Let’s Change the Conversation, Let’s Talk, and Let’s Understand
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Let’s Change the Conversation, Let’s Talk, and Let’s Understand



I’ve worked in the behavioral health field for over 10 years.  I’ve attended multiple trainings on addiction and mental illness and have also conducted several presentations on those chronic illnesses. I wasn’t prepared for how stigma affected me when my daughter Brittany had an opiate addiction.  For a period of time, that ugly word prevented me from talking to family and friends and it also prevented her from getting help.

That was then and this is now. As the eloquent Dr. Maya Angelou once stated, “Do the best you can until you know better, then when you know better, do better.”  Let’s change the conversation, let’s talk and let’s understand.

Watching the strength and courage in her five year recovery has been life changing for me.  She’s worked hard and recovery has changed her life and mine. It inspired me to write a poem.

Recovery is Beautiful, let me tell you why!

I see fierceness, determination and love in my beautiful daughter’s eyes.

I stand back and watch as her love of self continues to rise!

I see her telling her story in an empowering way.

Strengthening others and her with what she has to say.

I see her giving to others and more importantly giving to herself.

Celebrating and being proud of this new life of wealth.

Continue changing lives my beautiful daughter know and see.

That Recovery is Beautiful because you are beautiful to me.


– Denise L. Martin