Sunday, August 3, 2014


Lighthouse Network Expands Team with Hiring of Therapist Network Coordinator

Lighthouse Network is proud to announce the hiring of Jennifer A. Fequiere as Therapist Network Coordinator.

Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University and is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Southeastern University.

Previously, she served as Director of Treatment at a juvenile justice program for at-risk youth. In this position, she coordinated outpatient counseling for both the youth and their families. She also facilitated daily Anger Replacement and Skills Streaming groups. Jennifer went on to work at Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation, a Christ-centered residential care program, assisting children and adolescents who were removed from their families for various reasons. She coordinated counseling for the youth with the local agency Hope for Tomorrow, a community-based services center that offers child and family counseling, family support, and a transitional living program.

Jennifer’s role with Lighthouse Network will include expanding the reach of influence by enlisting counselors and therapists, and creating a broader span of services for people in need of hope, compassion and support through Christian counseling. She is called to help people get the counseling they need and works according to her life’s verse: Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Colossians 3:23-24.

To learn more about Jennifer, click here...

Teen’s Death Puts New Focus
on Dangers of Powdered Caffeine


The death of a teenager in Ohio is putting a renewed focus on the dangers of powdered caffeine.

Logan Stiner, 18, the prom king at an Ohio high school, died of cardiac arrhythmia and a seizure after overdosing on the substance. After his sudden death on May 27, more than 70 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter of blood were found in his system—about 23 times the amount in a typical coffee or soda. His mother found several bags of caffeine powder in the family’s home after his death and had no idea he was using the substance.

Students had been warned during prom and graduation season about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers, but no one thought to alert the teens about a substance found every day in coffee, soda and chocolate.

Dr. Karl Benzio, founder, executive director and a psychiatrist at Lighthouse Network (, says the brain’s circuitry is adversely affected by caffeine in general—even in small amounts—so the easy availability of these potent pure caffeine powders should be alarming to parents.

“When kids use caffeine, their brain chemistry is affected at an early age,” Benzio said. “Soon, they will psychologically need that jolt to start their day. Over the past few decades, we’ve seen a 70 percent increase in caffeine consumption among children and adolescents. Even kids in middle school are drinking coffee on a regular basis. When the need for alertness gets out of control, teens can turn to stronger, more dangerous substances, and the results can be tragic, as in Logan Stiner’s short life.”

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YES-FM | Toledo, Ohio
7:40 a.m. EST Tuesday, August 5
Program: AM Mayhem with Tommy Briggs
"Dangers of Powdered Caffeine"
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KKLA | Los Angeles
"What Does It Take to be a Christian Man and Pastor?"
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Cornerstone Television | One-to-One
"Divorce-Proofing Marriage"
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Lighthouse Network Radio Feature:"Life Change with Dr. Karl

Lighthouse Network is sharing its newest, life-changing radio features with the purpose of bringing scientific expertise and Biblical principles together to examine some common daily struggles to help people successfully navigate life’s obstacles and enjoy fulfilled lives. Lighthouse Network's "Life Change with Dr. Karl" radio feature airs Monday through Friday on more than 425 radio stations nationwide.

Listen to "Life Change with Dr. Karl" from July 28: Stimuli--God Is Sovereign
Listen to "Life Change with Dr. Karl" from July 29: Stimuli--Neutral
Listen to "Life Change with Dr. Karl" from July 30: Perception--Most Important
Listen to "Life Change with Dr. Karl" from July 31: Perception--So Many Thoughts

We want your input!

Which question would you like answered or what issue would you like addressed in the Life Change radio program? We’ve had a great response from our 425 radio stations airing "Life Change with Dr. Karl," and we want to make sure we are providing information that is practical and useful to you! Is there a list of tips or other issue you would like to hear Dr. Karl address? Please let us know by emailing us at
Click here to listen to “Life Change with Dr. Karl” archives or read transcripts.

Truth For Women Mentor Training
September 27 | Bethlehem, PA
This event will train ladies who mentor other women who are struggling. They will be trained in counseling and in teaching decision-making skills using the SPEARS decision-making model.

Moments of Change 2014 Addictions Conference
September 29-October 2 | Palm Beach, FL
Dr. Karl Benzio, MD will present on "Addiction: Sin, Disease, or Psychological Defect?" as well as his SPEARS decision-making model, which is key to real biological-psychological-spiritual treatment by integrating science and faith. He encourages people to practically apply the Bible in daily living to truly renew the mind. 

Focus on the Family Physicians Resource Council
October 1-5 | Colorado Springs, CO
This is a meeting of Christian physicians who help guide and define Focus' position on various medical and psychiatric/psychological issues which affect individuals, families, society and public policy.

