Stigma in Recovery
Society puts labels on someone like me.
The good person within, is not the person they see.
I’m at war with my brain whose functioning is not true
This is when I act out, an cause hurt others as well as you.
I don’t choose to be this way.
It’s my brain defect that is in play.
If I do get well, my family will heal.
But in the meantime, from them I steal.
If I get well, I will be shunned.
Regardless of whether a new life has begun.
We all deserve a chance to win
To not forgive is a mortal sin.
Forgiveness of self and ask the same from you.
It’s what a person in recovery must to do.
-Thomas Donovan, MA, LCMHC