Saturday, October 31, 2015

Robbie Knievel completes stunt to celebrate sobriety

Robbie Knievel completes stunt to celebrate sobriety

Philadelphia man arrested for attempted robbery while en route to drug treatment | Reading Eagle - NEWS

Philadelphia man arrested for attempted robbery while en route to drug treatment | Reading Eagle - NEWS

Christopher Kennedy Lawford "This is our coming out party"

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Enclosed please see our November calendar as well as some fliers of upcoming events….Thank you Denise

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

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 On Sunday, October 4, we joined 25,000 individuals and advocacy organizations for the UNITE to Face Addiction Rally on the National Mall in Washington D.C. It was a powerful, historic gathering that brought together people, communities and organizations to face addiction and stand up for recovery.

Watch our video capturing the spirit of the UNITE to Face Addiction event!

Through this first-of-its-kind event, we were able to collect signatures in support of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act(S.524/H.R.953)legislation that would increase addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services. We also asked members of the crowd to share their personal stories and took photos of their written responses, as part of our #howmanyfamiliesphoto campaign.

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Genetic Variations Influence Risk of Methadone Overdose, Study Suggests - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Genetic Variations Influence Risk of Methadone Overdose, Study Suggests - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


I am afflicted very much ; Revive me ,O lord , according to your word .(GODS BIG BIG BOOK)

STEP 2 - Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity(AA / NA BIG BOOK)

Revive - regain life, consciousness, or strength.

Powerless , unconscious and deader than a door nail is where I was left fifteen years ago. Then I followed the steps and picked up a copy of Gods big book. Gods big book not only revived me through the words It gave me liberty . God did not want me to live alone , addicted , and unloved . Through His word not only did He provide me with the strength to get sober but to stay there and it also taught me how to clean house and shake off all unnecessary baggage .I live life now sober , unburdened , free and restored full of peace and joy.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
(GODS BIG BOOK)By Joseph Dickerson

Sunday, October 25, 2015

National Synthetic Drug Crackdown Leads to Arrests - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

National Synthetic Drug Crackdown Leads to Arrests - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

80 Percent of Those with Opioid Use Disorders Don’t Receive Treatment - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

80 Percent of Those with Opioid Use Disorders Don’t Receive Treatment - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Family Structure Influences Whether Letting Teens Drink at Home Leads to Problems - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Family Structure Influences Whether Letting Teens Drink at Home Leads to Problems - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

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How Addiction Affects Sibling Relationships

How Addiction Affects Sibling Relationships
The needs of siblings of active addicts and alcoholics are often overlooked. This is especially true when siblings are adolescents and young adults. Supporting the needs of all family members individually is the key to maintaining a healthy family unit.
Long before I understood what a dysfunctional family was (much less that I was growing up in one); I learned the story of Cain and Able. Sunday school was a mandatory part of my upbringing and the only thing I found even slightly interesting were the stories. I knew that “raising cane/Cain” was a bad thing and my childhood impression was simply that Able was a good son and Cain was not. I wanted to be a good son and could not understand why my best efforts to do so went unnoticed.

Sibling Love or Competition?

It’s natural for children to think in black and white terms. Prior to early adolescence, the child’s brain cannot work with abstract concepts like faith and belief systems. They will simply absorb what you teach them. In adolescence and early adulthood we develop the capacity for choosing our own beliefs and values. This developmental process moved me away from organized religion but it also made me aware that my siblings and I had a lot in common with Cain and Able.
It’s a myth that siblings naturally love each other. They don’t. What siblings do naturally is compete with one another. They have to be taught to be loving and accepting of each other.
In families that experience ongoing abuse, neglect, and/or addiction, these lessons are often not instilled. Competition leads to increased dysfunction and unhealthy relationships between kids who are surviving the same family.

Everyone Has a Role to Play

Why are we so different?
In families like mine, children are unofficially assigned roles. My sister was the smart one, my brother was the funny/talented one, and as the eldest, I was the responsible one. For all that went unspoken, we knew what was expected of us and we provided it. We did this in pursuit of approval and acceptance. We did this to compensate for the craziness of our parents. Even as kids, we understood that maintaining appearances was vitally important.

