Month: September 2017

Change The World, Have Compassion and Empathy

The image and text featured in this post was found on a addiction recovery group. But, I feel it applies to so much more. “Here’s to those who wake up every morning to fight a battle that no one understands. Let me hear you yell, “HELL YEAH”!” – Ahmed K These words are so true, read them and believe in yourself.. I know how hard it is to fight something every day that no one understands. I know this not only personally but also in many family and friends of mine that I care so deeply about. As a...

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Time To Remember: Community Comes Together

The most unfortunate thing about this article is that you took pictures of an amazing event that was put together by a group of volunteers who truly care about making a difference in our community, and placed them with an article that gives a negative view of addiction. It is ridiculous! Here is how the article should have gone in my opinion: Countless community agencies, volunteers, and community members gathered together in unity to recognize the toll of drug overdoses on our county on International Overdose Awareness Day. Last year, according to coroner Ken Bacha’s statistics, Westmoreland county lost...

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Amber Ashes – An Ode

My daughter wrote this in school this week and then read it during Overdose Awareness Candlelight Vigil. Amber Ashes Shiny as a fresh diamond. Important like a medal. It’s the one, no necklace can replace. Filled with memories and laughter. It feels as if she was still here, as if the necklace holds her joy. Two full years, fighting through the third. Fighting the grief, as if it were the drugs to kill her. Throwing punches and kicks showing our anger and hurt. We have our days where we sob, and think. Why didn’t I help? How didn’t I...

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23rd Psalm Testimony From Gus

On Thursday, August 31st, my friend Gus gave an amazing testimony related to the 23rd Psalm. I encourage you to watch his powerful and thought provoking thoughts. Please take a listen and share for others. #OverdoseAwareness2017 #RecoverOutloud...

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Our Testimony & An Ode

Last night I had the honor and privilege to share the podium with my 13 year old daughter at an International Overdose Awareness Day Candlelight Vigil. My daughter during her first week in school wrote and ode about a necklace that we each have that contains a small amount of Amber. She put into words so perfectly how addiction is a family disease and then had the courage to read her writing at the vigil. Please turn on closed captioning as the audio was low. Another powerful testimony from the event will be published soon. Thank you John F....

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