Month: April 2016

No Matter Who You Are…

I was reading an article today that showed the below video of Barbara Eden discussing the loss of her son to a heroine overdose back in 2001. Her pain is real, it’s raw and sincere.  No mother should go through this. Rich, Poor, from the best of families or the worst, addiction rears it’s ugly head in least expected places. In this video,  Barbara Eden says that silence is not the answer. We need to speak up and not be ashamed. As a parent, it’s hard to not take on the ownership of our children’s upsides and downfalls.  When they’re doing great, we have big smiles on our faces and feel deep down inside that we had something to do with their success.  When the downfalls come, we do the same thing. Fact is, yes, you had had in raising them, you nurtured, loved them and molded them to the best of your ability.  But after a time, your job is done, they make their own decisions, make their own successes and sadly, their own failures.  ...

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Liar – Ed Brazell

Found on Facebook – Reflections of Addition This is written by: Ed Brazell Liar For most families that have addiction in them suffer from fear. It is a constant reminder of what everyone has to deal with everyday and I’m talking about the entire family unit. It is a liar. Here is the definition of Fear: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that that something bad will happen to someone. synonyms: terror, fright, fearfulness, horror, alarm, panic, agitation, trepidation, dread, consternation, dismay, distress; anxiety, worry, angst, unease, uneasiness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, nervousness, nerves, perturbation, foreboding;informal the creeps, the shivers, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, jitteriness, twitchiness, butterflies (in the stomach). The most important word: belief there is danger or perceive of the danger. Meaning that we think something bad is going to happen. How we deal with these fears determines how our day turns out. A lot of people live in that fear, moment by moment and its a terrible existence. Living in that moment can cause many, major issues, such as: 1. Weakens our immune system. 2. Causes ulcers. 3. Can impact of heart. 4. Can cause us to react in the wrong manner. 5. Fatigue, anxiety, depression, accelerated aging and even death. What are our fears. There are a lot, but the ones that stick out the most are: 1. Getting sober. The mind is a powerful thing and...

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Korean Spa

Turns out that I enjoy going and soaking at a Korean Bath house otherwise known as  jjim-jil bang (derived from the word: Heating).  Living in Fullerton, CA we have very large Korean population here.  I respect other cultures and appreciate the history and traditions that families are able to maintain while living in this melting pot called “home”. I’ve been to the local Korean Spa 3 times in the past year.  The first time I went during a month long strict eating regime called the Whole 30.  I was half way through my 30 and needed a reward.  I...

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Mothers Will Not Be Silenced By Stigma & Shame – Huffington Post

Mothers Will Not Be Silenced By Stigma & Shame – Huffington Post “Mothers across the globe have a special bond, and we share our frustrations, outrage and tears. Our families have been torn apart by punitive prohibitionist drug war policies that have decimated the lives of our loved ones and robbed us of our innate and natural rights to protect our children. Our families are the casualties of the drug war. We’ve experienced too many precious lives lost and we’ve been stripped of countless human liberties. A generation of young people are growing up without a father in their home because he has been locked behind bars for a drug charge; parents are grieving the loss of children to accidental and preventable overdose; and there are empty chairs at dining room tables across the globe due to unfathomable human loss caused by drug war violence.”  ...

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Take Action against Addiction – U.S. News

Worth the read. Drug abuse affects all of us, and we must act to prevent more unnecessary deaths. Take Action against Addiction – U.S. News “Keep hope alive. People with substance use disorders can recover. That takes good treatment, hard work, ongoing support and keeping hope alive. People with addictions do get on the path to recovery – but it is hard to predict when that will happen. For some it is early, even after one or two rehabilitation programs. For others it may take five, 10 or 20 rehab programs, and the pain and suffering of too many relapses. Persons affected, their families and clinical providers need to sustain hope that recovery can happen during what can be a protracted and very dark time. The darkest moments, the most deadly, are when hope evaporates, which is when exile from family, friends and communities and suicide are more likely.”...

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