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. https://twitter.com/elizadushku/status/839224673942528001 Overdoses are a national crisis that we must address. I believe that one of the priorities is to END the stigma with addiction....

International Women’s Day – #RecoverOutLoud 

Today is International Women's Day. I have been blessed to be surronded by many independent and strong women. Women who will stand up for what they believe in. Women that own business, run non-profits, organize, support and help people. Women who will be bold for...

Brianna Share #TheShine

I met Brianna about a month ago and was so amazed by her passion to help others. She is a person in long term recovery and someone who is working hard to end the stigma and help others find recovery. As we talked she described #TheShine, which is not a key part of...

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...