Saturday, September 15, 2007

They are our daughters

NOT ripped from the tabloids . . .

Everyone is tired of hearing about the Lindsay Lohan-Britney Spears-Whitney Houston-Amy Winehouse revolving rehab doors. And we’re tired of the way the media has glamorized their addiction problems. I’ll spare the gory details here.

Instead, why isn’t the media portraying the stories of REAL addicted women?

Because it’s a sobering (no pun intended), sad look at lives impoverished, destitute, nearly destroyed. This week author Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich provided an eye-opening commentary for AOL’s Women’s eNews.

I point it out to you as important reading for Recovery Month 2007. These are our daughters, our sisters, our nieces. Yes, they are responsible for the choices they’ve made that took them to these depths. But as family members of those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs, what is our responsibility?

And I ask again, what can we do to prevent our granddaughters from making those same life-altering choices? Who has the answers?

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Wise words from a rocker

Rocker-star-idol, that is—not the kind you sit in on the front porch down south.

It’s National Drug & Alcohol Addiction Recovery Month. And I never thought I’d take seriously anything the founder of the rock band Motley Crue might say. But former heroin addict Nikki Sixx spoke recently on Capitol about addiction and recovery, and I was impressed.

Check it out for yourself. Do you agree with his comments about the family in recovery?

I liked his final words: “Close the door on destruction and celebrate recovery.” That's where my family is today and it's a good place to be.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

It's about time . . .

Finally, the societal crisis that is being created by the manufacture, distribution, sales and use of methamphetamine is being addressed by prevention and law enforcement authorities.

Several years ago when I took a social marketing position with a federal government contractor at SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, just one small piece of prevention information about methamphetamine was available in our vast warehouse.

I was shocked. Having lived in Southern California for more than 20 years, I knew through the media and personal family experience how this substance ravages lives, families, homes and communities.

This isn’t just a western problem or an urban issue. Some states are already in crisis and others are close behind.

And in the Midwest, where down-home values have been the hallmark of daily life, meth is changing life as residents know it.

Learn more about the meth crisis in several small Missouri towns when the A and E Network airs “Meth: A County in Crisis®” this Friday, September 7. You’ll see the personal stories of everyone affected—addicts and their families, law enforcement officials, hospitals, pharmacies.

Above all, don't think meth is a problem that doesn't concern you and your community.

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