Wednesday, May 31, 2017

“All of us in recovery are soldiers. We have fought for our own liberty and freedom from the tyranny of our disease. And, like in any battle, we have lost many. Every time another one falls, for me, is a time that I can feel my own recovery undergo a galvanizing process.” —Ashley Webb Dane, a mother of two teenagers and a certified hypnotherapist

Read more in "A Three-day Weekend, Barbecues and No Beer, Oh, My!"
Memorial Day weekend can be difficult for those in recovery — especially early recovery. A three-day weekend of barbecues, parades, big sales and brewskies. Want something to keep your mind — and, perhaps, body — away from those celebratory events? Remember what Memorial Day really means.

Let us honor those who gave their lives in battle not with drink and a raised glass but with sober hearts and minds — not only those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice but also the families who must endure their legacy.  

Brad Pitt Opens Up About Alcoholism and Recovery

“I know I'm just in the middle of this thing now — not at the beginning or at the end, just smack-dab in the middle. And I don't want to dodge any of it.”

Lucky Charmer

You could probably call James Hart’s memoir Lucky JimLucky to Be Alive Jim.After all, he survived a traumatic childhood; alcohol and drug abuse; a pair of failed marriages, including one to Carly Simon; and the death of his son.

A Father's Secrets, A Daughter's Search

How Sharon Leder uses her life story as the oldest daughter of a heroin addict to help her imagine ways for the characters in her new novel, The Fix, to survive conflict, tragedy and trauma without losing sight of the supports they need to prevail 
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Equine Therapy at Livengrin Foundation

Equine Therapy at Livengrin Foundation on CBS Philly - Channel 3
Dear Friends,

As you may have heard, yesterday our Equine Therapy program was a lead story shown on CBS3 News with health reporter Stephanie Stahl. See the video broadcasts here:

We would like to thank our amazing clinical staff for putting together this fantastic program.  We’d also like to thank the Farm Team  for being such an integral part of this partnership and its success, as well as our wonderful alumna that graciously made herself available to speak about the impact Livengrin’s Equine Therapy had on her recovery.

Special thanks to Board Member Joe Jingoli and staff, Bellevue Communications, John Kronbar, Amanda Hillzer, and Kristy Naughton, who were all involved in making sure the following news coverage went smoothly. This was a team effort.

I encourage you to take a look at the above coverage from CBS3. Everyone did such a great job!  


Scott F. Blacker
Vice President for Development

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With the drug overdose epidemic reaching record numbers in and around Philadelphia, there’s renewed emphasis on addiction treatment programs. Some involve help from horses.

Equine therapy has been used for a variety of situations. It’s been shown that horses can help people overcome all sorts of problems. Now, recovering drug addicts are getting their lives back together with visits to a Bucks County farm.

The beauty and tranquility of nature is helping 23-year-old Emily Coll stay sober.

“It got to a point where everything just came crumbling down,” Coll said.

After years of being addicted to alcohol and drugs, Coll is putting her life back together in addiction recovery with the Livengrin Foundation and their farm team program.

She says her favorite part is the peacefulness and how open it is.

At the Harmony Hollow Run Farm in Lambertville, recovering addicts do chores and work with the horses.

“I felt more connected when he looked at me.”

With equine therapy, Coll is learning to interact with horses to face and overcome fears.

“There is something about the horse,” said Brad Langenberg, an equine therapist at the Livengrin Foundation. “He’s just there. He’s always present. He’s 100 percent there.”

Langenberg knows about the powers of addiction having spent 10 years on drugs. Now he’s helping others in recovery, sharing the healing power of horses and life on the farm.

“I bring people out into nature like this,” he said. “It starts to open up doors and boundaries and walls come down.”

“That brings back a huge piece that I lost in my addiction, which is confidence and being able to stand firm in who I am,” Coll said. “That’s the biggest thing I get out of it, honestly.”

