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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.


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In 2010, 30 voices were posted for Recovery Month

Kevin - Submitted 12/17/2010
Life is full of simple beautiful things to be grateful for, no matter how far down the scale I have gone. I will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. I love recovery, it has given me a relationship with the Creator, who is there for all who want to live happy, joyous, free.... clean and sober.
Keywords: sobriety, drinking, depression, higher power, faith, alcoholism, alcoholic, support, family, alcohol, health, wellness, recovery, community

Kyczy - Submitted 12/13/2010
During the last two plus decades I have raised my family, returned to school and obtained a professional degree, foraged a career, seen my parents through their final illnesses and my brother through a life changing accident. I have made friends with my family, and family out of my friends.
Keywords: addiction, alcoholic, drug, drugs, drug problem, drug addiction, alcohol, family, support, sobriety, friends, health, wellness, jail, prison, spirituality, recovery

Danielle Gorden - Submitted 10/12/2010
I am so grateful to be in recovery today! I hope that someday anyone seeking recovery will have every opportunity to do so.
Keywords: recovery, support, sobriety

Cathy - Submitted 10/5/2010
I'm proud to say my grandkids have never seen me loaded and they live with me now.
Keywords: drink, drug, support, employment, treatment, family, recovery

Ellen Klein - Submitted 10/5/2010
This is a story about success and how finding meaning and purpose in life appears to be a factor in long term recovery for individuals regardless of diagnoses.
Keywords: recovery, co-occurring, substance abuse, mental illness, treatment, support, sobriety, mental health condition, mental disorder, depression, drug, drugs, trauma, legal, higher power, faith

Margaret Royer - Submitted 9/24/2010
In recovery I have choices to do and say how I feel. I've learned how to love my higher power and myself first.
Keywords: recovery, higher power, faith, sobriety

John Schwary - Submitted 9/13/2010
My story is like those of many others in recovery.
Keywords: recovery, alcoholic, family, drinking, trauma, legal, drug, drugs, jail, prison, sobriety, alcoholic, alcoholism, drug addiction, addiction, alcohol, substance abuse, detox, treatment, homeless, friends, higher power

David Helling - Submitted 9/2/2010
Once pessimistic, lonely, full of fear, shame and guilt, today, in long-term recovery, I enjoy serenity, love and an attitude of gratitude.
Keywords: recovery, addiction, health, wellness, family, friends, homeless, jail, prison, legal, treatment

Lucas Catton - Submitted 8/31/2010
It has been over 10 years now since I completed a long-term, drug-free treatment program for my addiction. I consider myself completely recovered.
Keywords: treatment, addiction, recovery, employment, support

Idania Diaz - Submitted 8/5/2010
I began my recovery six years ago. Now, I am a court liaison and I am working on getting my CAP. I am a licensed Certified Recovery Support Specialist to help others like myself, and this is my story—Idania, a woman in recovery.
Keywords: recovery, addiction, drug, drugs, drinking, alcohol, drug problem, substance abuse, family, trauma, jail, prison, legal, employment

Michael Parent - Submitted 6/21/2010
Even though living in a wheelchair is very difficult, I can honestly say that I very much prefer my life the way it is now – without drugs and knowing that I can do things to help others.
Keywords: family, friends, alcohol, drinking, drug, drugs, drug problem, alcohol problem, addiction, hospital, faith, higher power, depression, treatment, co-occurring

Donald Greengrass Sr - Submitted 6/15/2010
Because of my recovery, today I now enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, golfing, jogging, and working as a certified alcohol drug counselor.
Keywords: recovery, alcohol, drug, drugs, family, addiction, alcholism, alcoholic, treatment, employment, hospital, health, wellness

Pat Guerin - Submitted 6/15/2010
I have so much to be grateful for, beginning with the late great Gert Behanna, a woman who published her own recovery story under a pseudonym “Liz Burns.” Her story made it possible for me to admit that I was hopelessly addicted to alcohol, and that a sober life could be a beautiful and rewarding adventure.
Keywords: recovery, alcohol, community, family, higher power, faith, support, legal, court

Ronnie Katz - Submitted 6/15/2010
Twelve years later, my life is amazingly full and happy, with a loving relationship, a successful career, and an acoustic duo called Broadband. I continue to stay involved in a recovery program, and believe that we need to make recovery visible, so that it is accessible to all who need and desire it. And I feel like I am finally becoming the person that I originally set out to be.
Keywords: friends, drug, drugs, addiction, drug addiction, employment, health, wellness, recovery

Neil Kaltenecker - Submitted 6/15/2010
Opportunities for recovery should exist for each and every person.
Keywords: employment, addiction, legal, court, alcohol, alcohlism, jal, prison, drinking, drug, drugs, community, recovery, health, wellness, family

