Personal Stories

Read stories from individuals who have struggled with drugs and alcohol and get an honest look at the effects of addiction.

Dear Addiction, my love,

Saying goodbye is hard to do, even when you know you have to. Mountainside alum, Sanam M. is sharing a powerful letter he wrote to his old love – his addiction.

One Day at a Time

How are we supposed to live in the day when we live in a world built around scheduling, making sure we have enough money for bills, and are constantly asked by recruiters and dating prospects about our 5-Year Plan?

Leandro Carvalho: From Celebrity Fitness Guru to Recovery Advocate

Leandro Carvalho was the go-to celebrity trainer until he became addicted to meth. Now, he's sharing his story of recovery and how he hopes to encourage others to seek the help they need.

The Day My Fear Turned to Wonder

Long before Kendall Svanda joined Mountainside, she was consumed by fear of the unknow. Learn how sobriety helped her embrace her inquisitive nature.

11 Lessons I Learned in 11 Years of Sobriety

In 2008, Jessica made the decision to change her life. Now, with 11 years of sobriety under her belt, she is sharing lessons that she has learned along the way.

Tips for Moms in Recovery, From a Mom in Recovery

Tracy was stuck in an unhealthy marriage, trying to balance all the demands of motherhood, when she found relief in xanax and alcohol. Now, she is 15 years sober and hoping that her story will inspire other moms to reach out for help.

My name is Craig, and I am a gay man in recovery.

Addiction is challenging for everyone, but members of the LGBTQ community face considerable barriers to treatment. Learn how to identify LGBTQ-friendly rehabs.

Jason Arsenault: Life After Addiction

I never imaged that treatment would have such a tremendous impact on me, and I definitely didn’t think that I would be back at Mountainside as a Recovery Coach.

Addiction & Recovery: Real Talk on Managing Relationships Without Relapsing

Navigating personal relationships can be difficult for people in recovery, especially those in early recovery.  In this short video, Jessica Dolan shares how she spends time with family and friends who may not be in recovery and how she has fun without risking relapse.

BIGVISION, Big Sober Fun

BIGVISION is an organization that shows young people how to flourish in their recovery. Read more about its mission and how it is changing lives.

Your Well-Being: Moments of Truth

In my role as Mountainside’s Executive Director, I am often asked about my perception of recovery and what I believe to be important for maintaining a life of recovery, happiness, and well-being.

The Keys to Long-Term Recovery

The quality of a person's recovery experience is more meaningful than the length of time one spends in sobriety. Here are insights to enrich your recovery journey.