They wanted to do a story about my recovery and my blog. I am excited about recovery and this blog, so it was at this point, a no brainer. The editor said she had run across my blog, and thought they could do a good piece on it. So I met her for coffee, she interviewed me, and it went very well.
I was excited to read the article. So when I went to the mailbox to get it, and it wasn't there, I stole my neighbor's copy. Right? I had no choice. Thanks Cathy!! (I replaced it within an hour)
To my HORROR, here is what the title said.
Oh. My. God. How embarrassing. Here is the thing. I didn't seek the limelight. I was approached by Hazelden and ABC for the television interviews. AND White Bear Press contacted me through Twitter. I didn't seek anything, they sought me. My purpose to agreeing to do those interviews and why I do this blog are to raise awareness and to connect with people who are going through the same kinds of things.
The program that I work and learned at those meetings is very clear about us coming from a place of attraction, rather than promotion. Letting others recommend us. When I was called upon to help carry the message of recovery with the television and newsprint interviews, I thought long and hard about what that would mean, and what good it could bring versus what hurt it could do to me and other people like me. I decided, with the help of my friends, that it was a form of service as a grateful recovering addict/alcoholic.
There is a part of me that likes attention. Of course, one would have to if they were going on national television to say that they are a drug addict. The shy folks are not going to sign up for something like that. Lets face it, I was the girl for the job.
Aside from the title, the article is good and she did a nice job getting all of the details in there. I am grateful they wanted to talk about addiction and that I could help in that way. That is what is important.
By the way, everyone in my family knows the truth about my addiction now. No more secrets.
Below is the link to the article. Once I read the title in the printed version, I emailed her and asked her to PLEASE change the online title. She was more than happy to do that.
You obsess that the people in your town will think you are seeking fame.