Dos and Donts When Sharing a Personal Recovery Story

I have done two 24-Hour desert runs in the middle of the hot Arizona summer, four Boston Marathon quads, and two Mesa Marathon quads all in fundraising efforts. I try to tell people it’s okay to be an alcoholic and addict. Most alcoholics and addicts don’t want to be the way they are.

What are the five rules of recovery?

It is based on a few simple rules that are easy to remember: 1) change your life; 2) be completely honest; 3) ask for help; 4) practice self-care; and 5) don't bend the rules.

If I do not take care of myself, I cannot take care of anyone else. I cannot not take care of a job,I cannot take care of our home. Running is self care for me, but in the same breath if I run too much, I will distance myself from my family, and I will take away from family time. Family is the 2nd most important thing to me.  I would be nothing without them.

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The terror was something I only wish nobody ever had to go through. On my final day, I had to confess to my then-wife that everything was gone, and I sat at the airport waiting for a flight east to my family. I just wanted to run away, and I had no idea what awaited me on the other end of it all. If you’re like me, you felt very lost and alone in active addiction. My whole life it felt like nobody understood who I was, what I was dealing with or where I came from.

And, I knew I could get back to being that person outside of my addiction to alcohol. I blamed myself and started drinking every day to mask the pain I was in. I was an extremely angry person for so many years.

How to get started

This program starts with not taking the first drink! I go to meetings, several a week, I have a sponsor, and get this, I sponsor others today! I read the big book and work the steps just to name a few of the things in my program. When you share your personal recovery story, remember there are people in the room at all different stages of their recovery.

My relationships with my family have grown dramatically, especially my relationship with my wife. We both knew something had to change, so I went to Valley Hope for treatment. I didn’t know what to expect, but after a few days, I knew it was where I needed to be. The people I met had the same problems and we managed to get through them together. The year of sobriety has gone by so fast, it was amazing. My health has improved 100% and I will always be grateful for the staff at Valley Hope for saving my life.

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After all, NA and AA are all about being anonymous. You don’t have the right to share someone else’s experiences. Individuals can remember this rule by mainly sharing “I” statements — ensuring the focus remains on you. Just remember, your story should focus on more than just the addiction. So while you may have so much to share, don’t forget the goal is to let the person know there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not too late to get help.

I have lost a lot of weight and no longer some medications that I don’t need anymore. Sharing your story is incredibly important — which is precisely why this concept is a crucial part of recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. When people share in AA or NA, they go over their addiction and what it was like, what happened and what it’s like now.

But the psychological effects can last for a very long time. When you share your recovery story, you speed the healing of that psychological damage. Read on to learn other ways that sharing your recovery story benefits your own recovery. They help both those who tell them and those who listen. This list may include dos and don’ts for sharing a personal recovery story, but don’t forget that there’s no one way to share. Instead, it’s important just to start sharing and, eventually, you’ll get into a groove that works for you.

How can I share my life story?

  1. Write it down.
  2. Read it aloud.
  3. Edit as needed.
  4. Prepare yourself for the response.
  5. Start with a small audience.
  6. Decide who you want to share it with.
  7. Share it.

You realize you are a strong person who has come very far. Being able to share your story will boost your self-confidence and self-esteem. If there’s a time and place to be vulnerable, it’s when you’re sharing your recovery story.

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That I have a disease, and if I don’t use recovery to help with my addiction I will continue down the path I was on. Sobriety is everything to me, without it I couldn’t live like I should. Sobriety to me is about doing the next right thing, showing up when I say I will, doing what I say I will-just being honest with myself and others and when I don’t to make amends. One of the first things I did straight out of treatment was diving into service work. This allowed me to meet and befriend people in the fellowship easily, and it kept me out of my head. The ability of people in recovery to speak up is one of the methods to combat the addiction crisis.

Recovery has changed my life by showing me a happier way of life. While I was in my active addiction, I missed so many things with my family. Not loving my wife and children and loving the bottle instead really damaged my relationships and my health.

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