Your Story Can Change Someone Else’s: Launch of “The Hope Share”

An estimated 85 million people in the U.S. have been affected by addiction. Each has a unique story, and for too long, too many have felt alone, hopeless and stigmatized by this disease.

That’s why The Partnership at Drugfree.org created The Hope Share. It invites those struggling with addiction, or affected by a friend or family member’s addiction, to share their story of hope and redemption.

The Hope Share aims to help break the stigma surrounding addiction and unite those who are affected, giving them a place to share stories and, in turn, share hope. The overall message is that your story can change someone else’s — that one person’s story of hope can give a struggling individual or family member the strength to persevere through hard times.

An ever-expanding mosaic of support, The Hope Share community is growing with new and respected partners like Faces & Voices of Recovery and In The Rooms, and it’s changing every day, featuring new video stories, autobiographies, narrative art and poetry.

The homepage includes some empty windows so visitors can feel encouraged to share their own perspective and help grow The Hope Share into a never-ending support resource. Here are some highlights:

“After 11 years of drug and alcohol use, I am celebrating my sixth month of freedom. It can be done. You don’t have to be a slave to substances. Take advantage of whatever help you can get. It will not be an easy journey, but… so worth it. Please don’t short yourself on the biggest gift you will ever have: your life.” – Christie

“Before I got clean, I could never pay a bill, own anything or do anything useful. Today, I pay bills, responsibly hold down two jobs – both in the substance abuse treatment field – I have more clothes than I can wear, I drive a new car that I pay for and I have wonderful friends and a loving family. Above all of these material possessions, I have gained a peaceful mind and spirit. This is your vision of hope: if this addict can get clean and stay clean, any addict can. Today, I have the power of choice.” – Carl

“I am not able to share a story of hope yet, but I am going to continue to read everyone’s stories of hope. Because one day, I am going to be able to share the same kind of story about my son.”  – Chrissie

“Sobriety has given me so much. No matter what happens in life, I now know that I don’t have to pick up a drink to deal with it. I can head to a local meeting and find the love and support that will pull me through whatever life throws at me. And for that I am eternally grateful.” – (Anonymous)

We invite you to share this website with others, comment or “give love” to one or more of the hundreds of stories.

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    Sabrina

    May 28, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    My mom passed away when i was 13 from a drug overdose. ever since then i had an addiction to uppers and downers. I went to rehab twice and the second time did the trick. I have been clean off pills for 2 years 🙂 This girl in this video i met at Portage Atlantic Rehabilitation Center For Youth, her name is Jennifer and this is the song she wrote and sang for me at my transition(graduation from rehab) this song gets me through absolutely everything 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7IKKPzPjv0 please check it out!

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    Alexis 575

    September 12, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    It has been two yrs and maybe some months i have been clean since then i have lost alot and gained alot. I first seeked treatment when i was taken to court by cyfd and they had my son i couldnt do it right away i got pregnant i entered a 30 day rehab i never relapsed ive had two more children got married but i lost my son in the court system due to being coerced and other issues i still have thoughts and wants to do it i do not i am not around it nor do i want to follow out on my plans to do so because i know it was never worth the pain or the loss that i once felt. One step is to stay away from any old friends still using that was a big one for me.

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    Jake

    May 28, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    It started off just smoking pot with friends . Everyone did it where I got my first job ,bad choice . I only smoked on ocation to start for about 2 years once a week Mabey. And as high school wore on I found myself with less and less meaningful relationships and friends .so I grab acted toward the (pot heads) of my school bad choice . By my senior year I had sum close friends that just smoked pot also and this went on for a year or so until I tried my first pill. A hydro next bad choice .before I knew it I was doing cocain for the first time …bad choice and that was my bottom I would lie to my loved ones so I could go get high but I was really just running from my feelings and in the process hurting the people I love the most . I’m now month and a week sober from any kind of drug it was the hardest thing I ever had to do and I owe it all to my loving mother and girlfriend for supporting me but more than anything you need to want to change and it’s possible and it won’t be easy but living a clean healthy life is the only kind worth living if you ask me . And you always have a choice , life’s about choices . I’m happier than I ever have been and I hope that maybe a struggling soul may be helped by this post because god knows I needed all the help I could get when I was an addict .

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    emral

    May 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    ok , my name is emral im 16 im gonna tell you a story a story about my parents…. my dad was 39 when he died … my mom was 38 when she died …they were addicted to drugs … drugs like meth , weed , k2 , pills , they always fought over it … i was abused by my dad for my pills i took for my nerves i was just a little kid it messed up my childhood , my dad died for meth on oct ,16 ,2012 the day he died i hug him and told him i loved him and headed to my friends house the next morning i went to school i got called down to the office and they told me emral , your died pasted away …. i will never forget that day it made me break down .. at that time my mom was in jail for selling pills when she got out i went to go visit her and of course she was high … and she was making me mad the last thing i said to her before she died i wish you died instead of dad and that was the last thing i said to my mom it’s messed up she died on oct, 28 , 2012 my parents died from drugs you know how much that kills me and i was only 15 and i have a little brother that im taking care of who is 12 i know this won’t change you but aleast think twice before you mess up your life it killed me and my life …… there is help

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