At Transformation is Real, I'm making a point to not only share stories of personal change from an addiction-recovery perspective, but also pass on other viewpoints from writers who do not necessarily come from a recovery background.
It's a risk for me to do this, because not everyone from an addiction-recovery point of reference will necessarily be interested in the other, and vice-versa.
Still, I keep doing it. Here's why:
I firmly believe that each of us has a story to tell about transformation and resilience, and no matter the reference point, we can find connections with each other. Also, it's my life mission to crush the stigma associated with addiction—the only way that can happen is to communicate with a larger audience.
So, I keep taking the risk to share the stories . . . to both "sides."
The resource you'll find at the link below (Detox Local) is really flippin' cool. It's a "periodic table" of the different chemicals out there that people abuse—like I had. (Although, I have to admit that a few of these I didn't even know the names of, much less realize they existed!)