Month: February 2017

Share Your SHINE

Sunflower Effect is proud to announce a new and exciting feature call The SHINE. A sunflower stands tall and high and spreads it’s bright yellow for all to see. The Shine is exactly the same thing, there are so many wonderful, inspiring and uplifting people who are in recovery that help others everyday. The SHINE is about those people, we would love to see and hear you share your shine with everyone. Are you in recovery and would like to help others know that recovery is possible? Would you like to share hope to others suffering in addiction, grief and...

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Plenty Needs To Change

I have seen this post on social media and flagged it to read. This morning I read through it and was touched. This is exactly the purpose of Sunflower Effect, we have to do more. Plenty needs to change, but we won’t undertake those changes if we don’t see — truly see — the people whose very lives are at stake. I believe that to do more starts with opening our eyes. Showing empathy and being there to support others. Below is the blog post that the pastor at John’s church wrote. This week Allison posted a selfie on...

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I Never Thought…

Our friends at Sage’s Army have been instrumental in helping me personally and so many other people. I never thought that I would be speaking out about the stigma of addiction, overdose and mental illness. I never thought that I would be make friends with a person that I have come to admire and respect to fight the battle of addiction. We have to end the stigma of addiction, overdose, recover and mental illness. We have to build an army of people across the world with the weapon of LOVE and...

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New Bill To Force Treatment in PA

A new bill was proposed by PA Senator Jay Costa that would give the ability for families to petition the court to force a person with addiction to treatment. Senate Bill 391 amends the Mental Health Procedures Act (MHPA) giving families the opportunity to seek involuntary commitments of loved ones for treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. While Pa law currently allows for involuntary commitment of those diagnosed with a mental illness, the current statute does not consider substance abuse disorder as a mental disorder. Read more. I know there are people that don’t feel this is the right way and I used to agree with you. Having lost someone who I love and knowing the torment of seeing her hit what I would consider “rock bottom” was devasting.  You could 302 somebody if they say they’ll kill themselves,” Amodeo said. “But you watch someone killing themselves daily by using drugs.”  Read full article. I also have talked with people in recovery who say that being forced into an institution was what they needed to think straight enough to go for help. I know, sadly, this will not work for everyone. The number of lives that we are loosing is growing rapidly. Every addict is someone’s loved ones. Every addict is someone daughter or son.  “So many addicts don’t see what they’re doing to themselves,” she said. “Your brain’s...

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