Monday, August 17, 2009

Freedom and what it means to an addict

Freedom, what does it mean to an recovering addict? It's the liberation from or restraint or from the power of another. Where it no longer controls you or has a hold on you. Recovery does bring freedom! Too reach recovery, you must first admit to being an addict and that you need help. What's the saying,"The truth shall set you free"! A sympton of our disease is alienation, and honest sharing will free us to recover. Truth coneects us to life while fear, isolation, and dishonesty alienate us from it. As addicts, we hide the truth about ourselves from as much as the world as possible, that fear keeps us from opening up to those around us, providing us with protection. Truth is my connection to reality, so today I will ask myself,"Am I telling the truth?".

There is a way to get some help and still be kinda of annonomous, if thats the way you want it or just not quite ready to tell the whole world and it's called," In the Rooms", a global recovery community. In The Rooms, you can Find Old Friends,
Make New Friends, Seek Help in Recovery,
Create a Group, Learn about Recovery,
Choose Your Level of Privacy,
and much more... and yes, I'm also a member!
It's a global community, but started here in south Florida with some big names attached to it. Their motto is HITCH=Help Inform Touch Connect Heal. This is a disease that needs alot more attention drawn to it and education. And thats what they're trying to do.

On September 12, 2009, in Bicentennial Park in Miami, FL, and Informed Families will make the first attempt in South Florida to counter the stigma of alcoholism and addiction that plagues not only those in Recovery, but the entire community as well. This is going to be a spectacular event. The day begins with a 5K walk, to be followed by an all day festival and concert, featuring Richie Supa of Aerosmith fame, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Legend Eric Burdon and The Animals. All funds raised go to prevention, awareness, and education for the Recovery community, to show that Recovery is an asset, not a liability. Registration for the walk requires a donation of $9 per walker and includes admission to the festival and concert; those who wish to only attend the concert are asked to donate $20.

We do not wish to be viewed any longer as the guy in the park drinking out of the paper bag, or the person living under the bridge begging for change. We are young and old; we are male and female, we are your family, friends, neighbors, teachers, doctors, lawyers. We are all recovering from a disease that is chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal; yet we are productive members of society, we are good, decent, spiritually healthy people who know there is a solution to living life clean and sober. Just like those marching for breast cancer awareness, we too are survivors. This is not a cause, this is a movement!

Please join us September 12 for this revolutionary event, and if you can’t make it down to Miami, you can still make a tax deductible donation at in order to enable someone else to walk in your place.

rally for recovery


Ronald P Corbin said...

Hip Hip Jen.

We need more of this awareness, and the ending of stigmas on people because they are ill.

I myself am on an awareness crusade. I educate everyone I know, and have ended allot of stigmas I once had. Now, its understanding.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a plan!!

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