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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.

“I may have a few more gray hairs because of my son’s addiction, but I am emotionally richer because of it. And that's not such a bad thing.”
“My life today in recovery is something I only dreamed of in my darker moments.”
“Helping people find sobriety and community has filled a hole in me that I was trying to fill with alcohol.”
“My story is a different type of addiction recovery, but not often figured into the addict’s recovery. It is the addiction of enabling my addicted child.”
“I am the person I am today because of my experiences. I am not ashamed to say I am in recovery…for life.”
“I came to the decision that if I wasn't going to die, then I was set on finding a way to live.”
“I am grateful to wake up today and feel free. I am a person in long-term recovery, which means I have not used drugs or alcohol since 2007.”
“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.”

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Last Updated: 02/27/2015