Personal stories highlight the experiences of people just like you. You’ll find stories from people who experience mental health or substance use problems, people who support a loved one, and people who work in mental health or substance use fields. They share their own experiences and perspectives, and describe their personal journeys to understanding, health and well-being.
Personal stories highlight hope and well-being, not treatment advice. Check out the Self-Help Resources section of this site for info sheet and workbooks, and talk to your doctor or health care provider to discuss treatment options that might be a good fit for you.
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A sister's perspective on recovery from addiction From Grief to Action member Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Vsions Journal, 2004, 2(2), p. 26 I adore my younger brother. He means the world to me. There isn't anything I wouldn ...read more
Turning her back from drugs Jane Woolfe My grasp has always exceeded my reach. I chastised myself bitterly when I 'dropped the balls.' Drugs softened the pain. Three years ago in the spring of 2003, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Initial ...read more
Kristine Sinclair Reprinted from "Aboriginal People" issue of Visions Journal, 2008, 5 (1), pp. 19-20 A smart girl, but... Growing up, I was always one of the good kids. Top student, perfect attendance, math awards, honour roll. I graduated earl ...read more
August* Reprinted from "Workplace: Transitions" issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 11 (3), pp. 17-19 I will start by saying that I had a very happy childhood. I grew up next to a park, was very active in sports, and had a large circle of friends—ma ...read more