Writing

Why Should You Tell Your Recovery Story?

 

If you’re in recovery, you’re in a unique position to speak to others traveling down the same road you’ve been down. You have a story to tell — and it has the potential to provide great hope to those who hear it. It’s both an individual story of your personal journey from addiction to recovery and a communal story that relates to the greater whole of humanity.

There are many reasons to share your recovery story. Below are six reasons for you to consider.

  • Sharing your story with another person makes your recovery more real. It’s not a recovery story until you tell someone about it.

  • In writing or telling about a difficult time, you can organize past events into a structured story that makes sense to others and ultimately helps you better make sense of the experience as well.

  • Studies show that sharing difficult experiences with others can improve health and well-being by establishing supportive bonds and reaffirming positive values and lessons learned from life experience.

 

  • Your story will help other people who feel hopeless and alone in their struggles. It could be the catalyst another person needs to finally get help.

  • Storytelling is one of the great foundations of civilization – it’s how we build community and create connections.

 

  • Your emotional resilience and coping capacity is strengthened by the realization that you have something to give others that can help them.

If you have any questions regarding sharing your story? Please TEXT the volunteer desk at 530-923-0280 or use our contact form.

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