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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.

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.
Today I'm all about recovery.
Whether they're scared, happy, crying, sad -- I give them a hug if they need a hug, if they let me.
I look back and it amazes me. I'm thinking like, I never thought I'd have the courage or the hope to actually become somebody that helps somebody else in recovery.

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Last Updated: 02/27/2015