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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 could not imagine a life without alcohol. It was my everything – until it ripped me apart.”
“My life would have been so very different today if not for accepting recovery!”
“The freedom from guilt, shame, and hurt is the biggest gift my recovery has given me.”
“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.”
“I started to feel the beginnings of healing! I had thought for the longest time that my mental illness would not allow me to do anything constructive ever again.”
“My addiction got me in a lot of trouble, with more than 30 arrests and three prison terms.”
“But the most important thing is that I put down my wine glass on January 7, 2010. And I'm grateful every day that I did.”

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Last Updated: 02/27/2015