Recovery in behavioral health is not always well understood. Serious mental illness and substance use disorders have a deep and lasting impact on the people it touches. For many, it is the defining experience of their lives. It would be unbearable to think that these experiences are without meaning. Every story of recovery is profoundly important – to the people who have lived it and all humanity. 


The concept of “being in” recovery is best illustrated through personal stories. Storytelling is one of the oldest art forms practiced by humans. Stories entertain and teach. They reflect on experience and create community. Stories about recovery also have the power to heal. The following are stories of people who understand and are living the experience of behavioral health recovery. These are people who live with or have family members with a serious behavioral health condition. They know the struggles, challenges, joys, and successes of the recovery journey.


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Recovery Stories

Tyrone


Tyrone endured tremendous abuse and neglect throughout his childhood. As he got older, he started to hear voices and was later diagnosed with depression and PTSD. When he had suicidal thoughts last year, he was referred to the Mobile Community Intervention Response Team (MCIRT) team, who supported and encouraged him through difficult times.

Tyrone is a shining example of why we should celebrate recovery. His advice for people in recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or mental health - "Be selfish. Take the time you need. Find a hobby you love, be your true self, and know there is always hope. Your life is important and you matter."

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Michael

Graduate of the Drug Addiction Reduction Team (DART) program

"Quite a journey. Feels like a life time ago. It was a life time ago that I was living that other life in addiction. I hated every second of it. Living with regret. Living with guilt. I couldn’t do it anymore. I thought I could stop on my own but couldn’t. So, in a way I was blessed that the law intervened. This program has taught me so much. The fact that there is this compassionate side of the law to help people out, good people like me, like all of you who just need a chance.


A line I would to leave you all with that stuck with me was throughout my recovery is “You’re only as sober as your secrets”. And I was tired of just lying, hiding and living my life like that. I had to just come out and be honest with myself and be honest to everybody else and they’re there to help you."

"Lauren"


Pierce County Superior Court, along with community treatment agencies, currently run four Therapeutic Courts that provide treatment to individuals with substance use disorders and mental health issues. Here is what one of their graduates, Lauren, had to say about the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) program:


"Assisted outpatient therapy was the foundation for my success in home ownership. The staff are very attentive and TACID is a remarkable experience that should be utilized by anyone with a disability."

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Hear from more graduates of the Drug Addiction Reduction Team (DART) program:


"If you don’t feel you don’t heal." - David


"I would not have been able to fight for my job if you guys were not all in my corner. I mean that form the bottom of my heart. The accountability, I needed that. I was embarrassed when I came in and felt like I was not an equal anymore because I had lost my job, which was my identity. The respect that you guys gave me made me feel like I wasn’t a low life. It picked me up. Everybody always gave me positive words. Anybody is lucky to be in this program because you don’t just get 2 years, and this is off your record. You get a whole lot more. You get a sense of being you get the sense of I am going to do this, and I have the support. I want to thank each and every one of you because you are the real reason why I was able to fight and get where I am today." - Heather

Hear from more graduates of the Drug Addiction Reduction Team (DART) program:


"Quite a journey. Feels like a life time ago that I was living that other life in addiction. I hated every second of it. Living with regret. Living with guilt. I couldn’t do it anymore. I thought I could stop on my own but couldn’t. So in a way, I was blessed that the law intervened. This program has taught me so much. The fact that there is this compassionate side of the law to help people out, good people like me, like all of you who just need a chance. A line I would to leave you all with that stuck with me was throughout my recovery is “You’re only as sober as your secrets."  And I was tired of just lying, hiding and living my life like that. You know I had to just come out and be honest with myself and be honest to everybody else and they’re there to help you." - Mitchell

Hear from more graduates of the Drug Addiction Reduction Team (DART) program:


"I want to start out with saying thank you. It has been a long journey and it would not have been possible without the help of very special people. When I first started this program, I was so scared and sick. I had wanted help in the past, but was too afraid to ask for it and lucky for me you guys found me and were determined to help me. I remember thinking that the staff really cares and want to help me. And never treated me like a criminal or a second-rate person. I couldn’t have done it without everybody in this courtroom. From the Judges, to the prosecutors, to my counselors." - Terry

Hear from more graduates of the Drug Addiction Reduction Team (DART) program:


"DART gave me support. I was always encouraged to keep on keeping on in this program by counselors, Judge Ross, my defense attorney and all of the other participants in this program by just listening to them. I have my children back with me and I have gained full custody of them all. I have not only maintained my position at my job, but I have been promoted. I have kept my house and I have 2 running vehicles. I have received all this because I gave this program the respect it deserves. I broke the law and the law gave me DART." - Rachael

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