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Personal Stories

Get advice and perspective from families who have also been impacted by substance use or addiction.

I’ve learned from my mistakes and the consequences of my actions, and my kids know my recovery story.
That’s the thing about being in recovery. Our stories aren’t just similar. Sometimes they can be exactly the same. Every meeting, there’s a beautiful, messy and powerful community of shared stories. Stories that I hope will help someone else.
Addiction comes in so many forms, and I think mental health and its connection to substance use disorders are not talked about enough. So, I’m talking about it, and this is my story.
I’ll never forget the day my father told me he struggled with drug addiction. I was in the second grade.
I really wanted this opportunity to help guide people to a reliable resource for addiction information and support. It's something I wish I'd had and something I have seen friends and family struggle to find.
Partners for Hope Marathon team member Jason Brown shares his recovery journey, which has included lots of running. Writes Jason, "Today, for Dominick, I see it as my responsibility to keep him away from the path that I took those years ago, and with this responsibility comes the need for honesty and communication."
I attribute the gift of starting my recovery journey almost entirely to my family.
I am but one of tens of millions of incredible recovery stories. Let’s find yours.
When I saw Neil for the first time after he had left for rehab, I immediately knew my brother was coming back to us.
Our daughter’s addiction, and newly found recovery, added to the family tension during the holidays. Here's how we learned to cope.
After treatment, the main question is usually, “What now?” As a young person in recovery myself, I might not be able to tell you what to expect — but I feel I can at least tell you what not to expect.
The typical college environment is not conducive to a life in recovery — until Timothy discovered his school’s collegiate recovery program.
I learned that addiction hijacks the brain's ability to make rational decisions — and that I didn't cause it, can't cure it and can't control it.
There is no other word but grief when your child is lost in the haze of drug addiction. But your child is still there. There are paths to hope.
In my family, addiction was treated with the same love and affection as if I had suffered from any other potentially fatal illness.
We need to change language like junkie, addict, and alcoholic if we are to lessen the stigma and negativity that saturates the perception of drug addiction.
For this father, it took time to learn that relapse can be a natural part of addiction recovery.
Here are a few things I’d like parents to know so they can best help their child – and themselves – through treatment and recovery.
The path to recovery is difficult. But please know you are not walking alone in addiction– hands of help are reaching out to you with your every step.
I am grateful for the responsibilities that life presents and, thanks to recovery, I am prepared to face them.
Dear Dad, I am grateful for all that you have done during my addiction and continue to do for me. I would not be alive and well today if it weren’t for you.