Saturday, January 24, 2015



January 24 CHAPTER 97 v 7 TWELVE STEPPING WITH STRENGTH FROM THE PSALMS

Those who worship idols are disgraced - all who brag about their worthless gods - for every god must bow down to HIM. (GODS BIG BOOK)

STEP 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.


I would like to apologize for my last two posts !Please let me explain! I have no right to push my beliefs on anyone or deny the existence of their HP. Even today's Psalm attests to the fact that there are other HPs. What I should be doing is ask all of you to examine your HP and see if trusting your life and investing your valuable time into an HP that must bow down to the GOD of everything. Today's verse states , that those who worship , pray or follow other HP s will be disgraced .When I was caught up in active addiction my life was already full of disgrace and shame, coming into recovery should not start out this way . If you have decided to take the journey into recovery then I would like to ask you to investigate your HP before you make a life changing choice . Does your HP have a book written about your life ? Does your HP know you on intimate level and all the secrets of your heart ? Did your Hp create you ? Does your Hp call you a son or daughter ? Does your Hp have a proven track record that goes back two thousand years plus in helping others live fulfilled lives. Here are some examples Moses was a murderer , David was adulterer , Rah-ab was a prostitute and the list of people is endless who put there trust in the one true GOD . If you are starting your journey in recovery and your facing step two and three all I ask is you take an educated look at your choice when it comes to your HP .


Romans 1 : 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (GODS BIG BOOK)
By Joseph Dickerson

    

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Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Professionals to Convene at CADCA Forum
January 22nd, 2015/


Substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals from around the nation will gather at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 25th Annual National Leadership Forum, February 2-5.

More than 2,500 participants are expected at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

The forum will feature more than 70 courses to help participants learn effective strategies for addressing drug-related problems in their communities. Participants will include community drug-prevention coalitions, government leaders, youth, prevention specialists, addiction treatment professionals, addiction recovery advocates, researchers, educators, law enforcement professionals, and faith-based leaders.

Topics to be covered include prescription drug abuse, marijuana use among youth, and reducing tobacco use and underage drinking.

“More than a conference, the CADCA Forum is a national movement that brings together federal and state officials and community leaders from across the country to find solutions to our nation’s substance abuse problems. For 25 years, participants have left our forum with new ideas and strategies that they can implement in their communities to prevent and reduce youth drug use,” said CADCA Chairman and CEO Gen. Arthur T. Dean. “This year, to mark the CADCA Forum’s silver anniversary, we’re excited to welcome our nation’s top drug policy experts as well as many leaders from the fields of public health and addiction science.”

Speakers will include Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and a panel of past U.S. “drug czars”: Dr. William Bennett, Dr. Lee P. Brown, General Barry McCaffrey, John P. Walters and Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske.

Participants will hear from legislators during Capitol Hill Day on February 4. Several hundred youth will take part in CADCA’s National Youth Leadership Initiative, to learn how to become substance abuse prevention advocates and powerful community leaders.

E-Cigarette Vapor Can Contain High Concentrations of Formaldehyde: Study
January 22nd, 2015/



Vapor produced by e-cigarettes can contain formaldehyde at levels five to 15 times higher than regular cigarettes, a new study finds. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, NPRreports.

Researchers from Portland State University in Oregon found formaldehyde in e-cigarettes could increase the chance the toxin will get deposited in the lung. They reported their findings in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine.

“I think this is just one more piece of evidence amid a number of pieces of evidence that e-cigarettes are not absolutely safe,” said co-author David Peyton. “We simulated vaping by drawing the vapor — the aerosol — into a syringe, sort of simulating the lungs,” he explained. The researchers then conducted a detailed analysis of the vapor.

Long-term exposure to formaldehyde is recognized as contributing to lung cancer, Peyton noted. “And so we would like to minimize contact (to the extent one can) especially to delicate tissues like the lungs.”

Gregory Conley of the American Vaping Association told NPR the researchers found formaldehyde only at e-cigarettes’ highest voltage levels. “If you hold the button on an e-cigarette for 100 seconds, you could potentially produce 100 times more formaldehyde than you would ever get from a cigarette,” he said. “But no human vaper would ever vape at that condition, because within one second their lungs would be incredibly uncomfortable.”

