Telling Your Story

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When I first got sober, I couldn’t have a basic conversation with people. If you said “hi” to me or even looked in my direction, I would crawl out of my skin. I was incapable of making connections. I was the person who made everyone else in the room uneasy just because I was in it.

My anxiety was so bad I couldn’t sit still, and at times, I felt like I couldn’t breathe. But I didn’t let this stop me. I started placing myself in situations that made me uncomfortable. I remember the very first time I told my story. It was at Mountainside. I was so nervous that I was shaking. I don’t think I spoke for more than 10 minutes. I was so upset with myself. I thought that I had done a terrible job but when I sat down something happened, people started raising their hands and sharing based on things that I said. I couldn’t believe it. I had finally started to find my voice.

For so long, I was afraid to speak my truth. I worried about how people would perceive me or how they would react. I hated hurting people’s feelings, and I did not want anyone to dislike me. This kept me trapped within myself. Walking through the fear and being vulnerable enough to allow people to get a glimpse of the real me was a freeing feeling.

Because I am living my truth and just being who I am, today I can get up in front of a room of a 100 people and not feel like I am going to pass out. With the support and guidance of those around me, I learned how to just be me. Being authentic takes practice. It is not something that happens overnight. So, the next time you find yourself wanting to walk away from something that brings the feeling of fear, rise to the challenge. #GoBeyond and remember that the only way out is through.

If you want to learn more about how to share your story or become an advocate for the recovery movement, join me on March 10th in Wilton for an interactive workshop.

Share Your #GoBeyond Story

We want you to share your story and help us inspire others to #GoBeyond in their lives.

It’s simple, use your smartphone, tablet, or camera and record yourself answering the following questions:

– What does #GoBeyond mean to you?
– What are you doing or what have you done to #GoBeyond in your life?

Alumni Mexico Trip

Have you signed up for the Mexico alumni trip yet? Don’t miss out on this incredibly opportunity to embark on an unforgettable, fun-filled adventure of spiritual enlightenment.

Contact Jessica Dolan for more information.

March Milestones

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Mountainside Launches Parents' Support Group

At Mountainside, we know that addiction is a family disease. Having a strong support system is key to the recovery process, which is why we have created our first ever Parents’ Support Group. Overseen by our experienced Family Wellness and Alumni teams, this group will offer parents of those struggling with addiction and those in recovery with the support they need to embark on their own recovery journeys.

It is an opportunity to meet others who have similar experiences, a place to share accomplishments, setbacks, and messages of hope, and a chance to gain valuable insight from our Family Wellness clinicians, our Family Wellness liaison, and our Alumni Manager, who is also in recovery.

The first Parents’ Support Group will meet Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 PM at Mountainside Wilton (372 Danbury Rd.). To learn more, please email Tina Muller, Family Wellness Manager.


If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, Mountainside can help.
Click here or call (888) 833-4676 to speak with one of our addiction treatment experts.