What do you need to know about sharing your sobriety story? As you are already aware of, addiction is one of the most dangerous diseases to live with and, at times, not an easy one to battle. It requires multiple coping skills and takes a great deal of effort and self-love. In fact, addiction never goes away: Once an addict, always an addict. The only difference is whether you are a practicing your addiction by still using, or are finding other, healthier ways of coping.
Sharing your recovery story with others also helps to empower you and make your recovery easier because you are not keeping everything inside your head. Reflecting on your recovery path can help you to gain perspective and will show you how far you’ve come. As a bonus, your experience can be helpful and educational for other recovering addicts. Being willing to share your sobriety experience benefits them by giving them an opportunity to learn valuable lessons from your experiences, and helps them to feel like they are not alone.
So, if you feel like you are ready speak out and share your story, here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Recovery group meetings:
Remember that everyone here has their own addiction story. Knowing this, you can feel assured that there will be no judgments, but rather some great insight and lots of advice on how to continue moving in the right direction. To get the most out of this type of meeting, you should be willing to honestly and openly share your story when it is your turn; also, be a good listener when others are speaking and be respectful of their sharing; be willing to accept advice & know that often something useful will pop into your head while listening to someone else share; and, most importantly, do not, under any circumstances, judge anyone.
2. Personal Addiction\Recovery blog:
Blogging is one of the easiest ways to share your story. One of the most popular type of blog nowadays seem to be personal blogs which reveal the life events and experiences of the authors. A personal blog is a space where you connect your sobriety stories and your creativity to speak up, seek advice and help others in their recovery. A great example of a personal recovery blog is the Sasha Tozzi recovery blog.
Another helpful type of blogging is video-blogging. A lot of people share their recovery through videos, such as the V-Blog The Way Back. Video-blogging is different because it allows you to share your story and experiences, but with a more personal touch: the watcher understands your feelings and emotions based on the tone of your voice, your facial expressions and your body language. This makes it easier get your message across. Moreover, this type of activity is helpful if you have anxiety or fear of public speaking.
3. Social Media posting:
There is a plenitude of recovery groups on Facebook. A lot of them are closed, which allows group members to preserve their anonymity from the rest of the Facebook world.Here you can post your recovery story or just thoughts and feeling about where you have been or what you are currently going through. These kinds of posts are open to comments, which make it possible for other members to make suggestions and give you support, plus it allows others to learn from your experience.
Also, I surely want to mention Sober Grid, where, at any time of the day or night, you can get support and advice from other members. At our app you can actually stay anonymous while sharing your story or talking to and helping other Grid fellas. As the app is specifically designed for those battling addiction, there surely will be no judgment.
4. Become a Sobriety Speaker:
If you enjoy, are good at, or only want to improve your public speaking skills, don’t miss your chance to share your experience, strength and hope with an audience. You will not only support your own sobriety, but also help others by sharing your story and your personal motivation tips at different types of recovery seminars, in high-schools and universities, as well as at many other places and events. A great example of this is Substance Abuse and Motivational Speaker Tony Hoffman.
5. Turn up your creative side:
Share your recovery story through the creative arts, which is a wonderful type of self-care which can provide motivation and escape. Whether you choose song-writing, personal journals, writing and publishing books, sketching, oil-painting, or graffiti, etc., these creative endeavors can all provide inspiration to live fully and help others find their own ways of expressing their emotions and telling their stories. A wonderful example of a recovery artist who can definitely inspire is Jam Alker, who puts his experiences into songs and is currently working on his first album.
“When we share our stories, what it does is, it opens up our hearts for other people to share their stories. And it gives us the sense that we are not alone on this journey.” - Janine Shepherd