Sunday, June 25, 2017

Why You Shouldn't Use the Word "Addict"
compassion in addiction

Addiction is a disease.

It's important that we use language that frames it as a health issue and shows respect to people with an addiction and to their families who are impacted. Just like we would with any other disease, like diabetes or asthma.

A person shouldn’t be defined or labeled by his or her disease or illness, it is something they have. For example: Instead of calling someone a “diabetic,” it’s preferable to use person-first language and say “someone with diabetes.” The same goes with the word “addict.”

We have a choice when we communicate. We can use words that perpetuate the negative stigma around substance use – words that label people with an addiction in a negative, shameful and judgmental way. Or we can use words that are compassionate, supportive and respectful – words that helps others understand substance use disorder as the health issue that it is.

By choosing to rethink and reshape our language, we will allow people with an addiction to more easily regain their self-esteem and more comfortably seek treatment, allow lawmakers to appropriate funding, allow doctors to deliver better treatment, allow insurers to increase coverage of evidence-based treatment and help the public understand this is a medical condition and should be treated as such.

The Associated Press recently took an important step to stop using stigmatizing language toward people struggling with a substance use disorder, recognizing that words have power. We invite you to do the same.

We've assembled a brief list of words and phrases to avoid and words to use in their place. Together, with a unified language, we can help reshape the landscape and end the negative stereotypes and stigma of addiction. And by doing so, we can remove barriers that continue to hold back too many people from the lifesaving treatment they need.
Read the List of Words to Avoid

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jonathan Shaw on the Redemptive Power of Storytelling | The Fix

Jonathan Shaw on the Redemptive Power of Storytelling | The Fix: 'I remember a sponsor handing me a pencil early in my recovery and telling me, 'Say hello to God.' We had no idea that would eventually spawn over ten published books.'

Ten Harrowing Music Videos About Addiction | The Fix

Ten Harrowing Music Videos About Addiction | The Fix: Henley's 'The Boys of Summer' video reminds me that sometimes we’re best at remembering things we’d rather forget.

The Parallels Between Synthetic Opiates and High Fructose Corn Syrup | The Fix

The Parallels Between Synthetic Opiates and High Fructose Corn Syrup | The Fix: Like corn syrup, is the structure of synthetic opioids as much to blame for their consequences as the large-scale promotions behind them?

New Grateful Dead Documentary Examines Jerry Garcia's Relationship with Heroin | The Fix

New Grateful Dead Documentary Examines Jerry Garcia's Relationship with Heroin | The Fix: '[Jerry was] a complicated, creatively talented and unconventional person...he had an equal proclivity for transcendence and self-destruction.”

Eight Was Too Much: The Tragic Legacy of a Hit Sitcom | The Fix

Eight Was Too Much: The Tragic Legacy of a Hit Sitcom | The Fix: Is Hollywood to blame? For even the healthiest young person, the combination of too much money and too much fame can be toxic.

TAKE ACTION: Sign the Petition to Ensure Coverage for Addiction Treatment
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“What became William’s fatal overdose occurred four days after his being denied in-patient detox as ‘not medically necessary.’ Would obtaining Parity Act intervention immediately upon his denial have resulted in a lifesaving admission? We’ll never know.”
Margot Head and Bill Williams tragically lost their son, Will, to an overdose in 2012. They, like millions of families, struggled to get insurance coverage for treatment. And those same families, at a time of crisis, are uncertain of their rights and coverage available to them under the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
Families are being denied coverage, including medication for treatment and individualized care, which they are entitled to under the law. Families face roadblocks at every turn in navigating the treatment process. Help us change this broken system and save lives.
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Festival Sponsorship - Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Love of Recovery - Free Music Festival - September 9, 2017 (12PM - 5:00PM) - Venue LOCATION: Kirby Park @ 160 Market St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18704. 

