Jim Brown, Recovered Alcoholic, on Growing Through Addiction

Grow Through It: Substance Abuse and Opioid Crisis

Jim Brown describes his journey from narcotics addiction to alcoholism to recovery. Over the years, he experimented with therapy, medication, hypnosis, and even a 12-step program to stop drinking. After he took his last drink, he stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated back to life and put on a ventilator for several days. After bottoming out, he committed to a 12-step fellowship program. He says sobriety is hard work and he credits his daily work with his recovery program, his “Team Jim” that supports him every step of the way, and his relationship with a higher power.

Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard on Surviving Bacterial Meningitis

Grow Through It: Health Issues & Illness

Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard, author of The Blink of an Eye, describes growing through a deadly bout of bacterial meningitis with the help of excellent doctors, her devoted family, and good luck. Her message is that every day counts, be there for each other, and do something for the greater good.

Leslie Jamison on Growing Through Alcoholism


Grow Through It: Substance Abuse, Opioid Crisis

Leslie Jamison, author of “The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath,” on the process of getting sober by joining a fellowship-based recovery program. She describes recovery as an ongoing process with lessons applicable to other areas of life.