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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.

“Every day is a new opportunity to learn and grow, and I do not take any of it for granted. I am so grateful to be on this journey and to have found this new way of life.”
“Recovery has given me the chance to become who I was always meant to be, and to help others do the same.”
“Today my life isn’t about hiding and getting what I want, it is about helping people, sharing my passion for recovery and hope!”
“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.”
“The freedom from guilt, shame, and hurt is the biggest gift my recovery has given me.”
“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.”

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Last Updated: 02/27/2015