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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.

“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.”
“I am the person I am today because of my experiences. I am not ashamed to say I am in recovery…for life.”
“I came to the decision that if I wasn't going to die, then I was set on finding a way to live.”
“I am grateful to wake up today and feel free. I am a person in long-term recovery, which means I have not used drugs or alcohol since 2007.”
“I could not imagine a life without alcohol. It was my everything – until it ripped me apart.”
“I was the classic high-functioning boozer. Fine on the outside, but in reality not fine at all. In reality drinking far too much wine all the time.”
“Until we feel we can be with ourselves and know our own worth we will constantly be giving our power to others to validate us or heal us.”
“The seeds of personal responsibility were planted by beginning to focus on what he could control and, more importantly, let go of what he could not.”
“I could have easily just given up and allowed others to take care of me for the rest of my life… I made the decision that I WOULD RECOVER.”

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Last Updated: 02/27/2015