Today we commemorate International Recovery Day, a day on which we celebrate that Recovery is Possible. As phrased by our International President, Amy Ronshausen, during our Recovery Webinar on September 29th, “Recovery is a journey of resilience, strength, and transformation. It is a testament to the human spirit’s capacity to overcome adversity, heal, and thrive.” The pathway of recovery is a personal story, however, not an individual one. With the correct support systems surrounding them, such as family, community, health care providers, etc., a person embarking on their recovery journey can be empowered. It is a shared effort to ensure that the CHIME can flourish in societal structures, activities, and processes, including Connectedness, Hope and optimism, Identity, Meaning, and Empowerment. Together, we can provide positive social support, driving the belief that change is possible and generating hope to manage change.
During the month of recovery, we have celebrated recovery by sharing testimonials of our members – to whom we are incredibly grateful. By their courage to share their unique, inspiring, and empowering stories, they showcase that the road to recovery is unique but possible. They have experienced hardships but also a lot of gratitude. By highlighting their stories, we want to show that recovery should not be stigmatised. It should be approached holistically and together. Read all the stories below: