Long-term recovery doesn’t happen easily, but that doesn’t mean recovery isn’t possible with time.
Miranda McDermott had a difficult time maintaining recovery until something changed in August 2017.
“I did the things that were suggested to me,” recalls Miranda. “I actually went into sober living and attended 12 step meetings.” Her commitment to recovery allowed her to meet new people, visit new places, and experience new things in a healthy way, an “absolute mind change” as she puts it. Her newfound recovery allowed her to finally be serious about life.
Miranda describes where she is now as a “really good spot”.
“I have self-worth now which I’ve never felt at any point in my life,” she adds. Through her recovery journey, Miranda was able to regain her license, get a car, start college, and become a member of RecoveryCorps, an AmeriCorps direct service program whose members provide peer support to people considering or currently in recovery.
On a personal level, Miranda hopes her story of recovery can inspire those close to her actively facing addiction. “I give out my number as often as I can, and I try to show people that life doesn’t have to be this way. I show them where I came from and where I’m at now,” she explained.
“Recovery works, and I’m proof of it.”