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September is National Recovery Month (Updated Sept. 2, 2019)

Mom and John, 1980

The word recovery can be taken literally and figuratively.

Recovery is the result of finding something you’ve lost, like salvaging relics from a sunken ship, or taking things back you’d thought were tossed away.

In my case, the recovery process began in 1986 at the age of 26. I took my last drink in January of that year, on the 12th, to be exact. Once I began to understand the concept, recovery became a spiritual goal: to regain what I’d once feared was lost. I was deeply saddened to realize I’d lost something of such significance, ME! Or, at least, a part of me that I was afraid was too far gone to ever resurface. Recovery gave me a new determination to get reacquainted with the young woman God created me to be, and to be patient as the person I’d neglected–Sarah–had time to grow. Forgiveness of myself and others took time, and became an integral part of the growth process.

Since I’m writing a lot about recovery these days, it’s timely to see the government agency known as SAMHSA or Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, designating September as the month for us all to become more aware of the impact recovery can have. I’m here to testify.

My brother John, with whom I had a twin-like closeness growing up, did not live long enough to experience his recovery. Instead, the authorities recovered his body, floating in a river, after he’d been missing for two weeks. John drowned when he was 23, after a long history of drug abuse.

I devoted my memoir, “As a Result” to John and to all those we’ve lost too soon. My book was released and launched right around this time last year.

Too many of our young people are dying from the effects of substance abuse. I’m one of the miracles who has survived and been made whole, and I’m so, so grateful to be alive in my 34th year of sobriety. In addition to recovering from alcoholism and it’s effects, I’ve experienced recovery from different types of grief (each loss has required its own time to heal.) Plus, a real bonus: my restored marriage. My husband and I were in REAL trouble at year 8, and now, by the GRACE of God, we are together in our 42nd year. I regularly, intentionally renew my sense of hope and zest for a life of sobriety, even while having to face life’s difficulties. Those early years, without any mind-altering substance in my system, I learned to “live life on life’s terms.”

There are many more roads to recovery today than ever before. I highlight my own on this website.

Browse around the Blog features; make yourself at home.

Buy a copy of my memoir, “As a Result.” Read some reviews on amazon by clicking the link below.

“As a Result” is climbing the charts in the Kindle edition in 12 Step Recovery. Also available in print form. 

And if you want signed copies, I’m glad and honored to provide them for you.

We (YOU and I) are not ever in the struggle alone.

Feel free to contact me here, leave a comment, and how your recovery has benefited you and those you love.

Thanks for your support! And I look forward to your feedback.

18 Comments

  1. Jen Bischof on September 1, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Proud of you mom!!!! Love the website!

    • Sarah Blizzard Robinson on September 1, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks, Jen Marie!

  2. Christy Evans on September 1, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    I can’t wait to read your memoir. Love you!

    • Sarah Blizzard Robinson on September 1, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks, Christy!

  3. Kathy Schnell on September 1, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Your website looks great, dear friend! What a beautiful compilation of what matters to you most.

    • Sarah Robinson on September 1, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks dear friend! We have shared so much these past years together, and your encouragement has helped spur me on! Keep those prayers coming! See you soon.

  4. Sarah Tuttle Thorn on September 2, 2018 at 11:35 am

    What an amazing gift God has given you!! And all of your hard work to bring it to light, to show a path. Thank you for your dedication and strength to help others, each and every day Sarah! You are a beautiful person, inside and out!

    • Sarah Blizzard Robinson on September 2, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      I sure have learned some life lessons, and I thank you for your kind words of encouragement!

  5. Annette on September 2, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Your testimony and the gut wrenching truthful yet graceful way you share is going to keep changing lives. Your grace and strength from the Lord shine!

    • Sarah Blizzard Robinson on September 2, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      That is my hope. Thank you!

  6. Sharon Fowler on September 3, 2018 at 2:17 am

    I am looking forward to reading your book. Best of wishes for your success.

    • Sarah Blizzard Robinson on September 3, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Thank you, Sharon!

  7. Cole // Cole Smith Writes on September 3, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Never thought of the significance of the term “recovery”. Powerful!!

    • Sarah Robinson on September 3, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Have you seen the Netflix film, “Recovery Boys”? The trailer is on my website under Outreach, and it’s local, exceptionally well done, and an important documentary. Thanks for all you’ve done to help me, Nicole, and for visiting!

  8. Marie Manilla on September 3, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you, Sarah, for your bravery. I didn’t know about your brother or your own struggle.

    • Sarah Robinson on September 3, 2018 at 10:59 pm

      When my writings (poems at first, then essays, creative nonfiction) began to reflect all my brother and I had been through, Mary Lucille kept telling me, “that’s going in your memoir someday.” I’d smile, shake my head, and cast it off. But year after year, when her comments were unchanging, I decided to compile all my stories, and to give it my all. I hope you’ll want to read and share my story, a cautionary tale, but a hopeful one. I’ve admired your work from the first time I heard you share. Thanks for visiting. Come back again soon!

  9. Christy Lewelling on September 22, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    You are so gifted, Sarah. You are using your gift to minister to others about God’s amazing grace. We are here to be disciples and you sure are one! I’m so proud of you!

    • Sarah Robinson on September 23, 2018 at 10:40 am

      Thank you so much. Coming from you, a strong leader in your own right, I appreciate your words of encouragement. I covet your prayers during this exciting new phase of being available to others through my writing, which testifies to the impact recovery has had. May countless others find the same freedom!

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