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 Public Role Models for All of Us
We’re Private Role Models Every Day
- They’re scared or discouraged
- Going through a rough patch
- Just need to know someone cares
- Have similar issues that we’ve solved
Anonymous Can’t Model
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.
We Modeled Addiction Didn’t We?
My actions made me a role model for addiction.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. Shouldn't I be a role model for recovery? Click To Tweet
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.”
What Will You Do Today to Model Recovery?
If you look around, you’ll find opportunities to model recovery. Here are a few ways to do that.
- Will you to do something today that reduces stigma?
- Where can you model your actions that show that people in recovery are honest and upstanding?
- Are there people who you need to make amends to that will know that recovery changes people for the better?
- Have you modeled recovery for your family?
- Can your children learn the hard lessons the easy way from you?