Scott McLane’s story of recovery isn’t an easy one. He feels that addiction treatment failed him every step of the way. The New Jersey-native felt that the people who were supposed to be his support system, people who worked in recovery treatment, didn’t always fully do their jobs. He once took a long train ride to his appointment, only to realize that the treatment facilitator wasn’t showing up.

Richard Stockwell, a friend of McLane, whom he met while both were in recovery, also has an interesting story to tell. He was a successful journalist and executive producer for MSNBC for more than twenty years. He first started his rode to recovery in his late 20s, he went to college then for journalism and political science, and got started in the field. He was doing well, he went to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings everyday, which kept him going, he said. Then, one day on assignment in Florida, he bought an alcoholic drink. At this point, he was in his 50s, he had a wife and kids, he had stopped going to AA, and he then fell back into addictive tendencies. In the last few years, he has reentered recovery.

I think these two men tell very distinct stories of recovery, and it shows that not all stories and roads to recovery are the same. For Stockwell, going to AA has been a major part of his recovery. Both McLane mentioned that having another person who is also going through recovery in your life is important. It keeps people in recovery grounded and motivated. They both also work with sponsoring other people who are still in the early stages of recovery, and they said that is helpful too to handling their addictive personalities.