Meet Recovery Carrier Kim Manlove

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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 Kim for Bethparticular 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).

Photo courtesy of quicksandala

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10 Comments

  1. Well, Hi, Beth!

    Thanks for presenting the interview. The concept of “recovery carrier” is so strong. Who better to make recovery “infectious” to others? It’s a perfect way to approach substance use/compulsive behavior recovery – and, if you think about it, same applies to emotional/mental situations like depression, mania, and anxiety. Said person holds the potential to make a huge impact on the lives of others. You know, when I began my recovery (alcohol) 30 years ago I swore I’d be open and available for those in the same jam. And the same went for my anxiety disorder. Cool thing is, that personal philosophy led me to go back to school and get my counseling license. Thanks for your hard and important work, Beth. From another William White…

    Bill

    • Beth says:

      Hello, Mr. William White #2! Finally, an optimal use for the word “infectious.” Bill, you’re so right-on! If each of us could become comfortable and accepting of our various “conditions” and discard any associated shame, think how the world would change. Golly, I think we are on to something here! Transparency–that’s what I want for my life. As Popeye used to say, “I yam what I yam!”

  2. Kyczy says:

    I, too, am a woman in recovery and had the same challenges that Kim faces. I love the idea of being a “recovery carrier”. From a contagious smile, to the calm and compassion that one can transmit to friends as well as strangers – I am going be a carrier today!

    • Beth says:

      Hi Kyczy! Let’s all be recovery carriers today! And while we’re at it, let’s take today by storm and show all those “regular” people that recovery rocks!!

    • Beth says:

      Most excellent! Welcome to the realm of recovery carriers, Ms. Kyczy! Go girl!

  3. Herby Bell says:

    Beth,

    Another stand up human who just seems to have that, “It’s none of my business. I’m DOING this.” His declaration, “I believe that those of us who are able to speak out have an obligation to do so”, just rings so true for me. I look back on my own wreckage sometimes with the attendant compassion that I never knew what hit me and kept hitting me. To be able to hear from studs like Kim who say the wreckage can stop NOW, out of the closet, up front and personal, NOW is rock ‘n roll to my soul. He’s saving lives, marriages, families and the dignity of humanity. Thank you, Kim and Beth and carry ON.

    • Beth says:

      Herby, if you spent any time at all with Kim you would know the just how true your words are. He is an incredible asset to the addiction recovery movement in Indiana and the nation. Best of all, though, he is the epitome of “anytime, anywhere, just call me.” Actually, best of all, he’s a good friend. So glad you got to know Kim a bit here.

  4. Carolyn King says:

    WOW – You all are just awesome. I am a person in short term recovery from poly use. The movement going on right now is to good to be true. Thank you so much

    • Beth says:

      Hi Carolyn, we all had a starting point, the point where we literally or figuratively (or both!) threw our hands in the air and screamed, “I can’t take this anymore!”

      Short-term, long-term, those words don’t matter. What matters is choosing to actively participate in your own recovery and, if you’re able, take part in the bigger movement.

      You’re awesome too, you know! I hope you’ll check back here from time to time. Also, if you want to dig a little deeper into the recovery movement, check out ManyFaces1Voice.org and on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ManyFacesOneVoice.

    • Beth says:

      Hey Carolyn King . . . if you’re in recovery today, I consider that long-term! One day, one year, 100 years, we’re all in this together!

      Thanks a whole bunch for stopping by and joining our little conversation.

      Best to you!

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