3 Stories of Recovery to Celebrate Pride Month

Maritza Hiciano
Pride flag with diverse friend group

Stories have the power to inspire us, give us a front-row seat to different perspectives, and allow us to understand people whose lives are different from ours. As an organization, it’s important to us to provide a space of solidarity for all communities facing addiction. Regardless of how differently we lead our lives, one thing we know for sure is that everyone is deserving of recovery.

As we celebrate Pride and honor the stories of people who experienced an addiction while also belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community, we hope to help others find common ground, and resiliency in these stories.

The following narratives have inspired me to see the world differently. We truly don’t know what people are suffering through just by looking at them. When we open our minds to other perspectives and experiences, we can form connections and create ways to live in a world where we understand each other. We can work together to break down barriers, build empathy, and learn to appreciate our differences.

Living with a Co-Occurring Disorder

The first story I want to share is that of Ashley Millers, The Journey of Living with a Co-Occurring Disorder. Ashley shared her recovery story and how she found the courage to seek help. She also discussed the importance of understanding the connection between addiction and mental health and how they affect each other.

Ashley's story is an inspiring example of how it is possible to overcome the challenges of living with a co-occurring disorder. She encourages others to seek help and supports the idea that recovery is possible with the right help and guidance.

Finding Community in Recovery

The second story is about Tom A.'s recovery journey, and the opportunity to celebrate his identity safely and soberly. After his recovery, Tom feared he could not attend Pride events due to the availability of substances at gatherings. Fortunately, he is receiving the support he needs and has found sober Pride events that meet him exactly where he is on his recovery journey. His story demonstrates that recovery is possible, and that community plays a crucial role in creating an environment that is safe and welcoming.

Finding the Root Cause of Addiction

Lastly, read about Stephanie Maitner and the path that led her to use drugs in How Addiction Happens, Part 1 and Part 2. Learn how she found recovery and uses her experiences to educate, prevent, and treat younger generations. Stephanie's story reminds us of the value of understanding the root causes of addiction and the power of self-reflection and resilience in overcoming it. Want to know how Stephanie is doing today? Read A Decade in Recovery: How My Life Has Changed.

I encourage you to take 20 minutes to read these stories. They are insightful, inspiring, and thought-provoking. They will help you gain clarity and perspective on how addiction affects people differently and how each person handles it in their own unique way. Recovery is a personal experience after all.

In my line of work, it is not uncommon to receive hateful messages suggesting we stay out of Pride and stick with supporting addiction. However, creating a safe and inclusive space for everyone struggling with addiction is at the center of our work. We strive to support all individuals seeking recovery, no matter their background or beliefs. We believe that recovery is possible for all. We don’t turn anyone away.

The crisis is widespread, and we will address it from all angles. Because everyone deserves to live. We believe that by embracing diversity and inclusion, we create an environment that encourages recovery and healing. We want to amplify the voices of those who are in recovery, those who are still struggling, and the families who are supporting them. We believe everyone should have access to the care and support they need to get better.

Everyone's life is worth the investment.

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