How do I tell my story?
Your personal story can be very powerful. The way that
stories are shared among those in recovery may not resonate with the public because frequently they focus on your periods
of active addiction. Practice and training can
help you learn the most important points to make and the language that will get your story across. Focus on recovery and on barriers that prevent people from getting treatment
and sustaining their recovery.
Here are a few pointers for you to use when you talk
about your recovery and what it means to you:
1. Make it personal.
2. Keep it simple and in the present tense, so that
it's real and understandable.
3. Help people understand that recovery means that
you, or the person that you care about, are no longer using alcohol or other drugs. Start out with your "long-term
recovery," talking about stability and mentioning the length of time that you or that person have been in recovery.
4. You can talk more about your recovery than your
5. Help people understand that there's more to recovery
than not using alcohol or other drugs, and that part of recovery is creating a better life.
Some important things to think about.
No recovering person should advocate publicly
if his or her sobriety, job or financial well-being will be put into jeopardy. A good time to advocate at the level of public media is after he or she has been in recovery for two years.