Month: February 2017

We Have To Do More

We lost Amber on June 4, 2015 and I have spoke out about addiction and overdose. From that moment my life change and the purpose of my life was defined. I am blessed to have a wonderful, loving and supporting family and we have all pulled together. Family is so important and having a strong support system is needed by everyone. We have to do more! My family has been speaking out a lot about addiction and we will continue to do so. Right now, we are in the process of creating a non-profit in memory of Amber. The goal of this non-profit is to raise awareness to addiction, overdose and mental illness. We are very passionate about these causes and we have to do more. I have also been blessed to meet some very wonderful people that share the same passion as my family. I have worked with them in various ways and will continue to help them. So, this week we are pushing forward with the creation of Sunflower Effect, dedicated in Amber’s memory and all of those we have lost their battle. Paperwork is being filed to start a non-profit and goals are being worked out. I hope you will join us on this journey and help us all come together to fight this battle. Below are the three simple goals that I ask each of...

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Why Sunflower Effect

The Sunflower Effect is dedicating to helping people affected by addiction. We lost Amber on June 4, 2015 to an accidental overdose. The lose of her was devastating and leaves a hole in our hearts. Amber was bright and vibrant young lady that battling depression and addiction throughout her life. Amber was a person that wanted to help others, she talked about becoming a counselor. When she would visit, I would shine. My beautiful Goddaughter and niece was more of a daughter than a niece to me. She was a big sister to her cousins and was very protective of them. After her passing, I began to speak about overdose and this health crisis that is taking so many lives away. My wife came up with the name Sunflower Effect because of Amber’s love of sunflower and how she stood tall and shined bright. Sadly, the shine was not always there, it was farther and farther apart as depression and addiction took a stronger hold on her.But, inside we knew she was there and tried everything we could think of to help her on the road to recovery. This site is dedicated to Amber and all of the people that where lost and are battling addiction. I am honored to know many people with long term recovery and have spoke with them about this crisis. We hope to form...

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Screening Of ‘Generation Found’ – Help Requested

A friend of mine told me about this film. I watched the trailer and looked over the site. This film is from the same creators of THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, which I really found good and thought provoking. From the creators of the groundbreaking film, THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, comes GENERATION FOUND, a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. And so in one of the largest cities in America, visionary counselors, law school dropouts, aspiring rock musicians, retired football players, oil industry executives, and church leaders came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community. Read more I would like to know who would be interested in attending this screening, there would be a charge for the screening and it would be at a theater. I would like to have a few speakers at the screening also. My thought is to have a few speakers with recovery time introduce the film. The screening would be at a local theater. Please let me know below if you would be interested so I can work out the details with the distributor GATHR Films. Name(required) Email(required) Website...

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We Need To Do More

Last year it was 129 a day that we lost from overdose, this year it is 144 a day. 144 A Day We have to do more. We have to take action and speak out and help people. We have to find ways to help people even when they are NOT ready. We have to make them ready. I watched a video on Facebook this morning that really touches this point. There are so many people suffering with addiction and a small percentage are in recovery. How can we lower the amount that die from overdose. How can we help loved ones that know the nightmare of addiction. We have to think differently, the current approach is NOT working. I don’t have the answers, I wish I did. But, I do believe that there are many people with the heart, passionate and SHINE that are willing to help and make a difference. [tweetthis]We have to do more #Addiction #Overdose #NotOneMore #Recovery[/tweetthis] I have spoke about my goals and I still believe they can make a difference. Think of the random acts of kindness, simple things that everyone can do. End the stigma with addiction and overdose Educate people on the epidemic and this health crisis Celebrate recovery I would like to see more programs in schools. I would like to see more strong relationships based on love and caring....

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Make A Difference

Make A Difference Everyone can make a difference. If you care about something, stand up, put yourself out there and do something. The smallest thing can make a difference and if enough people do something small the change can be huge. We live in a world that is full of advancements and luxuries that where science fiction a few decades ago. Yet, we have a world that is so full of sadness and darkness. I want people to know that they can make a difference. I want to see and hear people talk about what they care about without being negative. I want to hear and see people make a difference. I believe that we can all make a difference, I believe this deep in my heart. I enjoy motivation quotes and information. Below is a Twitter moment that I created where I add tweets that I find motivational. Motivation How can you make a difference? Small acts of kindness are one way. Everyone is battling something, you don’t know what they are battling. Small acts of kindness can have a wonderful impact on...

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