I love the title Official Recovery Advocate — that’s awesome.
Chuck Warren
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Yes, totally! So many things, I don’t know where to start! I guess I’ll just say first, sorry about the late reply. I don’t have regular internet, it’s a pay by month service, and my data ran out. And, unfortunately, my phone isn’t “smart” enough to get the medium app, so I can only reply to comments on my computer :( Sad panda.

The Official Recovery Advocate title came from Ryan Hampton from Facing Addiction, and Jesse from Faces and Voices of Recovery. I wrote Ryan a note and signed “unofficial recovery advocate” under my name, because right now I only blog, and comment on posts on Facebook. Jesse urged me to change it to “official”, so I did. Long story, but I’d like to do more in the future, other than just blog.

On the AA thing, don’t be sorry. A lot of people are members of AA and other 12-step fellowships, and that works for them. But not for everyone. And that’s okay. As long as you find what works for you, that’s awesome. And, I think you summed it up best here: “ I don’t need a pat on the back for getting through a day sober, that’s not what talking openly about. It’s a reassurance thing, it’s about the comfort in knowing you’re not alone in the game. It’s about someone else getting it right, and asking how they did it.” Exactly. It is completely about reassurance. Beautifully said.

On your co-worker, that’s awesome! I think it’s a rare thing to find someone who can be unfazed by this whole sobriety thing, and openly talk about it. A true gem right there.

So, I think that’s all for now. Talk to you soon :)

Mindy

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