These are the stories of real people in Massachusetts who share their journey into recovery and testify to the life-saving impact that the Helpline can have in connecting people with the treatment and resources they need.

Here at the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline, we are grateful for the personal relationships we have developed with Christian, Stella, Mari, and Dan, and for the work they do every day to support recovery.

  • Hope is Here: The Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline

    This video features people in recovery and illustrates how the Helpline serves as a bridge to recovery in all its different forms. It includes the story of Kathy, a Helpline Specialist for over a decade, who has been in recovery herself for over thirty years. A life-long community activist, filmmaker, mother and grandmother, she understands that there are as many ways to recover as there are people in recovery. The support and resources Kathy offers Helpline callers serve as a source of hope to many.
  • Stella’s Story

    Stella says she’s been sober “for over twenty years but only in recovery for the past ten,” noting that it takes time to figure out what you need to recover from. Now a community organizer and Helpline Champion, she visits local retailers and community venues to talk about the Helpline with those impacted by substance use. Her faith and others’ stories of recovery give her strength.
  • Christian’s Story

    Christian, a young man in recovery, has been expressing his creativity through poetry for many years. Currently active in the recovery community, he helped create the Collegiate Recovery Community at UMass Boston after a friend’s death from overdose. He performs his poetry and posts stories of other poets with a history of substance use disorder – all of which play a role in his own recovery.
  • Dan’s Story

    Dan began using substances at a young age and hid his disorder for years. Now in recovery and happily married with a beautiful son, he works as a recovery coach and promotes the Helpline to those in need. A firm believer in the power of hope, he says “selling hope is something I do daily.”
  • Mari’s Story

    Mari, a mother in recovery, works as a recovery coach and finds hope in her faith and family, particularly her two daughters. As she says, “without hope, there would be no Mari.” She talks about her “new normal” and how the Helpline has contributed so much to her recovery and to the recovery of those she supports.