Personal Stories of Recovery

Recovery is a non-linear process, and different for everyone. It is not a destination, but a new beginning; a journey which needs to be nurtured, and thrives when talked about with caring people who have walked a similar path.

Some thoughts from folks in recovery:

“You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.”

“Often it's the deepest pain which empowers you to grow into your highest self.”

“My recovery must come first so that everything I love in life does not have to come last.”

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“In 2014, I stumbled upon an organization that not only helped me shed my fear of disclosure, but also gave my family our long-awaited sigh of relief. I found NAMI. I had never experienced an organization that was public about their mission concerning mental health. NAMI gives individuals and families the opportunity to get support and education as well as a platform for advocating for themselves and others. Even though I was working on my issues, it was primarily done behind closed doors. NAMI blew that concept wide open.”

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Recovery thrives where there is support, and needs to be nurtured. That's why NAMI Connecticut feels that providing peer support is so important and why we continue to grow our peer support groups. NAMI Connecticut offers their NAMI Connection support groups for people in recovery from mental health challenges. These peer-led groups are led by trained support group facilitators with lived experience, who are in recovery. There are groups for the general public, as well as groups for young adults, as well as for Veterans. Information on when and where these groups meet can be found HERE.

Also, be sure to check out the NAMI (National) website - Personal-Stories for more engaging and inspiring stories of individual personal recovery.

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