Recovery Stories

Recovery Stories

Those who have experienced substance use disorder, either personally or with a family member or friend, are not somehow “different.”

They are just like you, your family, your circle of friends, your colleagues and your neighbors.

They have stories to share about their experiences and their recovery. And these are stories that are so incredibly important because they give a face and a voice to people who might otherwise be nothing more than numbers and statistics.

And by listening to their stories, we can better understand them and each other—and end addiction stigma here in Vermont.

Vermont stories of addiction and recovery

The disease that is substance use disorder and a mother's story.


The importance of talking openly about addiction and the hope that surrounds being open.


Treating people with addiction with an open heart.


The love that never goes away and the pain of loss.

Support Resources
VT Helplink logo
A statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services in Vermont. VT Helplink services are free and confidential. Our caring, trained Specialists will help you or your loved one take a step toward recovery. Services are also available to provide support to family members of people with addiction. · (802) 565-LINK

VT Recovery Network
A statewide non-profit that helps people who have experienced problems as a result of alcohol and other drugs to find, maintain, and enhance their recovery through peer supports, sober recreation, and educational opportunities. Vermont Recovery Network has 9 member centers and three affiliate centers in Vermont.

Recovery Vermont
A signature program of the Vermont Association of Mental Health and Addiction Recovery, Recovery Vermont has served as the center for all things recovery in Vermont, from establishing the nationally renowned statewide network of Recovery Centers, to creating one of the country’s first Recovery Coach Training and Certification programs, working with Vermont’s leadership community on establishing the Vermont Alliance for Recovery Residency for over 22 years.

Recovery Research Institute
A leading non-profit research institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, dedicated to the advancement of addiction treatment and recovery. Their website features the Addictionary® – a list and descriptions of words related to addiction and suggestions for stigma-free wording, as well as Fast Facts about recovery, and the Stages of Coping when a loved one has an addiction.