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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.

“I returned to recovery high school and nine months later and I'm graduating...on time!”
“It was the first time in a long time that I felt the hope connected to recovery.”
"Recovery is a life-long journey, and today I'm glad to know that I'm in it."
“I worked on my recovery honestly and thoroughly, something I had not done before.”
“It is only through long-term recovery that I am able to be an advocate for people in recovery and a messenger of experience, strength, and hope.”
“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?"

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Last Updated: 02/27/2015