Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Addict's Mom Lights of Hope National Event - Hosted in all 50 States by mothers who are brave enough to "Share Without Shame."
Lights of Hope - South Florida - Boynton Beach..
The Addict's Mom Announces the Lights of Hope 2015 Vigil in Boynton Beach, Florida During Recovery Awareness Month Attracting all South Floridians to Partake in this Special Ceremony.
The Addict's Mom announced their nationwide campaign, Lights of Hope, 2015. They will be honoring and supporting those whose lives have been shattered by addiction and remembering those lost. Ceremonies will be hosted by local chapters throughout the United States. On September 20th 2015, candles will burn bright as beacons of hope for the 22.7 million Americans addicted to drugs.
In Florida, the vigil will take place on Sunday, September 20th at 5:45pm until 8:30pm at Aion Recovery - Station House, 13000 Barwick Rd, Boynton Beach, Florida 33436, 5:45 – 8:30pm. Speakers will shed light on their personal experiences and help this struggling population find resources.
The speakers include Barbara Theodosiou of The Addict’s Mom, Patricia Rosen of Sober World Magazine, Linda Mautner of the Ian Mautner Foundation, John Lehman of FARR, and Lyle Fried of The Shores.
The Addict's Mom hopes to highlight:
The lack of available resources specifically structured to care for curtail, and combat addiction issues.
Campaigns for foundations, such as hospitals, to increase their efforts in treating those plagued by addiction.
Information that is available to those struggling with addiction about where they can receive help.
The fact that recovery is possible.
The need to never lose hope.
Lights of Hope is an offer extended to all to step out of the shadows of shame and stigma and raise their voices as one by lighting three candles to spotlight September as National Recovery Month. One candle represents those in active addiction, the next celebrates addicts in recovery, and the last speaks for those who have perished. Together the tapers embody the hope that one day this national epidemic of death and despair will end.
An extremely painful and private battle, most addicts and their families suffer alone. When Barbara Theodosiou found out that two of her four children had fallen prey to addiction, she knew she had to do something. That something was to announce, very bravely, to the world that she was an addict's mom and she was not going to hide in shame, but she was going to be there to help every mother like her cope with this beast that was destroying her. Her crusade, now called The Addict's Mom, a burgeoning Facebook community, is a home for many--a place where mothers share their hopes, fears and grief without shame.
Like millions of other parents who have lost their kids to addiction, she speaks for all, regardless of the circumstances. "It shocks me. It crushes me. It steals my soul . . There are no breaks, no holidays, there is no solace here. All I can do now is tell his story to the world in the hopes that I am able to make the smallest change in a broken system that houses the mentally ill in violent jails." She's not alone anymore. The Addict's Mom, now 40,000 strong, takes pride in bolstering battered spirits, sharing the miniscule amount of community resources available, and offering support where once there was none—a huge victory
Very few choose to publicize their battle, like Theodosiou, Mautner and Rosen who have all lost their beautiful children to this horrible disease. The Lights of Hope can promote change.
Please join in our quest to share without shame and cast away the chains of stigma, which continue to keep us prisoners of sorrow and secrecy.
For more information contact: Barbara Theodosiou, 954 309-0992barbara@theaddictsmom.com
Visit The Addict's Mom at: http://addictsmom.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

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