Albert Bryan - Submitted 6/15/2010
I have experienced many “highs” in my recovery, including graduation, my children getting married, purchasing a home, and witnessing the birth of grandchildren. I also had the honor of being a delegate from Louisiana at the 2009 Recovery Rally. There isn’t much that surprises me, because I have learned that recovery is an ongoing process and, while challenging, is an opportunity waiting to happen.
Keywords: addiction, alcohol, drug, drugs, drug problem, drug addiction, treatment, recovery, community, employment, substance abuse, medication family,

Brenda Mayer - Submitted 6/15/2010
The tired old adage “Once an addict, always an addict” is simply not true, and I am proof of that. I believe that an addict, any addict, can lose the desire to use and find a new way to live.
Keywords: addiction, drug, drugs, family, alcohol, alcoholic, trauma, recovery, employment, drug addiction

Nancy Schenck - Submitted 6/15/2010
The life I live today is only because of my commitment to recovery and my belief in the power of the 12 steps.
Keywords: employment, treatment, addiction, recovery, alcohol, drug, drugs, family

Irene Garza - Submitted 6/15/2010
I am involved in the community and take the responsibility to relay the message of recovery to individuals suffering from substance use disorders very seriously. I am a homeowner, have traveled, and have done many other things that I couldn’t have done if I wasn’t in recovery. However, the most important gifts to me are the internal ones: my self esteem, self worth, integrity, self respect, and acceptance of self. This was unimaginable in my “other life.”
Keywords: addiction, trauma, family, treatment, drug, drugs, sobreity, support, family, substance abuse, health, wellness, community

Dave Seward - Submitted 6/15/2010
Since I found recovery in 1986, I have been motivated by a strong desire to give back what I had received.
Keywords: recovery, health, wellness, support, employment, treatment, event, addiction, family

Dan Cain - Submitted 6/15/2010
After my wife and children, preserving the gift of recovery for those who continue to struggle is the number one priority in my life. I am lucky that I’ve been able to give back since I first found a path to recovery after being paroled from prison in 1972.
Keywords: family, recovery, prison, jail, legal, alcohol, substance abuse, alcohol, drug, drugs, treatment, addiction, community

Carol McDaid - Submitted 6/15/2010
Recovery has given my life great purpose and value – something I sought but never found with drugs. I’m so proud of where I am today. Five years ago, my husband and I founded a recovery community organization in our hometown: the McShin Foundation in Richmond, VA. This helps us share the gift of recovery with others, while sustaining our own. This is how recovery works – you have to give it away to keep it.
Keywords: recovery, drug, drugs, family, drinking, alcohol, addiction, employment, treatment, support, employment, health, wellness

Rick Bingham - Submitted 6/10/2010
"It is the last thing I see when I am leaving for work in the mornings and first thing I see when I come home. It reminds me every day that I am a special person, that I am going to get hurt, and I am going to heal."
Keywords: drug, drugs, recovery, support, higher power, faith

Brian Hart - Submitted 5/22/2010
I only hope I can give someone else hope in the fact that if they don't want to live the way they have been living, they don't have to.
Keywords: drinking, drug, drugs, legal, prison, jail, sobriety, support, detox, recovery

Lois - Submitted 5/6/2010
Recovery is contagious! Catch it.
Keywords: recovery, co-occurring, community, spirituality, higher power

Allen - Submitted 4/8/2010
I’m happy to say that I am clean and sober for more than eleven years. I have a wonderful, understanding wife and a job that had to have come from the Man up stairs with my name on it, helping others just like me that took the wrong road.
Keywords: homeless, mental illness, susbtance abuse, alcohlism, alcoholic, drinking, depression, family, friends, employment, sobriety, higher power, faith, support, recovery

Peter M. Bruno - Submitted 3/12/2010
I made a promise to myself to NEVER ever pick up a bottle again, and I have stuck to my promise. The life I now have is remarkable and my married life is the same.  I only wish that I would have done it years ago.  But, I was not ready on my own to surrender.  You have to want it so bad that you will do anything to have your Sobriety back into your life.  So glad I did.
Keywords: sobriety, recovery, alcohol, drinking, alcohol problem, alcohlism, legal, court, addiction, family, alcohol, drinking problem

Raymond Featherstone Jr - Submitted 1/25/2010
I'm a grateful recovering alcoholic that is a walking testimony that if you put everything into staying sober as you did into getting drunk--you will regain your life back.
Keywords: alcoholic, alcohlism, alcohol, family, legal, court, jail, prison, higher power, faith, sobriety, drinking, support

Reginald Washington - Submitted 1/7/2010
I cannot allow my past to control my life, but only be a part of who I am today. I counsel for the prevention of AIDS and substance abuse and advocate. I was told my life would get better and it has. My choices today are based on good consciousness. I have been in recovery for several years and have just begun to live my life.
Keywords: drug, drugs, trauma, family, prison, jail, homeless, susbtance abuse, recovery

Felicia Jimenez - Submitted 11/19/2009
Here's my story, to give God glory, for what He has done!
Keywords: higher power, faith, addiction, family, alcohol, drug, drugs, recovery, support, wellness

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