Written by Stephanie Crawford

When I first started on this little project over a year ago, it was with the sole purpose of giving our Next Step participants another avenue to connect with each other, as well as other alcoholic women in long-term recovery, and to give hope.

During the past year, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing over 60 recovered women. Their stories differ in details, but the experiences remain the same. These were all women who once felt completely hopeless, who can now enjoy a life of freedom. These are women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind & body.

Interviewing these women is always a highlight of my week. Each time I leave feeling inspired and take away something new that can be utilized for my own recovery or to help someone else.

Recovery is more than just staying sober. It’s a way of life: a design for living. Just like our drinking affects those around us, so does our recovery.

A much more important demonstration of our principles, lies before us in our respective homes, occupations, & affairs.

– Page 19, Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

Now that this “little project” has grown to become the Recovered podcast, what I hope the listeners gain from this series is to know that there is life on the other side and alcoholism can be a gift. However, just like everything else worthwhile in life, the path to get there isn’t necessarily going to be easy.

Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for it’s successful consummation.

– Page 25, Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

Take Dawn W., who was once nick-named “Desire Chip Dawn” because of her many attempts at trying to get sober. Dawn finally found recovery during her third stay at The Magdalen House 17 years ago. Dawn, who was once in and out of indigent treatment and “shopping” in the clothes closet at Maggie’s because she showed up with nothing, is now living a life that is inspiring and helpful to others. She is now a mother, a wife, a daughter, friend, & home-owner. More importantly than her externals, Dawn tells us about the internal transformation that has taken place as a result of her recovery. She talks with a transparency and self-awareness which we are lucky enough to gain through the process to a spiritual awakening. The humility she demonstrates when sharing her own struggles & shortcomings, gives women the courage they need to show up as their authentic selves.

I hope this series inspires others to seek recovery, whether it’s a woman who is trying to get sober, a woman who has sobriety but is not recovered, or a woman who is recovered and wants to continue this road to happy destiny.

This is what we offer when we talk about being recovered. Don’t settle on just staying sober- you will be cheating yourself out of something special.

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