Watership Down

As a family therapist; I consistently find that whatever affects one member of a family impacts all members of a family whether directly or indirectly. Nowhere is this more apparent than with addiction. Regardless of who the addict is, the rest of the family compensates and conflicts rage, internally and externally, overtly and silently.
Watership Down is a great children’s book that I recommend to families. It describes the behavior of unhealthy families through a story about rabbits. In the midst of highly stressful situations and fear, the rabbits have a simple choice – pull together against a common enemy or turn on one another. Just as the rabbits in this story, families of addiction often “circle the wagons and shoot inward.”

Compensating & Homeostasis

When the addict is an adolescent or young adult, their brothers and sisters often learn to live under a microscope of attention. The addict is Cain and the siblings are expected (by their parents and/or themselves) to be Able. Perfectionism and over-achievement follow. This is compensation in action. Families seek equilibrium, even if it means going to equal and opposite extremes.
Alternatively, the siblings of addicts become invisible. Parents put their lives on hold looking for the addicted child to become a prodigal son/daughter. The siblings grow up in a vacuum of emotional unavailability. The addicted child becomes resented for their ongoing impact on the family unit.

Changing Dysfunctional Dynamics

Living with powerlessness, unhealthy demands, and an ongoing example of what not to be inhibits growth and self expression. Balance is key to healthy change. The family comes to see that its collective whole has been overshadowed by the sickness of one member.
Meeting the needs of each family member to the greatest degree possible promotes healing and supports the well being of the family unit. This starts with the parents/caregivers getting on the same page to accomplish two important tasks:
  1. Ensuring that enabling does not occur 
  2. Renewing their commitment to meeting the needs of each family member
This is usually messy, awkward, and uncomfortable. It’s also the only way to return from being a group of individuals to being a functioning family unit. There’s a lot that’s gone unsaid and there’s a lot to work through.

Expressing Feelings and Needs

In the course of any healing process, expectations and feelings need to become overt and clearly expressed. Siblings of addicts often feel pressured to be supportive and to make sacrifices to shore up their parents/caregivers. They often feel unable to express their negative emotions regarding the impact the addict/alcoholic has had individually and on the family as a whole.
It’s vitally important that each member be able to express what they feel, want, and need. This requires turning focus toward self and making ourselves vulnerable enough to share. Family therapy provided by those trained in addictions and Structural Family Therapy can make these waters far easier to navigate.
Siblings of addicts will almost assuredly have very strong feelings about drugs and alcohol. Some will be straight edged and others will resent the idea that they cannot use or drink in moderation. Respecting these views is important – siblings never enjoy being compared to one another.
Learning to live with unknowns is a challenge for any family. We hope and pray our loved ones enter recovery. Independent of their choices, we need to be as healthy as we can be.
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I hope you enjoy the blog entry below, from William White, released just before the UNITE rally.  I am sending it out to you because it accomplishes that most important of tasks, it places the current issues of the day within the broader historical context. It is my experience and belief that nothing can change without first seeing it clearly, no disease can be treated without an accurate diagnosis.
~Beverly Haberle

by William L. White

A day is coming when we will gather at state capitals and in our nation's capital and you will see recovering people in every direction as far as the eyes can see-all offering themselves as LIVING PROOF that recovery is not just a possibility but a living reality.-October 6, 2001

In October 2001, addiction recovery advocates from around the country assembled in St. Paul, Minnesota to launch a new recovery advocacy movement.  Those of us present had no way of envisioning the remarkable events that could and would unfold in the coming years. This weekend, now fourteen years later, recovery advocates from around the country will again assemble in the Unite to Face Addiction rally in Washington, D.C.  It seemed appropriate on this historic occasion to revisit the vision that drew many of us to St. Paul in 2001. In my closing keynote at the 2001 Recovery Summit, I challenged those present to personally refine and deliver the address below in communities across the country.  Perhaps that day we envisioned in 2001 has arrived.    

St. Paul, 2001:  It is an honor to be able to share some thoughts with you about the recovery advocacy movement in America.  I have had the privilege of working with many of the grassroots organizations that are the backbone and heart of this movement.  Recovering people and their families, friends, and professional allies are once again organizing to change the way this country views addiction and the potential for recovery.  It is indeed an exciting time within communities of recovery in America.

There Was a Day
I want to begin my remarks by talking about our past.  There is much we can learn by sitting at history's feet.  Comedian Lilly Tomlin once observed that, if we listened, maybe history wouldn't have to keep repeating itself.  I have come to recognize the profound wisdom in her words.

