Addiction recovery is real, all over the world people are living their lives, one day at a time, clean and sober. What treatment programme, regimen or philosophy is unimportant, recovery from addiction is real, possible and out there!
I guess, my concern at the moment is that we are often so busy maintaining our anonymity and the truths of our previous lives that we forget we are the proof that there is recovery. We are role models, and yet we aren’t modelling we are maintaining the fellowship traditions of anonymity and keeping our heads down. How can anyone currently suffering with an addictive disorder know that recovery is possible if we don’t show it, every day?
I’m no wilting flower, I’m known for standing up and asking those difficult questions and I’m also known for being quite forthright – the youngest of five, I learnt to stand up for myself! I’m also known for being very open about my history with addiction. Due to the need to maintain others anonymity I may sometimes be selective of what and when I disclose, however on the whole, I’m very vocal on the subject of addiction.
I consider it important that we all demonstrate what recovery is and the importance of constant self analysis to ensure we don’t lapse in to negative destructive behaviours and attitudes. I daily recite the Serenity Prayer, its a mantra I apply to any difficult situation or decision. I consider it vital that I am vigilant with regards to my personal self awareness.
Sadly the UK is different to the US. In America, a life lived in recovery is not stigmatised but lauded. Talk shows, soaps, tv dramas all talk about recovery and addiction. It isn’t diminished to the corners and ignored but considered part of every day modern society, which I’m really sorry to say, it is now. The Anonymous People are changing attitudes Stateside, “changing the conversation from problems to solutions”.
Your story is powerful, talking about a life lived in active alcohol and/or drug misuse, gambling or co-dependency and the way life has changed in sustained recovery, may make the difference in someone deciding to try out treatment, a meeting, even consider the possibility of a detox. Nothing is as effective as a personal testimony, be bold, be brazen be brave, tell your story and make a difference. Unless we all stand tall and show the real face of recovery, we can never hope to tackle the discrimination faced by those in active addiction and recovery in our communities.