Faces of Recovery

Addiction Recovery – there is a great deal of confusion, stigma, shame and discrimination surrounding addiction, addiction treatment and addiction recovery. Very briefly – please find the following explanations:

  • Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease.
  • Addiction is a developmental disease that starts with substance abuse, which is what chemically and structurally changes the brain. These brain changes make a person more vulnerable to their risk factors. The five key risk factors are: genetics, social environment, childhood trauma, early use and mental illness. Several of these also change the brain’s circuitry (mental illness, childhood trauma and genetics, as examples).
  • Addiction treatment requires doing whatever it takes to heal the brain, the first step for which is abstinence from all use of one’s substance. This initial phase is often called rehab.
  • Addiction recovery is the ongoing work a person does to maintain a healthy brain – very similar to what people do to maintain their health after the initial acute care for other kinds of diseases, such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease, to name a few.
  • Those who have the disease of addiction (whether to illegal or prescription drugs or alcohol) and are in recovery live healthy, productive, engaged lives – the same kinds of lives as people who do not have this disease. They live the same kinds of lives as people who have had or are managing the diseases of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, as examples.

MEET the PEOPLE BEHIND the
FACES of ADDICTION RECOVERY

All the words and definitions and explanations in the world are not as powerful as the people themselves. To that end, we are grateful to the people living in recovery who have decided to share their experiences so that we all may put a Face to Recovery.  It’s real, it happens to real people, and it happens all the time.

Faces of Recovery

Regina Eversole in recovery 17 years.

 

 

 

 

 

Regina Eversole, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares her recovery story here…

 

 

 

 

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Trevor McDonald – in recovery since 2015.

 

Trevor McDonald, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares his story of recovery here…

 

 

 

 

Todd McCollough - Running a Marathon and Sharing His Story of Recovery

Todd McCollough – in recovery since 2007

 

 

 

Todd McCoullough, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares his story of recovery here…

 

 

 

William Miko - Today's Face of Recovery - pictured here receiving this Bachelor's degree diploma.

William Miko – in recovery since April 2010

 

 

 

William Miko, at one time dependent on opioids, shares his story of recovery here…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Vergara - 12 years recovery from alcohol and other drugs.

Andrew Vergara – 12 years recovery from alcohol and other drugs.

 

Andy Vergara, at one time dependent on alcohol and other drugs, shares his recovery story here…

 

 

 

 

Sean O. c

Sean O. – in recovery since March 8, 2008!

 

 

Sean O., at one time dependent on alcohol, cocaine and heroin, shares his recovery story here…

 

 

 

Chris Karl - in recovery from alcohol since Sept. 2015 and

Chris Karl – in recovery from alcohol since Sept. 2015 and benzodiazepine since 2011.

 

Chris, at one time dependent on alcohol and benzodiazepine, shares his recovery story here…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today's Face of Addiction Recovery - Sandi - shares her story...

Sandi – in recovery from meth addiction since 2001!

 

 

Sandi, at one time dependent on meth, shares her recovery story here…

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Anders – in recovery from alcohol addiction since 2004!

Jim Anders – in recovery from alcohol addiction since 2004!

 

 

 

Jim Anders, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares his recovery story here…

 

 

 

Michael King joins BreakingTheCycles.com's Faces of Recovery

Michael King – in recovery from alcohol addiction since 2013!

 

 

Michael King, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares his recovery story here…

 

 

 

 

Martin Preston, Founder of Port of Call, has been in recovery from cocaine and alcohol addiction since 2004!

Martin Preston – in recovery from alcohol and cocaine addiction since 2004!

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Preston, at one time dependent on alcohol and cocaine, shares his recovery story here… 

 

Nancy L Carr - Face of Addiction Recovery

Nancy L. Carr – in recovery from cocaine and alcohol addiction since 2004!

 

 

Nancy L. Carr, at one time dependent on cocaine and alcohol, shares her recovery story here…

 

 

 

 

Cayla Clark - Today's Face of Addiction Recovery

Cayla Clark – in recovery from alcohol addiction since 2013!

 

 

Cayla Clark, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares her recovery story here…

 

 

 

Stephanie Brenner - in recovery since 2007!

Stephanie Brenner – in recovery from Heroin addiction since 2007!

 

 

 

Stephanie Brenner, at one time dependent on heroin, shares her recovery story here…

 

 

Thank you Jake Parent for sharing your story of addiction and recovery!

Jake Parent – in recovery from alcoholism since 2006!

 

 

Jake Parent, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares his recovery story here…

 

 

 

 

Lisa McNamara - in recovery from alcoholism since 2011!

Lisa McNamara – in recovery from alcoholism since 2011!

 

 

 

Lisa McNamara, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares her recovery story here… 

 

 

Charles Johnston - in recovery since January 2013!

Charles Johnston – in recovery since January 2013!

 

 

Charles Johnston, at one time dependent on heroin, shares his recovery story here… 

 

 

 

Ryan Miller - 4 years recovery!

Ryan Miller – 4 years recovery!

 

Ryan Miller, at one time using “alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, benzos, painkillers, etc.,” shares his recovery story here…

 

 

 

Marc Andrade - Today's Face of Recovery - Sobriety date: November 14, 1987. Congratulations Marc, and thank you for sharing your recovery story!

Marc Andrade – 27 years recovery!

 

 

Marc Andrade, at one time dependent on meth, shares his recovery story here…

 

 

 

Paul Meidus - Today's Face of Recovery - Sobriety date: September 29, 2003. Congratulations Paul and thank you for sharing your story of recovery!

