DDA | Dual Diagnosis Anonymous – Doyal D. Smith Explains

DDA | Dual Diagnosis Anonymous – Doyal D. Smith Explains

I had the good fortune to meet Doyal D. Smith, Executive Director of Dual Diagnosis Anonymous of Oregon, Inc., at a recent rally, and invited him to answer the following questions on DDA | Dual Diagnosis Anonymous and his organization, DDA of Oregon. What does DDA stand for? DDA stands for “Dual Diagnosis Anonymous”. DDA is commonly referredContinue Reading

Michael King Shares His Story of Addiction Recovery

Michael King Shares His Story of Addiction Recovery

It is my great pleasure to introduce Michael King, At Large Organizer for FacingAddiction.org‘s October 4, 2015 rally, happening on the National Mall in Washington D.C., on October 4, 2015. Michael has graciously agreed to share the story of his alcohol addiction and the recovery journey he’s taken as today’s Face of Recovery. Why share? There is aContinue Reading

The Stigma of Addiction: a Mother’s Point of View

The Stigma of Addiction: a Mother’s Point of View

Marybeth Cichocki’s son, Matt, died of a drug overdose. Marybeth is determined to make a difference, meeting with the Governor of Delaware to talk about the need for insurance coverage for 90 days in residential treatment/rehab (vs the current 28 days); working with John Lehman of FARR (Florida Association of Recovery Residences) to help themContinue Reading

Soul Mates and Unconditional Love | Guest Darlene Lancer

Soul Mates and Unconditional Love | Guest Darlene Lancer

Unconditional love – what is it and why is it so illusive for some and relatively easy for others? Here to help us understand is a frequent guest author on BreakingTheCycles.com, Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT. Darlene is the author of Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You, and her latest eBookContinue Reading

National Substance Abuse Prevention Week | May 17-23

National Substance Abuse Prevention Week | May 17-23

“The Voice of One, the Power of All, ” is the theme of this year’s National Prevention Week supported by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency). The objective for this annual observance is to increase public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues.   What You Can Do toContinue Reading

Change Addiction Now – United We C.A.N. | Steps of Change

Change Addiction Now – United We C.A.N. | Steps of Change

More than 100 million Americans are affected by a loved one’s addiction, a brain disease that is still so tightly shrouded in secrecy and shame, making intervention, treatment and recovery difficult to find and pursue. These 100 million Americans are the children, parents, siblings, grandparents, husbands, wives, in-laws and significant others of those whose brainContinue Reading

Anthony’s Act Petition – 90 Days Inpatient Treatment

Anthony’s Act Petition – 90 Days Inpatient Treatment

Anthony P. Fiore died Saturday, May 31, 2014, at his home in Warrington. He had lost his battle with addiction. His parents, Cris and Valerie Fiore, are working to spread the word about heroin addiction and to gather signatures on their Anthony’s Act Petition to urge Congress to pass an amendment to the Affordable Care ActContinue Reading

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015 officially opened with President Obama’s proclamation calling upon “all Americans to observe this month with programs and activities that help prevent child abuse and provide for children’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs.” The President continues, saying, “A strong, stable family is the best foundation for a promising childhood, and when parentsContinue Reading