There is a plague, an epidemic, a dangerous illness that is affecting and destroying a huge number of lives – every single day. And this disease continues to spread throughout the United States and beyond its borders. This is not caused by some contagious germ or recent visit to a foreign country.
Not Your Problem!
Not Your Child!
Not Your Family!
Some Important Questions About Drugs For You To Think About
- How much do you really know about why someone takes drugs and what leads to their developing a habit, an addiction and eventual overdose?
- Why do some people become addicted while others may try a drug and not get addicted?
- What substance in drugs makes them become addictive?
- Often called the “gateway drug”, does marijuana lead to using and abusing other drugs?
- Does alcohol use lead to trying and using drugs?
- What are the dangers of purchasing illegal drugs from a dealer?
- Why do drug users prefer a specific drug, such as marijuana, cocaine, or heroin?
I interviewed representatives of many of the leading substance abuse, mental disorder and trauma recovery treatment centers around the U.S. and in Mexico and Costa Rica. These leading experts share their own personal paths to recovery and their knowledge, wisdom and tips to help any individual or family currently dealing with an addiction or mental disorder.
Please check out the Healing Recovery Retreat because the life you save may be your own or someone you love dearly.
Best-selling author, Mary Ryan Woods, speaking on this powerful summit, says: I Didn’t Cause It, I Can’t Change It. Before we are directly affected by someone’s addiction, we usually believe that it could not happen to us because these people caused it – they were not good parents, the child had a bad gene, the parents should have stopped the behavior early on.
But the truth appears to be that there are many more factors at play and parents are certainly not totally to blame. Yes, there may be a family system that is less than perfect, but almost every family system has its flaws and not all children become addicts or mentally ill.
What effect does alcohol have on women, especially women who are pregnant or caring for young children? Best-selling author, Rosemary O’Connor, speaking on this life-changing summit, talks about her poignant experiences in her book: A Sober Mon’s Guide to Recovery: Taking Care of Your Kids.
She tells her story to help us understand that nowadays a person can be high functioning and appear to the outside world to be in good shape. But an addiction has an insidious way of continuing to get stronger until the person reaches a point of out-of-control behavior.
The Sober World Magazine was created by Patricia Rosen, speaking on this important summit, after losing her beloved son to a drug overdose. She decided to devote the rest of her life to educating parents about this deadly disease.
Many parents, out of caring, love and a sense of shame, tend to be enabling the drug addiction problem to remain intact. She encourages parents to take off the blinders, to see the truth about what is happening, and to do everything they can to get help for their child who is struggling with addiction.
Doug Braun-Harvey brings to our attention, on this summit, the fact that men with so-called sexual addictions are often primarily addicted to drugs and the acting out sexual behaviors are resulting from the drug use.
And sometimes, he says, an underlying sexual problem not being addressed openly, can lead to the use of drugs to help deal with the upsetting emotions. His best-selling books, Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction and Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment, will educate you about this prevalent yet often taboo topic in our society.
Joan E Childs, best-selling author of Why Did She Jump? My Daughter’s Battle with Bipolar Disorder, brings to our attention the devastating effect of a child committing suicide. Parents don’t realize the danger posed when a child has a mental disorder co-occurring with drug addiction. In Joan’s case, her daughter suffered from bipolar disorder and was otherwise a highly successful and intuitive therapist.
The message here is to get treatment as soon as possible, ongoing treatment, for as long as needed.
Wondering if someone you care about has a drug problem? What can you do about it?
- Educate yourself about the disease of addiction
- Learn about the devastating effects on the addict and society
- Recognize the warning signs and symptoms of addiction
- Understand how drugs affect your brain and body
- Research the many treatment programs available
- Speak with an educational consultant to locate the appropriate program
- Hire an interventionist to persuade the addicted person to enter treatment
- Get familiar with the statistics on drug use and overdose
Take a good hard look at the statistics cited below. This drug epidemic has reached crisis level, yet until we feel directly affected by it, our tendency is to look away and say to ourselves: “Not my problem, not my family, not my children.” Then, one day, we find that our best friend has overdosed, our child’s behavior has become erratic and defiant, our neighbor’s son is in jail, or our beloved spouse has been drinking more than usual.
According the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM):
The United States has a drug overdose epidemic – and the problem appears to be growing exponentially.
- Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015.
- Prescription pain relievers led to 20,101 overdose deaths while 12,990 overdose deaths were related to heroin in 2015.
- From 1999 to 2008, overdose death rates, sales and substance abuse continued to increase and the death rate in 2008 was nearly four times higher than the 1999 rate.
- An estimated 21,000 adolescents, aged 12 to 17, had used heroin and the prescription rate for opioids among adolescents and young adults nearly doubled from 1994 to 2007.
- 48,000 women died of prescription pain reliever overdoses between 1999 and 2010, an increase of more than 400%, and female heroin overdoses increased from 0.4 to 1.2 per 100,000 in 2013.
Associated Press Statistics reveal:
Overdose deaths in 2015 were 52,404.
- Car crash deaths were 37,757
- Gun deaths, including homicides and suicides, totaled 36,252
Please join the Healing Recovery Retreat and share it with your friends and loved ones. We can stop this epidemic by paying attention and no longer ignoring the problem.
Here are a few of the additional topics on this one-of-a-kind event
- Trauma and addiction
- Eating disorders
- Addiction in the LGBTIQ population
- Effect of family systems on addiction
- Residential treatment programs
- Recovery from pornography and affairs
- Recovery through creative arts and touch therapy
- Treatment of co-occurring disorders
- Use of psychedelics for recovery
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, there is no time to wait. Every single day brings the danger of conviction for a crime, overdose, lethal or destructive accidents, suicide, and loss of trust among family members. Check out this FREE event. The life you save may be your own.
The Healing Recovery Retreat begins Sunday, May 14, 2017
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