Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Breaking Cycle of Pain and Stress in Chronic Pain Patients Dependent on Opioids - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Breaking Cycle of Pain and Stress in Chronic Pain Patients Dependent on Opioids - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Ohio Governor Signs Bill to Make Naloxone Available Without Prescription - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Ohio Governor Signs Bill to Make Naloxone Available Without Prescription - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Almost One-Fifth of Teens Who Try Bath Salts Are Frequent Users, Survey Finds - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Almost One-Fifth of Teens Who Try Bath Salts Are Frequent Users, Survey Finds - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Childhood trauma & addiction: the 4600% risk factor

Childhood trauma & addiction: the 4600% risk factor
 Women for Sobriety, Inc.
WFS Annual Conference: June 10-12, 2016

June 10, 11, 12, 2016
COME EARLY, Stay at the Dorm: Thursday, June 9th!

DeSales University
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, Pennsylvania 18034
Campus Map & Directions:

REGISTRATION - The flyer isn't ready - however, we want you to plan ahead!  We do hope you can join us next June for a great weekend getaway with 4C women!  An added bonus is that you can arrive a day early - Thursday - and spend some quality time with your WFS sisters at the dormitory.  The registration price includes staying in the dormitory.... the price will NOT be lowered if you choose to stay OFF CAMPUS.  Believe me, you will have a lot more fun staying in the dorm with all of your new friends!

ATTENDANCE - All women in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse are welcome to join us to celebrate a New Life.  WFS is an abstinence-based program and requires that each woman be clean and sober during the event.  The longer you are sober, the more potential there is to fully appreciate and learn from all that you can experience at the conference.  You have the opportunity to participate in something that can create positive changes in your life... so come join us for an enjoyable retreat in the company of 4C women!

***WFS AUCTION***  Don't forget about WFS's Annual Fundraiser!  It will be held on Saturday of the conference and we need your support... handmade items, crafts, quilts, artwork, jewelry, baskets of goodies... it all adds up to lots of exciting bids and friendly competition to raise much needed funds for our organization.  If you are bringing auction items with you to conference, we will have a pre-auction set up table on Friday to sort through all the goodies... SUGGESTION: ONE-OF-A-KIND ITEMS garner more bids than multiples of the same item.  That being said, we welcome 'multiples' too!  You have TIME TO CREATE SOMETHING AWESOME FOR THE AUCTION!!  This year's auction raised a total of $14,536!!!!  There were 331 items donated - from all across the globe!  Why not join in and be part of this fun and worthy fundraiser?!  To give you some inspiration - here is the link to pictures from the recent conference in June: 

***REGISTRATION DISCOUNT***  Every year we provide a $20 discount for the early birds who register by April 1st.  The registration for the WHOLE weekend with a double room is only $270 (includes 2 nights at the dormitory, 5 meals, and all workshops on Saturday & Sunday).  After April 1st, the regular cost of $290 for a double room will apply.

***START SAVING NOW***  I did some calculations and if you stash away ONLY $7 EACH WEEK - starting NOW - you'll have enough saved to pay for the early bird registration fee!  And if that doesn't inspire you...here are a few words from attendees: "I wanted to let you know how much the Conference moved me this time around.  I believe this one was the most powerful one for me.  I already started on my auction items and my saving for the Conference fees and the Auction.  So many new women just warmed my heart.  I have such a passion for Women for Sobriety!"  "So happy I came.  I now feel part of something so much bigger than myself.  I will draw strength and connection from that.  The dormitory lobbies felt like a slumber part.  Really enjoyed coming out of my usual shell.  Thank you!" 
IMPORTANT - IF YOU HAVE ANY ....ANY!... QUESTIONS - CALL OR EMAIL ME DIRECTLY AT THE OFFICE...NOT THE ONLINE FORUM.  We appreciate your support of WFS!  I am so looking forward to seeing you next year!

