Gratitude Portrait Series

A unique series of photographs that represent the idea of gratitude in recovery. Alumni of Caron Treatment Center were interviewed about their thoughts on gratitude. Based on these interviews, a creative concept that represented their thoughts was formulated. These photographs were displayed at their annual dinner event and have since been introduced as the featured art in their new medical facility.

REBIRTH
“I feel like I was reborn after I got sober and had a second chance at life. I’m grateful for my body and it’s health. Now I get to push the envelope with that, moving my body through space in ways that help me let go of fear and feel more confident.” – Caroline H.
LIFE
“I feel so full of life. It’s amazing that every day I want to learn new things, take new risks and appreciate the little things that bring life joy and with that comes a desire to help people, to help the world.” – Brian G.
TRANSFORMATION
“I was this guy who had been in the hospital four times in one summer, declared legally dead because of alcohol poisoning three times, and pulled out of hotel rooms by my family. Today, I step back and realize, I’m that guy that’s super excited about my sobriety. The change is extraordinary.” – Bill M.
HONESTY
“Today, I am grateful to live as my true and authentic self every day. Before I got sober, I lived for everyone else. Everything looked perfect on the outside but inside I was miserable. When I got sober, I finally became a real person. Today I love my life because it’s mine, it’s real, it’s true and it’s honest.” – Cortney B.
FEELINGS
“I’m grateful that I want to really feel my feelings today, no matter what they are.” – Emma R.
DREAM
“I am so grateful for my sobriety and my life today. Sometimes I can’t believe it’s real. I feel like I’m living in a dream.” – Alison V.
COURAGE
“I anchored myself in humility and service to others. As a result, I gained new perspectives on the meaning of success. Early in recovery, I took a job stocking shelves at a grocery store. I was grateful to have my arms and my legs and a clear mind. Many of those who I served with were less fortunate. Over time, I became convinced that the things I had were more than enough and gratitude became my new measuring stick.” – David F.
CONNECTION
“I am grateful that I can appreciate all the amazing things this world has to offer. Not just see them, but truly feel them in my heart.” – Brian Cattelle
COMMUNITY
“I am grateful to God for the opportunity to live my life the way it was intended. I was not meant to die early as I still have much to offer. I’m grateful that I can still be a part of my community and the greater society. Alcohol robbed me of that opportunity for over 22 years. I want to give back to the groups and the people in my society that embraced me and welcomed me back.” – Lee O.
BLESSED
“If I do the footwork God will do the rest. My sobriety has given me the opportunity to teach chess to our youth, a passion I once lost to alcoholism. There are many life lessons and skills taught through chess. I’m able to give back to my community, the rewards of which are beyond my wildest dreams, and for that, I am eternally grateful.” – Mike R.