Battle Rebels Against Drugs

Sunday while at the UR Way Memorial I met so many amazing people, this is a common occurrence at many events. Many of the people in attendance have been where we are. We refer to this crisis as an addiction epidemic because that is really what it is. We are seeing...

Pittsburgh Won’t Forget U

Thank you Pittsburgh Won't Forget U for hosting a wonderful event in memory of all of our loved ones. Sunday was a beautiful day and the scenic park of West End Overlook added to the atmosphere. Attending memorials are difficult, but one thing that I find about them...

An Open Letter

My friend Richard posted an open letter regarding the addiction epidemic and the current state of affairs. Please read his open letter on the RecoveryCartel.com Most of the time we “walk among you”. We work alongside you. We go to church with you. Sometimes we...

We MUST Change The World

Life is tough. I have been battling my depression and anxiety a lot lately. I go through phases with it through the years that I have been dealing with it. Depression slows me down sometimes. But, it does not stop me. I have NOT quit and never will quit. I believe...

Mental Health Month – Fitness #4Mind4Body

Mental Health Month is May, today is May 1st. I started a new book a few days again that has been eye opening to me and just enlightening. I have been around recovery for so much of my life, but this book is just really connecting to me. I didn't expect to connect so...

Book Review: Mental Health Emergencies

A first responder's guide to recognizing and handling mental health crises. I saw this book and wanted to read it to learn how to help others including myself. I have no medical training and am NOT a first responder. I am a parent and an advocate. I feel that everyone...

National Take Back 2018

**Please Share This Has Great Potential to Save a Life** This Saturday, April 28th, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 am to 2 pm. Prescription drugs have been finding their ways on the streets and in the pockets of our youth.  After collecting more...

Compassion & Love

I sit here tonight. Thinking of my cousin, Amber and so many others battling the demons of addiction. Amber passed quickly from an overdose after struggling with depression and self medication. My cousin, he has been in a coma for nearly weeks now. Addiction is a...

Enabling Or Helping?!

I think sometimes it is so hard to determine if you are enabling or helping a person. I try to be there, but sometimes I feel like I shouldn't be doing what I am doing. It's gets confusing, you want to help and do what is right. But you also have to give your loved...