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.



For the majority of us involved in the recovery advocacy movement, the concept of accepting that there are multiple pathways to recovery is a familiar one. The idea that there are many roads to recovery has increasingly become more widely understood. We have come to recognize that often times the pathway we utilized in our own personal recovery journey may very well not be the same one that will work best for others.

In telling her story, a 100-year-old woman said the best thing about reaching the age of 100, is no peer pressure. Her story was about her lived experiences. Our lived experiences accumulate through life. The purpose of this writing is to focus on the lived experiences of those achieving long-term recovery from drug use and addiction and sharing the power of their stories. Their stories tell of overcoming stigma and discrimination. These lived experiences include gaining discretionary and discerning wisdom to achieve healthy well-being. Through these experiences, they accumulate recovery capitol.

About the Author:
As Executive Director of Beach House Center for Recovery, Robert Yagoda brings more than 10 years of combined clinical and administrative experience in facility-delivered, drug and dual diagnosis treatment. Robert is a licensed mental health counselor and certified addictions professional. What motivates him most is seeing clients make groundbreaking strides in recovery, knowing he was part of their growth and success.

About the Author
Merlyn Karst is retired executive and active advocate for alcohol, prescription, and other drug driven mental health and wellness problems. He was a founding member of Advocates Recovery-Colorado and Faces & Voices of Recovery. He received the America Honors Recovery Award in 2008. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

It may sound cliché, but admitting you have a problem really is the first step toward Recovery. Most people who suffer with a substance use disorder spend months or years covering up their behavior. Many outright deny they have an issue to those around them and even to themselves.