Storytelling has long been a way to find triumph in the midst of struggle, to find common ground between
people and communities, and to gain new perspectives on our experiences. Storytelling is about connection, empowerment, and healing. Stories are also the foundation of 12 step fellowship for recovery from substance use disorder. South Shore Peer Recovery has worked with two local storytellers to pilot a recovery storytelling workshop – with a most positive response! These small group workshops help people in recovery take those stories out into the world, to find connection and common ground with others outside of the fellowship.
By combining positive recovery messaging with traditional personal storytelling like “The Moth,” we can create an opportunity for the larger community to hear the stories of people who have been affected by substance use disorder, and for the community to better understand the struggles associated with it, thereby reducing stigma.
Storytelling also brings the hope of recovery to an audience who may otherwise never hear that recovery is possible! Even for participants who aren’t ready to share their stories with the world – the process of working
on your story can be personally impactful.
After a pilot run this Fall, South Shore Peer Recovery is pleased to offer additional skill-building workshops in the new year! The January program is a three session, two hour (per session) storytelling workshop series. Participants will learn to tell their stories of recovery using the skills of a storyteller. The workshop will concentrate on taking the participant’s personal memories and helping to shape them into meaningful stories that will connect and appeal to a wide audience. The workshop is open to anyone who has been personally impacted by addiction.
All ages and communities! An 100% optional performance opportunity will be planned for later in the winter!
Facilitator ,Meghann Perry , pictured above, is a regular volunteer with South Shore Peer Recovery. She is a certified recovery and family coach who offers hope and help for those struggling with substance use disorder.