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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

National Recovery Month: Benefits of Sharing Your Story

This year, the theme of National Recovery Month is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities” – and all month long, the organization has been inviting individuals in recovery and their family members to share their personal recovery stories. 

Whether you choose to share your personal story in a group meeting, one on one with a close friend or family member, on social media, in the form of a blog or via the “Voices for Recovery” section on Recoverymonth.gov – the benefits of telling your recovery tale are plentiful. For one, it’s perhaps the best thing you can do to stop stigma and spread awareness – and it can help your own recovery, too. 

Here’s how: 
  • You’ll remember why you've worked so hard to stay sober. Talking about the details of the past is perhaps the perfect reminder of how terrible you felt and the bad things that happened due to addiction. 
  • You’ll feel less alone. Sharing your story will help you feel part of the addiction recovery community and open the doors for meeting others who can help support you along your journey.
  • You’ll boost your confidence. Taking the time to articulate your recovery journey can help reinforce how hard you’ve worked, how far you’ve come and how strong you are. This will also help keep you motivated to remain sober. 
  • You’ll potentially help someone else. Being visible and letting others know your recovery story may just help someone imagine him or herself in recovery, too.
  • You’ll feel lighter and freer. Telling your story opens you up to more support and emotional feedback that can help you move past any negative emotions, like shame or embarrassment. Many people in recovery say they feel a bit lighter and freer each time they share their recovery story. 
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