By: Marilyn L. Davis
“I believe in recovery, and as a role model, I have the responsibility to let young people know that you can make a mistake and come back from it.” ― Ann Richards
A Role Models for All of Us
When We Work With Others – What Do We Model?
- They’re scared or discouraged
- Going through a rough patch
- Just need to know someone cares
- Have similar issues that we’ve solved
But it’s more than being compassionate to those we know from meetings. It’s when we are willing to let others know we are in recovery. Going public can seem scary, but I gave my first newspaper interview in 1990 when I opened the recovery home.
As my mother said, “Well, no one had to read between the lines to know you are an addict and alcoholic, Marilyn.” She wasn’t critical. She went on to tell me that she was proud of what I was doing with my life. She hoped that more people would understand and value people in recovery when I went public. Her perceptions of alcoholics and addicts changed as well. They were no longer ‘just people under the bridge’, but her daughter.
Show Them Who We Are
I know how public I was in my addiction and I frankly didn’t give a good damn who saw me, who I hurt, or who looked down upon me. My actions made me a role model for addiction. Slightly modifying that attitude has helped me be alright publicly with stating, “I am a recovering addict and an alcoholic, and I hope I model those behaviors, too.”