Recovery Stories

Across the country, people in recovery are celebrating their successes and sharing them with others. However, these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population. Sharing and celebrating recovery stories connects community members with one another and empowers those who are still struggling to know they are not alone.It also helps us to eliminate the stigma people in recovery often face and educate the public that recovery is possible.

Review the personal stories of people recovering from substance use disorders below and share your story here. Then ask your friends to do the same.

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Recovery Stories

David

I was exposed to drugs and alcohol before the age of ten. My continual use began around thirteen and I drank and drugged for twenty…

David D.

I never, as a kid, dreamed that I would become addicted to drugs and alcohol. No, I dreamed of becoming an attorney. I dreamed that…

Desorei Faith

“My name is Desorei and I am a person with a substance use disorder”. During my time as a person with a substance use disorder,…

Diane

Hello my name is Diane Courtney and I am a person in long term recovery and what that means for me is I have not…

Donald W.

Donald Whitehead a person in long term recovery. What that means is that he has been completely free from the use of all substances for…

Donnamaria

May 15th, 1994 is the day that I surrendered. I was stopped by a chronic eye disorder that altered my life forever. I knew that…

Gerald

It began at a detox that lasted about a week. It went well, the staff were kind, helpful, and friendly. The process was a lot…

Hillary

I attended rehab for the 1st time in 2016 shortly after returning home I relapsed and it escalated quickly. I was at the point my…

Honesty L

I am a person in long-term recovery from a Substance Use Disorder and what that means to me is I have been substance free for…

James

I entered recovery-entered a recovery house-1/7/93. A cold winter’s night, on the outskirts of Detroit. A drop of Grace showed me I could make it-and…

James Gibbons

When alcohol has a hold of you and the disease is progressing faster than you can pour your next drink, your life becomes a web…

Jamie B.

I am a person in long term recovery, which means to me, that I haven’t had a drink or a drug since August 27th, 2016.…

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