Our recovery advocacy blog is produced by individuals in recovery!  Here you will find commentary and personal discussions on different aspects of addiction recovery and advocacy. 


BROOKE FELDMAN, RecoveryBlog Manager

Brooke openly identifies as a person in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder.  While recovery means many different things to many different people, what this means for Brooke is that for over 11 years, overcoming problem alcohol and other drug use has enabled her to stop the intergenerational transmission of addiction that claimed her mother’s life at a young age.  Furthermore, recovery has enabled Brooke to combine her own lived experience with professional and educational experience to live a life of service dedicated to supporting others around initiating and sustaining recovery.  Brooke firmly believes that long-term recovery is possible for all individuals and their families, so long as they have access to the resources and supports they need.  Much of Brooke’s professional, volunteer and writing efforts go toward ensuring that those resources and supports are more readily available when, how and where they are needed.



By, Merlyn Karst. Now in long-term recovery, I know the importance of being a vocal and visible voice. I believe in the power of my story but I also know that my story powers me.

If we want to see a tipping point in the way the general public supports recovery, we must listen to the science – and what science has to tell us is this: Sharing our stories is what moves people to be empathetic, generous and of service to the cause. So get out there and be an oxytocin-inducing agent in the world; get out there and be a catalyst for change; get out there and tell your recovery story.

My name is Camille, and I am the sister of someone in recovery. It is easy for family members affected by a loved one’s addiction to focus on the person using, forgetting their own stories. For years, I quietly silenced myself and pushed my own thoughts and experiences away. However, I have come to realize that family members of people in long-term recovery are also important. Our stories, too, should be shared, for we know intimately that recovery is possible and that it allows families to heal.

When we are open about our recovery status, family members of a loved one struggling with substance misuse know somebody they can reach out to for guidance and support.

In times of crisis, it is a natural human reaction to seek a scapegoat at which to direct our emotions and to grasp for quick fixes for finding some sort of resolution. While directing our emotional response to the opioid crisis at drug dealers can bring relief and a sense of resolution, there are a number of problems with this approach.