There was a day in the late 19th century when an elaborate network of recovery support groups and addiction treatment institutions dotted the American landscape.  There were Native American recovery circles, the Washingtonians, the fraternal temperance societies, and the reform clubs.  There were recovery-oriented inebriate homes, medically-oriented inebriate asylums, for-profit addiction cure institutes, and religiously-oriented inebriate colonies.  In that time, physicians in the American Association for the Cure of Inebriety proclaimed to all the world that addiction was a disease that could be either inherited or acquired and that this disease was one from which people could fully recovery.  On that day, recovery activists, alone and in organized groups, offered themselves as living proof that recovery from addiction was possible. 

That day vanished in the opening years of the twentieth century, drowned in a wave of cultural pessimism that closed addiction treatment institutions and sent recovery groups into hiding.  The demise of America's first era of institutional treatment and recovery support groups is a stark reminder that we can take nothing that exists today for granted.

As America's 19th century institutions and support groups collapsed, a new sunless day emerged.  That day, less than a hundred years ago, witnessed addicted people locked away for years in rural penal colonies.  Americans, believing that alcoholics and addicts were a "bad seed" that threatened the future of the society and the human race, passed laws providing for their mandatory sterilization.  That was a time when people who had yet to achieve recovery filled the "cells" of "foul wards" in large city hospitals, and they were the lucky ones, as most hospitals refused their admission.  That was a day when alcoholics and addicts spent their most despairing hours in city drunk tanks.  That was a day when those not yet in recovery died in the streets and were swept up like discarded refuse.  That was a day when alcoholics and addicts languished in the snake pits of aging state psychiatric hospitals.  That was a day when alcoholics and addicts were subjected to brain surgery and shock therapies and every manner of drug insult-all thrust upon them in the name of help.  That was a day when family members died a thousand emotional deaths in their desperate, unrelenting search for help for an addicted spouse, parent, sibling, or child.  Those days of professional condescension and public contempt were not so long ago.  

The remnants of those dark days were present in the earliest years of my own entrance into the worlds of addiction treatment and recovery.  In the 1960s, I witnessed alcoholics and addicts languishing in the most cold and callous of institutions.  I have no words to convey the feel or smell of such places, places that conveyed in a thousand ways that you were not human, places that sucked the hope out of all condemned to live in them.  I have vivid recollections of local community hospitals refusing to admit alcoholics and addicts for treatment of acute trauma: such people were perceived as not morally worthy to fill beds reserved for those who were "really sick."  Working as an outreach and crisis worker, I have nightmarish recollections of the bodies of the addicted hanging from torn sheets in jail cells, and my own desperate attempts to find the words to communicate with families who had long feared a visit such as mine. 

The invasive treatments-the shock therapies, the drug insults, the prolonged sequestration-are not ancient tales.  I recently interviewed a woman who was hospitalized for acute alcohol poisoning in 1971.  She and her family were given two treatment choices: a one-year commitment in a state psychiatric hospital or brain surgery-a lobotomy-that they were told would remove her craving for alcohol.  The woman herself thought the surgery a better alternative than being locked up for a year.  But a chance encounter between her father and a man in recovery brought a woman from Alcoholics Anonymous to her bedside and the beginning of what has now been more than three decades of sanity, sobriety and service.  Her story tells us that we are little more than a generation away from these infamous days.  Her story also hints at what happened to open the doors of recovery. 

In White, W. (2006).  Let's Go Make Some History:  Chronicles of the New Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement.  Washington, D.C. 
Representative Todd Stephens, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, and Danielle Curry.

Kid's Fest 2015

On Saturday, October 10th, State Representative Todd Stephens from the 151st District, held the 3rd Annual Kid's Fest celebration, at the Village Shopping Center on Blair Mill Rd in Horsham, PA.  Hundreds gathered to see the local fire and police departments, as well as vendors and organizations from around Montgomery County. 

The Council was represented by Danielle Curry, a CRS serving both Montgomery and Bucks Counties. The Council's table was directly next to the Montgomery County District Attorney, Risa Vetri Ferman, and Police Department.  Kids of all ages walked around the shopping center's parking lot, got their faces painted, collected free toys, including bike helmets from the police department and firefighter hats from the fire department. The police department brought along their K-9 unit, as well as a large Septa Bus. The officers and their 4-legged friends showed the crowd how they train the dogs, and how the dogs are taught to track bombs and drugs. The fire department showed children and their parents how they respond to an emergency, and even how they use their large cranes to rescue people from tall buildings in the event of a fire.  The event was a huge success, and hundreds of kids had a fun-filled Fall Saturday with their parents!
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