Personal Stories

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.

  1. Tales from the Trenches: An Expert Speaks

    Larry Reprinted from "Concurrent Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2 (1), pp. 23-24 The journey has been a difficult one. I have been suffering from mental illness most of my adult life — it started as a teenager. I was hospitalized for ...

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  2. Post-Traumatic Stress and Substance Use

    Sally Gose Reprinted from "Women" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2 (4), pp. 23-24 “If you say to me that I cannot come to a group [about sexual abuse] until I am clean and sober, then you are telling me that I do not deserve to heal.” These are ...

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