Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Jennifer Musser, LPC
Community Engagement Director

October 29, 2018
Register Now for the 2018 Advocacy in Action Conference & Hill Day
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The 2018 Advocacy in Action Conference is only three weeks away! The conference will take place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on November 12, 2018 with a Hill Day on November 13, 2018.

Don't miss out on a discounted room rate! Book your room by Friday, November 2, for a rate of $199/night + resort fee! See below for details.

Learn how to use YOUR voice for the addiction profession! The full conference schedule for the Advocacy in Action Conference on November 12th has now been released and includes:
  • Federal Budget and Implications Session
  • Addiction Reimbursement Platforms Panel
  • Legislative Update & Post Election Analysis
  • Workforce Overview
  • Advocacy Training and Issues Briefing
Join NAADAC leadership and members of Congress for a Hill Day on November 13ththat includes a briefing on the opioid crisis and the state of the addiction workforce, as well as visits to Capitol Hill.

Hotel Information

Hotel block rates have been extended! Book your room by Friday, November 2, to get a discounted room rate!

NAADAC has arranged for a special discounted room rate of $199/night + resort fee for conference attendees if booked at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
To book your room, please the link below or call 301.965.4000 and ask for the NAADAC group rate.

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center 

201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745-1135
Registration Rates
Member Rate Student Member RateNon-Member Rate 
Exhibitor, Support, & Recognition Opportunities
Promote your organization or services to addiction professionals during a day of presentations, networking, and exhibits.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Gleason at jgleason@naadac.org or 703.741.7686.
NAADACThe Association for Addiction Professionals
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 301Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703.741.7686 / 800.548.0497

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Higher Logic

Monday, October 29, 2018

“We are what we believe we are.” ~~C.S. Lewis

“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.” ~~Oprah Winfrey

“Believe in your dreams. They were given to you for a reason.” ~~Katrina Mayer
Statement #5
 I am what I think.
I am a capable, competent, caring, compassionate woman.
Art is very inspiring to me; my older sister is an accomplished artist. I recall being mesmerized by her drawings and felt that she possessed some kind of magic. No matter what I did, my drawings paled in comparison and often felt inadequate.

Sobriety and the continual practice of Statement #5 have enabled me to learn to believe in myself. Instead of trying to become a version of my sister, I am developing as an artist, finding my own style and feeling the freedom that comes from being who I am. It is invigorating and the learning process has become joyful.

Over the weekend, I participated in an art show and felt capable of standing in my strength. While still new in the art world, I am able to believe in my abilities. Through the WFS New Life Program and fellow sisters, becoming who I am no longer feels scary. I am a capable, competent, caring, compassionate and creative woman!

Hi 4C Women,
Know your strengths...and focus on them. Remember that what we focus on in our mind is what we give power to. To be empowered is to make ourselves stronger, more confident. It is part of learning to love ourselves, to believe we are capable, competent, caring and compassionate women.  

If you had to define yourself in 10 words or more, what would your list look like? Would it be uplifting or judgmental? Would it be encouraging or defeating? Would it be a mixture of praise and judgment?  Would it be difficult to compliment yourself, to list your accomplishments, including healthy relationships? If so, do you know why this is so difficult? Do you think your lists would be similar if you asked a trusted friend to make such a list of your characteristics/personality traits?  

It's important to be compassionate with ourselves as much as we are for others. We need to practice self-care while we are caring for others. While we praise others for their capabilities, we need to praise ourselves. As we share compliments with others on their competency to handle situations/people, we need to recognize our own competency. It's almost like the golden rule in reverse - treat yourself as you would treat others, especially those you care about.  

Last year we did an exercise for Statement #5. This might help in creating your list of 10 words or more:

I am capable of:
I am competent in:
I am caring about:
I am compassionate about:

I hope you will share your list or the answers to these questions with others. Perhaps even ask if they could add anything to it. I believe it will be worth the risk.  

Bonded in being 4C Women,
4C WFS Member
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Addiction and Recovery News, Articles | Renew Everyday

Addiction and Recovery News, Articles | Renew Everyday

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Oct 27 2018 Through The Twelve Steps With Spiritual Truth From Scripture

Galatians 4 v 3 - And that's the way it was with us before Christ came .We were like Children : we were slaves to the basic Spiritual principles of this world. (GODS BIG BOOK)

STEP 3. We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God. (Worlds Big Book)

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1 ( GODS BIG BOOK)

Really concentrate on that verse and reflect on your addictions ! Whatever controls you becomes your Master ! That mess you call life is the by-product of you being imprisoned by that Master. Another words you no longer have control of your life and the more you reflect on your life you will discover you never did. Now think about what you do and how you live according to your Master! Your Master addiction is a cruel task Master who gives no provision for peace, freedom, and joy. Addiction your master will take and destroy everything good ! Anyone that you love will be removed .You will be cornered, beaten, starved, shamed, and crushed alive by guilt, anger, and sadness.Isolated and Alone desperate and without hope death becomes a welcomed friend . Many years ago this is where I was so I know personally the pain and sorrow . It is my desperate plea and prayer that this scripture gets into your Heart and you surrender give God control and invite His Son Jesus Christ into your heart and life ! Jesus Christ came into this world to free you from that master that's why He was murdered and hung on a cross .He did it to defeat the spiritual principles of this world because we could not do it ourselves. The Spiritual Principles of this World are real and they are evil, they hate anything good especially God .God loves you and you are a special treasure in His eyes and that is why the evil Spiritual forces of this world want to be your master to enslave you Steal your freedom and your Fathers blessing and eventually causing your premature death and steal your soul.