Peyton argues many people use the high settings on e-cigarettes. “As I walk around town and look at people using these electronic cigarette devices it’s not difficult to tell what sort of setting they’re using,” he said. “You can see how much of the aerosol they’re blowing out. It’s not small amounts. It’s pretty clear to me that at least some of the users are using the high levels.”

Best of this week from Choose Help

When Your Loved Ones Keep Relapsing

When Your Loved Ones Keep Relapsing
Supporting those who keep going back out: how to maintain hope and effectively cope when a loved one just can't seem to stay sober.
I've always hated it when folks refer to themselves as a "chronic relapser." It's not just a statement about their past; it's also a prediction of their future. For as much as I seek to challenge the thinking of those active in addiction, I have sympathy for the overwhelmingly painful form of powerlessness experienced by those who love them.
After a sufficient number of crises, treatments, rehabs, and heartbreaks, many of us reach a point where continuing to have hope just feels like we're asking for disappointment. This is an easy place to get stuck emotionally.
Assuming that we're not enabling, how do we maintain hope and effectively cope when our loved ones just can't seem to stay sober?

Cumulative Recovery

Every period of sobriety matters. I've served countless folks who have a number they can't get past. It's a pattern that gets perpetuated by relapse at a relatively fixed benchmark. For some it's 30, 60 or 90 days. The most common interval I've seen is six months. There's only so far a person can go in recovery without meaningfully soliciting and accepting support.
For many of us, self destruction is what we do when we don't know what to do.

Relapse:

It's quick, efficient, and we do it very well. It's like hitting a reset button. I've gone as far as I'm confident going.
I'm left with the choice of going into unchartered waters or returning to my comfort zone.
The addict and affected other (those who love the addict) tend to take an extremely negative view of this cycle. The opportunity is to consider that something is gained in every period of abstinence and nothing that is learned, healed or implemented is ever more than temporarily lost. The question becomes:

What's Going to be Different This Time?

This must not be a rhetorical question. Breaking recurring patterns has to be done with careful planning and a high degree of accountability. Expecting that your loved one demonstrate responsibility is healthy. Demanding that they ensure a different outcome is not. None of us can offer guarantees.
At the same time, we are free to ask ourselves what we need to change:
This is the most overlooked aspect of the journey for most of the families I've served. Many seek professional support but fail to recognize the value of accessing Al-Anonand Nar-Anon.

It's Ok to Be Angry

In fact, whatever you feel is okay. A lot of us feel ashamed to find how upset we are with our friend . It's uncomfortable to resent someone you love. Many of us go to great lengths to hide it, which means resentments fester and pressure builds within us. This is not only a disservice to ourselves, it is also a very subtle form of enabling. Better to:

Communicate Clearly & Honestly

One of the best services we can provide for both active addicts and people in recovery is to simply be honest and direct. It's very healthy for us to share our experiences and hopes as long as we do so without expectations. This means no nagging, no coercion, and no pleading. I suggest giving straightforward feedback when asked, and asking permission to share in other circumstances.
Using "I statements" is often our best strategy. Counselors recommend these because they are the least likely to elicit a defensive response. When we say, "You need..." or"You always..." we can watch the walls of our loved ones go up. When we talk about what we want, feel, and need, defenses are not necessary (though sometimes they come up any way). The best we can do is control our delivery.

When You Just Want to Give Up

First and foremost, it's understandable. I encourage people in recovery and affected others alike to stay away from words like "always" and "never." Doing things once and for all is rarely a good idea. If we need to take some time for ourselves, that's very healthy and it's good to communicate that we will be unavailable for a time. We can offer either a fixed amount of time or simply indicate that we will be in contact when we are ready to communicate again. I urge folks to consider what needs to change so that we can feel safe in reaching out again.
Alas, there are times when we must "detach with love." We sometimes come to a point where the person we once knew is no longer at all present. The disease of addiction claims many long before death. Even here, my bias is not to give up. If we can offer any lifeline at all, this is preferable.
If your loved one has become violent, abusive, or otherwise unsafe, I urge you to wait for evidence that they are approachable. Sadly, this often means a call from jail, prison, hospital or psych ward. May your hopes and prayers be answered soon!

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A Real Pain
This week, Dr. Richard Juman discussed how we can end the opioid crisis now. Readers agreed that our current measures cause more problems than they solve:
This is already impacting the people with severe chronic pain. Even people under the care of pain management specialists are finding all kinds of barriers in the way of getting their medicine at pharmacies. They're holding up dispensing drugs so the person who is on a stable maintenence dose who misses a few days winds up in agony and has to take higher doses for a while just to get the pain under control. And of course, if you go to the ER you're accused of drug seeking behavior.

