The first step

by | Mar 24, 2021

What was your first step into recovery? Did you open up with a loved one? Did you speak to a professional? Maybe you looked for a support group? Whatever the shape of your first step, it was probably difficult, challenging, frightening even. If you are stable in your recovery, you may see it as the beginning of a new life, of newly-discovered strength, courage, freedom. If you are a family member or a friend of someone in recovery, their first step was probably very important for you too. Everyone’s recovery journey is unique: your story can resonate with many people and inspire others to take their first step into recovery.

We would like to invite partner organisations, staff, service users, volunteers, family members and friends to contribute to the campaign by sharing what the first step means to you. Send in your contributions and we will publish them on Plug In Devon and our social media channels. We want Plug In Devon to become a platform where organisations and individuals on either side of ‘the first step’ can meet, share information, resources, and support. We’ll be using the #The1stStep hashtag on social media to start engaging people in the conversation and leading people to the mutual aid support on offer.

What type of contribution can we send?

  • We are looking for short videos (10 minutes max, but could be as short as 1-2 minutes) from service users, staff, friends and family members saying what the first step in recovery is to them.
  • Contributions can be anonymous if preferred/necessary – you don’t have to show us who is speaking. We’d like to hear the person’s voice but the video can show us a garden, a city street, clouds, anything you like.
  • If video is not your thing, you can send a piece of writing.
  • If you have a different format in mind (podcast, painting, poetry, digital art, photography, etc.), let us know. We’d love to hear your ideas.

Some prompts to get you started:

  • What does the first step mean to you?
  • What did your/your loved one’s first step looked like?
  • What did it feel like at the time?
  • What does it look like now, 3 weeks or 10 years in your recovery?
  • Who was there for you?
  • What would you say to someone who is contemplating taking the first step?
  • What you wish you knew when you took your first step?

Please send your contributions by 19th April 2021 to If you are sending a large file (i.e. large image or video), please send via

In the meantime, join the conversation on our forum. What was your first step like?