Letter from the Editor: Spring 2015


Spring is sprung, the grass has riz. Now I know where the interesting people is! Poet Ogden Nash loved putting new endings on this familiar, silly poem, and so do I. Recovery personifies the spring season – as seemingly hopeless lives are renewed in strength and beauty.

In this issue, we sample the stories of just a handful of the many, many beautiful people in recovery around the country.

Janet A. Hopkins (Editor) with sister Nancy.
Janet A. Hopkins (Editor) with sister Nancy.

I hope you enjoy the inspirational accounts of life in recovery’s trenches – from Richard Buckman’s look behind the scenes of Faces & Voices of Recovery’s recent painful reorganization, to John Shinholser’s story in “We Ran Out of Couches,” an inspiring account of a man on a mission. These are people just like you and me.

Our cover story, “Snap! Crackle! Pop! Michael Dadashi Sizzles,” chronicles a personal genesis, a rise from the ashes of heroin addiction to the CEO of one of Fortune 500’s fastest growing private companies. But that’s only part of the story – what truly shines is Michael’s passion for giving back what was freely given to him. That passion echoes throughout each of the inspirational essays included in this issue.

If you’d like to submit your story, please take a look at our “Call for Stories” info. I’d love to hear from you.


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Robert Hunt is a recovering addict of seven years. He has devoted his life to helping others with chemical addictions as well as mental health challenges. Robert maintains many blogs on drug addiction, eating disorders and depression. He is a sober coach and wellness advocate and a prominent figure in the recovery community.


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