Profiles in Recovery

Steve Granger

Struggling with the demons of his past, Steve Granger contemplated suicide on a regular basis. He hit rock bottom during a men’s retreat in February 2013 and knew it was time to make a change. According to Granger, he went to a Christian psychologist for 16 months while taking Zoloft (a prescription drug commonly used to treat depression and anxiety).

While working through his initial stages of recovery he learned “I’m not responsible for the things that happened to me in the past. However, I am responsible for how I let them affect the rest of my life.” He has focused on moving forward and allowing room for failure. “If you fall, get back up,” Granger states.

Today he devotes much of his time to leading his Recovery Group and finds joy is watching others transform their lives.

Day Job:
Small Business Owner and Worship Leader for a Recovery Group

Best advice for newbies:
Recovery is a process. Take it a day at a time and celebrate milestones in your recovery.

Advice to my younger self:
Forgive your father and other people who have harmed you. Don’t be so concerned with what others think of you, they don’t decide your worth. Don’t settle for what comes along, wait for what’s best.

Rules I live by:
Be thankful for every good thing in life.
Don’t live a life of isolation.
Take chances in life. No risk, no reward.

What I value most in recovery:
I most value the people who do recovery with me.

Proudest moment:
When my Psychologist told me, I could stop taking antidepressants and to call him if I needed him.

Stigma I faced:
In a lot of churches, I was referred to as “one of those people”

Rock bottom moment:
While at a men’s retreat in February 2013 I knew my life had to change. I had a headache for days.

On my bucket list:
Christmas in the Rockies with my family.
Take a trip to Scotland.
Go on an Alaskan cruise.

Favorite recovery quote:
“You’re only as sick as your secrets” said by Peter Diaz.

Thoughts on relapse:
I have experienced relapse. Relapse is not the end of the world. If you fall, get back up.

At my worst, I was:
I was contemplating suicide on a regular basis. I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning to go to work.

On my schedule today:
I attend weekly meetings. I do daily devotions. Recently, I began mentoring a young man on his journey.

What I learned about myself:
I’m not responsible for the things that happened to me in the past. However, I am responsible for how I let them affect the rest of my life.

How I get through the holidays:
I try not to be alone. Being isolated during the holidays is bad for me.

I get inspired by:
I’m inspired by music and the stories of others.

What saved me from myself:
I read things that encourage and listen to positive music. Realizing I’m not going to achieve perfection, I learned to forgive myself when I don’t feel I’ve measured up.

On Finding Purpose:
I work in Celebrate Recovery not just for myself, but I really enjoy seeing other peoples’ lives being transformed.

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