Recovery Stories

Recovery is everywhere. Whether you're a person in recovery or a family member, share your story to demonstrate that recovery works for over 23 million Americans and offer hope to people who are still struggling, their families and communities. Speak out about the solution – recovery. Share your story here. Then ask your friends to do the same. Our Stories Have Power.

“Alcoholic at age 13; heavily used marijuana, stimulants, LSD, and cocaine from 1967-1982. I always quit using drugs on my own. Got my BA in 1992; MA in 1998; and Ph.D. in 2006.”

Read Stefan J. Malecek, Ph.D, MAC's Story

“I felt trapped in the starving, binge eating, and black-out drinking cycles and the guilt, shame and self-loathing that inevitably followed.”

Read Rachel Prager's Story

“I was a small town bookseller, living alone after a difficult marriage and divorce when I finally acknowledged to myself that I needed help quitting drinking. ”

Read Craig Whalley's Story

“I didn’t get in trouble every time I drank, but every time I got in trouble, I was drinking.
It felt like I had a hole in my soul.
I had a hollowness in my heart.

Read William Horton's Story

“I'm hesitant to do this, but I want to share my story because I feel like it can help others. I started drinking and smoking pot when I was 15, a sophomore in high school.”

Read Alicia Whisler's Story