Sharing personal stories is an integral part of recovering from substance abuse disorder. People share their stories with doctors, anonymous meetings, and family members in order to accept and cope with their disorder. When people who have been affected by substance abuse disorder share their stories publicly, they can create a support network, address current recovery and justice system’s processes, and reduce the stigma about addiction. Audience members of public sharing can learn from the experiences of others, acquire recovery resources, improve their understanding of substance abuse, and grasp the gravity of how addiction impacts a person’s life and the lives of people around them.
Sharing stories highlights how people recover from addiction, especially with the support and understanding of loved ones. An open, understanding, public environment is what a person needs to feel like they can ask for help and be honest about the severity of their problem. By doing so, all the community benefits.
How can I do that?
If you are a person who has been affected by a substance abuse disorder you can...Contact your local anti-drug coalition or a Lifeline Peer Project Coordinator to find out about opportunities to share your story with others.
If you are an organization that wants to create an open story sharing environment...
Option #1. Host an Overdose Awareness Day
Option #2. Plan National Recovery Month events