Our Journey of Achievement
Anyone who has confronted the challenges of recovery and earned a record of maintenance level success has championed the Hero’s Journey well. This is something of great and unique value that represents an opportunity to inspire hope in others and for building trustworthy relationships.
On the other hand there is still a fair degree of stigma both felt and directed towards those in recovery from substance use and mental health issues, so the decision to share about this is not a trivial issue. That is why learning which parts to share and how they might be received is an important part of the process.
Opportunities to relate do seem to come up frequently in today’s world but only specific parts of our own journey are likely to be appropriate for sharing. Since our main objective is to help others to move toward the goal of their own recovery, it is not just about ‘coming out’. We really want to project a positive self-image about recovery.
The main focus on your sharing should be to help others with their own personal:
- Resiliency Self Advocacy
The biggest mistake we make when we share is to focus too much on ourselves. Try to keep in mind that it is really about them. If you tell a horror story, or dwell on negatives, etc., you are likely to send the wrong message. Being overzealous about sharing right away can be a draw-back too. Try to let the other person guide the conversation and attune how much you share to what questions they are asking. As the trust around the relationship grows, people will ask for more personal information.