"How am I so broken as a mom that I'm choosing alcohol over my daughters, who I love more than anything in the universe?" That was the rock-bottom realization that led Carrie B. to her fourth addiction treatment stay—this time at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California—and, mercifully, into lasting recovery. A three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, Carrie has chosen to, in her words, "recover out loud" so that others trapped in addiction might hear her truth and reach out for help. "Plenty of people knew about my drinking because I'd certainly left a lot of wreckage over the years," she says. "But I wasn't always so open about my recovery." That changed the day Carrie decided to share a photo on Facebook showing her four-year Alcoholics Anonymous medallion along with her Olympic gold medals. She agonized over the decision, but ultimately hit the "post" button—and held her breath. "I didn't know what to expect. I'd never really put my recovery out there, and on a social media platform, I felt pretty vulnerable and exposed." The response was nothing but positive and supportive. "It showed me how many people from all walks of life are hurt by addiction, and it showed me how many people find hope and strength in stories of recovery." Today, Carrie is grateful and proud to be a face and voice of recovery. She has appeared in advertisements and videos on behalf of the Betty Ford Center, and returns to campus whenever possible to speak with patients and alumni. She views every encounter and experience as an opportunity to help more people find healing from addiction—a chance to give back and pay it forward. Carrie's healing message took on new meaning and significance during a recent visit to the Rancho Mirage campus. Her husband, Ken, and two now-teenage daughters, Gabby and Miya, were invited to sit in when Carrie shared her story with a group of patients. Afterward, several women were overcome with emotion and quietly approached Gabby and Miya, asking how they found it in their hearts to forgive their mom and wondering if their own kids would ever do the same. "My daughters told them, 'If you stay sober, you will have your kids back.'" It was a full-circle moment for Carrie, whose greatest reward and joy in recovery is having the trust and respect of her family. "I realized recovery isn't just my story to share. It's our story to share," she says. "Together, we're able to share the fullness of hope."