Warm regards,
Becky Fenner, WFS Director
Email:  contact@womenforsobriety.org   *   Tel215-536-8026   *   Fax:  215-538-9026
http://www.womenforsobriety.org   *   http://www.wfscatalog.org
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Sisters of Serenity and Sobriety, Inc. is in the process of starting a non-profit foundation for women who need treatment from substance abuse. Our non-profit foundation will provide women with residential treatment as well as long-term treatment up to one year. In addition to this, we will also offer the following:
  1. Full and Partial Scholarships for Addiction treatment.
  2. Treatment for eating disorders.
  3. Dual Diagnosis Treatment.
  4. Detox, Primary Care and Intensive Outpatient.
  5. Travel arrangements to residential treatment as well as travel arrangements to the sober living facility that follows.
We are in the fundraising part of the process right now. We are also sending in our application to the IRS. 
Thank you so much for supporting this ministry.  You can help in the following ways:
Thank you soo much for supporting this ministry, this has been my dream since I started this page over 2 years ago to start this charity for people who need treatment for up to a year and cannot afford it. You have no idea how many messages I get with regard to people needing to find treatment. This is a need that is VERY close to my heart.  Please message me on the page if you have any questions. Peace and many blessings :)
Katie Maslin


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KLEAN Radio w/ Pat O'Brien

Monday, July 27, 2015


Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods. I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood or even speak the names of their gods .(GODS BIG BOOK)

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

There is only one TRUE God . He has book for you to read ! The verse is true whether you like it or not . If you ignore the one who created you then your gonna have trouble the entire time your here and when you die He is gonna want to know why you followed other higher powers and ignored the only ONE who created and loved you . That's right you will meet Him one day !

Jonah 2:8, Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.(GODS BIG BOOK) By Joseph Dickerson

Friday, July 24, 2015



Childhood trauma & addiction: the 4600% risk factor

Childhood trauma & addiction: the 4600% risk factor

The Addict's Mom Lights of Hope - Volunteer State Coordinators Needed

Thanks to so many volunteers, we have almost achieved our goal of having a state contact person in each state to help us light up the sky on September 13th. September is National Drug Awareness Month and we ask our Mom’s to 1) light a white candle for those in recovery,2) a red candle for those loved ones still living in addiction and, 3) a black candle for those who did not survive the illness of addiction....

Being a state contact is so easy, yet so crucial to our overall success. 1) We ask that the state contact person be our "go to" person for Mom's in their state. 2) State contacts reach out to TAM sisters in their state (a state map with the location of members is available to you) to find out where gatherings of candle lightings are being held and report back so that we can include these gatherings on our TAM LIGHTS OF HOPE map. 3) State Contacts may be asked to forward information to Mom’s in their state on the event (all materials will be provided).

Can we count on your help to ensure that 2015 will be the year that TAM Mom’s throughout the United States celebrate, memorialize and love those affected with the illness of addiction?

The Following States still need a state contact person for the Lights of Hope

-North Dakota
-South Dakota 

Please volunteer to be the contact person in any of the states above. We need your help, we 11 States away from having completing our volunteers. Won't you please help? It matters so much!! If you are willing to help please email me at Barbara@theaddictsmom.com put Volunteer in the Subject Line

**********PLEASE R.EAD**************************************

Are you an addict's mom in need of treatment for your child or do you know another addict's mom who needs help. If so please share this VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE,

To be eligible for the August 2015 Addict's Mom Scholarships please join the Addict's Mom closed group

Here is the story of our June Scholarship Recipient Kassidy Vaughan.

