Storytellers from Side Effects series SOBER: Stories of Recovery and Hope joined WFYI's No Limits program to discuss the importance of sharing their experiences to help others in the recovery community.

Listen to the full conversation on WFYI, and read the stories on Side Effects.

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First responders like firefighter Brandon Dreiman face barriers when it comes to getting treatment for mental health and addiction. "I was too macho, I was too tough. I don't need that stuff."

He coped with traumatic experiences through drinking. Then, a random work drug screening changed his life.

This story was produced by Matt Pelsor. On Monday, Dec. 17, at 9 p.m. tune into WFYI for an hour-long special on these stories.

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Kelsey Phillips, who has been in recovery since 2013, now works with women who are just entering recovery. Women who, like her, had children born addicted to heroin, and who have limited access to treatment.

"I work with these people, day in and day out, and in that I have found so much of my own serenity. I learn every day from my patients as much as my patients, I hope, learn from me."

This story was produced by Matt Pelsor. On Monday, Dec. 17, at 9 p.m. tune into WFYI for an hour-long special on these stories.

Stories Of Recovery And Hope: Nathan Boyer

Dec 13, 2018
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People in addiction recovery will sometimes talk about a "moment of clarity" that led to their sobriety. For 48-year-old Nathan Boyer, who has been sober a little over four years, that moment came after he fell off a ladder and his wife checked him into rehab. "The way I looked at it, my problem was unique. No one could possibly understand, let alone help. But, as it turns out, I was wrong. There are an awful lot of people who understand exactly what I was going through." 

32 Churches, No Methadone Clinic: Trying To Heal In A 'Treatment Desert'

Aug 14, 2017
Brian Rinker / Kaiser Health News

Heather Menzel squirmed in her seat, unable to sleep on the Greyhound bus as it rolled through the early morning darkness toward Bakersfield, in California’s Central Valley. She’d been trapped in transit for three miserable days, stewing in a horrific sickness only a heroin addict can understand. Again, and again, she stumbled down the aisle to the bathroom to vomit.

Two summers ago, we met a woman who went by the name Teacup.

"I'm an active heroin user," she told us. "Thirty-three years as a matter of fact."

University of Indianapolis

At a small studio theater on the campus of the University of Indianapolis in June, it was standing room only for a performance of the original play, “Altered”,  an adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Lesli Butler played the role of Arachne, an expert weaver whose pride in her art had offended the goddess Athena.

“Without weaving I would not have found my identity, my life’s work,” recited Butler, “and to find one’s self in an art form is perfection.”

The Manlove family, Christmas, 2001.
Kim Manlove

Kim Manlove had been drinking since his teenage years. Two of his uncles were alcoholics. He overdid it at times, but for the most part he thought his habit was under control. He had a stable life, with a job in academia, a family and a house in the Indianapolis suburbs. But  when Kim’s 16 year-old son David lost his life to alcohol and drug addiction, it drove Kim into pattern of heavy drinking and prescription drug abuse.

Grief over David's death pushed him deeper into his disease but ultimately was the key to his recovery and would change the way he lived his life.

Share Your Recovery Story With Side Effects

Dec 18, 2015
Portland Prevention via Wikimedia Commons

In 2015, Side Effects’ first year, one public health issue has surfaced over and over again - America’s opioid addiction crisis. From users in rural Indiana finding out they’re HIV positive to babies born into withdrawal in West Virginia to the life-saving drug naloxone climbing in price, we’ve seen a lot of sad stories this year. But we’ve also seen signs of hope. As the year winds down we’re going to focus on recovery. And with so many Americans affected by this issue, we’re reaching out to our readers.