Thursday, January 23, 2020



Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over chemical substances—that our lives had become unmanageable.

Psalm 88
1 O LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you. 2 May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.3 For my soul is full of trouble and my life draws near the grave. 4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like a man without strength.

When you are broken beyond your ability to fix ! God is the only one who can fix all of you !Look at that verse it explains where I was sixteen years ago. We discover God when we are completely done with self. The mess your in was not His plan and somewhere on your journey you took a detour. You got lost and we all have been lost and most are still lost. Give God a chance He is waiting anxiously for you to return to Him! He will renew ,transform, and rebuild you into
the person He designed you to be.  

By Joseph Dickerson/Recovery Connections Network Psalm 103 v 3- He forgives all my sins and Heals all my diseases! Jesus Christ has already won your war with addiction!Matthew 8 v 17 This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah,who said, “He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.”

Access to FREE CEs When You Join NAADAC!

January 23, 2020

Become a NAADAC Member and Gain Access to FREE CEs!

Did you know that NAADAC members have access to over 145 hours of FREE continuing education (CE) hours through NAADAC’s Free Webinar Series?

Every month, NAADAC offers two or more free new webinars and participants have the option to either join the webinar live or access the webinar at a later time through NAADAC's Free On-Demand Webinar Library. Webinar topics range from co-occurring disorders and recovery support to clinical skills and neurobiology.

Each free 1-3 hour webinar is presented by a subject matter expert in the addiction profession and worth CEs. While viewing the education is free, non-members must pay to receive CEs ($15 for 1 CE to $35 for 3 CEs). NAADAC members can earn those CEs for free! (Join NAADAC now!)

The next live webinar will take place on January 29th at 3:00pm EST. Presenter Mike Bricker, MS, NCAC II, CADC II, LPC, will discuss the behavioral health ethical codes that apply to virtual interactions with clients. Register for Social Media and Ethical Dilemmas for Behavioral Health Clinicians today!

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From WFS: Conference 2020 Needs You

WFS Needs Your Help to Make Conference a Success!

Workshop Facilitators
Women who use the New Life Program for their personal recovery are encouraged to apply! We have mentors willing to help you make your first workshop a success, as well as a number of resources available for repeated topics (i.e. Relapse Prevention, First Year, etc.). Workshop presenters receive a complimentary Base Registration, which covers Fri-Sun meals, double room, and conference activities ($300 value in 2019).

Submission deadline is February 1, 2020.

Learn more about being a conference presenter, see tips and suggestions, and submit a presentation application on our conference page.

Interested in leading an informal activity instead? Fill out our new Informal Activity Proposal short form instead!

Planning Team
Volunteers make the Annual Conference a success and WFS needs your help!  The following conference workgroups are looking for volunteers to help with planning, preparation, and helping at the event:
  • Logistics Workgroup - Making sure the who and what get to the where and when.
  • Programming Workgroup - Developing the formal, official conference activities such as keynote addresses, workshops (breakout sessions, paid-for Friday sessions), WFS meetings.
  • Hospitality & Informal Activities Workgroup – Additional activities and touches that make the conference an all-around great experience.
  • Finance & Budgeting Workgroup - All things financial related to the event.
  • Marketing & Communications Workgroup - Help get the word out about the event and develop the written conference program book.
  • Sponsorship Workgroup  Cultivating corporate sponsors to provide additional funding for the event
All volunteers must have completed the Volunteer Application and have a signed Confidentiality Agreement and Electronic Resources Use Agreement on file. Please contact with any questions.

Don't forget about fundraising!
The 2020 Teddy Bear Challenge is also looking for volunteers before and during Conference to help with the planning and implementation of this fun and creative fundraiser starting in February. The Fundraising Management Team is in charge of the Saturday night fundraising event at the conference, as well. If you have an interest in helping making our conference-season fundraisers a success, email the Fundraising Management Team at Thanks!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020



Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Proverb 6:22
When you walk about, they will guide you; When you sleep, they will watch over you; And when you awake, they will talk to you.

Addiction is a spiritual battle with self ! Gods Big Book refers to your Spirit as the inner man.Most secular treatment programs leave out the inner self which explains relapse. Recovery must be a total Mind, body, and Spiritual Transformation, and the only program that offers 100% success is Gods recovery program. That success is Guaranteed with the help of His Angels who are available around the clock. Constant communication and Prayer to God and inviting his son Jesus Christ into your Heart and life will complete your connection to God your father. God created you and he knows whats best and He has the power you need to win your Spiritual battle with self.

