Marti MacGibbon, standup comic, award-winning author, inspirational speaker and expert on addiction, was invited to make a positive statement about recovery on ABC-TV in Indianapolis, in the wake of Robin Williams’ tragic death. The segment, which was filmed at Fairbanks Hospital, aired Tuesday evening, and included information about the warning signs of depression. Marti’s comments included the fact that both addiction and recovery are diseases, that addiction and recovery sometimes co-occur, and that while there is a solution to both, they are serious diseases that require professional help. Another fact Ms. MacGibbon shared is that recovery is an ongoing process: it involves an action plan, put into practice daily. Marti also mentioned she is celebrating 19 years of continuous recovery this week. View the clip!
Talking points about addiction and recovery:
1) Addiction is a primary, chronic disease, much like diabetes. 2) There is treatment for the disease of addiction, but you can’t accomplish it alone, you need to get connected to professional help. 3. Recovery is an ongoing process: it involves an action plan, put into practice daily. 4. Suicide does not discriminate, and neither does addiction. 4. Recovery is not only possible, but life in recovery can be a lot of fun.