Posts tagged Delaware
Open Yourself to Mindfulness

I'd like to start this article by telling you that less than 10 years ago, I had no idea what mindfulness was.  I was a very lost soul and really thought nothing would help me. My options were little to nothing left. I had tried every viable option.  One may have said that I was hopeless and I truly believed that.  I was hopeless and waiting to die. I laughed at people who thought a spiritual experience would help me. Little did I know I would get a second chance at life.  This mindfulness concept would be key to a sustainable and joyful recovery life.

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Be the Change: Advocating for Holistic Peer Services in Delaware

Trauma Informed Care and Addiction 

My name is Erin Goldner and I am a Recovery Developer, Addiction Advocate and a person in long term recovery who is also the Spokesperson for Hope Street DE. Hope Street DE was  founded in Delaware on April 21st of 2016

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As I See It 2... By: Liz Lucey

Over 24 million Americans 12 and older suffer from alcohol or substance abuse, or both. Triple this number (at least) if you consider their loved ones who suffer right along with us.  Of this 24 million, only about 2 million are admitted into treatment each year.  This means there are over 20 million untreated people with a substance abuse disorder in the United States now.  Many of those untreated are incarcerated, and the remainder are dying. There is no other option besides recovery, jail, or death. There seriously is no other option, as there is no such thing as a “functioning addict.”  It is significantly easier for an addict to get a bag of dope than to get help.  We are at a critical point in our history as a country, and treatment and recovery is going to be determined by our collective voices or our collective silence.  Those that have found a solution need to use their voice and speak up.  Although it is considered progress that substance abuse is recognized as a treatable medical disease, it also made the field of addiction treatment a “business.”  When this happened, managed health care recognized the profits of this new “industry” and the business of recovery and treatment fell into their hands.  And they have no idea how to treat us, so people continue to use, continue to die, and the stigma emerges that we do not comply with treatment and do not want the help they are providing.  The recovering community is their only resource for a viable solution.  Unlike other diseases, they must go to the ones with the problem to find their solution.  If we remain silent, we are contributing to the problem.  De-stigmatizing and reducing the shame of addiction is possible by showing our faces and using our voices.  Those that are ignorant and judge the addict are justified if they do not see that there are millions living a life of recovery and productivity alongside them.  

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