By Joseph Dickerson/Recovery Connections Network Psalm 103 v 3- He forgives all my sins and Heals all my diseases! Jesus Christ has already won your war with addiction!Matthew 8 v 17 This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah,who said, “He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.”

Can Brain Surgery Cure Alcoholism?🍸

January 21, 2020 • Vol. 7., No. 21
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5 arrested in $3.2 million Southern California sober living home fraud scheme
Jan. 17, 2020 - The defendants also are accused of orchestrating a massive money-laundering scheme by filtering funds through a nonprofit, StopB4UStart, by providing so-called donations from ... Among other things, some litigation raises the question of whether referral fees — the common industry practice of paying someone to find clients, often on retainer — is a simple business practice or a matter of fraud. @OCRegister
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Endorses Legalizing Drugs January 19, 2020 - “If we take that step to legalize and regulate, then we’re no longer treating people who are struggling with substance addiction and abuse as criminals and instead getting them the help that they need,”...@Forbes
Alcoholic deaths have doubled every year since 1999
Jan. 13, 2020 - ...there were roughly 70,000 drug overdose deaths in the US in 2017. Based on the Alcoholism study, alcohol was linked to more deaths than all overdoses even at the height of America’s opioid epidemic. @Vox
From Division 1 to dead: How opioids claimed the life of a once-promising player 
January 13, 2020 - BALTIMORE — David Lunn Jr. died alone on Jan. 5, 2019, his body pressed against the basement door of the laundry room of a rundown apartment building not far from the famous Pimlico Race Course. Officials said the cause of death was a fentanyl overdose... @TheUndefeated
Before deadly plane crash, sobriety brought these 4 together Jan. 17, 2020 - “His recent passion was to provide safe, sober housing for anyone in need,” his obituary said. Rusty Jungels, 36, had proudly posted on social media about his milestones in sobriety, his aunt Debbie Greenwalt told The Gazette. Greenwalt said her nephew had been sober for more than 120 days, had been working in the food service industry, and had three children. @BillingsGazette
Americans are binge drinking themselves to death
January 17, 2020 - Thanks to our ballooning benders, 73,000 Americans died from liver disease and other alcohol-related illnesses in 2017 — more than double in 1999 when that number was 36,000... @NYPost
US Drug Overdose Deaths Drops for First Time Since 1990  
January 18, 2020 - “[For the] first time in almost 30 years, we’ve seen a decline in the number of Americans dying from an overdose—its a 5 percent reduction,” said Jim Carroll, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy... @NTD
Beauty sleep could be real
JANUARY 15, 2020 - Thicker fibrils measuring about 200 nanometres in diameter – a million million times smaller than a pinhead – are permanent and stay with us throughout our lives, unchanged from the age of 17. But thinner fibrils measuring 50 nanometres, they find, are sacrificial, breaking as we subject the body to the rigours of the day but replenishing when we rest at night.
Acclaimed scientist gets brain surgery for alcohol addiction 
Jan. 19, 2020 - Dr Plummer’s research subjects were Kenyan women, sex workers, some who were found to have a natural immunity to the virus ... In those stressful times, five or six glasses of scotch a night were giving him room to exhale after hectic days and weeks. @BBC
Vancouver Introduces World’s First Opioid Vending Machine
Jan. 17, 2020 - The machine is a pilot program of the University of British Columbia (UBC) MySafe project. It was first launched in Vancouver in December ... The machine, which has been described as resembling an 800-pound ATM, dispenses tablets of the powerful painkiller hydromorphone, also known under the brand name Dilaudid... @Newsweek
Book Review: Roland William’s “Recovery Is A Verb”
January 15, 2020 - There’s a saying amongst recovering alcoholics and addicts that AA isn’t for people who need it, it’s for people who want it. Recovery Is A Verb goes a little further to assert that sobriety isn’t for people who need it OR want it; but for the people who DO it. 
Do you want fried brains with that? Watch
‘I’m you in 10 years’: Michigan’s new anti-marijuana ads raise eyebrows WATCH
Jan. 17, 2020 - The ad shows what is supposed to be what a teenager will look like 10 years in the future if they keep using marijuana. While it is designed to discourage teens from smoking pot, some people believe it is not the right way to convey that message. @LansingCityPulse
It's a Laughing Matter LISTEN
Comedian takes on mental illness LISTEN
January 17, 2020 - Maria Bamford, whose new talk show is called “What’s Your Ailment?!,” herself lives with bipolar disorder. “I feel like everybody is on a spectrum of different mental experiences. It’s just comedians are much more likely to talk about it.” @KCRW
