It takes courage to share a personal story—especially one of recovery from substance use disorder. The idea can be scary and you may not know the best way to do it. Would anyone want to listen to what you have to say?
At PreventEd, we encourage people to share their personal recovery stories with others to help and inspire. Here’s what your story can do:
Your story helps you find your own voice
When you share your recovery story, you can find your own voice and empower yourself to make sense of what has happened in your life. It gives you the ability to communicate what you’ve learned to others who may need advice.
You’re in a unique position to help others
With lived experience with a substance use disorder and recovery, you’re in a unique position to help those that may be going through something similar. For example, you could become a certified peer specialist (CPS). As a CPS, you can meet a peer where they are in their personal recovery process. You can provide guidance and answers to difficult questions and help others navigate systems for treatment, housing, obtaining driver’s licenses, and other essential services. You don’t have to be a CPS to support others in their recovery journey, though. You can join a support group, volunteer with local recovery support organizations, or work with a helpline.
You can help establish a healthy, supportive community
Despite growing awareness, there is still a culture of stigma surrounding substance misuse, especially in Black and brown communities. Establishing a healthy, supportive community is key in helping others to recover and stay sober. Telling your story can be the first step in facilitating change.
Your story could help save a life
Sharing your story with others can instill hope. Focus on the positive steps you took, no matter how big or small, and how you’ve overcome challenges and maintained wellness. Your words can make all the difference to someone who needs encouragement, comfort, or maybe even a nudge.
Ready to tell your story? Contact Max Dieter. And if now is not the time, our invitation remains open. We’d love to hear from you!