On the pages below, you will find inspiring recovery stories from some of our recovery heroes. If you are interested in sharing your recovery story to be featured on our website, please email us at iqrr@vtc.vt.edu.

Substance Abuse

"Recovery can work, but you have to want, each day I wake up and I want it more than going back. Today again, I choose recovery.”

 

Phil 

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Sobriety

"So, here I am, days shy of my one year soberversary, to tell you that it is possible. And life is so much better on the other side."

 

Alissa

Relapse

"I can stop drinking. I know, I’ve done it many times. But to live a sober life, to really live instead of merely existing, I will need to change fundamental aspects of my persona."

David

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Parenting

"I thought about my beautiful children and the pain I caused them as a result of my drinking ... ..... how could I have done this to them? "

Janis 

Relationships and Family

"I didn’t want to work, I didn’t care about my wife or kids—I just wanted to smoke that drug. I destroyed my family and I wanted to commit suicide."

 

C.W.

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Smoking Cessation

“I thought smoking was cool until I wanted to start a family."

 

Laura

Suicide Ideation

"Had I checked out that day I would have sold myself short. I have had so many wonderful things happen in recovery that I would have missed."

 

Stephen

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Lending a Helping Hand

Helping others in Active
Addiction

"I have had amazing opportunities to work in the addiction and recovery field. I have made amazing professional and personal relationships. I have healed the relationships that needed my attention and love."

 

Kristin 

Returning back to School 

"I am amazed to even be able to say that I have goals again today, that is something that this disease can never take away from me again!"

 

Anthony

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Veterans and Recovery

"I was never told that it would be easy, but I have been told many times that there is a solution and it is a simple solution."

 

Rick

Illnesses and Mental Health Related Addiction

"For now I just want everyone to know that it can be done and that includes bettering your self-esteem. .... It feels amazing to accomplish something you didn’t think you could."

 

Ginny

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