10. “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” 2 Thess. 3:3

By Joseph Dickerson/Recovery Connections Need Prayer email us recoveryfriends@gmail.com
Psalm 103 v 3 He forgives all my sins and Heals all my diseases!

My "Beautiful Boy": David Sheff on Bringing His Family's Story to the Big Screen | The Fix

My "Beautiful Boy": David Sheff on Bringing His Family's Story to the Big Screen | The Fix: While watching the film, I would look over at Nic sitting next to me and get so emotional. I would start to cry and I feel like I’m about to start crying right now because I came so close to losing him.

Post-Kavanaugh, Women’s Self-Care Needs to Lose the Alcohol | The Fix

Post-Kavanaugh, Women’s Self-Care Needs to Lose the Alcohol | The Fix: Alcohol, when construed as the first or best line of self-care, actually renders us less effective in resisting an exploitive system that makes legal space for our bodies to be legislated, controlled, and raped.

In Praise of the Geographical Cure | The Fix

In Praise of the Geographical Cure | The Fix: For me, leaving was about survival and going back to supportive friends and family who had known me my whole life and who would give me a temporary place to stay.

In Praise of the Geographical Cure | The Fix

In Praise of the Geographical Cure | The Fix: For me, leaving was about survival and going back to supportive friends and family who had known me my whole life and who would give me a temporary place to stay.

The Rules of Marriage...In Recovery | The Fix

The Rules of Marriage...In Recovery | The Fix: Even though it's a positive change, adjusting to marriage with a newly sober spouse is a challenge. Some situations are a little tricky to navigate.

The Rules of Marriage...In Recovery | The Fix

The Rules of Marriage...In Recovery | The Fix: Even though it's a positive change, adjusting to marriage with a newly sober spouse is a challenge. Some situations are a little tricky to navigate.
"I  m not an addict but before I qualify myself on this subject, I would like to say I write this with no malicious intent towards programs or people who view addiction differently than I do.
There are many different avenues to save lives from the awful grip of addiction, and I would never want to put down anything that has saved lives. I would simply like to bring awareness to those still struggling; other options are available.
If you have tried to get sober with the mainstream approach of 12 step, faith based programs or medications without any luck, please don’t think you are a lost cause.
There is much hope left for you.
I struggled with drug addiction for years and it took my life in a direction my family and I could never have imagined. My drug addiction led me to more 12 step programs than I can count on both hands, multiple halfway houses, a couple stints in New York’s not-so-wonderful penitentiary system, a handful of life-threatening overdoses, and financial despair. It destroyed my relationship with a loving family and resulted in overall hopelessness.
I truly believed drugs would be the death of me, and the only advice I kept hearing was I needed to go to more AA/NA meetings, or that I wasn’t on the right medications. I would usually string together a few months of sobriety, start to feel better, my family would get their hopes up that we could finally put this drug issue behind us, yet inevitably I would relapse, and the downward cycle would continue. It wasn’t until I found out about Narconon, a holistic approach to addiction, that I learned the importance of dealing with the underlying issues that continued to take me back to drugs.
Unfortunately, for those who struggle with substance abuse like I did, it is very common that once we realize we need help, our lives are already in despair. At that point treatment options are usually limited to whatever facility is the cheapest. The problem is the programs that are offered for those with little or no income are 12 step or faith-based programs. This is because state funding only goes to two types of treatment 28 day programs and medicated assisted treatment. Even though these treatments tend to have a low success rates.  Other approaches such as holistic addiction treatment don’t get funded  because they do not believe addiction is a disease, and don’t treat drug addiction by giving the addict more drugs.

The word disease gets thrown around a lot, but it derives from Old French meaning ’lack of ease’, and Oxford dictionary defines it as ’a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.’
When you look at it from a literal perspective, there are a lot of things that could be considered a disease, but that doesn’t mean there is only one way to handle the conditions that cause dis-ease, or that medication is the answer. I know from my own experience that when I believed I had this incurable disease, I used that as a justification to continue using drugs.
What I have come to realize is simply, that when I experience something which causes dis-ease in my life, it is paramount I handle that situation in an appropriate, healthy manner, and not mask my condition with something else entirely. It wasn’t until I learned how to confront my underlying problems I was able to experience ease in my life.
My life is great today, but is by no means perfect. I still experience things that upset me, but now I can tackle them as they come. I think it’s unfortunate this country recognizes substance abuse as a manifestation of a disease a person is predisposed to from birth. When I hear someone say, “I have an addictive personality” what I really hear is ’I have a lot of underlying issues I’ve never dealt with.’ If that isn’t real for you, then agree to disagree.
But I believe everyone can agree that the drug epidemic is out of control. According to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) there were 72,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2017 putting drug overdose in 4th place for most deaths in the United States.
My point is when you look at this massive problem you must keep an open mind that there is more than one way to solve it, and maybe the way we have been trying isn’t the best.
The Narconon program at Narconon New Life Retreat saved my life. I believe in this program so much so that now I work here dedicating my time to helping people get the treatment they actually need. If any of this resonates with you, and you or someone you know needs help, please call us. We can help you.
Narconon New Life Retreat offers beautiful and comfortable facilities matched with a highly successful non 12 step program which results in higher success rate

Finding The Music

The journey back from drug addiction is different for each of us.  No matter where we come from or how our addiction affected us we can all learn from each other.

Stepping Stones to Recovery

 Life before Narconon was pretty much a big game to me, just not a survival one.  Life got to the point that I started to get amused by pain and I didn’t even care about anything anymore

Got My Life Back

How does someone wind up addicted to drugs? The truth is each person’s descent into drug addiction is different. This amazing story shows us a different perspective on how a person becomes addicted to drugs.