London Calling: Dark web drug dealers are targeting middle-aged, middle-class users with 'ethically sourced' and 'conflict free' cocaine January 19, 2020 - In 2018, the Global Drug Survey found that cocaine can be delivered more quickly in England and Scotland than a takeaway pizza....Cocaine has exploded in popularity in Britain... @DailyMail
Methadone can help people beat opioid addiction
Jan. 16, 2020 - After 6 years of accelerated drug use, Megan King found a treatment that worked for her: methadone; she’s now planning to abandon the regimen for one reason: “100 percent, it’s the costs.” @Vox
Scientists Give Psychedelics the Serious Treatment January 16, 2020 - The first research center of its kind in the country is bringing renewed rigor to the investigation of the drugs’ therapeutic uses. Scientists are rediscovering the substances’ therapeutic potential for a vast range of issues, from depression to drug addiction and acceptance of mortality...
Smoking link to mental illness  
February, 2020 - It’s long been known that people with mental illness are more likely to smoke than those without mental illness. But no one ever looked at what came first — the smoking or the mental illness. @HarvardHealth
Timbaland reveals how he overcame drug addiction and lost 130 pounds
January 13, 2020 - “It put me in a great feeling of not caring, of just being free,” Mosley told the magazine of his addiction to OxyContin and Percocet. “I’m like traveling, doing shows, popping ’em, having fun, just being ignorant.” At that same time, he was going through a bad divorce with his wife Monique Idlett... @Yahoo
Miss America stresses opioid education at symposium
January 14, 2020 - When they called Camille Schrier’s name as the winner of the Miss America title, she forgot what song was playing in that moment. She described the feeling as “delirious” and something she “never thought would happen.” @CommonwealthTimes
Benzodiazepines might be a ‘hidden element’ of the US’ overdose epidemic WATCH
January 20, 2020 - Doctors often prescribe them to relieve acute anxiety, agitation or to help someone sleep. Taken over the long term, they can become addictive. Despite the risks, among the doctor visits at which benzodiazepines were prescribed, approximately one-third involved an overlapping opioid prescription... @CNN
Twitter’s ‘Secret Drug Addict’ Talks About Cocaine at the Height of Britpop Jan. 20, 2020 - he embarked on years of addiction before finally getting clean in 2007. Now 42, almost absurdly affable, with a wife, two kids and a natural raconteur’s love of an unpublishable story, he has opened up his Twitter DMs for anyone suffering with drugs or mental health problems. @Vice
Demi Lovato’s Next Album Will Focus on Her Journey to Sobriety? - Jan. 17, 2020 - The album will reportedly talk about her overdose and time in rehab where she was said to have gone directly after her resulting hospital stay from the overdose. @Seventeen
Dry January All Year... WATCH
Ben Affleck Is Focusing on ‘Being Healthy’ WATCH 
January 15, 2020 - Ever since a video surfaced of the actor drunkenly stumbling on Halloween, his focus has been on “being healthy,” the source tells Us, and part of that is eating right and exercising. @USMagazine
Beverly Hills Wants Historic AA ‘Log Cabin’ Gone
Jan. 15, 2020 - The Log Cabin has long been a well-known haven for Alcoholic Anonymous meetings. “Every morning people come there and they talk about this building as a magical place,” ... The Log Cabin hosts 29 meetings a week for those seeking recovery, and thousands have already signed a petition to save it as shockwaves spread through the sobriety community.@LAMag
Recovering alcoholic to cycle across six countries
Jan. 17, 2020 - The journey will start in the UK and go through Holland, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and France before finishing back in the UK ... He hit rock bottom two years ago, but found a lifeline in the charity Action on Addiction. @Gazette-News
Astronauts and addiction: Ending the stigma 
January 16, 2020 - As famed astronaut and Experience Strength and Hope Awards recipient Buzz Aldrin has explained in his memoirs and interviews, addiction among NASA astronauts is real, prevalent and serious. @Space
Fitness Instructor Shares Her Story of Overcoming Heroin Addiction - Jan. 14, 2020 - Heroin nearly destroyed Kim Harari’s life. Now, she’s celebrating three years clean. I started abusing the Percocet I was prescribed, as well as OxyContin and Xanax, to try to forget about the physical & emotional pain. @PhillyMag
Body brokering, where addicts are sold as investments, can continue in sober homes
Jan. 15, 2020 - A bill forbidding “body brokering” in sober living homes — and slapping a $50,000 penalty on each occurrence — was sent back to the drawing board by the Senate Health Committee Wed. Jan. 15. @OCRegister
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