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 I am so excited to be a part of this Recovery Movement. Everyone’s path on the road to recovery is unique, and mine just happened to be in front of everyone. The option of anonymity was not in the cards for me, and that is something that I accept and embrace.

There is a NASTY stigma attached to addiction and alcoholism. I feel that people hear so much of the bad, that there really isn’t room for people to see the good. This video showcases some of my experience with this matter. (So if I seem a little bitter…)

I was reading some comments recently on some of Demi Lovato’s feelings toward the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman (may he RIP). I was brought to tears by the hate being thrown her direction for simply speaking up as someone who has had experience with this disease. I remembered how I felt when I was ceremoniously put on the stand to be judged by the masses. I was 21 yrs old.

I started using drugs when I was 14. To look at that version of myself and say that I made a choice to become a drug addict is bulls;)t. I have compassion when I look at that version of myself at the ripe old age of 21, going through a very public struggle with my disease.

Today I am 7yrs clean and sober, one day at a time. I have been a work in progress, and I am proud of the woman that I am today. I am grateful that I have the choice not to use today, BECAUSE of the work I put into my recovery on a daily basis. That does not mean that I am cured, It means that I am well.

Long-term recovery IS possible, and there are so many of us out there! If we can celebrate recovery in the light, then maybe it will pull some of us out of the dark. If enough of us make this very real solution visible, then maybe, just maybe, the stigma will dissipate.

 

— Posted on February 17, 2014 at 8:35 pm