Now believing in herself again, Coll is learning new lessons on the farm — lessons of responsibility and trust.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for them to gain that confidence they’re going to need when they go back to their lives, jobs and loved ones,” said Scott Blacker, Livengrin Foundation Vice President.

The equine program is one of many offered by Livengrin, which offers residential and outpatient addiction treatment.
Stephanie Stahl

Livengrin Alumni Association 

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Why I Share My Story as a Father of Sons in Recovery
Paul Kusiak - father of two sons in recovery

My family was grateful for the opportunity to contribute to a recent public service announcement campaign (PSA). I’m a regular dad, so I was a little nervous during the filming. I must admit, as soon the producer left my home, my mind flooded with thoughts of things I could have phrased differently or points I'd missed. Being in front of a camera isn’t as comfortable for me as being in a parent support group or helping someone one-on-one when they are in crisis.

My youngest son, Jared, best describes why my family embraced participating and why I volunteer as a parent coach and family advocate. When he was just beginning his recovery path, he didn’t hesitate to say, “Dad, I don’t care what anyone thinks of me, if it might help one other young person like me avoid what I went through and one other family like ours avoid what we went through.” He was 16 years old when he first entered treatment for struggles with opioids.
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May 30, 2017
Self-Care for Addiction Professionals: Why It Counts and How to Do It

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET (2 CT/1 MT/12 PT)

Description: Working as an addiction professional can be challenging and rewarding. For many, burnout is replacing a feeling of satisfaction. Self-care helps you respond to and prevent burnout. It also enables you to carry out your professional responsibility, which is to do well for your clients. Modeling good self-care is good for you and everyone else, including clients. The principles of self-care are the same as for recovery, as exemplified by recovery-oriented systems of care. These principles promote a person-centered, strengths-based approach that helps people marshal the individual, social, and environmental factors that support their well-being. This webinar gives you skills to make lasting change so you can be well to do well.
Presenter: David Mee-Lee, MD
David Mee-Lee, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Based in Davis, California, he trains and consults both nationally and internationally. Mee-Lee is Chief Editor of the American Society of Addiction Medicine's (ASAM) Criteria for the Treatment of Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions and is Senior Vice President of The Change Companies. He is also a Senior Fellow, Justice Programs Office (JPO) of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University, Washington, DC, and cofounder of the Institute for Wellness Education. Mee-Lee has forty years of experience in person centered treatment and program development for people with co-occurring mental health and substance-use conditions.
Price: Education is FREE to all professionals
Continuing Education Credit: Earn a Certificate of Completion for 1.5 CE Credits by passing an online CE Quiz upon completion of the webinar. FREE for NAADAC members (Join now!). $20 for Non-members.
Questions or comments about NAADAC Education? Take a look at our Webinar FAQs or email NAADAC.

The Dynamics of Motivation - There Is No Place Like Home

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET (2 CT/1 MT/12 PT)

Description: This webinar will examine the dynamics of motivation, including the definition of motivation, how and why motivation changes, and the importance of motivation in the recovery process. The webinar will demonstrate how a professional's attitude, language, and style can increase or decrease a client's motivation.
Presenter: Scott Breedlove, MS, MARS, MRSS-P
Scott Breedlove, MS, MARS, MRSS-P, has a Master Degree in Addiction Studies and 16 years of experience working in the field, including 10 years of experience in training. Breedlove is currently a trainer for the ATTC Network on a variety of topics, including clinical supervision technology based clinical supervision, and technology ethics. He has presented at a number of conferences in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Washington and Louisiana and conducts about 25-30 trainings each year in Missouri for the Missouri Credentialing Board.
Price: Education is FREE to all professionals
Continuing Education Credit: Earn a Certificate of Completion for 1 CE Credit by passing an online CE Quiz upon completion of the webinar. FREE for NAADAC members (Join now!). $15 for Non-members.
Questions or comments about NAADAC Education? Take a look at our Webinar FAQs or email NAADAC.

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Phone: 703.741.7686 / 800.548.0497

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