If you’ve been making your way around the site and found encouragement, strength and hope, we’d love you to get involved! Every little bit of support helps us to spread the message that the recovery community is a strong, thriving group of people from all walks of life.
- Live in awareness. Those struggling in the bondage of addiction don’t always directly reach out for help. If you recognize that a person may be living in active addiction, love them…pray for them, talk to them about their worries, their life situation, and their struggles. The best way to start a conversation is by uncovering your own struggles and fears. When another person says, “I’ve been through this,” or “I am currently struggling with this,” it builds a safe place that will often open the door to conversations. When I was living in active addiction I spent a lot of time trying to hide my mess. When others reached out to me and let me know they weren’t perfect either it was like a breath of fresh air.
- Get to know the recovery community in your area. Something as small as sending a copy of The Anonymous People video to sober houses in your area can build bridges of hope to others. You can order these videos directly from their website. If you’re interested in watching the documentary first (highly suggested) you can access it on Netflix
- Use your worst fears to reach others. I’ve talked to a lot of people who were ashamed of their track marks or other “signs of their old life.” Instead of being ashamed, look at your scars as a door opener or conversation starter. Honestly, most people who have never dealt with addiction don’t see things like track marks, but for someone suffering these scars can make them more comfortable in approaching you.
- Share our stories and articles with your friends and family. You can post them on your Facebook wall or on any other social media platform. Don’t feel comfortable doing this? That’s fine. There’s also a button at the end of every article that allows you to send them by email directly to a person you’d like to help. Every time you do this, you’re passing along hope and encouragement to someone who may need it desperately.
- Are you a business owner, a teacher, pastor or leader in your community? Ask someone in addiction recovery to share their story at your workplace or invite them to speak at your school or church. Most people in active recovery are absolutely bursting with excitement at the very thought of reaching another person with a message of hope. By doing this, it shows your employees or student body that you’re aware of the addiction epidemic and want to offer resources that can help them recover.
- Do you have something you were going to sell in a yard sale or on eBay? Maybe it’s a kitchen appliance, a set of dishes or a bicycle. Make a phone call to a treatment center or sober living community in your area and find out if they could use the donation. Many people in recovery come into treatment with the clothes on their back and nothing more. When you are thinking about donating, remember…always give your best. It sends a message when you give something that’s ready for the dumpster, so don’t do that. By giving your best, you’re sending a message that says, “I value you and I believe in your recovery.”
- Be open. Bottom line, we’re all dealing with something. If it’s not drug addiction, maybe it’s food or gambling, pornography or even isolation and feelings of hopelessness. When we’re open to each other and want nothing more than to bring hope, healing and love, the opportunities to help others will always present themselves.
These are just a few ways to get involved. These small efforts add up and they go a lot farther than you can imagine. I was given a beautiful down comforter by a woman who has 25 years sobriety. Every night when I go to sleep underneath it, I remember who I am. I remember that people believe in me, and my life feels a little bit better.
Make a difference.