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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.

Try to help other people, and doing so really helps me with my recovery to stay in a sober environment. I strongly support peer-to-peer recovery.
So I focus on the positive. I go out there and help someone that's struggling. And by doing that, I help myself.
Recovery is possible. Opportunity is possible. Hope is possible.
I now have the opportunity to give back. I decided that I had to do something else in my recovery and helping others makes me feel complete.
I am clean and sober today, and I am employable and there for others.
Just the other day someone came in asking for the girl on the other side of the phone. And that's when I knew I'd made a difference.
And now I'm suddenly starting to see who I am and I'm beginning to form my identity. I have real friends now and I'm finally just becoming myself.
I thought I was too far-gone, but that wasn't the case. I'm just very thankful to be here today.
Talk to people -- there's always somebody around. I just know that I can't drink safely anymore.

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Last Updated: 02/27/2015