Kassidy Vaughan is an addict and thanks to being a TAM Scholarship w.inner, she is currently in treatment at New Beginnings. But that’s only part of her journey to get help. The rest of the road to get to where she is today is nothing short of a miracle. A miracle made possible by her Mother, Christy Lynn Vaughan’s love and tenacity. A miracle so strong that if Kassidy completes her treatment and stays clean, could change the laws and open the doors in Texas to allow those with the disease of addiction to go to rehab rather than jail. If enacted, this law will be called the “Vaughan Rule” after Kassidy.
The Vaughan’s are from Corsicana, Texas, a small town 60 miles south of Texas. Corsicana is a part of Texas that believes they have no drug problems; drugs are only found in the big cities and mysteriously stop at the boundaries of, in this case, Corsicana. Drug courts, etc. are unheard of – you have a drug issue, you do hard jail time, period. Since Kassidy’s step-mother had cut her off from I.nsurance, rehab wasn’t even a viable choice.
You see, Christy Lynn Vaughan worked 5 years for the Texas Dept. of Criminal justice on the second worst unit in Texas for men. She’d seen the signs of drug abuse, she knew all about it, but yet she didn’t see it in her daughter who was a functional addict – good in school and played sports and just seemed a little sleepy now and then. Like many of us when our child first displays signs of addiction, we want to hang their behavior on any star other than addiction. We want to believe that having taught our children the very real dangers of drugs would have stuck somewhere in their brain. Simply put, you just don’t want to believe it can happen to your child, but it happened in Corsicana, Texas to Kassidy Vaughan.
In early December, Kassidy’s boyfriend stopped by to give her a pack of cigarettes and then left immediately. Police patrolling the area thought this was suspicious activity and pulled her boyfriend over. Although he was taken to jail, he told the police that the drugs were Kassidy’s. The police went to Kassidy’s house and found drug paraphernalia, and she admitted to using in the past. They charged her with possession under 1 gram and child endangerment. CPS immediately followed the police and did drug tests on Kassidy, which were positive. She was told that she would be sent to Substance Abuse Felony Punishment (6-9 months incarceration, 3 month halfway house, followed by 1 year after care) and that her child must be removed from the house.
On Christmas Eve 2014, knowing that Kassidy was severely depressed and using heroin, Christy rushed her to the closest thing possible to a rehab she could find. They were told that out-patient rehab could best suit Kassidy’s disease of addiction. Her mother was astounded that this was their response to the illness of a young girl on heroin.
Kassidy’s only option was Substance Abuse Felony Punishment, a program her mother knew from being a prison nurse, was an awful place and had a very low success rate.
Determined and driven, Christy researched the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website and found documentation that the SAFP was only 56% effective. She immediately wrote the Judge and Probation Officer in Kassidy’s case, giving them the statistics that she had found and begged them to send her to rehab (because at the time, Kassidy had already won the TAM Scholarship). The Judge ruled that Kassidy would be allowed to go out of state to attend New Beginnings. He went on to tell her that if she completed the program successfully, the “Vaughan Rule” would be enacted.
Currently Kassidy has completed 30 days of New Beginnings and has been given an extension of 60 more days. Her current plan is to go into sober living once she has completed the rehab.
Christy Vaughan is now on a mission to bring drug awareness to Texas – watch out Texas!!
Written by Chance Ashman-Galliker !

Upcoming FARR Event:

About FARR
The Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) was founded in 2011 out of the need to evaluate and monitor standards-based recovery support services provided in community-based, residential settings throughout Florida. FARR is the Florida Affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR).

Our Philosophy

FARR  supports Recovery Residence providers in their effort to deliver quality recovery-oriented housing opportunities to persons in recovery who seek to reside in abstinence-based, peer supportive environments. We believe this is best achieved through encouraging and monitoring provider compliance with national standards promulgated for this purpose. We further believe that all people have the right to recover in an atmosphere which meets their special needs as well as their basic needs for safety, dignity and respect.

Our Intent

To fairly certify Florida Recovery Residences, on a voluntary basis, as having demonstrated compliance with the NARR Standard and FARR Code of Ethics. FARR provides training for owners, managers and staff of Recovery Residences to enhance and inform their delivery of quality services.

Our Commitment

FARR is committed to provide fair, impartial support and encouragement to recovery residence providers who express a willingness to achieve compliance with the NARR Standard and FARR Code of Ethics. FARR is further committed to participate in academic research studies focused on ROSC, Recovery Management and residents’ personal  development of Recovery Capital.

FARR Annual Summit 2015 - Orlando

August 4 @ 8:15 am - 5:30 pm

Cost: 105 Dollars


The 2015 FARR Summit will be held at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate in Orlando onAugust 4th, 2015. The 300 seat venue is expected to sell out due to passage of HB 21 into law, effective July 1, 2015. Recovery Residence owners and managers of all four distinct support levels (I, II, III & IV) will want to attend the Summit to learn how the law impacts their operations. If certification is voluntary, what’s the big deal? What are the national standards referenced by the law? What’s a “Recovery Residence Administrator”? Who is required to pass level 2 background checks? These and other questions will be addressed during the FARR Summit. Beyond a comprehensive discussion regarding the legislative impact to PHPs, IOPs and Recovery Residences, the FARR 2015 Summit focuses on Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) and Recovery Management (RM)
For More I.nformation
Visit The Addict's Mom at: http://addictsmom.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Screen All Massachusetts Public School Students for Substance Use, Advocates Urge - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Screen All Massachusetts Public School Students for Substance Use, Advocates Urge - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Thursday, July 23, 2015

 July 22, 2015
PRO-ACT Goes to Harrisburg
Advocating for Drug and Alcohol Addiction Budgets 
Call to Action

On July 1, Governor Wolf vetoed the 2015-16 budget the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed on June 30. The budget submitted to the Governor for his signaturecut $26 million to fight the epidemic of opioid-based overdoses and deaths in Pennsylvania. This includes $6 million from Governor Wolf's proposal (view here) and Representative DiGirolamos' (R-Bensalem) $20 million amendment (view here) to establish an Emergency Treatment Fund for opioid addiction and overdose.

