I’ve suffered from panic attacks, and all the terrifying sensations that come from them. Dizziness, heart palpitations, nausea, sweats, feelings of unreality and fear were part of my everyday existence. Physicians said there was nothing wrong with me, but my psychiatrist and psychologist were convinced I had anxiety. After months of therapy, I asked my doctor if any specific self-help groups might help. He said, “There’s a group called Recovery International, but I don’t know if it’s for you.”
It took me six months to attend a meeting, but I’ll never forget the hope I gained from that first encounter. My recovery didn’t happen overnight, though. My first step was to work on physical symptoms. I told myself repeatedly during the next few months, “My sensations are distressing but not dangerous.” And the more I practiced Recovery International techniques, the less frequent and intense my symptoms became. I can honestly say that I don’t know where I would be today without Recovery International. I am well now and I have more confidence than ever. I owe my LIFE to Recovery.