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

LaNisha Jiles

My name is LaNisha, a person in long-term recovery. I have encountered trauma and many experiences that impacted my mental health which led to addiction.…

Lawrence D

I was molested sexually at 13. From there I found alcohol and drugs, anything to hide the pain of my suffering. At 45 it just…

Leigh Jones

My name is Ashleigh Jones, and I am a person in long-term recovery. For me, that means I have not had to use a drink…

Lenore R.

I started using at age 15 in NY, at age 25 I moved to CA to care for my Nana. To my dismay I found…

Mark W

Alcohol drowned (most of) my feelings of shame and loneliness: I didn’t care what people thought and I wasn’t alone because I was in a…

Martin G

Started drinking at 16 in 1971. Got sober in 1983 through AA. Stopped going to meetings in 1991. Relapsed in 1996. Lost everything. Sober again…

Meghank K

Clean date July 16 2015, It’s wasn’t about finding a bottom it was about making a choice to put the shovel down. My biggest problem…

Michael

Before getting clean, I weighed 108 pounds, I’ve spent a few times of my life as a homeless person living on the subways of NYC…

Michael Comley

My name is Michael Comley and I’m 46 years old and I have struggled with substance use for 28 years. I have been in and…

Michael W. Magnanti

I begged for mercy. I was a volunteer firefighter, drunk, leading men into a fire. I could barely walk. That’s when I knew I couldn’t…

Michael Waggoner

“I was an only child, the nerdy kid growing up, and didn’t really feel as if I fit in with anyone specific group of people.…

Mike B.

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