People Are Sharing Their Inspiring Recovery Stories, And We’re Tearing Up

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Someone on r/AskReddit posed the question,

Therapists and psychiatrists of Reddit, what is the best/most uplifting recovery journey you’ve witnessed?

The answers were too wholesome not to share. It's never too early or too late to make a change!

  • 1

    It's Always Okay To Cry

    From Redditor u/parolepatrol:

    I work in community corrections as a case manager and facilitate substance [and] CBT groups. I generally assist parolees and probationers in getting their lives on track.
    Story time! In 2017 I got my hardest client who had been [dependent on substances] since 16 and lived a hard life in and out of state custody. He came to me after 3 years in prison. We had a hard time communicating and he came off as very aggressive and had little to no self control. But, I took a shine to him for some reason. Most other staff hated him. I kept telling him I believed in him and praising him over ever tiny success. One day he got a job and I told him I was proud of him, and he cried. This huge tattooed man broke down in the day room with 50 other men and cried. We sat in my office and he said nobody had ever been proud of him before. Skip to 6 months ago, he stopped by the corrections center and introduced me to his wife who is pregnant with their first child. I was crying. He looked so happy and healthy. He’s a success story and what keeps me coming to work and trying.

  • 2

    From Selective Mutism To Slaying As A Mom

    From Redditor u/remote_peach:

    I am not a psychiatrist or a therapist and I have not been in a recovery journey. However, there was this girl on my class at high school who must have had some kind of [dark past], because she almost never spoke. And when she did, it was almost like a whisper. She must have felt really anxious around people because she would always secretly escape during school day trips to go home.

    My friend and I took her with us (we were a bit of outcasts already), but she could not communicate well, even when we asked her questions about her hobbies etc. Talking made her really uncomfortable. So we just let her hang around, and she did follow us for all high school. Many years later I saw her by chance on the street and she talked to me with a normal voice tone! We had a whole conversation. And she was fashionable, and had a husband who adores her. Later she got pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl. She is the biggest transformation I've ever seen and I'm so happy for her.

  • 3

    One Hug Can Mean So Much

    From Redditor u/Mariospario:

    Was working with a young boy who had experienced horrific [things] the first few years of his life. He was understandably angry all the time but you could tell he didn't understand why. Often times I felt like I wasn't getting anywhere with him. One day when it was time for him to leave, he hesitated between me and the person picking him up. We looked at each other like "what's happening?" and he suddenly ran right at me and gave my legs the biggest hug. He then let go, smiled at me, and walked out like he felt okay for the first time.

    I don't know why, but that moment sticks out to me and probably always will.

  • 4

    A Complete 180

    From Redditor u/PM_Me_Impressive_Pix:

    One that stands out most was a woman who had used [substances and] alcohol... for all of her adult life. She was homeless, had never really held a job, and had multiple legal problems due to her [med] use. At 50-something, she had decided to get clean and did so for several months, until her child [passed]. She had a brief relapse, but got clean again. In 4 years, she sorted out her legal issues, reconnected with her family, left her [harmful] partner, obtained her own housing, volunteered regularly, and completed a 4 year degree.

    I can’t imagine having gone from a complete street lifestyle, enduring the worst tragedy one can imagine newly sober, and then entering and excelling in academia.