Author: acessally

The Opioid Crisis Is Really a Crisis of Compassion

The Opioid Crisis Is Really a Crisis of Compassion Blog Post from Huffington Post – written by: Dr Oz “A quota on medical treatment of any other kind for any other disease would never be tolerated by the public. But addiction is different. Addiction is a disease that hurts others as well as the patient. Addiction frequently involves crimes or violence. It’s the only medical condition for which there are mandatory prison sentences. Addiction has been synonymous with the marginalized and disenfranchised fringe of society, viewed as the moral failure of a lost ungrateful soul. The patient cap is...

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Checked out

I’ve been on a hiatus from writing or posting for a while now, work has been busy and we vacationed away for the last two weeks in France and Spain.  What an amazing trip.  Stay tuned……

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Real Stories #1 – Written by: Katie Donovan

From time to time, I’ll post stories that truly touch my heart. My Daughter The Addict-A Suburban Mom’s Nightmare I was the PTO mom, the carpool mom, the Brownie leader. We ate family dinners at the table, taught our children manners and took family vacations. My husband and I were blessed to have very good jobs. My daughter, Brittany, the beautiful girl in the photo, was the honor roll student, the volunteer at the city parks and recreation department and loved playing sports. THEN OUR ENTIRE LIVES CHANGED…. Click above for the rest of the story.      ...

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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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