At Operation Clean Recovery, it is our mission to sort the imposters from the real. The sad reality is that there are ‘band wagon’ people among us. These are the people that are grateful for the cause until they become bigger than the cause itself. Receiving attention from an audience is not always easy to deal with as the size of the audience grows. In the beginning of recovery, it easy to be strong in purpose and intention, but as we have seen, those in this position often lose sight of why they started. The purpose gets lost, one’s own recovery gets lost, and a cause easily then becomes about numbers, ‘likes,’ and applause.
We have made it a personal mission of ours to start bringing those organizations that actually stand for the true cause and that are doing great things for, and in this community, to the forefront. It is an absolute necessity to put rumors to rest. Rumors are negative behaviors. Rumors survive as long as they are fed and maintained. Negative behaviors exist when recovery is not put first. True recovery seems to have fallen short on so many. The result of this is that it is becoming prevalent in the recovery community.
The online recovery community is a way for all of us that share a purpose to support each other and our dreams. It is important to make a stand against addiction and to take a stand against those doing wrong. This monster is destroying too many lives. Ignorance should no longer be a normality. Awareness about drugs and addiction is a must and education is key. Those of us living lives in recovery and sobriety need to spend our time giving back – to inspire change. Healing is possible. Recovery is real. It takes more than just words and a good ‘show’ to define true recovery. Recovery takes time and those not having a year or more of time working on their own, should not be extending help to others.
Those of us that do have long term experience in recovery and sobriety have an obligation to share our stories. It is (and should be) our mission to show others that every story is different. Good values and morals are necessary as well. While our stories are not always easy to tell and not every question is easily answered, we know from our own experiences what it means to feel lost and afraid and full of the shame that stigma creates for the addict and addiction.
By building a real foundation for support, we can give others a place to feel comfortable in their own recovery or to move into their own recovery. We can give friends and family members the information they may not have. This a code we honor. Remember to do all you can by researching and asking questions to make sure yourself or your loved ones are being placed or connected with people and treatment facilities that provide the necessary care.
In order for this community to continue to help those in it – those just beginning, those wanting to get out of active addiction, and those who have joined to better support loved ones – true intention has to exist and true integrity will always be seen. Those seeking mentors should be able to find them. None of us should allow for any one person to fall short of his or her own ability to maintain a chosen path for recovery.
We don’t all have the right answers, we don’t all agree on the same paths. Abstinence is good for some, and not for others. Harm reduction is better for some, and worse for others. Medically assisted treatment may not work for all, but it works for some. The point is that respect needs to be shown for anyone that wants recovery and decides to move away from active addiction. That’s our goal, right?
Change takes work. Survival takes persistence. None of us should expect to be given whatever it is we want. Not every campaign is worth a GoFundMe. There’s not a single person in this community that should expect the rest in the community to financially support him or her. Living our lives in active addiction we expected those around us to give us money, to feed us, to put a roof over our heads – you get the point. However, that’s not what our lives are about in recovery.
If you or anyone you know have been negatively affected or preyed upon by anyone in this community, please let us know! We will give those causing harm the limelight by exposing them for who they are and for the wrong they have done. We are here for you!
Please do not hesitate to contact us! We are a combined effort and we will help you.
Jamie Waller, Founder/Technical Director
Kristi Lynn, Co-Founder/Operations Director/Lead Editor/Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist, OMHSA
Amanda Espana, Co-Founder/Director of Communications/Owner of Manders’ Renegades