Hope Where There Seems to be None

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Last Friday, I met an incredible lady. She is a nurse by trade. We will  call her Linda. As we talked business, she asked me about my bracelet (green RV band). I shared our experience briefly and then she shared hers.

Many years ago, Linda’s high school son was involved in an auto-accident. He was thrown from the car while the person next to him was tragically killed. The following week, her daughter was kidnapped while running (also in high school). As she and the police frantically searched, she was led to a place in the woods very near to where her daughter was being kept, tied to a tree by her assailant. Shortly thereafter, she was seen by the police airplane that was searching the area. When they found her, she was still tied to the tree, stabbed and shot five times and clinging to life.

A couple years later, her son, an all-American kid that was anti-drugs his entire life, developed a drug addiction – a  battle that ensued for years.

During the course of these years, Linda was active in kidnapping legislation and worked with the state on issues surrounding these crimes. She and her fiance worked with young people impacted by addiction while they fought their own personal battle with the disease.

Then, in one year, Linda lost her fiance, her mother, and her sister, and the battle with addiction continued.

This was the second time I met Linda, and after our first meeting, I was struck by her energy and positive attitude. You could just feel it. As I listened to her life experiences, I wondered to myself; HOW? Then, the answer.

Today, Linda’s daughter has fully recovered (physically), and works for a Prosecutor. Her son called one day out of the blue and said he was checking into a rehab. When she asked why, his response was “I am an addict…”

And the HOW? She said it several times, after she described each incident – “I GAVE IT UP TO GOD.”


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Finding Courage and Strength Despite Difficulties

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Strength and courage; I am not sure who needs them more, the addict or the family?

This week is the annual ESPN V-foundation cancer fund raiser. The V-foundation was stated by basketball Coach Jim Valvano, a vivacious, charismatic college coach who passed away from cancer 21 years ago. Coach V gave a very stirring speech at an event just two months prior to his death, when he proclaimed “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.”

ESPN commentator Stuart Scott received an award at the ESPY’S for his courage in his personal battle against cancer. Scott also spoke about the importance of never giving up, and his personal WHY. He spoke about the difference each of us can make through small gestures and human compassion. He spoke about understanding what is truly important in life.

As I listened to the words of these men this week, I drew great strength as well as inspiration from the resiliency they displayed. Their words touch the heart of those who heard them. These men offer me the faith to know that victory will be ours as long as we continue to fight together.

Their words may be focused on the disease we call cancer, but the message is one that both addicts and families should take to heart. Take a moment and listen to each of these men speak today. Their words may help you take the next step tomorrow. Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up!

Stuart Scott

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl_0ieqSi7Q

Jimmy Valvano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuoVM9nm42E


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8 Simple Measures to Safeguard Prescription Drugs at Home

Posted by Anne Browning, With 0 Comments, Category: Opiates, Prescription Drug Abuse, Tags: , , , ,

Just about every household has prescription drugs, or even over the counter (OTC) medications, in the home. And although we’d like to believe they would only be used as prescribed, they are subject to being abused. So, here are eight simple measures you can take to protect yourself and your family.prescription drug abuse

  • Mark the lid of your pain medication with a red dot to remind yourself that they require special handling.
  • If you feel too many pills were prescribed, ask the pharmacist to fill a smaller amount and pick up more if/when necessary.
  • Ask your physician to write an order for a smaller amount with refills. For example, instead of 60 pills, maybe 20 with two refills.
  • Keep your prescription medications in a safe place. That may not always be the medicine cabinet. Be creative to prevent kids, and even their friends, from sneaking a few pills.
  • Make sure you assist older parents with protecting their medications.
    • Inside their home, drugs may be stolen by family members or visitors with addiction issues.
    • People target elderly folks that receive medication from mail order pharmacies.
    • Make medication accountability part of the estate management plan for elderly parents or parents in nursing homes.
  • Keep a count of pills and usage lines on liquids (kind of like height chart you’d measure your growing kids against the wall).
  • Dispose of unused medications appropriately. Check out our Drug Drop Off Page for information on disposal
  • Know the warning signs of abuse. For a quick review, read our WARNING SIGNS guide .

Try and make this a priority in the next few days. A few simple steps can make a world of difference.


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Breaking the Silence – News, Information and Updates to Help us live Drug Free Lives

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robbysvoiceWelcome to “Breaking the Silence,” Robby’s Voice’s new blog designed to streamline communications with our local and online communities. Many of you know Robby’s story. It was his vision to create a program, a website, to help free people from the bonds of addiction and live healthy, drug free lives. We feel that this new vehicle will help us accomplish his vision in a much more impactful way. We feel that providing information to you real time is critical. Key information that won’t get lost in a sea of PDFs or news stream posts. Through this vehicle, we will have the ability to share, interact, gain feedback, opinions, comments and suggestions without losing the important information you may want to reference days, weeks or months later.

What will you find on our blog?

  • Articles on strategies and tools to help you and your family stay drug free
  • Important information for parents and educators
  • Local community resources
  • Updates on events and RV speaking engagements
  • Guest posts by individuals involved with law enforcement, government or local organizations
  • Resources to help with rehab and recovery

We invite you to subscribe to today so that you won’t miss a post. We invite your comments or suggestions but please note that we will monitor all contributions and will not post any that are inappropriate or not helpful to our community.

The war is on and we are going to win it….with your help!

 


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