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.



Perhaps more than any other sociological advance we’ve seen over the past decade, the widespread use of social media has had a tremendous impact on the New Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement. The ability to connect across counties and continents has facilitated the transfer of information and fostered opportunities for networking in ways never before imagined.

I was initially introduced to abstinence-based, twelve-step recovery programs at the age of 13 while in the first of what would be many adolescent institutional stays. I was taught by the professionals involved in my care as well as attendees of the meetings we would be shuttled off to in big red passenger vans that abstinence-based, twelve-step programs were the only way to recover.

CARA RECOVERY DAY, will be held in the nation’s capitol on March 1, 2017, and is named after the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016. It is an event hosted by Faces & Voices of Recovery and co-sponsored by national recovery organization partners. Our recovery voices represent young people in recovery, recovery high schools, collegiate recovery programs, recovery residences and recovery community organizations. Our recovery voices are united.

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.