review the personal stories of people recovering from mental and/or substance use disorders.

These personal stories share strategies individuals have used to overcome obstacles and achieve success with their recovery efforts.

“All those painful experiences were not in vain because I can use them to give hope to students who are struggling.”
“I had a revelation and started seeking help. Starting the recovery process gave me hope.”
“I never thought I could be happy. I never thought I could be me. Today I am able to love me for me.”
“I began to realize, early in my career, that care needed to be appropriate for the person receiving it and that family and community were of the utmost importance for health and wellness.”
I took a deep breath and ask myself, ”Why not me? Who said that I can't be healthy, active, social, and enjoy life?"
“My life would have been so very different today if not for accepting recovery!”
“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.”
“Recovery has given me the chance to become who I was always meant to be, and to help others do the same.”
“The freedom from guilt, shame, and hurt is the biggest gift my recovery has given me.”
“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.”

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Last Updated: 02/27/2015