Recovery Works: Encouraging All of Us

By: Marilyn L. Davis


“Sometimes, people don’t need our monies and our treasures. All they need is our encouragements to give them hope.” Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders’ Frontpage: Leadership Insights from 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Thoughts

Someone Cared for and Encouraged Me


30 years ago, five caring people staged an intervention on me. My choices were,  go to treatment, or lose my job. I chose treatment.

One of the first things someone said to me when I entered treatment was, “If I can do this, so can you.” I didn’t know if that was correct, but I heard their sincerity.

Taking away all of my pills and alcohol, I felt vulnerable, scared, and defenseless. I couldn’t believe in myself, but I could take their encouragement and try to do things differently.

Those same compassionate people handed me a book that others had written to show me how to recover.  It’s dog-eared, needs rebinding, and is highlighted on every page. But it’s still true, and helps keep me focused and encouraged.

Encouraging You Today


I’d like to be one of those people who tell you, “If I can do this, so can you.”  Here’s some simple ways to “do it.”

  1. Believe that recovery works.
  2. Use your resources
  3. Find supportive people
  4. Take advantage of meetings where you can follow the philosophy and flourish in a new life. 
  5. Help others; share the solutions that worked for you. 


Facebook is a Recovery Resource


There are so many good online recovery support rooms where I find friendships, support, encouragement, and answers. Yes, even after thirty years, those are still important to me. 

Here’s a simple link for various recovery sites on Facebook – see which speak to you, follow them, interact with people on the sites, and see if your recovery doesn’t improve.

Here are a few I interact with on a regular basis:


…And Google Says


Want 65,700,000 resources for an addiction blog? Then click here. 


Want Recovery Delivered to your Mailbox?


If you’re not familiar with Keys to Recovery Newspaper, I’d encourage you to check it out. I love getting mine each month.


Other Addictions


Catherine Townsend Leon  and Arnie Wexler are valuable resources for gambling addiction.


Christian Perspectives


Whitney McKendree Moore is a recovering Al-Anon who writes, Recovery in the Bible for Women . But Whitney’s messages are for all of us, not just spouses or children of the alcoholic or addict.


What’s a Family to Do? 


Families need answers, too. The Addict’s Mom supplies them. 

Silent Epidemic is a valuable resource, too. 


Recommended Recovery Authors



…Amazon Says


The top selling books on addiction at Amazon are found here. 


Know the National Resources, Too



Add to the Resources!


This is just the short list.

What resources do you recommend?

If you will, put the resource in a comment, and I’ll update the post!


Writing, and recovery heals the heart 


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