We DO Recover

Tara Rivera
Tell us about your (or your loved one's) recovery journey. What has been the most rewarding part?

I grew up in a home full of chaos and dysfunction. Both my parents were addicted to drugs and alcohol. My father passed from his addiction when I was 11 and my that's when mother began her recovery journey. Unfortunately for me, that is when my addiction began. I ended up in my first rehab when I was 15 years old. I stayed sober less than 6 months and was back at it again. At 19 I decided I had enough and reached out for help. This past January (2020) I celebrated 23 years of continuous sobriety. I watched both of my brothers self-destruct for 20 years before they surrendered and asked for help. I'm grateful we all survived our addiction and are all living in recovery today, free from that bondage. I now work full time in the field helping others. I just started doing educational podcasts and I also host a recovery radio show! Recovery is my life and I am blessed everyday to be of use to someone who is still struggling in their addiction.

Do you have a message for the Shatterproof community?

Addiction is a disease not a choice. 40-60% of us are genetically predisposed and an even larger number of us have experienced childhood trauma (ACE Study). My hope is people would begin to look at someone who is addicted with compassion rather than disgust.