Read the extended version of Veronica's story from her website: https://www.recoveryjournals.org/veronica-s-recovery-story
"Meet Veronica Slack an ordinary person and author of the participating recovery book series, “I didn’t ask to think this way, I just do...” that is designed for anyone. Being a recovering person since 1991, she wrote and designed the recovery books and journals from her personal experiences of learning how to reach higher and triumph over whatever circumstances came down the road. She learned to reach higher from things like being abused as a child and active addiction, as well as from health diagnoses and disabilities. She is an advocate for people who are recovering from ANY problem that limits them from living their lives. The series she wrote engages each person on every page in creative yet ordinary ways. The participating recovery journals are a way to help people live and view their daily lives in a better state of mind, through their own lenses. Each book completed creates a unique one-of-a-kind story co-written together.
Veronica also developed and hosted a televised united recovery program that was open to all of society who struggled. The program aired over three years from 2003 to 2006, via the public access channel in Bucks County PA, and the surrounding area. In the late 90’s she began writing the participating series of books for people who are hurting, hard-headed, and too busy in our society.
Now, in 2018 Veronica spends her early mornings in some form of meditation with God, writes, and edits her collection of books. Being clean and sober since June 8th, 1991, Veronica still maintains active involvement with an anonymous twelve step program, as well as with public and private recovery-oriented programs and institutions. She still copes with issues stemming from a traumatic brain injury but says, "my disability doesn't decide my road, it's just an unfortunate event." Her eyes are fixed on better things like being dedicated to taking her recovery book series mainstream to reach others on whatever road they are on. Creatively bringing to light the importance of reaching for better outcomes. She believes it is paramount to remind people that no matter what life has dealt us we don't have to be left hurting, hard-headed, or too busy, alone. Nevertheless, we need to be an advocate for our own recovery and take one positive action to move forward. She says, the main lesson that life has taught her is, “as long as we are still breathing we can choose a road of recovery. So choose it, now.”
October 5th, 2018 | 1 hr 48 mins
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Veronica Slack is the author of a recovery journal series, mother, and an active member of a 12-step recovery program.
During our conversation, Veronica talks about the events that led her down a dangerous path of addiction she didn’t think she could escape. But after several tries, she did escape and every cell of her being propelled her on a path to help others quit their addiction and find the support they need.
"I had no idea what was on the other side of those doors. I had never made it through a treatment program. But I knew what was waiting for me on the streets of Phillie--those horrors of addiction. For the grace of God I walked through those doors. This is why I have such a respect for recovery and institutions. If you only remember one thing from my recovery story, remember that no matter how bad something may seem, if you are still breathing, you can still choose to recover." - Veronica Slack
The Carleena Show Podcast https://carleena.net/podcast/ | Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey | Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin | Video Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/ | Connect with Episode 11 Guest Veronica Slack https://www.recoveryjournals.org/