Yesterday I was asked if I would mind being interviewed for a local online paper, regarding my decision to go public with my story of addiction and recovery.
HERE IT IS
I thought this was a kick-ass article, and really, it is exactly the reason why I spoke out at all, even if I didn't understand at the beginning of this "blab my life" mission, exactly WHY I was doing it, I had these other folks to look at, to understand why it felt so RIGHT for me to do it, and why it is so important to me. Finally an article on the subject of sharing out stories, and doing so without hiding in shame, to help others and change the story of how addicts and alcoholics are perceived. That laws need us, insurance companies need us, and people who are still sick need us to change the minds of people, that this isn't a moral issue, It is a disease.
And that none of this effects the anonymity of those 12-step fellowships, as long as we don't identify ourselves with them. I still think that is kind of funny, because you all know what I am talking about when I say "meeting." But I am not a representative, spokesperson, or master of those meetings. In fact, I am just a baby in all of this. I am just a mom, who is in recovery from drugs and alcohol, and wants everyone who needs help, to not feel bad about it. I want there to be beds and funds available, just like they are for other diseases. That is it.