Do you know, according to NIH, there are virtually no studies longer than 16 weeks on long term use of opiates for chronic pain. There are people who are better treated with other drugs that are not opiates like amitriotyline for neurogenic pain, genuine muscle relaxants like tizanidine) and God knows if insurance paid for maintenance physical therapy instead of demanding improvent in each session that would be of great help in avoiding opiates. But for some people opiates are all there is at this time. And even for conditions like neurogenic pain better trated with other drugs, there is the phenominon of breakthrough pain, which may well require opiates.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

January 22 CHAPTER 91 v 2 v 3 TWELVE STEPPING WITH STRENGTH FROM THE PSALMS


This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge , my place of safety; he is my God , and I trust Him . For He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease .
(GODS BIG BOOK)


STEP 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God .

Refuge - anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape.


The other day I shared a post about God being the one and only true HP. Many attacked me said I was intolerant !I warned about new comers being mis guided by the instruction that your HP could be a porcelain cat or anything that suits them . Someone even commented to me that their fathers higher power was a tree stump and as life changed so did there HP. Before you make your choice and invest your time and trust your life with a porcelain cat or tree stump ,you need to know the 12 steps were based on GOD . A GOD that is real and has a book about Life that you can use in times of trouble. A GOD that has a written plan for your life  . A GOD that LOVES you and PROTECTS you ! A GOD who knows how many tears you have cried and how many hairs you have on your head.I could go on ,but there is not enough ink or paper too write all HIS promises down . The Proverb is just a few verses of HIS promises for you and all those in the world. Just because we cant wrap our little brains around that does not make it un true or wrong. Once you surrender and get out of GODS way and get rid of the stump and porcelain cat you can follow the one true GOD (HP).


Isaiah 44:6 I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.(GODS BIG BOOK) By Joseph Dickerson

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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Recovery Community Mourns the Loss of a Hero


When we think of an example of how our personal recovery can be a light for the rest of the world, and who models the kind of life that we aspire to live, Bruce Huberman is one of those inspirations. Service to humanity happens on so many different levels, and thankfully in a colorful variety of ways to which there is no end. The people who most inspire us are the ones who take service to the max; the people who create new ways to support others, who collaboratively strive to bridge the gaps, who see something missing and in turn, see an opportunity to create a new possibility. Bruce did this - he took service to the max and humbly helped more people than can ever be counted. 

Not only was Bruce in service to the mutual aid fellowship of his choosing, Bruce was extraordinarily in service to the larger recovery community.  Through the innovative creation of his award winning 12 Step Gazette recovery magazine in 2008, Bruce created a new vehicle for the local recovery community to share information, ideas, resources, events and entertainment.  The readership of the 12 Step Gazette would go on to reach over 10,000 and act as a mechanism to broaden the support an individual in or seeking recovery could access. 

If a heroic life is all about overcoming your own challenges in order to leave this world better off than you found it, then Bruce led a heroic life in every sense of the word.  Bruce created something new that would go on to impact people in a uniquely profound way, and the recovery community and larger world is better off as a result.

Our hearts go out to those closest to him, who have lost who he was in all of his humanity. For those of us who were touched by his gifts, our hearts are full of joy for having had an example of a life well lived.

Brooke M. Feldman
Project Coordinator
Supporting Youth Recovery Program
The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. / PRO-ACT


Services for Bruce will be held Thursday, January 22 at 12:30 pm at Goldstein's Funeral Home, 310 2nd Street Pike Southampton PA 18966 followed by a graveside service at Roosevelt Memorial Cemetery located at 2701 Old Lincoln Hwy, Trevose PA 19053. All are welcome.
 
Overdose Prevention, Education and Naloxone Response Training - Cancelled for 1/21/15 and Rescheduled for 1/28/15

An overdose can leave family and friends feeling hopeless and helpless. But families and community members now have a tool to save lives with the recently enacted Good Samaritan Law. If you want to learn what to do in case of an overdose and how to administer the life-saving overdose-reversal agent called Naloxone, please join us for this important community training.Email or call David Fialko at 215-230-8218 x3162 for questions or to register.    

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