Meet Recovery Carrier Kim Manlove
Today post is the second in a series of interviews with folks across the nation (and maybe the world!) who live and breathe a life of recovery. Please enjoy this chat with Kim Manlove, director of the Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition (IAIC) recoveryindiana.org.
William White defines recovery carriers as “people, usually in recovery, who make recovery infectious to those around them by their openness about their recovery experiences, their quality of life and character, and the compassion they exhibit for those still suffering.” (www.williamwhitepapers.com, 2012)
When you hear the term “recovery carrier,” as it relates to addiction, what does that mean to you? Do you think of yourself as a recovery carrier?
For me it harkens back to my early days in 12 step fellowships when I first heard the phrase Carrying the Message. Obviously the expression at that time was primarily designed to carry the message of the particular fellowship I was attending. Yet almost from the beginning it held a broader connotation for me.
Like many today who suffer from the disease of addiction, I was a poly-substance abuser and found myself, in the beginning, forced to choose between fellowships. I was discouraged to talk about or name my other allegiances in some meetings and frequently chafed at this bit of admonition. That’s why in the first few years after entering treatment for addiction I began to introduce my myself in all my 12 step fellowship meetings by saying “my name is Kim and I am in recovery from addiction.”
So today, and for many years now, instead of my “carrying the message” of a particular 12 step fellowship, I carry the message of recovery and am a very proud carrier of recovery!
You work in the field (please give your title and where you work) but obviously do so much more for the cause. Can you describe your other activities and tell me why you do them?
I am Director of the Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition. IAIC is the only statewide recovery advocacy organization in Indiana with its primary mission to advocate for those in the substance disorder recovery community. We are engaged in a variety of recovery support activities as well as the establishment of a statewide recovery advocacy organization involved in training and educating people in recovery about the mental health/behavioral health care system, the process of policy and systems change, and advocacy for recovery.
(To read the rest of Kim’s interview, click Kim Manlove 3-14).
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