Pride and Mental Illness

As you may or may not know, June is dedicated to the LGBTQ community and it has been deemed Pride Month. Before you dismiss this post for what it sounds like on the surface, please be assured that this post is not about celebrating with the LGBTQ community; however,...

Gratitude & Recovery

Today, my family is finishing a long weekend. We really needed the time to stop and reflect and just enjoy each other. Everyone is going through struggles in their lives, some are much worse than others. We never know what a person is going through and how much a...

The Project – The SHINE

The purpose of The Sunflower Effect is to share the hope and power of recovery. Recovery is possible and is happening throughout the country. There are strong warriors that are fighting on a daily basis. They are fighting the strong grips of addiction hour by hour,...

Sharing The SHINE With Seniors

Today we had the honor to speak at Baldwin High School to the senior class. My friends Brianna and Ryan told their stories of addiction and recovery. They both did an amazing job and showed that there is HOPE and that we can recover from this horrible disease. Their...

Contribute Your Story to The SHINE!

Please help us spread the word and end the stigma. A friend described people with the passion for recovery as having a SHINE. I loved this description and feel is it exactly what I see when I talk to people in recovery. Their passion and heart shines so bright. They...

Recover Out Loud!

Buffy The Vampire fans, listen to Eliza Dushku talk about addiction and recovery. If I said 1 thing that may have helped 1 person today- I'm grateful. #addiction #recovery Thx @JWahlly & everyone who organized & attended 🙏 https://t.co/jOt0YDUWsC —...