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.Read More
First Responder's Day 2016 Newport, Delaware
You didn't think twice when the call came in, you came immediately without hesitation.
If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have made it. I got a second chance at life. Please know, I am paying it forward to the next one who needs it.
We want you to enjoy and have fun on this day. Please know that these lives you saved, aren't going to waste. They grow and are making change.
We now understand the bold sacrifice you made and we thank God for your decision "to save”.
"Thanks"... NO. That is not enough.
So… We hope to make you proud with the work we have done. I make a promise on this day and I won't forget that you rescued a kid you never even met.
Hope one day we will meet and I will get to show you...
...that you rescued Hope and she did't even know it.Read More
There is such a disconnect between people and treatment. People with a history of addiction and who are actively seeking help can not find it. We see on the front page of the newspaper that Johnny had to go to Florida to get help. Johnny had to leave the State of Delaware to get help. Johnny left knowing he had pending criminal charges against him. There are too many cases just like Johnny's. Johnny choose life. He was going to die if he didn't go get treatment.
He found a fellowship in Florida. He found a community; a Recovery community. Wow! What a concept! It's common sense to people who have longer term recovery. We understand that young adults need a sense of community. Most of their friends can drink and smoke marijuana recreationally.
Do you know how hard it is to get sober before you are even 21 years old? All the normal is over. Drinking and drugging career... OVER! Well, what do these young adults do?
Mom has had about enough. Dad may or may not be around. So, the young adult is put back into the same environment with nothing to do. He eventually gives in, hangs out with old friends again and drinking and drugging looks like a good idea. Mom and dad don't understand how this could have happened. They think getting arrested or a visit to the local ER is enough to scare him. It takes a lot to scare a young adult. They think they are unstoppable.Read More