Death from drug overdose claims over 70,000 lives a year in America
Most of these deaths are people under 30, who had had multiple stays in treatment. We have the tools yet we are failing.
The conversation with a parent concerning the overdose death of their child is one of the hardest things I have ever done or will ever do, and would hope to never do again, but if nothing changes, there will be far too many more.
Nothing changes, if nothing changes.
If you have lost someone to addiction and are tired of feeling powerless or are in recovery yourself and see the need for change, please donate and add your voice to help me remove the stigma of addiction, build bridges to the future and turn the current increasing tide of tragedy, suffering and death to one of joy, freedom and life. Your help and support will save lives.
the steady increase in young people seeking help who are being poorly
served by the current recovery communities, treatment modalities which
abruptly stop due to Health Care Providers often arbitrary coverage
guidelines, the current appalling lack of any real aftercare which has led to today’s unacceptably high relapse/overdose rates, and the increasing incidences of permanent mental illness from Synthetic Marijuana, Spice, Bath Salts and Crystal Meth,
it is past time to act, to modernize the current recovery paradigm, to
help all who suffer as well as those who love and care about them, to
make sustainable long term healthy recovery real, affordable and
available for the millions longing to be free of addiction.
Published by Vincent Lee Jones
Silk sheets or city streets, Park Avenue or park bench, addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives.
My name is Vincent Lee Jones and I have been in recovery since September 1985. My professional career began when I was nearly 20 years in recovery and was asked to work pro bono with at risk students at Huntington Beach High School. At the time I had developed a reputation within the at large recovery community as an effective communicator and was known to some of the faculty. After the death of two students from prescription drugs I was asked to start working with at risk students, which I did for nearly 5 years. Word of mouth lead to offers of compensated freelance Facilitator and Director positions with numerous local treatment facilities in the ensuing years.
As a retired Building Contractor/Designer, working in conjunction with a treatment facility, I created a construction program utilizing a workforce comprised almost exclusively of people new or returning to recovery, helping them to not only learn a trade and start making a living but since many of them had relapsed numerous times, to begin truly building a foundation with real aftercare to live free of active addiction. This program changed many lives.
In my 30+ years in recovery I have worked with thousands of individuals from all walks of life, teenagers to the retired, famous to infamous, prosperous to those living hand to mouth, adamant atheists to those embracing strong Religious beliefs; suffering from all manner of intoxicant and behavior-based addictions as well as those who love and care about them, both as a member in recovery Fellowships and as a treatment professional. I can be contacted at 714-366-1725.
I write and publish daily a recovery based nondenominational spiritually based blog at https://livinginspirit.blogspot.com with accompanying videos that can be found as well on YouTube and LinkedIn at Vincent Lee Jones.
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