Sharing Stories of Change

Glennon Doyle & Dax Shepard

Addiction and Substance Use Disorder is non-discriminatory conditions. It exists both in the upper echelons of society and among humanity’s least fortunate. Addiction wrecks the lives of people of all colors, ages, nationalities, religions, careers to the point where it no longer matters the details of their life. Whether they’re rich, poor, have a big house or no car, have kids and family, or live all alone… those whose lives are ruled by addiction are focused on one thing: getting that next fix and hoping to fade into numbness before reality can sour their mood. Everything else is just background noise.

Whether you’re financially well off or crashing on a friend’s couch, know that you are not alone in your fight for sobriety. 

Hearing Stories of Change

Many well-known people have also shared their personal stories of change, using the platform afforded to them by their fame to normalize the recovery process and inspire others in their journey. The real emotion behind their stories of life change hits the soul in a way that a work of fiction never could. During some of the darkest hours of recovery, hearing the stories of others and finding yourself in their words could literally change the course of your life for the better.

Addiction and Recovery of Glennon Doyle

Well-known author and activist Glennon Doyle Melton has been fearless in sharing her very personal life stories about addiction, love, and sexuality with the world. Through writing and speaking about her 2020 memoir, “Untamed,” to continue the conversation started in her 2016 memoir, “Love Warrior”, she has spent considerable amounts of time healing through telling her experiences and allowing herself to grow and expand past previous versions of herself. 

In “Love Warrior,” Glennon shares her incredibly personal walkthrough addiction; first, her own, and then her husband’s. As a recovering bulimic and alcoholic who found sobriety for marriage and motherhood to learn three kids later that her husband is wrestling his own addictions is not a challenge anyone can be prepared for. Her candid and authentic storytelling can help you find a shred of hope, even in the darkest times.

While the overall narrative of Glennon’s relationships becomes the driving force of her stories, her depictions of addiction are equally poignant. She compares the feelings of early sobriety to recovering from frostbite, where emotions that you slowly become more aware of after years of numbing begin to surface.  An important theme that shows up in her work is about how becoming sober, becoming “real”, is hard and painful. Undoubtedly, the love that she finds in “Untamed” for herself and others reminds us that it’s worth it. 

The Public Relapse of Dax Shepard

Dax Shepard is an actor, comedian, writer, director, and podcast host. After 16 years sober, he relapsed by misusing prescribed painkillers after a motorcycle accident in 2012, and turned to illegally sourcing painkillers after a more recent motorcycle accident in 2020.

He initially became sober in 2004 after struggling with an alcohol and cocaine addiction and making many early attempts at sobriety. Although he and his wife carefully managed his pain prescription, the lure of the painkillers became enough that he eventually sought them out illegally and began lying to his loved ones and concealing his withdrawal symptoms. Eight years later he finally came out to his family and loved ones and began working on healing once again.

As a public figure in the recovery community, Shepard was idealized by many, although even despite his relapse—publicly shared on his podcast—his story remains just as important to those living with addiction. Dax’s story of relapse in long-term recovery isn’t one told often. Knowing that even a person of his status and length of sobriety can have a slip up can ease the minds of those struggling through early recovery.

Shepard shares in an episode of his podcast about the disconnect he feels between how he “should” feel in his life, and yet the crippling feeling inside that convinces him he’s broken, “I have every single thing I’ve ever wanted, and I’m at my lowest point emotionally and something has got to be very broken about that. If I have everything I said was going to make me feel good and I feel terrible, I’ve got to look at some other thing.” 

The courage that Dax has displayed in coming forward and choosing honesty even when it’s hard is an inspiration to us all.

Recovery at The Haven at Pismo

Many well-known film personalities, artists, athletes, and other famous activists have been telling their stories of addiction and recovery. Whether you’re a fan of their work or not, the stories behind the public facade are heart-touching and inspiring. Hearing and sharing stories within your support team offers ways to connect on levels with others in recovery in remarkable ways. Find your safe space to listen and share at The Haven. Contact our team of caring professionals today if you or someone you know is struggling with addiction.

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