It’s what I advise a lot of parents to do: it’s just the hardest thing that you can ever do—but if you want to save their lives it’s what you’ve got to do: it’s tough love.
Being involved in peer support groups—with people who knew exactly what it was like to work in a setting with access to medications—was the key for me to be able to get solid in my recovery.
You can’t lift anybody up by putting them down because they already feel that way. They need to know they are worth it. They are worthy.
I was really resistant at first, not listening to anything or trying anything another way, but I have acceptance today. I have worked on my anger issues. I’m more responsible today. I am active in all the programs I’m in. I feel like I’ve come a long way from nine months ago when I first got down here.
Yes it affected me, but it did not break me.
It is the little things, you know. If it weren't for making a point to recognize the little things and finding purpose in helping people, I probably wouldn't be here, and not here as in work. I wouldn't be here at all, as in on this Earth.
That week, down in the lower forty / we all got born again. / It was hard to say who saved who.
It does not matter whether someone is in active addiction or recovery or some of the bad things. They are still people. They have feelings. Whenever you give people the time and the room and the safety nets to get into recovery, most will.
The Movable Project, a grassroots digital archive of recovery stories, housed at Marshall University, recently announced the winners of the 2022 Recovery Writing Contest, a partnership with the New Ohio Review, a national literary magazine.Read more