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.

#OurStoriesHavePower #RecoveryVoicesCount

David

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

Charmin

My very first childhood memory is still very vivid, my father had my mother against the wall beating her, yelling…

Mike B.

I lived to use and used to live. Every day was the same struggle of hell – I’d wake up,…

Terry

After graduating from film school and starting my second internship, my recreational drug use overwhelmed me. From cocaine, ecstasy to…

TJ

To fellowship is to share and listen to each others definition of hope and what we hope for In our…

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…

Topher

I grew up on a hippie commune surrounded by substance abuse. I experienced childhood neglect and trauma, leaving me with…

Jamie B.

I am a person in long term recovery, which means to me, that I haven’t had a drink or a…

Jennifer N.

No one raises their hand in elementary and says I want to be an alcoholic/addict when I grow up. We…

Robin G.

Four years after almost dying from a crack cocaine overdose, surviving a violent marriage that ended in rape, and dropping…

Jamie E.

There is a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face.…

Kari

I thought recovery would be easy, “you just get clean”. Well that was the easy part. Staying that way was…