The following story was originally published October 2014 in Feminine Voices: True Stories Of Women Transforming Leadership, a Heal My Voice collaborative book. RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE! By Beth Terrence “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” ~ Working Definition Of Recovery (www.samhsa.gov) My life has been a journey of recovery. I grew up in a family with severe mental health challenges and active addiction. I experienced extreme psychological, verbal, emotional and physical abuse. How I managed to survive those experiences is a miracle in many ways, but somehow I did. Today, I am able to see the gift in what for many years felt like pointless suffering.