I am still feeling the positive energy that was generated during the rally on October 4th. It was a historical event and hopefully the first of many more to come. I am grateful that I was able to share the day with people that are dear to me and have traveled closely with me on my own personal journey in recovery. Caron was well represented with alumni, parents, friends and staff and it was great to be part of such a special group. The stage was full of men and women that had some type of connection to Caron, and that made me even more proud to be an alumnae of this world class organization.
The Unite to Face Addiction Rally was the beginning of publicly changing the conversation from problems to solutions for addiction disorders in this country. The common theme for the day from my perspective was “No secrets, no shame, no silence”. I am proud to be a person in long-term recovery and I am more hopeful than ever that we are well on our way to changing the stigma associated with this disease. When we tell our stories, we give the still sick and suffering hope, and a chance at a beautiful life in recovery.