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The power of a recovery story

Stories possess an almost magical power when shared in community. They heal, encourage, and inspire. Most importantly, everyone has a story that can make a difference.

Rosecrance Jackson makes storytelling an integral part of the treatment process from the first contact, whether through the access team or in detox. Starting on the recovery journey through the 12 Steps, clients take honest looks at their lives and use reflection as a life-changing springboard. As new chapters are written, clients are then encouraged to share their successes and missteps with others as a means of strengthening those in recovery.

“Storytelling is a key part of recovery groups,” said Brenda Iliff, Rosecrance Jackson Vice President of Clinical Services. “It always has been.  The healing that comes from storytelling down through the ages is amazing.  If you think about it, it’s the way we connect, thru stories.  Part of the ongoing journey for people in recovery is to share their experience, strength and hope.” 

“We never know how or when we might impact others’ lives, and sharing our story provides that opportunity,” said Rosecrance Director of Chaplaincy Christopher Druce Jones. “It is a way for others to see and know there is a hope for a better life.”

Rosecrance Jackson develops a safe, supportive community by encouraging clients to recount stories in a variety of settings. Clients work through their journeys in individual counseling sessions and peer group opportunities. For those in residential care, occasional guest speakers are brought in to talk about life at various points of sobriety and provide hope. Twelve Step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous provide opportunities to hear and be heard. 

“Storytelling provides healing and hope for both the person telling the story and the person hearing it.  It says to people ‘You matter. I’m interested in you.’ That in itself is part of the healing,” said Iliff.  

Rosecrance Jackson helps those in recovery find inspiration and gain confidence from being truly seen and heard through the power of story. They are encouraged to be beacons of light at work, on social media, and with those around them. This openness breaks down barriers and removes stigma often associated with addiction.
Anyone who wants to start the recovery journey is encouraged to contact Rosecrance Jackson at any time. Caring Access counselors can be reached at (800)-472-9018.

“When we say ‘life’s waiting,’ we mean it,” Iliff said. “When you give people a platform to share, they can be proud of the changes they have made, and that spreads gratitude and joy.”