What Gives You Strength?

Strength does not mean being brave or strong – strength can be found in

  • the little things you do each day to care for yourself,
  • the time you spend in nature,
  • the way you help someone else,
  • the art you create,
  • the way you honor your culture, or
  • the wisdom you share with others.

Strength can also come from asking for, and accepting, help. If you are struggling with isolation, grief or loss, substance usestaying sober during pregnancy, or supporting a loved one through sobriety, you are not alone. Members of communities throughout Alaska have shared what gives them the strength to keep going, even through the most difficult times.

Ozzy (Joseph) Friday


Jeffrey Evon and Kristy Evans


Darlene Ulak



If you would like to share what gives you strength and help create stronger, more connected communities, please let us know! Your words, photos, and voice could be shared in posters, videos, and on social media throughout Alaska communities and be an inspiration to others. Check out the form below, where you can submit your story of strength. You can also use the form to request that someone call you to hear what gives you strength!

Are you looking for stories from real people sharing their path of recovery or sobriety? If so, check out https://recoveralaska.org/stories/ or https://recoveralaska.org/lets-get-real/.

If you are experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1. If you need help finding a behavioral health provider, visit ANTHC Behavioral Health or NAMI Alaska. If you are in crisis, grieving, concerned about someone, or feeling down, please contact the Alaska Careline at 9-8-8. For support with navigating resources during normal business hours, please call Recover Alaska at 907-249-6647.