Profiles in Recovery

Christine Campbell

Campbell spent a dizzying decade in the shadow of a famous rock and roll band, after marrying the bass player for Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. It was a life, she says, that fueled her addiction to drugs and alcohol, providing “access to excess that nearly destroyed us.”

“I have come a long way from Lear jets and limos – struggling to find myself, be a mother, stand proud and discover what matters,” Campbell writes of her journey to recovery.

A painful childhood and lack of family support made her path more daunting. By the time Campbell entered long-term sober living, she was a rail-thin 92 pounds, suffering from mini-strokes and a broken leg “from another drunk fall weeks before.”

The intensive work of recovery gave Campbell a new life. She advanced her education, earning a Master’s Degree in Counseling, and began to walk alongside others struggling with addiction. Today Campbell celebrates 25 years of sobriety and lives quietly in northern Michigan, where she writes to encourage people at all stages of recovery.

Day Job:

Retired mental health and chemical dependency counselor; writer, blogger

At my worst, I:

Attempted suicide multiple times.  Found the gift of desperation.

What worked for me:

After revolving door rehabs, I went to long-term sober living (one year) with my four-year-old daughter in tow.  It was very difficult, but changed everything.  The most liberating and empowering day of my life was the day I freed myself from my own destructive nonsense. I had to leave almost every aspect of my life behind including many people.

Advice to my younger self:

All of those wounded, narcissistic, abusive people never did or will be what you want them to be.

Thoughts on “family:”

They said it was not possible to recover without any family support. It is possible.  Everyone does not have family, everyone does not get their family back.  Finding spiritual family and mentors has been key to my recovery.

On my schedule today:

Encourage others.  I write because I have something to say.  Just for today, I will be vigilant doing everything necessary to guard my recovery.  I’ll have a look and see all that it took to get here and what continues to work – and what does not work.

What I value most in recovery:

Sleep.  Real friends.  My fur babies.  Sunsets.  Music.

Best advice for newbies:

Long-term sobriety takes work, doing what you’re told – especially when you don’t understand why.  The gifts and promises are shared along the way as well.  Freedom from the bondage of self takes time, patience and willingness.

On my bucket list:

California, here I come!  My destiny is calling – it’s time to go home

Stigma I faced:

There is a stigma in particular against women in recovery.  I sat through meeting after meeting with the guys wowing the crowd with “drunkalogues.” How clever, how funny and how hip they are. Women who have similar stories are unfortunately often considered bad mothers or ‘whores.’  It is an incredible, courageous woman who stands before a few hundred desperate people and honestly shares her experience, strength, and hope . . . acknowledging that it is God’s grace, one drop at a time, and others before her who make her who she is.

On finding purpose:

I have connected with so many different lives that are broken, angry, and desperate for validation. There is not a paycheck in the world that can touch that reward, which is beyond anything I could have imagined.

Follow Campbell: on Twitter @christi14228960; find her memoir here.

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