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Addiction Resources How to Write a Recovery Story Writing a recovery story can be a powerful way to process the emotions, thoughts and experiences that took place during a period of active alcohol or drug addiction.
Many rehabilitation centers have participants write a recovery story as part of the step process, and, in some cases, these stories are read aloud to family members and friends. As a cathartic and often powerfully moving experience, writing your recovery story is as simple as starting from the beginning, sharing how your addiction shaped you, and ending with some reflections on where you are today.
What it was like The first step of your recovery story is writing about what it was like when you were in the throws of your addiction. This might include some background information about how you came to use drugs or alcohol, how your addiction progressed, and what it became as it got worse.
What feelings did they numb? What happiness did they bring? Why did you use them as a coping mechanism? By being candid here, you tell yourself - and others - just how bad the addiction was, which can be a powerful reminder in the face of temptation or potential relapse.
What happened The "what happened" section of your recovery story comes next. This is where you write about what drove you into a place where you finally knew it was time to get clean and sober.
Many people refer to this as "hitting bottom," or reaching the end of the road. For some, this might be getting a DUI, going to jail, losing custody of a child, or some other significant traumatic event that occurred as a result of your addiction.
For others, it might have just been a powerful moment of clarity that happened. Write about this turning point in detail, explaining how and why you knew you could no longer carry on the way you had been. This is the happier, more celebratory part of the story. Here you can detail your experiences in rehab or step meetings, how you overcame cravings or what you do on a daily basis to stay clean and sober.
Share your story on MyAddiction. Click here to send in your story! Try our self tests for:Alcoholics Anonymous ( pages) Originally published in , this is the “book of experience” from which the Fellowship derived its name.
It contains an analysis of the principles which led to the sobriety of the earliest members, together with a representative cross section of members’ personal stories. Mar 26, · Now, with the help of AA and NA (Narcotics Anonymous), my sponsor, the foundation of support I built while in rehab and continue to maintain, and my .
The AA program involves admitting powerlessness over alcohol, believing in a higher power, apologizing and making amends to those wronged and abstaining from drinking.
All step fellowships regardless of the problem behavior they address, are based on and adapted from the step recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous set forth in the Big Book and the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions (Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., ; Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., ).
BILL’S STORY W ar feverran high in the New England town to which we new, young ofﬁcers from Platts-burg were assigned, and we were ﬂattered when the 4 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS.
I became an unwelcome hanger-on at brokerage places. Liquor ceased to be a luxury; it became a necessity. In Our Own Words: Stories of Young AAs in Recovery.
Originally published in the September Grapevine Magazine. From Section 1, What We Used To Be Like.
The AA program involves admitting powerlessness over alcohol, believing in a higher power, apologizing and making amends to those wronged and abstaining from drinking. Background. Evidence indicates Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can play a valuable role in recovery from alcohol use disorder. While AA itself purports it aids recovery through “spiritual” practices and beliefs, this claim remains contentious and has been only rarely formally investigated. Beth’s Recovery Story: ‘Becoming Beth’ I actually didn’t get my recovery through traditional AA methods. I didn’t do the steps and I don’t have a sponsor. However, attending AA gave me the understanding and connection that I had been missing. It gave me the support network of people who have been there that I had never had before.