All Access ARC Conference
November 4-6 | Saddleback Church, Orange County, CA
Dr. Benzio will equip church leaders with his insights in decision-making and using science to glean transformational truths out of the Bible for practical growth and maximum fulfillment.

National Association of Christian Social Workers National Conference
November 6-9 | Annapolis, MD
Lighthouse Network's Dr. Karl Benzio will lead a workshop on how to be a shining light through godly decision-making skills as he teaches his unique bio-psycho-spiritual model which actually rewires your brain circuits, thus renewing your mind as Romans 12:1-2 clearly states.

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Resources from Lighthouse Network


Fulfilling relationships, managing life in a healthy way and attaining our life’s potential are all “Within Reach” in this video curriculum. 
Depression: Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit

Depression is a debilitating disorder that affects people of all ages, races and income levels. This video walks through a Biblical perspective on depression and helps viewers develop skills to cope. 

This video curriculum focuses on advancing toward our goals by small strategic movements. Life’s storms pound us, so how will we reach our destination?

Free Stepping Stones Devotional

Click here to receive The Stepping Stones Daily Devotional, which will encourage and challenge you while helping you grow in your daily walk with God.

If you or someone you love needs help, call our FREE 24/7 Lighthouse Network addiction and counseling helpline, 1-844-LIFE-CHANGE (1-844-543-3242).
Lighthouse Network is a Christian-based, non-profit organization that offers an addiction and mental health counseling helpline providing treatment options and resources to equip people and organizations with the skills necessary to shine God's glory to the world, stand strong on a solid foundation in the storms of their own lives, and provide guidance and safety to others experiencing stormy times, thus impacting their lives, their families and the world.

Lighthouse Network offers help through two main service choices:
  • Lighthouse Life Change Helpline (1-844-LIFE-CHANGE, 1-844-543-3242), a 24-hour free, national crisis call center, where specialists (Care Guides) help callers understand and access customized treatment options.
  • Life Growth and self-help training resources for daily life, including online and DVD series and training events to help individuals achieve their potential.

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Barbara Theodosiou has invited you to the event 'Addict's Mom Lights of Hope' on The Addict's Mom!
Please click on the link below, then click on invite your friends, your invitations make a huge difference to our overall success.

Time: September 1, 2014 from 9pm to 9:15pm
Location: Home, House of Worship, Treatment Center, Parks, City Hall, Community Centers, State Capitals just about anywhere.
Organized By: Barbara Theodosiou

Event Description:
Please go to The Lights of Hope Main Event Page located at Click attending even if you are lighting a candle at home, click please be kind enough to click on the INVITE button and invite your friends to the Lights of Hope Main Event. Our hope remains strong and our candles will shine bright as we bring awareness and hope to this terrible disease that is robbing the lives of those who matter most...our children.

About The Addict's Mom
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Rockers In Recovery
August NewsletterAugust 2014
RIR Magazine 


Rockers In Recovery Newsletter is dedicated to addiction recovery through music, news, interviews, events, and festivals taking place within the clean and sober community.
CALL 877-799-8773 
Upcoming Gigs

SEPTEMBER 20- RECOVERY WALK and CONCERT - 20,000 Expected  

Thanks RIR Supporters

Philadelphia Pro-Act Announced  117 Teams have registered for the "RECOVERY WALK and CONCERT" just last week alone. The 1st time in a 13 year history of the event that they have had so many teams register this early. 20,000 Attended in 2013, Lets go for 30,000 in 2014.
Upcoming Gigs

Casey Montana Rogers along with The RIR All-Star Band will be back in Baltimore September 28, 2014 at the Mountain Manor Treatment Center.
Casey performed there as part of Rockers In Recovery  Unplugged in May of this year. We are looking at a full day of Rock-N-Roll Sober Fun !!!

The History Of Rockers In Recovery 

RIR and the Band of All-stars have been rocking the addiction recovery community since 2008.

RIR and its squad of musicians have delivered 16 concerts and 3 festivals all promoting addiction awareness. READ MORE 
  Addiction Help is an ongoing process of self-determination and self-discipline. While the rewards are not always immediate, beautiful gifts wait if you are patient and can take direction. Not until we stop denying our own past and begin sharing our wounds, will we allow ourselves to be loved by other people.  READ MORE   


Music as a Spiritual Solution

By Holly Romine; Recovery from substance abuse and addiction encourage finding a spiritual solution through admitting powerlessness over drugs and alcohol. While admitting powerlessness over addiction can be relatively easy with the help of treatment, applying spiritual principals to all other areas of life can be more challenging. But music can, by its very nature, provide a spiritual connection and foundation in recovery. Read More Click HERE  

In reading this book, you will discover that you are much more powerful than your addiction, much more powerful than the obsessive thoughts, compulsive feelings, and physical cravings that create so much pain and suffering in your life and the lives of those you love. Read More 


Summertime Is Concert Time 
RIR is kicking off the concert tour season this June 27, 2014 in Aberdeen, Washington, where the RIR East Coast All-Stars, Current Musical Directors Lou Esposito (Joe Walsh) and Mark Bosch (Ian Hunter), are rockin' the west coast, in addition to Casey Montana Rogers making her grand debut.


