Your Story Can Change Someone Else’s: Launch of “The Hope Share”
An estimated 85 million people in the U.S. have been affected by addiction. Each has a unique story, and for too long, too many have felt alone, hopeless and stigmatized by this disease.
That’s why The Partnership at Drugfree.org created The Hope Share. It invites those struggling with addiction, or affected by a friend or family member’s addiction, to share their story of hope and redemption.
The Hope Share aims to help break the stigma surrounding addiction and unite those who are affected, giving them a place to share stories and, in turn, share hope. The overall message is that your story can change someone else’s — that one person’s story of hope can give a struggling individual or family member the strength to persevere through hard times.
An ever-expanding mosaic of support, The Hope Share community is growing with new and respected partners like Faces & Voices of Recovery and In The Rooms, and it’s changing every day, featuring new video stories, autobiographies, narrative art and poetry.
The homepage includes some empty windows so visitors can feel encouraged to share their own perspective and help grow The Hope Share into a never-ending support resource. Here are some highlights:
“After 11 years of drug and alcohol use, I am celebrating my sixth month of freedom. It can be done. You don’t have to be a slave to substances. Take advantage of whatever help you can get. It will not be an easy journey, but… so worth it. Please don’t short yourself on the biggest gift you will ever have: your life.” – Christie
“Before I got clean, I could never pay a bill, own anything or do anything useful. Today, I pay bills, responsibly hold down two jobs – both in the substance abuse treatment field – I have more clothes than I can wear, I drive a new car that I pay for and I have wonderful friends and a loving family. Above all of these material possessions, I have gained a peaceful mind and spirit. This is your vision of hope: if this addict can get clean and stay clean, any addict can. Today, I have the power of choice.” – Carl
“I am not able to share a story of hope yet, but I am going to continue to read everyone’s stories of hope. Because one day, I am going to be able to share the same kind of story about my son.” – Chrissie
“Sobriety has given me so much. No matter what happens in life, I now know that I don’t have to pick up a drink to deal with it. I can head to a local meeting and find the love and support that will pull me through whatever life throws at me. And for that I am eternally grateful.” – (Anonymous)
We invite you to share this website with others, comment or “give love” to one or more of the hundreds of stories.