Our View: Personal stories can help fight drug addiction

Being vulnerable enough to share your story isn’t always easy, but it’s something that can save lives and inspire change in others.

We certainly hope that was the case with Tara Moseley, who shared her story of recovery at the annual Rally4Recovery Friday evening.

Moseley, of Louisville, said she found herself homeless at age 23.

Her relationships with family and friends had been damaged because of years of substance abuse.

Her addiction had taken over her life.

“I never really got a chance to start life,” she told the crowd on Main Street.

Moseley said she found hope in April 2011, when she found a treatment center and learned about the pathways to recovery.

Many of her relationships have been restored and she has been able to establish new healthy ones. She has now earned multiple college degrees.

Moseley has been clean for years and uses her sobriety and knowledge about recovery to help others.

She established a recovery chapter, Young People in Recovery, and helps develop other chapters across the state.

She openly shares her story — though it’s one full of hardship and illness — to inspire others.

She is living proof that recovery is possible.

More importantly, she is proof that beyond addiction, there is a life of hope and happiness.

If others continue to be open and share their stories, they too can inspire others as living proof that addiction doesn’t have to be the end all, be all for people who struggle with it.

We are thankful for Moseley, her recovery and her vulnerability. We are also grateful for the people who continue to coordinate the Rally4Recovery, where the community can gather to learn more about how to tackle the drug epidemic.