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“What Does Recovery Mean to You?”


Reported by Karen

Published on Monday, September 12th, 2022

Recovery Support and Relationships Women's Perspectives
Blogs Reports

“What Does Recovery Mean to You?”


Written by Karen

Published on Monday, September 12th, 2022

Recovery

Support and Relationships

Women's Perspectives

September is recovery month, so I asked some friends, “What does recovery mean to you?” Here’s what they said:

  • Recovery is about being Alive.
  • Recovery is Stability, Positivity & Serenity.
  • Rebuilding the family unit.
  • It’s Phenomenal.
  • Recovery for me means to learn to love myself unconditionally.
  • Recovery has given me hope.
  • Recovery means I can build bridges with friends and family I treated badly during my active addiction.
  • It’s an absolute miracle.
  • Feeling alive and being a useful member of society.
  • Recovery to me means change, a change in the sense that I no longer exist and endure I now live and experience bouts of joy and when I don’t feel happy, I no longer have a burning desire to change how I feel.
  • I have learnt to accept the weather within.
  • For me recovery means feeling happy in my own skin, knowing that I am enough but most of all is that I’m of use to others.
  • Recovery means I get to tuck my kids in bed.
  • A life beyond my wildest dreams.

Written by Karen


I'm Karen from Manchester it's great to meet you all. I'm a recovering alcoholic,
I experienced a short time of homelessness many years ago, I'm a survivor of domestic abuse and I'm happy to say I've come through it all.
I volunteered at a local Alcohol and Substance Abuse centre where I qualified as a Peer Mentor.
I now care for my elderly dad who is housebound and I feel blessed to be able and well enough to do this.
I hope as part of this Community Reporting team our stories can contribute to making a difference to homelessness and health inequalities and shine a light on any other injustices we come across.
 

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One thought on ““What Does Recovery Mean to You?”

  1. Love this. They’re all so positive, looking to the future, recognising achievement. I take my hat off to everyone who contributed to this report – chapeau!

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