Advocacy voices for education, pension reform, liquor store privatization, mental health and the environment budgets are strong. But voices for drug and alcohol prevention and recovery need more support!

Everyone who cares about access to drug and alcohol recovery services needs to call their Pennsylvania House and Senate Representatives (find your legislators here).

Tell them to restore the $6 million from the Wolf budget and the $20 million for the Emergency Addiction Treatment Fund.  Seven Pennsylvanians are dying every day from drug overdoses. 

Without a passed budget, funds for community organizations and non-profits are on hold and can limit resources for individuals needing services.

This is a health crisis!

When Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center invited Pro-Act Public Policy to speak at a press conference on the steps of the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, we went. Tara Lawley-Bergey of Derik's Jedi Project, gave an impassioned speech.

"2,489 drug-related deaths occurred in Pennsylvania in 2014 and 800 heroin overdoses. My brother, Derik Lawley, is now part of the 2015 statistics, and the numbers are rising at an alarming rate.

My brother suffered on a daily basis for three years with his demon heroin. Sadly he lost his battle on May 7, 2015. Hel loved his family, his daughter but he did not love his life. Heroin helped Derik escape his reality; put him into a sleep that allowed him to forget. My brother suffered from a mental illness, not a moral failing. Had Governor Wolf's budget been in effect it would have increased access to life saving therapies and given Pennsylvanians, like my brother, access to the treatment they need. It was preventable!

Governor Wolf's proposed budget includes funds to provide mental health and drug and alcohol treatment. Funds that could prevent death!  Funds that have been cut!  We are asking you to reject the General Assembly budget, return to negotiations, restore the $26 million......"

View Tara's full speech here.

You can have a voice by calling your legislators.
National Recovery Night at the Baseball Game!
Phillies vs. Cubs
Saturday, September 12, 2015

6:00 pm Gathering - 7:05 pm Game Time
           Citizens Bank Park North Pattison Avenue,
                 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148

Amber Baughman will be Throwing Out the First Pitch! Amber won this prize by being Captain of the Minions of Chaos team who walked last year and raised the most donations for Recovery Walks! 2014.
Enjoy a fun night of Phillies baseball with about 500 other fans in recovery! See the Phillies take on the Chicago Cubs at home without everyone around you drinking beer! For the 10th consecutive year, PRO-ACT will participate in this annual baseball game, developed to gain national visibility for recovery in celebration of SAMHSA's National Recovery Month in September. Attendees are requested not to consume or purchase alcohol.

Would YOU like to know how YOU can throw the first pitch next year?

Become a Team Captain for Recovery Walks! 2015, September 19.  Read more about it at www.recoverywalks.org.

Form a team, sign up for Honor Guard, and more!

To order Phillies tickets and pay online go to www.councilsepa.org and click on the Phillies logo on the home page.  Tickets are $20, which includes a donation to PRO-ACT.

For further information contact PRO-ACT's Fred Martin at 215-923-1661 or email:   Fred Martin
PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! 2015
 Penn's Landing, Philadelphia
Saturday, September 19

Register Free . Form a Team . Volunteer . Donate . Sponsor
Join the Honor Guard (living in recovery 10+ years)
click link recoverywalks.org  
Team Captain Support

We have many tips learned over the years to help Team Captains. Come to one of our Team Captain Kick-Off meetings where you'll learn how to organize a team, sign up online, and get copies of helpful tools. We even have a contact in case you want to order customized t-shirts for your team.

Wednesday, July 22, 6 - 7 pm 
Main Line Office
1062 Lancaster Avenue, Suite 22-A
Rosemont, PA 19090
To register, please contact Rick Young here or call 484-383-0802.
  Thursday, July 23, 6 - 7 pm
Philadelphia Recovery Training Center
444 North 3rd Street, Suite 307
Philadelphia, PA 19123
To register for either, please contact John Carlson here or call 215-923-1661.

Another helpful resource is our Team Captain's Kit. However, if you have specific questions about organizing your team, call Steve Calderbank at 215-345-6644 or email him here
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