I am the son who died from an accidental overdose.
It breaks my heart, but I will say it.
I was an addict.
I was, and am, also a valuable human being.
Do not turn away from me.
I forgive myself for being honest, for trusting too much, for forgiving again and again, for being me in a false world where values are upside down, for defending others, for trying to find some kind of justice, for trying to protect to relatives who were lost a long time ago, for trying to find some kind of coherence in our lives, for trying to find the good in others, they no longer existed, for trying to help someone who did not even see what is wrong because was lost long time ago, to try to be a family member who cares when they never see me or love me as a family, to be blind all these years and never see that...
Many people find success with traditional treatments for addiction, but the drawback of traditional methods of recovery is that they sometimes leave gaps in care. Using alternative treatments for recovery, like mindfulness, stress management, and exercise, can help fill those gaps. For some people, that means using these in place of more traditional treatments, while others find that they’re a great complement to what they’re already doing.
Almost 28 million people around the world are battling a substance use disorder. It can affect anyone including a child, a parent, and even a spouse. Recognizing the signs of a drug or alcohol addiction can be vital to saving a loved one’s life.
Animal-assisted therapy isn't designed to be a stand-alone therapy. When combined with other treatments for substance use disorders, the therapeutic approach can motivate patients to stay in treatment. Animals can also help therapists and clients resolve mental health problems in a way that isn't possible with other types of therapy alone. - Jaime Acevedo, Outreach Specialist
For more information on animal-assisted therapy, visit DrugRehab.com
For recovering addicts, getting back to work is an important part of the rehabilitative process, a way of establishing a structured and healthy lifestyle that helps them remain clean and sober. Unfortunately, finding a job that can sustain you, one with true growth potential, takes time and a lot of persistence and work. In the meantime, you need some way to earn an income and make ends meet as you job hunt. Fortunately, the gig economy offers an opportunity to make money doing work that draws on your creativity, abilities and personal interests.
Envisioning a healing and recovery community, Hope Connection aims to open a long-term housing facility that offers safe living arrangements for survivors of domestic violence and ongoing substance abuse recovery. With property values skyrocketing, finding affordable housing in the Triangle area is more difficult than ever. With abuse and addiction victims most vulnerable to homelessness, the Triangle area needs supportive, long-term housing more than ever!
In early 2016, Debra Barkett proceeded to launch a social enterprise that financially aids Hope Connection in the future. Then, she stumbled across a commercial storage facility down the sidewalk from the Community Care Center at the South Hills Mall on Buck Jones Road. In the beginning, we rented the space to store in-kind donations at the facility.
My name is “Jessica”. I’m 24 years old. I’ve been a victim of domestic violence. I’ve been a victim of sexual assault. I was molested as a kid and was in state foster care. As a newborn baby, my mom was a drug addict and a prostitute. She and the guy that would have been my father had a drug deal and he got shot. Before that, she left me on the side of the road. She didn’t want me so I’ve been in the foster care system since I was a newborn until age 21 because in North Carolina you can stay in foster care until age 21.
If you are not familiar with our support groups, we offer several different options for people suffering from difficult personal situations. Through semiannual cycles, these groups meet every week led by trained facilitators. Participation is completely free to all clients, and clients may continue to participate in our programs as long as needed.
Our largest support group is the Mending the Soul program for abuse survivors. Since the founding of Hope Connection, Mending the Soul has been a staple of our programs, as HCI strives to provide ongoing support for women and men who suffer from relationship violence. With empowering abused and addicted people at the core of our mission, Hope Connection has opened four new programs during the past year for people experiencing a variety of situations.
In 2017, we offered eight support groups including Mending the Soul, Loved Ones of Addicts, Addiction Recovery, Grief Support, Depression Recovery, Princess Lost/Princess Found, Teen Connect, and Caring for the Vulnerable Child. Through Mending the Soul, we served 34 clients. Through Loved Ones of Addicts, we served 21 clients. Through Grief Support, we served 11 clients. Through Addiction Recovery, we served 10 clients. Through Depression Recovery, we served 8 clients. With Teen Connect, we served 3 clients. Finally, through Princess Lost/Princess Found, we served 1 client. That brings the total number of clients served by Hope Connection to 493 since our founding in 2012. After engaging in small groups, participants like “Jessica” revel in the emotional encouragement our programs have to offer.
In order to aid victims with their daily needs, we offer financial support to low-income clients, especially those in high danger situations. In order to help clients with housing utilities, groceries, daycare, car insurance, legal assistance, and/or food, we post specific needs on our Facebook accounts, requesting funding via Facebook. Out of the 10 domestic violence victims we sponsored in 2017, 40% are currently independent and no longer in need of funding. While many of our sponsored victims now enjoy stable footing, many still need help in the midst of crisis. About 40% of our sponsored victims still suffer from an elevated risk of attack from their abusive partners. Providing clients crisis prevention education, our facilitators work hard to offer them the love, advice, and resources necessary to get through the hard times.
Join Diana and Katherine on YouTube as they debut original, contemporary arrangements of classic Christmas songs. Hear stories of how Hope Connection International empowers survivors of abuse and addiction in a free live-stream concert to share with your friends.
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Join us on Tonight, 12-21-2017 at 7:30 PM
Live Chat begins at 7:15PM
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ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
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Katherine has taught piano and violin for ten years. She plays piano and violin for various school and church music programs in the Raleigh area. She also enjoys composing and arranging with friends.
Diana began playing piano when she was five and also enjoys playing drums and trombone. She plays with her school band and brass ensemble and has played keyboards with her church worship team since she was fourteen. She loves composing and arranging music using LogicPro for the various groups to which she belongs.
Diana and Katherine met through a school music program and have been playing together for over a year. They recently released an instrumental worship extended play record entitled "For One".
Hope Connection International sponsors several survivors of abuse and addiction. This Christmas, help us bring some cheer by signing up for our Angel Tree.
A Once-A-Year Opportunity for Your Gift
This year #GivingTuesday falls on November 28th. In celebration, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching up to $2 million of funds raised on Facebook for US nonprofits.
Facebook is also waiving its fees for donations made to nonprofits on Facebook this #GivingTuesday.
Donations to nonprofits made through Facebook’s charitable giving tools on November 28th will be matched up to $50,000 per nonprofit or $1,000 per fundraiser or donate button, until the $2 million in matching funds run out.
The match will begin at 8AM EST (5AM PST).
Last, year the matching funds ran out early in the morning. But, being on the east coast gives us a HUGE advantage to DOUBLE your generosity.
Join us on this global day of giving by helping us spread the word or by signing up on Facebook to help us raise critical funding that will help us provide for the many women, children, and men who are under are care.
On the morning of November 28th visit our Facebook page and join us in a #GivingTuesday COUNTDOWN live on Facebook!
Then, at 8AM, November 28th, make your most generous gift you can afford and watch it double!
The match begins at 8AM EST (5AM PST) and will run until it is out.
Up to $1,000 per fundraiser or donate button can be matched.
Up to $50,000 per nonprofit button can be matched.
The following guest-post was written by Christine, who lost her brother due to an overdose last year. It is an open glimpse into her mind and feelings. Thank you for allowing us to share this, Christine.
As the year-mark of my beloved brother Andrew’s passing approaches, I wanted to write about some forth-comings and thoughts I've been dealing with this past year and am wanting to express. I want to write this for my own therapeutic sake but most importantly to raise awareness of this current drug-overdose epidemic in the US. Please no judgment as I am doing this in hope that my family’s troubling experience can be used to help others in a positive way. I will first start off with a little background.