I am NOT a Recovery Advocate.


Please don’t be a “fan” of someone for quitting drugs. Cheer them on? YES! However, positive labels are still labels. Do I try to advocate for the potential of addicts to recover? Of course.

Honestly, though… I’m so sick of hearing about “recovery advocate” drama. I’m not a “recovery advocate” any more than I’m a “junkie.”

Imaginary pedestals are dangerous. These precarious platforms are something that people fall off of, and they have. Look around. That, or those “heights” become a podium from which some people preach and pontificate.

Don’t look down on me, but don’t look up at me either…

Look me in the eye.

Your station in life is temporary, as is mine. Money, recognition, status – these fluctuate and are fleeting.

How do you feel when you look yourself in the eye? Is there still work to do to be better?

Yes. We’re human.


I have nothing against recovery advocate work but I don’t like labels. I spent an hour today trying to figure out how to change the homepage on my blog to get that title removed from beneath my picture but gave up because there’s too much work to do.

I’m Dan. I’m a good man and a good father. I love music and drumming. I love to be in the water and sun. I find therapy through writing. I adore my daughters. I drink too much caffeine. I did too many drugs for too many years but I found my fight and reclaimed my life.

I’m just Dan. Dan is enough. Like you, I’m a work in progress. I’m not wearing a label.

Advocate work is what I DO, not who I AM.

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