Thursday, March 10, 2011

Why I Write About Recovery

*** Submitted by Corinne, who is a regular contributor to Crying Out Now

I’ve been writing about my sobriety for nearly as long as I’ve been sober.

I write about the pain, the struggle, the freedom, the beauty, the ups and downs and in betweens of being a recovering alcoholic.. All on my blog. Openly, for anyone to see.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive. But I don’t do it for the response.

I don’t put my emotions and feelings and my life out there for others to read to get something from someone else.

I don’t write about the hard parts for sympathy.

I don’t write about the good parts for congratulations.

I write and put it out there for me, yes. To record my memories and thoughts, to say my truth out loud {in a matter of speaking...}

And I do it to give others a little bit of hope. And empathy. Knowing you’re not alone is powerful. And if we don’t speak our truths, we can’t know if we’re alone or not. We can’t give ourselves the opportunity to be understood and to be around like minded people, who are going through similar struggles. We don’t give ourselves a chance to be heard. And really, sometimes that’s all we need. Not to be patted on the back with sugar coated judgments, or given insincere comments masked with smiley faces.

I write my truths because they need to be heard.


  1. I am glad you are writing your truths, speaking out, advocating, expressing, working through, giving hope, perspective, and inspiration to those that read. That is why I write about depression and recovery from abuse, too. Thank you for using your voice here!

  2. beautiful as always corinne. you are such an inspiring example of the 12th step, and the wonderful life recovery offers :) much love

  3. Our stories need to be witnessed. Thanks for sharing yours so beautifully.

  4. You write for yourself, and that shines through in your writing! That's what makes visiting your blog such a magical experience--it has truth in it. Honesty. Vulnerability. Keep writing, and I'll keep reading! =)

  5. This is beautiful and you are amazing...and that is the truth.

  6. Like you said, knowing you're not alone is powerful. Most of my drinking had been done at home, alone. So by the end I had really isolated myself from friends and family.

    Reading these stories here, attending AA meetings ... it gives me so much hope for the future.

    Thanks for your share!