Paul C. Meidus – 11 years recovery!

 

 

 

Paul C. Meidus, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares his story here…

 

 

 

sober from alcohol and other drugs since February 1, 2012 and I have been sober from heroin for over 5 years.

Dustin John – 2 years recovery from alcohol and other drugs & 5 years recovery from heroin!

 

 

Dustin John, at one time dependent on heroin and other drugs, shares his story here…

 

 

 

 

Susanne Johnson - sober since 2010 - shares her story - how her addiction started, what she did to treat it and what she's doing for her longterm recovery. Thank you Suzanne!

Susanne Johnson – 4 years recovery!

 

 

Susanne Johanson – at one time dependent on alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and Xanax – shares her story here…

 

 

 

 

Lisa Hann - in Recovery since 2010!

Lisa Hann – 4 years of recovery!

 

 

Lisa M. Hann – at one time dependent on benzodiazepines – shares her story here…

 

 

 

 

29 Years of sobriety and four years before that of Alanon and OA as well - 33 years of recovery!

Diane Cameron Pascone – 33 years of recovery!

 

 

Diane Cameron Pascone – at one time dependent on alcohol – shares her story here…

 

 

 

Lucy Rocca - Stopped Drinking in 2011!

Lucy Rocca – Stopped Drinking in 2011!

 

 

Lucy Rocca – choosing not to drink since 2011 – shares her story here…

 

 

 

Michael Herbert in recovery since 1989!

Michael Herbert – In recovery since 1989

 

 

Michael Herbert at one time dependent on “crack, cigarettes, alcohol, and weed and in that order,” shares his story here…

 

 

 

Maggie Ellwood - in recovery since 1998, describes what it once was like, "Despite being successful enough in college and grad school to enjoy an excellent 16-year career with a Fortune 500 company, marrying a kind, stable man and having two beautiful kids, booze gradually took over my life." Thanks so much for being today's Face of Recovery!

Maggie Ellwood – In recovery since 1998.

 

 

Maggie Ellwood at one time dependent on alcohol, shares her story here…

 

 

 

Charlie Buckley In recovery since September 30, 2013

Charlie Buckley
In recovery since September 30, 2013

 

 

 

Charlie Buckley at one time dependent on alcohol, shares his story here

 

 

 

Patrick Meninga in recovery since January 1, 2001. "To be honest I did not even know that it was New Year's day, I was so screwed up from drugs and alcohol...," he said. Thanks so much for being today's Face of Recovery!

Patrick Meninga
In Recovery Since January 1, 2001

 

 

Patrick Meninga, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares his story here…

 

 

 

 

David Brown - 31 years!

David Brown – 31 years!

 

 

David Brown, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares his story here…

 

 

 

Stephanie Baldwin in recovery for 3 years. Thanks so much for being today's Face of Recovery and sharing your story!

Stephanie Baldwin – 3 years!

 

 

 

Stephanie Baldwin, at one time dependent on prescription pain pills, shares her story here…

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Taber - in recovery since 2010!

Peter Taber – 3 years!

 

 

Peter Taber, at one time dependent on meth, shares his story here…

 

 

 

Jamie Lee Beals - 4 years!

Jamie Lee Beals – 4 years!

 

Jamie Lee Beals, at one time dependent on meth, shares her story here…

 

 

 

 

Steven Martin - 9 years!

Steven Martin – 9 years!

 

Steven Martin, at one time dependent on meth and consuming “massive quantities” of alcohol, acid, heroin and coke, shares his story here …

 

 

 

TinaLevene - in recovery for 15 years and today's Face of Recovery! Thank you, Tina, for sharing your story.

Tina Levene – 15 years!

 

 

Tina Levene, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares her story here…

 

 

 

Gavin DeFreese - 19 years!

Gavin DeFreese – 19 years!

 

 

Gavin DeFreese, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares his story here…

 

 

 

Sarah-Pink Welch, Ph.D. - 41 years!

Sarah-Pink Welch, Ph.D. – 41 years!

 

 

 

Sarah-Pink Welch, Ph.D., at one time dependent on alcohol and heroin, shares her story here… 

 

 

Mick Hirst - 9 Months!

Mick Hirst – 9 Months!

 

 

Mick Hirst, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares his story here… 

 

 

 

ChristopherHarrison, Ph.D

Christopher Harrison, Ph.D. – 12 years!

 

Christopher Harrison, Ph.D., at one time dependent on alcohol, shares his story here… 

 

 

 

 

Faces of Recovery

Mike Arnold – 15 years total!

 

Mike Arnold, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares his story here… 

 

 

 

 

Faces of Recovery

Ellie Schoenberger – 5 years!

 

Ellie Schoenberger, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares her story here…

 

 

 

 

Faces of Recovery

Gary Topley – 4 Years!

 

Gary Topley, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares his story here… 

 

 

 

 

Faces of Recovery

Corey Avey – 4 Years!

 

 

Corey Avey, at one time dependent on alcohol and drugs, shares his story here…

 

 

 

Faces of Recovery

Caroll Fowler – 29 Years !

 

 

Caroll Fowler, at one time dependent on alcohol and drugs, shares her story here…

 

 

 

Faces of Recovery

Herby Bell – 18 Years!

 

Herby Bell, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares his story here… 

 

 

 

 

Faces of Recovery

Kyczy Hawk –  27 Years i!

 

 

 

Kyczy Hawk, at one time dependent on alcohol and drugs, shares her story here… 

 

 

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Carolyn Hughes –  14 Years !

 

 

Carolyn Hughes, at one time dependent on alcohol, shares her story here…