Narcan… A Couple FACTS

We have all seen the posts on social media about Narcan. I'm gonna start by saying I'm sorry if you have dealt with a terminal illness that was not brought on by bad decision making. I'm sorry that healthcare is so expensive. I'm sorry that it can be frustrating to...

Rest In Peace Brain and Jim

Last night at 9:00 PM, my cousin Brain passed. He struggled for a very long time, the last four weeks where very tough and emotional as he laid unresponsive in the hospital. Family was gather regularly to visit him and keeping our hopes up. Monday, he was removed from...

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...

UR Way Memorial

On May 20, 2018 at the West End-Elliot Overlook in Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Won't Forget U is hosting the UR Way Memorial. We are excited to attend this event and take time to remember and talk with others who know all to well this horrible heartbreak. Families and...
Advocate and help

Sunflower Effect – Feb 2018 Update

Sunflower Effect News and Updates We have been hard at work on several little projects and are excited to be part of change, together we can change the world. This is something that we believe deep in our hearts. There are so many wonderful advocates fighting the...

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Advocate Profiles – Help Requested

Since we lost Amber on June 4, 2015, we have meet some amazing and wonderful people that are fighting hard to save others. They have passion and dedication and work tirelessly, the majority of them do this on a volunteer basis. All of them do this because they believe...

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SPOAC – Meeting Update

Last night I attend the first South Pittsburgh Opioid Action Coalition (SPOAC) Meeting of 2018. The meeting was full of great information and very passionate conversation. SPOAC started about six months ago and is facilitated by PA Opioid Overdose Reduction Technical...

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Change The World with Sunflower Effect

Personally, I have been around recovery programs for the majority of my life. Having family members who suffer with addiction and myself battling with drug abuse for a time, I know the horrible battle. I have severe depression and anxiety, suffering from panic attacks...

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Parents, We Need To Really Listen

As parents we really have to listen. Listen to understand, not to respond. Understanding what is being said is so important. To many people listen to respond and not to really understand https://youtu.be/lCdnQQMAwUw

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Let’s Make A Difference!

Ever since we lost Amber I knew what my mission was. I had to stand up and help people suffering with mental illness (including addiction). I never thought of it, but I guess I also suffer from mental illness. I have been battling depression for years, I suffer severe...

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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...

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Exhausted

Mental exhaustion is well exhausting! When you love someone and they are struggling it is exhausting. You are trying to help them, you want to be there for them. If you are dealing with someone who has a mental illness that just magnifies it more. They may not realize...

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Do They Need Help?

I want to help. How do you help someone who doesn't think they need help? When you love someone you want to help them, you want to be there for them. But, what do you do when the person doesn't want help? Maybe they don't feel they need help. Watching someone on the...

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Recovery Army

I have shared posts from Chanda before, I have setup a special page just for her. She is a talented and inspiration person that is fighting the addiction epidemic. While watching her I discovered Michael R. DeLeon and the Recovery Army! "On the Road to Recovery"...

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