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.
And that treatment center showed me compassion and love, which in then turn I was able to show compassion and love. And from that point there was peace in my heart.
Each year, I've shared my story with my students and will continue to do so. It's a sad reality, but many of them personally know someone in active addiction. When I disclose my experience to them, they now know someone in recovery.
You get sober to go do things and hang out and . . . to have a life.
I had the resilience and strength to care and to try to work on myself, no matter how awful life is and how many times I've had a setback. It just really made me feel like getting sober wasn't a one-stop type of thing. You can try as many times as you have the strength to.
Now, I can find those moments of peace all the time. When I’m riding bikes with my son, mowing the grass, fishing. All of this is possible because now I know who, what, and why I am.
As part of National Collegiate Recovery Day, members of Movable will go online to run a storytelling workshop. At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15, Movable directors Kristen Lillvis and Hilton Córdoba and student interns DJ Price, Paige Justice, and Laura Rice will share writing prompts and storytelling tips.Read more