Russ Wilson Essay Contest

Who is Russ Wilson?

Russ Wilson was a dear friend of Executive Director Phil Valentine and of the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR), a man in recovery, a father, a son, a brother and a person who loved to write.

Russ was an inspiration to many in the recovery community. CCAR is sponsoring this essay contest in his memory. Russ died on June 28, 2014 of a subdural hematoma. He was sober when he passed and just 55 years old.

Russ

Russ with his two daughters

“That moment, late Friday afternoon with sunlight still coming in the west windows and another hour of daylight left; when, at the end of the soul-numbing, relentless winter, you understand, with the light, airy half of the year just begun and the trudged-out, slogging half just behind; you know on this first whole day of Spring, that green trees, bird songs, warm bright mornings, cool quiet evenings, are not only possible, but imminent. Here’s to THAT moment.”Russ Wilson Facebook post, March 21, 2014.

Read the Winning Essays

2017 Entries (Winners Announced 2/2/18)

First Place

The Art of Transmutation by Danielle Levesque


Read

Second Place:

Working My Way Back by Christine Beck


Read

Third Place

The Inner Conflict of Fear and Faith by Carolee Longley


Read

Honorable Mention

The Journey by Kate Stella


Read

Honorable Mention

Forged by Fire: A Parable on Fear & Faith by Jordan A. Davis


Read

Honorable Mention

12th Step by Jason Gutu


Read

Honorable Mention

Living in Recovery in a Non-Recovery Environment by Sage Chioma


Read