About us

The aim of Recovery Stories is to empower individuals, families and communities to recover from addiction and mental health problems. We do this by providing hope, understanding and a sense of belonging. We aim to connect recovering people so that they can inspire, learn from, and support each other. We want to help the process of creating empathic environments in which recovery can flourish.

IMG_0319Recovery Stories was developed by David Clark, a Professor Emeritus of Psychology and dedicated recovery advocate. Whilst living in the UK, David founded Wired In and the online recovery community Wired In To Recovery as a way of empowering people to overcome substance use problems. He now lives in Perth, Western Australia. >>> David’s testimonials

ash-whitneyRecovery Stories was developed by David’s close friend Ash Whitney of Wired up Wales. Ash and David first worked together on the news portal Daily Dose in 2001, and later with the Substance Misuse and Wired In Initiative websites. Ash lives in Neath, South Wales, UK. He has a shared enthusiasm with David for cricket and a variety of other sports, and a shared passion for the Welsh rugby union team. He recently developed David’s latest website, The Carrolup Story (please see below).

David has always believed that storytelling has an important role to play in the recovery field. At the end of the day, recovery is about people’s journeys. It’s about a personal transformation. Solutions to serious substance use and mental health problems are manifested in the lives of people in recovery. These lived solutions provide insights into principles and practices that underlie recovery. They show people with a problem that recovery is possible via a multitude of different pathways

The Recovery Stories website was launched in May 2013 and David posted over 700 blogs, as well as a wealth of other content, over the following two years. Although the website was still available for viewing after that time, David stopped blogging whilst he worked on various other projects, including The Carrolup Story website and accompanying YouTube channel, as well as his eBook Connection: Aboriginal Child Artists Captivate Europe.

David is now creating new content Stories for Recovery Stories before restarting his regular blogs later in March 2021. His eBook, Connection: Aboriginal Child Artists Captivate Europe, will be available in late March 2021.

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