New Recovery Carrier Series
Today begins the first 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 Lisa Frederiksen, author of BreakingTheCycles.com.
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 you’re a recovery carrier?
I do consider myself a recovery carrier. In my view, a “recovery carrier” is someone who is sharing with those in their sphere of influence information, expert opinions, current research, stories of hope and/or engaging in advocacy efforts related to the many aspects of addiction recovery. This advances the fact that addiction recovery is real; it happens to real people and it happens all the time.
Not only that, but the information, research, expert opinions, advocacy efforts all help others understand the complexities of the disease of addiction, which in turn reinforces the fact that there is no one, nor right way to do recovery – many paths will get you there, and it’s in our sharing that we help others find one (or ones) that will work for them.
(To read the rest of Lisa’s interview, including her answers to questions about her work, challenges facing recovery carriers, how the New Recovery Advocacy Movement compares to other movements in American history and where she sees the addiction recovery field in 10 years, click Lisa Frederiksen 1-14).
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