People constantly asked me, “So what’s your clean date?” I almost felt like I didn’t belong or that I was an imposter, because ultimately I didn’t have a clean date.
When I called the treatment facility about getting a bed for detox, I knew I would have to figure out how being trans was going to work in a facility that divides people’s housing and their care into units based on gender.
At that moment, I became keenly aware of my privilege as a white woman in recovery. Now, I endeavor to use my privilege to support these communities—and we all have opportunities to offer support by using our privilege.
As time went on, I began to realize the weight that the diagnosis carried... But that stigma and those perceived traits are not who we are. I want you to know that we have the right to advocate for better treatment, for fair treatment.
With 26 years of recovery behind him, peer specialist Dave reflects on his challenging journey and offers wisdom he's found along the way.
Our expectations for linear change can be unrealistic and deprive us of the rewards we deserve for our efforts. So how can we solve this?
Substance use disorders impact both the physical and the relational aspects of oneself, so it’s not surprising that sexual obstacles are common as people begin recovery.
When I entered recovery, I really dove into the study of mindfulness. I was looking for answers to help calm my overactive mind and bring some—any—sense of peace and serenity to my chaotic life.
As we usher in 2021, members of the WEconnect team share some of their hard-earned wisdom from 2020. Wishing you a heartfelt Happy New Year!