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May 04

Heroes in Recovery

Greetings!  Yes, Jane Doe is alive and well, but this blog has been quiet for quite some time. While the Jane Doe Recovery Facebook page did stay up and running, most of my writing has been focused on new projects and a new job that I started last year.  At one point I had considered simply turning this space into an archive site where people could reference information and look back on past entries. However it recently occurred to me that  this would serve nicely as a place to promote and share what I’m working on now. Much of the content here has found its way into the pages of the handbook and workbook for Miracle in Progress but most of what I’m writing lately has been dedicated to breaking the stigma of addiction and mental health issues as a lead advocate for Heroes in Recovery.

Heroes in Recovery is a movement committed to starting conversations that save lives and celebrating the stories of the individuals, friends and families who are in recovery from addiction and co-occurring disorders.  I was personally attracted to the cause because of the broad and inclusive focus on the breaking the stigma placed not only on those in active addiction but also in relation to the labels placed on those who face mental and emotional health issues. Sadly the stigma seems to apply during every phase of the process, impacting those who are in the midst of seeking help and even those who are living healthy lives in recovery.

I have found this to be true in so many different circumstances.  For anyone recovering from addiction to drugs and alcohol the judgements are often harsh and shaming, for those of us living in recovery for grief, codependency, anxiety or depression there may be some pity  and maybe even some compassion but all contribute to a feeling of isolation.  The labels that society has placed on people who are honest about their difficulties only further the sense of division and hopelessness for those who still suffer.

In truth there are very few of us who reach adulthood without having endured some sort of trauma or least some challenges that have been painfully difficult to resolve. When we get honest about our personal stories the barriers and judgements start to fall away. In the recognition that we are not so very different we find understanding and the realization that we are not alone.  This is the mission of Heroes in Recovery:: to eliminate the social stigma that keeps individuals with addiction and mental health issues from seeking help, to share stories of recovery for the purpose of encouragement and inspiration, and to create an engaged sober community that empowers people to get involved, give back, and live healthy, active lives.

We spread this encouragement in many ways, holding events across the country to raise awareness and to carry a message of hope. Our primary events to date have been the Heroes 6K races that grow in number each year.  We also hold regular local events in some areas to make personal connections and increase a sense of fellowship in the community.  While I do play a part in the event process I also write for the Heroes blog.  It is my intention to share some of those posts here on janedoerecovery.com to increase awareness and the readership on the Heroes website.

Which brings us to my primary function as a lead advocate – collecting inspiring stories.  As it turns out everybody in recovery has one.  No matter what you are recovering from your experience can help break the stigma and make all the difference for someone who is still out there in the trenches looking for help.  You can click on this link for the Heroes website to share stories of recovery and tell them that Marta sent you or you can email me personally at jane@janedoerecovery.com and I can help you through the process.

Here’s to breaking the stigma with love,

Marta

 

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