Addiction Recovery Inspirations, Everywhere


In the rooms of recovery men and women draw strength from one another. Those who listen closely for interesting insights to glean from others’ stories have an opportunity to learn valuable lessons. It is best never to underestimate the usefulness of learning about your peers’ experiences.

Healing is next to impossible on one’s own. It is always prudent to recognize the kind of things that hang up others’ recovery. What’s more, seeking to grasp what “works” for other people may help you stay the course for lasting recovery.

In meetings, there is a host of individuals courageously sharing their experience, strength, and hope to stay sober. A byproduct of being brave and opening up is that it helps other people find hope, especially in early recovery when the future seems uncertain. Each recovering alcoholic or addict has an opportunity to keep the progress made by freely giving away the tools they’ve learned. Recovery is a beautiful circle of caring and compassionate reciprocation.

Stories of Hope Outside The Rooms of Recovery

Ever-diminishing stigma means more men and women are finding the fortitude to share their experience. People write memoirs not just about their advancements in recovery; they also talk about their missteps. You can learn a lot from where others go wrong in cautionary tales. The media paying close attention to addiction is another upside of society becoming more tolerant of people with mental illness. Not a day goes by without a headline about both use disorders and people in recovery. When reputable publications focus on this most important subject, it inspires people still living in addiction to seek help.

A recent story of note, appearing in The New York Times, delves into the life of Mark Lanferman, 30; the young man from Brooklyn, New York, is now 17 months sober. Before committing to recovery, his use of alcohol led to seizures and the risk of liver failure. While he is doing well in myriad ways, his story is a reminder that mental illness can still take its toll despite sobriety. You see, on top alcohol use disorder, Lanferman struggles with social anxiety and self-harm, according to the article. We invite you to read about Mark Lanferman at greater length here.

People in recovery must never lose sight of the fact that they are works-in-progress. Healing requires addressing every aspect of being. There is a reason that successful recovery outcomes depend on treating mind, body, and spirit; co-occurring mental illness must receive treatment simultaneously.


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Please reach out to us to learn more about our dually accredited treatment center. We can help you begin a remarkable journey of healing and assist you in addressing any co-occurring illness. We invite you to take the first step of recovery with Hemet Valley Recovery Center.