 Report reveals millions of young adults use illicit substances every day
SAMHSA's data also reveals that, every day, thousands of young adults use illicit substances for the first time. This includes 2,470 first uses of marijuana, 1,754 first time non-medical uses of prescription pain relievers, 1,561 first uses
 of hallucinogens, 1,200 first uses of cocaine, 850 first uses of stimulants, 566 first uses of inhalants, 258 first uses of heroin, and 174 first uses of methamphetamine's. 
Read More Click HERE 
Thank you to our 17,000 Email fans, and the millions we reach everyday through Rockers In Recovery. I want to thank you for your support.
Lori Sullivan - Co-Founder
Rockers In Recovery
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Bipartisan Bill Aims to Help Low-Level Drug Offenders Re-Enter Society
July 31st, 2014/

A Senate bill sponsored by a Democrat and Republican who normally are on opposite ends of the political spectrum aims to help low-level drug offenders re-enter society. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a Republican, are co-sponsors of The REDEEM Act.

The bill is designed to shift the focus away from punishing low-level drug offenders,MSNBC reports. It would reform criminal background checks and the juvenile justice system. Criminal records for teenage offenders would be sealed, and adults could apply to have their records expunged.

The REDEEM Act would limit how long a person must answer employer questions about past convictions. Job applicants with a criminal record, even for low-level offenses, often find it difficult to find employment, the article notes. The act would also repeal the ban on federal welfare benefits for people convicted of non-violent drug violations who complete substance abuse treatment.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to reduce terms for low-level drug traffickers who are already incarcerated. More than 46,000 drug offenders will be eligible for early release from prison. The sentences could be reduced by an average of more than two years, unless Congress stops the plan by November 1.

Each offender’s petition will be considered individually by federal judges. None of them will be released before November 1, 2015.

In April, the Commission voted to reduce the base offense for criminals caught with various amounts of drugs. The new vote makes the reduced sentencing guidelines retroactive for most drug traffickers.

Homeowners’ Associations Are Dealing with Marijuana Conflicts
July 31st, 2014/

Many homeowners’ associations are dealing with conflicts among neighbors about marijuana use, in states where the drug is legal for medical or recreational use, theAssociated Press reports. The associations are also grappling with disputes about growing marijuana and hemp.

Associations cannot ban members from using marijuana in their homes if the drug is legal. But they can regulate its use as a nuisance or as a threat to children if neighbors can see or smell marijuana, the article notes.

“The fact that people may be legally entitled to smoke doesn’t mean they can do it wherever they want, any more than they could walk into a restaurant and light up a cigarette,” said Richard Thompson, who owns a management consulting company in Portland, Oregon for condominium and homeowners’ associations.

In his own condo development, neighbors complain about marijuana smoke in the warmer weather, when people are out on their patios and have the windows down, he told the AP.

“What we’re really seeing more now is regulating the associations’ common areas,” such as playgrounds and homeowners’ porches, said Erin McManis, a Phoenix laywer whose firm represents many homeowners’ associations.

New Electronic Device and Mobile App Designed to Detect ‘Date Rape’ Drugs in Drinks
July 31st, 2014/

A company in Toronto is developing a new electronic device and mobile app to detect ‘date rape’ drugs in drinks, according to CNN Money.

The product, called Personal Drink ID (, sends an alert to a person’s phone if it detects their drink has been drugged. The device, which measures 3.5 inches long, looks like a small USB key, the article notes. It can be dipped in and out of a drink, and is small enough to fit in a pocket or purse.

The company’s founder, J. David Wilson, said he expects to release in April, at a cost of $75.

Earlier this year, researchers in Singapore announced they have developed a new test that can detect the date-rape drug GHB in drinks. GHB is predominantly a central nervous system depressant. It can be produced in clear liquid, white powder, tablet, and capsule forms. Because GHB is odorless and tasteless, it can be slipped into someone’s drink without detection. The drug incapacitates people who ingest it, making them vulnerable to sexual assault.

The researchers mixed a fluorescent compound with a sample of drink containing GHB and found the mixture changed color in less than 30 seconds. They said the color change was seen in clear and light-colored drinks, including water and vodka. Better lighting was needed to see the change in darker drinks, such as cola and whiskey. They are working with product designers to come up with a portable detection kit within a year.