I recently found this forum and have spent the last few weeks reading through the vast number of threads. The large amount of information has been very helpful to me. I want to apply for a PsyD next year. I am not in a rush but soon will start attending some open houses in my area just to check it out. Currently, I am in a program to get certified as a substance abuse counselor and for the next year am going to focus on that certification, internship, and finding different clinical experiences to make sure this is really what I want to do before I go forward with PsyD. The question is this I am a recovering alcoholic which is why my heart and soul but also brain is in this field. In the realm of substance abuse counselors I would say more than half are recovering and whether legal or not it is common that job interviewers ask about your "status." Often it is seen as a pro that you are in recovery. I know I am one of these people that likes to blurt out my life story. I know I have to learn to edit. So in terms of around admission people and faculty how much do I disclose? Do I disclose that I am in recovery or do I just express my great interest in substance abuse and say I have had personal experience with it? Or do I keep it purely on the professional and academic level and talk stats?