My name is Robert Brown and I am a peer support worker.
I usually introduce myself by saying that I am an alcoholic, I have ADD, OCD, I’ve been through a shotgun wedding, I’ve been a member of a Satanic cult, I’ve been through personal bankruptcy, I’ve been divorced twice and suffered through the concomitant grief, I’ve gone through long periods of depression and anxiety, I’ve been suicidal, I used to smoke 50 cigarettes a day. Then I usually say that I’ll stop there but that’s the beginning of my list of things that qualifies me as a peer support worker!
But of course I’m joking and even though there are more things that’s pretty much it for me.
But I also say in the next breath that I have never been happier than I am now and that if I had to live my life over I wouldn’t change a thing! That’s because all the things that have happened to me in my life have brought me to this moment right NOW, and I wouldn’t have the compassion, the wisdom, the understanding that I now have if I hadn’t have gone through what I have gone through! And that is what really qualifies me as a peer support worker!
I love love what I do and my purpose and passion is to be there for the other guy! Boom! That’s it! That’s ME! On top of my lived experience I’ve had lots of training, internships, and have facilitated many meetings and I am now employed at a major hospital as a peer support worker and I will probably talk more about that at a later time.
The reason that I am here is that I also do presentations and workshops on mental heath issues like addictions, depression and anxiety and inner child studies. My whole life has been a study of the human condition, I’ve known great joy and great sorrow. I’ve known failure and success. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t work in the field of addictions and mental health challenges.
I’ve learned that RECOVERY IS A CHOICE!!
I’ve learned that happiness, success, and of course recovery is a mindset—a whole new way of life–une affaire de coeur!!
I teach this way of life as a peer support worker, in my presentations/workshops and now through my podcasts and blogs. My passion, my purpose is “to be there for the other guy”.