The Importance of Sharing Your Story

When you're first in recovery, whether you went through a treatment program or not, you'll soon realize that everyone around you is sharing their story. Some more openly than others, and some with more confidence then others. The great thing about recovery is that everyone has something in common, their stories and experiences are unique, but addiction is the common denominator. This makes it easy for us not to judge one another, and to share in a safe environment.

If you're feeling a little uneasy about sharing your story, here's a few things to keep in mind.

Sharing your story is as much for you as it is for everyone else.
Sharing your story validates all of your feelings, whether you have an addiction issue or other mental health issue, they can become a large part of your life. Even though you're ready to move on, it can be healing to acknowledge where you've been, where you came from, and where you're off to next.

It's seriously therapeutic.
When you share your story, you find your voice, you affirm your story to yourself, and you've put your addiction into words that can be spoken and let go.

Have you ever heard that when you are trying to learn something you should read it, speak it, and write it? This is much the same. By speaking about your addiction and recovery, you're doing one part of the speak it, read it, write it theory of learning. Combined with journaling and other recovery techniques, sharing your story can help solidify your commitment to recovery.

It helps others.
When you share your story, there's always the chance that you'll share a new perspective, a new theory, a new technique, coping strategy, relapse prevention method, or other useful anecdotes that others can take with them on their own journey to recovery.

If you haven't shared your story yet, try it out with a friend, see what sharing can do for you and your recovery.

Reference
James, D. “Recovery: Why it Is Important to Share Your Story”. Recovery Connection. (website). February 2016
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  • Reminds me of this wonderful quote from author Barry Lopez:

    "The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other's memory. This is how people care for themselves."
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