Amelia Hoge: Writer, Coach, Advocate
Hey there! My name is Amelia and I’m a person living in long-term recovery, a writer & certified life coach, and an advocate for people living with mental illness and/or substance use disorder.
I use my writing to smash stigmas and advocate for change within the field of addiction and mental health.
It’s no secret that our current system is broken. People living with substance use disorder live with a disease that is designed to dehumanize and isolate us from the rest of society.
I say no more.
I’m on a mission to normalize recovery and break down the shame & stigma associated with addiction today.
When I first sober, I remember feeling so much shame around where my life had ended up. I hid the fact that I was in recovery because I thought it was a bad thing… I thought it was a burden.
but the truth is, being in recovery is the best thing that ever happened to me.
Everything I went through—good and bad—has shaped me into the person I am today… and I am proud of the woman staring back at me in the mirror.
Plain and simple: Recovery is a gift. It is something to celebrate… not something to shun away or hide from the world.
Our voices matter. Whether you are in recovery or still in active addiction— your voice matters.
It’s time to end the silence together.
I believe in being a voice for the voiceless. In this case, it means taking action and being a part of a larger conversation on how we can improve the lives of people struggling with addiction.
Supporting people who use drugs is imperative because another chance at life is another chance at recovery.
Last year, over 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. This number surpasses gun-related and motor-vehicle deaths combined. It also surpasses all US military casualties from the Vietnam war and Iraq war combined. Our nation is in the midst of a crisis and radical, progressive action must be taken in order to bring about positive change.
Some of the topics I’m really passionate about include: harm reduction, criminal justice reform, ending the drug war, and expanded access to treatment. If you want to join in on the conversation, I invite you to follow my Twitter page to get up-to-date information surrounding these topics.