Faces of Recovery: Triza, Andres, Samuel, Doc and Jane

“Faces of Recovery” is an ongoing project with members of Recovery Cafe, San Jose. We sit down together and talk. More exactly, they talk, I listen and draw. They tell their story. And I record it. Why? They are particular stories, important in their detail, not faceless statistics. Because these are the stories and faces of recovery. 

I’ve lived as a man and a woman.” says Triza Laxmi.”I’ve seen things both ways. It makes me a very inclusive person.”


Andres has lived in group homes since he was 1. Having schizophrenia and a learning disability makes every challenge he faces even harder. Yet he hangs on to his dream, to own a harmonica and record a CD.


Samuel Alex Martinez didn’t want to say much about himself on the day we sat together. But he did tell me how much he loves his music.


May 6th, 2022 will mark 30 years of sobriety for Doc Waite, a landmark he is proud of.


Jane is one of the most positive, joyful people I have sat down with. And her enthusiasm is infectious. “I want to be for other people what I want for myself,” she says, “A companion; Someone who makes today a little better.”

You can read every story recorded so far here. You can read more about and support the amazing work of Recovery Cafe here.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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5 Responses to Faces of Recovery: Triza, Andres, Samuel, Doc and Jane

  1. karinakuschnir says:

    Beautiful project, drawings and writings, Suhita! Thanks for sharing with us💕💕💕

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  2. Linda says:

    Suhita, I would like to buy Andres a harmonica. How can we make this happen?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Interesting “Faces of Recovery Post”

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