Being connected to get us where we should be.

Yesterday, I experienced an interesting moment between myself and someone who’s life is similar to mine, but runs so much deeper.

During a moment of kindness, I found out some things about this person without even probing too much. I found out we’re both from a close area, that we both have been homeless (my experience several years ago and his currently)….and that his experience in his words “runs much deeper because of the alcohol and drugs…”. I asked was this person connected to any group, the answer was no. We parted ways on a mutual kind basis but got me thinking about what I have known for so long now. Not only the power of being connected as much as possible especially in recovery, but in promoting services in the communities where help and being able to have your own voice is so important in terms of education and self assurance.

 

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Happy New Year!

I would like to take a minute to talk about how everybody’s new year went. Did anybody make any new years resolution’s? A lot of people make resolution’s based on recovery, such as I will not drink or drug after New Years Eve, etc., or just that they will stay sober for another day,another year.

For myself, I made the resolution to stay sober for another coming year. That was personal for me because I just got sober in March of 2017, so by the grace of God, this will be another year of sobriety for myself!

I hope everybody had a great and safe New Year and I hope to see more of you guys checking out our blog!

Getting Through the Holidays

Hi everybody! How was your holiday’s? Hopefully everybody got through them and all is well. I wanted to talk about how some people struggle to get through the holiday’s, for many reasons, such as being lonely/no family, or being around family who actively use. For myself, the holiday’s are typically a great time, especially now that I am in recovery. I do not have to worry about forgetting what I did, etc. I do, however, have family member who are still actively drinking and who drink at family dinners and on the holidays. How do I handle this you may be asking? I handle this by staying strong for one. Two, I usually go to a meeting on the holiday’s for extra support. And if somebody asks me if I want a drink or a drug? I just say no. No explanation is needed, Just NO.

 

Not everybody is lucky or fortunate enough to have family during the holiday’s. For this, that is why there are meetings. joining a fellowship or a church, some type of group that you can relate too can help a great deal. The people in the group become like a second family. They will be there for you no matter what. AA and NA usually have marathon meetings on holidays such as Christmas and New Years, which means they have meetings back to back all day long through the night.

 

We here at CCAR really do hope that you enjoyed your holiday! And remember, we are always here for you!

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Sessions Steps Up Enforcement Actions in Opioid Crisis

The heightened law enforcement response comes amid criticism of the resources made available for treatment.

By Alan Neuhauser, Staff Writer |Nov. 29, 2017, at 1:39 p.m.

Sessions Steps Up Enforcement Actions in Opioid Crisis
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Acting Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Robert Patterson, left, make an announcement about new tools to combat the opioid crisis at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (AP/Cliff Owen)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Acting Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Robert Patterson, left, make an announcement Wednesday at the Justice Department in Washington about new tools to combat the opioid crisis. (Cliff Owen/AP)

The Justice Department on Wednesday said it is stepping up enforcement efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the agency will dedicate $12 million in grants to help police target illegal manufacturers and dealers of prescription opioids, heroin and methamphetamine.


The department is also directing U.S. attorneys around the country to designate an “opioid coordinator” for each office, and the Drug Enforcement Agency will open a new field division in Louisville to cover Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia, where communities have suffered particularly high rates of opioid addiction.

“I’m convinced that our law enforcement efforts save lives, because they prevent new addictions from starting. By enforcing our laws, we keep illegal drugs out of the country, reduce their availability, drive up their price and reduce their purity,” Sessions said at a brief press conference at Justice Department headquarters.

Opioid addiction rates have skyrocketed in recent years, with more than 140 Americans a day dying from opioid overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

The announcement suggests the Trump administration is prioritizing a law enforcement response to the opioid crisis even as questions linger about how it plans to approach the public health aspect of treating addiction.

The new opioid coordinators that the Justice Department announced Wednesday, for example, will be charged with working closely with prosecutors and law enforcement “to coordinate and optimize federal opioid prosecutions in every district.”

The Trump administration called for $100 billion in its budget request earlier this year to take on the issue, but the White House was widely criticized last month when it declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency” without directing any substantial new funding. It has stopped short of labeling the crisis a national emergency, which would more rapidly free funds for addiction treatment, prescription monitoring and other steps.

A public health emergency, by contrast, expires after 90 days, although it can be renewed.

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has pledged to “unlock treatment for people in need,” but he has also made more hard-line statements, emphasizing prevention efforts resembling former first lady Nancy Reagan’s “just say no” campaign of the 1980s.

A “massive advertising campaign,” he said in announcing the public health emergency last month, would “get people, especially children, not to want to take drugs in the first place. They will see the devastation and the ruination it causes to people and people’s lives.”

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who has helped lead the administration’s work on opioids, attended Wednesday’s announcement at Justice Department headquarters, where Sessions thanked her and said, “She understands the messaging.”

Speaking with Fox News earlier this month, Conway seemed to echo Trump’s focus on marketing and prevention, arguing that the best way for people to reduce rates of drug abuse and addiction is by “not starting in the first place.”

found at usnews.com