I Am Her: She Recovers Out Loud Stories of hope & healing

When we’re ready, we recover out loud so that women who are struggling can find and join our movement.” – SHE RECOVERS® Intention & Guiding Principle

Your recovery story holds the power to smash stigma, break barriers to recovery, and save lives.

An estimated 41 million women are struggling with mental health, trauma, and substance use disorders. Using your voice to recover out loud can serve as a beacon of hope to those still suffering. It lets them know that they are not alone, and  it helps SHE RECOVERS reach the women who need us but have yet to find us.

Getting Started

Not sure where to begin?  Take the SHE RECOVERS Out Loud self-directed training to learn how to share your story in a way that is healing for both you and the women who are seeking a movement like ours.

Want to dive deeper into the art of recovery storytelling and learn how to transform your pain and passion into purpose? Register for our on-demand course here.

Ready to recover out loud?  Choose your method – what media format works for you? Video, spoken word, written statement, or creative art piece?

Choose your method

Video might be a fit for you if you feel comfortable recovering out loud on camera and want to reach more women.

Spoken word or song might resonate with you if you feel empowered to use your voice but aren’t keen about being on screen.

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A written statement might be best for you if prose is more your style or if you wish to remain anonymous.

Visual art may call to you if creative expression comes naturally to you or if you wish to remain anonymous.

Follow the steps and prompts below to create an impactful story of hope, healing, and endless possibilities in recovery.

Craft your message

Just as there is no singular path to recovery, there is no one right way to tell your recovery story. All we ask is that you include the following statement in your submission:

 

To the women who need us but have yet to find us…
If you are her; welcome home.
If you love her; let her know we do too.
If you know her; consider donating to our cause so she can find and join our movement.

 

Need a little spark of inspiration to get the words flowing? Consider the following:

  • What are you recovering from?
  • What does being in recovery mean to you?
  • What resources or support helped you to find recovery and thrive?
  • What connections or growth have you experienced as a result of being in recovery and a part of the SHE RECOVERS community?
  • Why are you a member of the SHE RECOVERS community?
  • What do you wish the world knew about women’s recovery?
  • What is one thing you wish other women who may be struggling and/or their loved ones knew about SHE RECOVERS and the recovery movement

If your piece is selected for publication, we will reach out to let you know and request any additional information we may need. We only accept previously unpublished work, with rare exceptions. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to respond personally to every submission.

Share your She Recovers Out Loud:

I Am Her recovery story

video

Tips for recording your She Recovers Out Loud: I Am Her Recovery Story

  • Keep your submission to a maximum of 2.5 minutes
  • Record yourself in landscape mode
  • Ensure you have good quality audio inputs (i.e. through a dedicated microphone, headphones, or speakerphone with little background noise)
  • Remove jewelry or items that may cause sound pollution
  • Find a private and quiet space from which to record
  • Turn off or remove items from that space that cause background noise
  • Capture your video in HD if possible
  • Play your video back to review audio and video quality
  • Introduce yourself, how you identify as being in recovery, and include one of the following statements at any point:

    To the women who need us but have yet to find us…
    If you are her; welcome home.
    If you love her; let her know we do too.
    If you know her; consider donating to our cause so she can find and join our movement.
    OR
    I am her [ or I am them ] and I am home.”

  • And remember…done is always better than perfect!

SPOKEN WORD OR SONG

Tips for recording your She Recovers Out Loud: I Am Her Recovery Story

  • Keep your submission to a maximum of 2.5 minutes
  • Record yourself in .wav or .mp3 format
  • Ensure you have good quality audio inputs (i.e. through a dedicated microphone, headphones, or speakerphone with little background noise)
  • Remove jewelry or items that may cause sound pollution
  • Find a private and quiet space from which to record 
  • Turn off or remove items from that space that cause background noise
  • Include one of the following statements at any point:

    To the women who need us but have yet to find us…
    If you are her; welcome home.
    If you love her; let her know we do too.
    If you know her; consider donating to our cause so she can find and join our movement.
    OR
    “I am her [ or I am them ] and I am home.”

  • And remember…done is always better than perfect!

Written

Tips for recording your She Recovers Out Loud: I Am Her Recovery Story

 

  • Keep your submission to a maximum of 600 words
  • Include one of the following statements at any point:

    To the women who need us but have yet to find us…
    If you are her; welcome home.
    If you love her; let her know we do too.
    If you know her; consider donating to our cause so she can find and join our movement.
    OR
    I am her [ or I am them ] and I am home.”

  • And remember…done is always better than perfect!

Creative Art

Tips for recording your story through Expressive Arts

 

  • Use a medium that you feel may resonate with one of the following statements:

    To the women who need us but have yet to find us…
    If you are her; welcome home.
    If you love her; let her know we do too.
    If you know her; consider donating to our cause so she can find and join our movement.
    OR
    I am her [ or I am them ] and I am home.
     
  • Keep your submission to one page/piece
  • And remember…done is always better than perfect!

Share Your Story

 

About your submission

If your submission is chosen for publication, we will contact you to let you know and request any additional information required. We will not publish anything without your consent. We typically consider only unpublished work, with few exceptions. Given the high volume of stories we receive, we are unable to respond to every submission. Please note that SHE RECOVERS is not staffed by medical professionals, and this mailbox is not always monitored.

If you are experiencing crisis or distress, please reach out to one of the crisis support lines or therapeutic resources listed here.

Contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

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