In 2013, I posted 14 Addiction Recovery Stories on my Recovery Stories website. Some of these Stories were written by the person, whilst others I wrote after interviewing the person (or people) on a number of occasions. In these latter cases, stories went back and forth across the world, as most involved people lived in the UK and I had moved to Australia.
In 2020, I decided that it would be good to update the Stories—I was still in touch with most of the people. Most agreed to the update which would appear in my 2021 eBook Our Recovery Stories: Journeys From Drug and Alcohol Addiction.
I recently decided to add these updates to each Story onto the website, along with a pdf document of each full Story. Please check out the Stories and feel free to pass around the pdf documents. I believe each of these Stories is inspirational and can teach us a lot about addiction, recovery and treatment.
I should point out that additional information provided reveals that three of the Stories are stories of trauma and the healing of trauma. Here’s a teaser for one of the Stories, the person I have known the longest (22 years). When we first met all those years, Natalie said that if I wanted to help people overcome substance use problems, I should write and disseminate Recovery Stories. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve been given in my career!
Treatment staff and her peers help Natalie find a path to recovery from heroin addiction. A confronting situation years later, when she is a treatment practitioner, helps Natalie realise that she is still traumatised from her childhood experiences. A second recovery journey begins. (10,923 words)
Please check out the full list of 14 Recovery Stories, one of which comprises two parts.