Hello I'm Lori Sullivan Co-Founder of Rockers In Recovery, a media and productions company that specialize in bringing addiction education together with music events. The events are to help those affected by addiction may it be the addict or their loved ones.

We make these events totally free to anyone who would like to attend. In order to do this we rely on sponsorship dollars. We work very hard to make this a win win for everyone.

How? By becoming a sponsor we promote your organization/company through our many media platforms based on the sponsorship level you decide on. The earlier a sponsor comes aboard the longer you are promoted. You are also part of a great community event that promotes and shows recovery is possible (hope) as well as educating and helping those in need (help).

Of course in turn your sponsorship dollars are a 100% advertising write off and mostly  help pay for the production costs of the event. A win win!!

Again, we can only do this event through the participation of organization/company like yours.

Let's "Unite to Fight" against the ignorance and stigma associated with addiction! I thank you for you time and consideration. Sponsorship Packages PDF

Lori Sullivan
RIR CEO & Co-Founder 

Love of Recovery Music Festival; The History 

It was 2004 and I was stuck in a room drinking and drugging like a pig. I was using 24 hours a day 7 days a week. My state of mental health was off the chain to say the least. Deep down inside I was on a road to death and knew it and was really ok with it. It's Always Darkest Before Dawn. Read More

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Clearbrook is proud to be associated with Rockers In Recovery! 

"RIR works tirelessly on a daily basis to broadcast a message of hope from the disease addiction. Hundreds of thousands of people have connected to Rockers In Recovery over the last 10 years and now their message reaches millions of people online every day!

Thank you RIR for all you do for the recovering community! We are forever grateful for your efforts!"  Dr. Nick  Learn More

Andy Will Be Performing - September 9, 2017

Andy Pace of Little Creek Lodge, will be performing September 9, 2017 at Kirby Park located at 160 Market St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18704. 

Andy is a professional drummer and musician for over 30 years, he has performed worldwide with C&C Music Factory, Gary US Bonds, Taylor Dayne, The Brat Pack, Cover Girls, Lissette Melendez and many others. Andy has appeared on SaturdayNight Live, The MTV Music Awards, American Music Awards, The Arsenio Hall Show, and The World Music Awards in Monte Carlo.

Andy holds a degree from New York State University in Human Services, Certified Addictions Counselor. CO-FOUNDER AND CEO of  Little Creek Lodge  a long-term dream of Andy's that was realized in 2008. This would be the first of its kind on the east coast. Learn More

Checkout RIR-Radio Episode 813 -  Andy Pace - Love of Recovery Music Festival

MiZ Will Be Performing - September 9, 2017

The Mike MiZ Band will be performing at the Love of Recovery Music Festival - September 9, 2017(12PM - 5:00PM) - Venue LOCATION: Kirby Park @ 160 Market St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18704.

IT'S FREE - Enjoy Live Music, Recovery Speakers, Arts and Crafts Exhibitors , Food Vendors, Recovery Merchandise, Addiction Education, Evidenced Based Treatment Options , and Veteran Information.

MiZ has opened for America, The Wallflowers, Derek Trucks Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Blues Traveler, Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, Leon Russell, Railroad Earth and many more. Learn More

Love of Recovery (Wilkes-Barre, PA.) - FLYER DOWNLOAD

12:00PM - Muddy Shews and Friends
Speaker - Open
1:00PM - The Mike Miz Band
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2:00PM - The Stickies 
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3:00PM - RIR Special Guest Rockers;
Band Director - George Massengill on Keys (Chillbillies)
Andy(Babe)Pace on Drums (C&C Music Factory and Gary US Bonds,)
David Uosikkinen on Drums (The Hooters)
Muddy Shews on Bass (Southside Johnny and Billy J. Kramer)
Don Taylor on the Sax (Lynyrd Skynyrd Band)
Davis Mitchell on Guitar (Chillbillies)
Daniel Holt on Bass (Johnny B. and The Road Dogs)


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