Month: April 2017

Baby, Wake Up

Thank you Emily for sharing your song with me. Baby, Wake Up is a touching song about the effects of addiction on the family. Addiction is a family disease, if affects so many people and we need to show compassion and empathy for people suffering from this disease and their loved ones. Like Emily says below, don’t just listen to the singing, listen to the message of the song. Thank you Emily for sharing your talent.   Don’t listen to the singing; listen to the message of the song. I wrote this for all those struggling with loved ones with addiction or struggling with addiction, themselves. So many little children losing loved ones.. So many precious children, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, all gone too soon. Hopefully this song will touch someone’s heart and help them “wake up” before it is too late. – Emily (YouTube...

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South Pittsburgh Opioid Action Coalition

Natalia Rudiak, City of Pittsburgh District 4 Council Woman has been active in addiction crisis we are facing. I have spoke with her several times and believe that she is a woman who wants change and is willing to fight for it. I was honored to see her attend the FedUp Local Rally in Pittsburgh last year as we spoke. Natalia has put me in contact with Gus, who I worked with to bring a program to Baldwin High School. The two alumni spoke to high school seniors about their experience with addiction and recovery. I have received some...

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Recovery Community

I watch Chanda’s videos all the time. She is an inspiring woman who is in recovery. She knows what she is talking about and is advocating for change in addiction. Please listen to Chanda and follow her, she speaks the truth. Thank you Chanda for what you do, you are a shining force during this horrible addiction epidemic....

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Celebrating Lost Loved Ones

I am very active on social media and began tweeting with Jeremiah who runs Rx and Heroin Maps. This is an amazing site he has built in memory of his brother. The site allows you to add your loved one to a map and put a memorial on. More news stories this week lead to 570 families now have added their loved one to the map from the #OpioidEpidemic https://t.co/ylgy6bty6A pic.twitter.com/t9mBwTiqVj — Rx and Heroin Maps (@RxHeroinMaps) April 5, 2017 There 144 lives that are lost every day in the United States to an accidental overdose. These are NOT just statistics and numbers, each one is somebody’s loved one. A mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son, niece, nephew, grandparent and other loved ones. Each person is cared for by someone and is a whole in someone’s heart. Jeremiah’s site helps change this by putting a face to the enormous number of lives being lost. Celebrating Lost Loved Ones to the Opioid Epidemic. This site was put together as a memorial to his brother and to help spread awareness. People who pass from an overdose are not just a number, they are a loved one. We must do everything we can to end this horrible health crisis. Thank you Jeremiah for your mission, we have to realize that we are loosing so many people that are loved and struggling with...

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Join The #YouthRecoveryRevolution

Please change your profile to show you stand with the #YouthRecoveryMovemnt. I watched Generation FOUND and loved the film. Generation FOUND is a documentary about a¬†recovery high school in Texas.¬†Everyone in the school is in recovery. The documentary follows students, administration and the community and explores the value of recovery schools. It was so inspiring. See how recovery is possible and how recovery schools can help bring more HOPE to people suffering with addiction. This quote is so powerful and so true! “There is nothing more POWERFUL than watching a young person INSPIRED by another young person.” We have...

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