Yesterday was five years of sobriety for me. Other than celebrations with friends, I thought creating this video was a proper commemoration of this milestone in my recovery. Thank you to all of you who have affected my sobriety in one way or another- every lesson and experience has led me to where I am today and I wouldn’t have my life (or myself) any other way.
Content warning for heavy subject matter, drug mentions, and some profanity.
Update: Wow, less than 24 hours later and my blog has had over 1,000 views from all over the country since posting this, 801 being for this video. To give a frame of reference, my blog normally gets about 200 views daily.
I knew this was an important issue affecting many people’s lives but I have gotten so many shares and messages about this video/topic. I am tremendously humbled and grateful for everyone’s support and contact. Whatever facet of mental illness has touched your life, please keep this conversation going. Silence fuels stigma and shame; dialogue is the first step changing our approach to mental health as a society. Thank you all so much for watching!