Recovery Review

Asa Langston

Hi, my name is Asa and I am a woman of long time recovery and what that means to me is that I haven’t had a mood or mind altering substance since June 21st,2018.

I was born June 15th, 1980 in Charleston, SC and I am a graduate of Berkeley High School c/o 1998. I battled with substance use disorder for over 20 years. I started with alcohol at the age of 12 and quickly graduated to harder, illicit substances by the age of 15. I was in and out of jail most of my adulthood until October of 2018 when I was sentenced to a local drug court which was the start of my recovery journey. 

Today I am now a Peer Support Specialist and the Outreach Coordinator for Oxford Houses here in Charleston, S.C. We provide safe sober living environments for individuals seeking or in recovery. I am also in my last semester for my Associates in Arts at a local technical college and expanding my education with various holistic and spiritual healing methods.

Chekesha Ellis

Chekesha Kay Ellis is a peer recovery coach, certified family recovery specialist and Founder of Chase no more, an organization that provides direct support, and community outreach to individuals suffering with substance use disorder. She is a Global activist for the opioid crisis representing the state of New Jersey for Recovery Advocacy Project (RAP) a Global initiative that works directly with Congressional leaders to combat the addiction and opioid crisis, change public and professional attitudes about addiction, recovery, and break the stigmas that surround addiction. Her own personal recovery began 11 years ago after a nine-year addiction to painkillers. She has a passion for helping others suffering with addiction and has made it her life’s work to help others. Chekesha has been featured in both print and broadcast media outlets around the world, including Google, YouTube, Penn State Abington, KYW News radio, Recovery Today Magazine, Jerseys Best magazine, The New Jersey Star Ledger, Bucks County Courier times, Burlington County Times, and the Intelligencer.

Sophie Aghdami

I’m Sophie – in recovery from alcohol addiction and now helping others maintain longterm recovery as a coach. I spent a long dark decade (plus some) in the depths of addiction. Successful on the outside in exciting jobs, I was on my deathbed emotionally, spiritually and physically. After waking up one morning during a trip in Indonesia at yet another rock bottom (there were many), I looked in the mirror and didn’t recognise myself. A big sad face stared back at me and my body was physically exhausted from the almighty relapse. I called a family member and was scooped up and ‘poured’ into a safehouse. That was the beginning of my recovery journey, which came with its inevitable ups and hard downs, but was also the start of a new life full of joy, meaning and purpose, free from past damaging patterns and behaviours. I believe that the success of maintaining longterm recovery lies in our daily behaviours and mindset, and attribute my recovery to a variety of methods, including a holistic yoga practice, 12 step, self compassion and forgiveness to release shame, routine, goal setting and forward thinking, and finding my ‘kokorozashi’ – personal life purpose and mission. It’s a lifelong, courageous practice that I’m proud to be committed to.

Crissy Sinopole

Hi, I’m Crissy I am a woman in long term recovery and what that means to me is, I have taken control over my life by healing my inner-child and finding love and acceptance for myself without the aid of any mind altering substances.

I’m from Sarnia, Ontario Canada and have battled substance use disorder for over 20 years. Prior to my last relapse, I graduated college and furthered my education in University where I’ll graduate with a degree in psychology. I’m a licensed consultant in the RedPath Addiction Treatment & Living Without Violence Programs and had a successful career until my last relapse. It was then I learned that just living sober was not enough and no one is miraculously “cured” just because they have years of abstinence. 

Today I have been in active recovery since January 5, 2019 and attribute my success in recovery to having a spiritual connection with God, determination and working an honest program.

We DO recover!

JoAnna Vance

Advocate and Organizer, is a person in long term Recovery from SUD. WV State Organizer for the Recovery Advocacy Project and Recovery Fellow for the American Friends Service Committee.

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