The support of an active, uplifting community is crucial to a recovering addict’s sustained success.
As a recovery counselor, I have the wonderful opportunity to be immersed within these communities, especially those created by social media. I am constantly in awe of how much support and inspiration flows freely among them, united by the singular goal of recovery. Whether an individual is on their first day or going on twenty years, each step is celebrated. If a person relapses, the community is quick to reach out a helping hand to get them back on their feet.
Here is April’s installment of inspiring recovery success stories from social media:
“One day at time using the Twelve Steps as a design for living has kept me sober 29 years. Clean house and clear the wreckage of your past. Trust God and work with others. Give back what has been so freely given to us. Miracles happen. – Jeanne P.
“One year of sobriety today. I feel blessed and thankful.” – Calvert S.
“Another day clean and sober… Living life on its terms. Some days are easier than others but still better fully aware and knowing.” – Joan A.
“Today I celebrate 18 months sober! I could not have made it to this point if I did not take action in this suggested program of action outlined in the 12 steps.. thank you to those who came before me and found a way so that I could find a way.” – Dave B.
“We have 14 years today! What a miracle and what a beautiful life it is….” – Noelle C.
“9 months clean and sober today! I never imagined I’d live the life I’m living today. Gonna keep fighting those demons!!!!” – Nicole C.
“I’m Astrid and I am an addict who made it to her first NA meeting today. I finally wanna grow up and live a free, self-responsible and fulfilling life. I know today was just a start but it felt good meeting people who can relate and don’t do drugs any more. I am thankful that this time I won’t be left alone with my struggle…” – Astrid D.
“21 mouths clean and sober today from all mood altering substances. This has to be the BIGGEST! GREATEST! Achievements that I have ever made. So much gratitude for all that has come to me in these past 21 months… People, places, and things!” – Andrew B.
“One year clean today, thanks to honesty, open-mindedness and willingness! It’s been a great first year and I’m looking forward to many more. I never knew life could be THIS GOOD!!!” – James S.
I hope this monthly installment of recovery success stories has ignited your desire to start recovery or stay devoted to the path. I urge you to find support communities online; the results I have witnessed are nothing short of astounding. They cannot replace a dedicated recovery program but they can certainly enhance it. If you would like to share your story for next month’s issue, I would be thrilled! Please let me know. Stay strong, recovery warriors!
By Angela Lambert
Photo by: Howard Lake (Flickr)