I did an interview this week for Recovery Rocks. That’s a project of Veronica Valli, author of “Why you Drink and How to Stop: Journey to Freedom.” Ms. Valli’s Recovery Rocks seeks to strike back at the stigma of addiction and alcoholism. I participated with some trepidation. My own kids don’t know the gory details of my addiction, and then there’s my day job. Yet, I remind myself: If the Mayor of Boston can be a recovering addict, why do I have to work so hard to hide?
Well, employment discrimination against recovering addicts and those with a criminal record is rampant. I mean rampant! Believe me, I know from personal experience. But I do feel that it’s important for me to be a part of the effort to show those who still suffer that they can recover, and to be a part of the process of letting the public know that “We do Recover.” If people only hear about the deaths, disease and failures, the concept of anonymity may be hurting, not helping people find recovery. Of course, “coming out” is a personal choice, partly made for me when very old problems began popping up on Google. I didn’t ask to be a recovery cheerleader, but I do accept and embrace the path that’s before me. Here’s the interview: