Everyone needs help. Celebrities, CEO's, First Responders: Everyone. There is no shame in asking for help.
Recovery is hard, but remember, you're not alone. In this resource page, we've included some videos, quotes, and more motivational tools to aid you in your road to recovery. Everyone has troubles in life, but what distinguishes Courageous Ones from others is that they put in the work to be better and to get out of their addiction. Guess what? You are that Courageous One and you now have the tools to get out. All you need to do is ask.
In some of the quotes and other parts of this page, you may see some items in purple. These are links that can take you to that person's story or to other resources if you would like to read more about them. Please be aware most of these links link to pages outside of courageoustransformations.com
"Job one is get out of that cave. A lot of people do get out but don't change. So the thing is to get out and recognize the significance of that aggressive denial of your fate, come through the crucible forged into a stronger metal."
"Maybe a stronger person wouldn't have needed to go. When you hear the word rehab, you think, 'He's a mess, he's [a failure].' But I'm glad I did it. I've made a [a lot] of wrong decisions in my life, but I know I've made some right ones as well."
“My recovery from drug addiction is the single greatest accomplishment of my life… but it takes work — hard, painful work — but the help is there, in every town and career, drug/drink freed members of society, from every single walk and talk of life to help and guide.”
“I knew I had to change my life. But addiction is a [...] tricky thing. I think I relapsed within… three weeks? And within a month it had ramped right back to where it was before. That’s what really freaked me out. That’s when I knew: I either get help, or I am going to die. As a father, I want to be here for things. I don’t want to miss anything else.“
“I got sober in 1991. So it’s almost 24 years later. And that changed my life forever and everything good that I have is a result of that.”
“Remember that just because you hit [rock] bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there.”
"It's just all practical. There are no holes in the program. It's so, so simple. I come in, I ask for help. I’m willing. The person doesn’t tell me what to do, they tell me what they did. You do what they ask you to do and (stuff) happens. Your life gets better. Your life changes."
”If it wasn’t for that rehab center, I probably wouldn’t have been here. In terms of recovery, it has been very important for me to be a part of a recovery community, to actively be around my people because they understand me. They get it.”
How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir by Cat Marnell
From the New York Times bestselling author and former beauty editor Cat Marnell, a “vivid, maddening, heartbreaking, very funny, chaotic” (The New York Times) memoir of prescription drug addiction and self-sabotage, set in the glamorous world of fashion magazines and downtown nightclubs.
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola
A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, BLACKOUT is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure--the sober life she never wanted. Shining a light into her blackouts, she discovers the person she buried, as well as the confidence, intimacy, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle.
Girl Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir by Lisa Smith
Girl Walks Out of a Bar is a candid portrait of alcoholism through the lens of gritty New York realism. Beneath the façade of success lies the reality of addiction.
Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: A Memoir by Bill Clegg
Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent, a supportive partner, trusting colleagues, and loving friends when he walked away from his world and embarked on a two-month crack binge. He had been released from rehab nine months earlier, and his relapse would cost him his home, his money, his career, and very nearly his life.
From Addiction to Recovery—Russell Brand is known for his irreverent humor, and his history with substance abuse problems. In this film, he shares his own experience with addiction and draws insights from a wide range of people, from substance users to leading experts in the science of addiction. Brand attempts to take a sympathetic look at substance use, and how it should be treated.
Michael Keaton stars as a real estate agent who seeks treatment in an effort to avoid some of the consequences of his substance use. There, he is guided by a counselor who helps him realize that treatment is exactly what he needs.
This documentary explores how social stigma about addiction has kept people in recovery silent and anonymous, and how that needs to change. It features many real-life stories of people in recovery, including public figures such as former NBA basketball player Chris Herren and actress Kristen Johnston.
The main character has a good career, but is forced to enter rehab after a series of alcohol related incidents. Sandra Bullock plays a character by the name of Gwen who refuses to put any real effort into the rehab program. She finds herself becoming entangled in the lives of the other clients and starts to notice uncomfortable similarities. In the end circumstances force Gwen to take an honest look at her life. She acknowledges that she has made a mess of things, and that alcohol was a part of the problem. 28 Days is a realistic depiction of how people can find a new direction in life when they become willing to face the truth.