My name is Seth Blais, and I am a person in recovery from a Substance Use Disorder. I have personally struggled with the misuse of drugs and alcohol for more than a decade. I think it’s important to openly and honestly share my experience, and I’m fortunate to be in a position where I feel comfortable doing so.
Over a period of ten years, I experienced many personal failures and major consequences because of my substance use. During this time, I was [mostly] successful at hiding my use from everyone around me. As an entrepreneur and salesperson, I worked hard to maintain the appearance of success. I never seemed able to reach out for help or be fully honest with myself and those who cared about me.
I eventually found myself divorced, bankrupt, suicidal and living in a sober house.
Today, much of my time is spent reaching out to peers who also struggle with Substance Use Disorders. I volunteer with several recovery-focused organizations and advocate for those still struggling.
Because of my recovery, I now also serve on the board of directors for a non-profit residential treatment program, volunteer as a peer recovery coach for several municipalities, and write a column with the Portland Press Herald.
The idea behind this blog is to share my personal experience, honestly and with purpose. I don’t believe there should be stigma attached to being a person in recovery, and there should be no shame in asking for help. If I’m going to make that statement, I feel that I also need to be willing to raise my hand and identify as someone with a Substance Use Disorder.
I’m not an expert or a medical professional, and I’m not qualified to provide treatment or advice. What I can provide are honest self-reflections, hard-earned life lessons, and relevant commentary on issues surrounding substance use.
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