Suboxone Assisted Treatment

May News-Updates

2010

When you're a child she walks before you,
To set an example.
When you're a teenager she walks behind you
To be there should you need her.
When you're an adult she walks beside you
So that as two friends you can enjoy life together..
~Unknown

Mothers Day
A Mother loves right from the start.
She holds her baby close to her heart.
The bond that grows will never falter.
Her love is so strong it will never alter.
A Mother gives never ending Love.
She never feels that she has given enough.
For you she will always do her best.
Constantly working, there's no time to rest.
A Mother is there when things go wrong.

A hug and a kiss to help us along.
Always there when we need her near.
Gently wipes our eyes when we shed a tear.
So on this day shower your Mother with Love.
Gifts and presents are nice but that is not enough.
Give your Mother a day to have some peace of mind.
Be gentle, be good, be helpful, be kind.
Happy Mother's Day.
~Carol Matthews

We at Suboxone Assisted Treatment would like to wish all of you a very Happy Mother's Day! If you are a mother with a substance abuse problem don't despair, there is hope. You are not alone. We care about you.

I know firsthand what it is like to be a mother who suffers from this awful disease. I used to beat myself up over and over again, I would tell myself that I was a terrible mother. I mean after all what kind of mother uses drugs? I would go into recovery only to relapse after a matter of time. I couldn't seem to get it right. In fact, I couldn't seem to get anything right. Here I was a mother with beautiful children who were depending on me to take care of them and how could I do that if I couldn't take care of my own problems? It wasn't until after my youngest child turned 9 that I begin to research the reason why I couldn't seem to stay in recovery.

That was when I learned that addiction is a disease, that I didn't have to be this way for the rest of my life which I knew would be cut short if I didn't stop and soon. After much research I discovered this website, Suboxone Assisted Treatment.

The wealth of information was overwhelming at first but slowly is begin to sink in. I did matter, I was not alone. There were people who cared about me and for the first time I really felt there was hope.
It was time to start over again, I had to leave behind all that I knew. I needed a new lifestyle. I finally realized that I couldn't keep going into recovery and keep hanging out with the same people that I then considered my friends. I had to change everything about me.

I also learned about Medicated Assisted Treatment.


Medicated Assisted Treatment combined with proper education and support has allowed me to start over. I am no longer the person that I was back then. Not only have I learned that I no longer have to numb myself in order to make it through the day, but I learned that I am capable of loving myself and others as well.
If you are a mother who is suffering from addiction and don't know where to turn, give us a call. We are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you are unable to call us, simply send us an email with the time you would like us to call and we will call you at our expense.
Office 770-334-3655~Cell 770-527-9119 Email: 
mrdeanv@aol.com

If you have been able to change your life with the help of Suboxone, and feel you are ready to share your story, I'd like to hear from you. Please email me at: dee.director@suboxoneassistedtreatment.org  

In the News; Helping Mothers

Nexus Recovery Center expansion to include wing for mothers battling addiction.

A former seminary school campus in Far East Dallas has gotten too small for Nexus Recovery Center.

Part of that is due to an increase in Heroin addiction in recent years. But another major reason stems from a rising number of teens who are pregnant or already have children.

The nonprofit center, which serves women and girls, is raising money to build a new dorm to expand from 18 to 30 beds for adolescents. One wing will be devoted to the growing population of young addicted moms, said Abby Foster, director of development and public relations.

"It seems like we can't move fast enough to keep up with the changes," Foster said.

Nexus, which receives government funds, is one of only a handful of drug treatment centers in the state that allow women to bring their children with them, and the only one for late-term pregnant or parenting teens. That makes the center a top choice for many mothers of all ages.

At Nexus, women and girls stay in sparsely decorated dorms. There's a day care, playground and rocking chairs, plus a classroom for teens, many of whom have missed significant chunks of school because of their addictions. Clients attend 12-step meetings and counseling sessions. Most have faced severe trauma such as sexual abuse and used drugs as a means of escape, Foster said.

Admissions counselor Emily Evans is usually the first person the new clients see, and she's been in their shoes. Evans started using drugs at age 12 and came to Nexus for treatment nearly seven years ago.

Evans weighed 87 pounds and was addicted to methamphetamine. She had been arrested for drug possession, and Child Protective Services had taken her children.

Now, at age 35, Evans works as admissions counselor and plans to become a licensed drug counselor this year. She's back with her children, ages 11 and 15.

Sometimes she tells people about her own experiences to give new clients hope.

"We're not bad people; we made bad choices," she said.

Aubrey Eubanks said she was thankful to be able to bring her 2-year-old daughter to Nexus.

"Someone called CPS on me," said Eubanks, who was addicted to methamphetamine. Before "I would have told you I hate [CPS]. I'm glad for it now."  Dallas News.com

Having spent the better part of my
life trying either to relive the
past or experience the future before
it arrives, I have come to believe
that in between these two
extremes is peace.
~Author Unknown

                                         

Recovery isn't just about stopping the use of opiates, although it is a beginning. Recovery also centers around our Physical, Mental & Spiritual well being.

National Women's Health Week is a weeklong health observance coorinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health. (OWH). National Women's Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. With the theme "It's Your Time." The Nationwide initiative encourages women to take simple steps for a longer, healthier, and happier life. Important steps include:

  • Getting at least 2 hours and 30minutes of moderate physical activity, or a combonation of both each week.
  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Visiting a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings
  • Avoiding risky behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt
  • Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress

Learn more about Women's National Health Week. Visit www.womenshealth.gov/whw

    Peace will come when people live
    In friendship side by side,
    And cherish understanding
    More that hatred, greed and pride.
    Peace will come when people
    Who are needy can reach out
    For shelter, food, or love,
    And no has to do without.
    Peace will come when people
    Learn to listen and to care
    About the rights and dignity
    Of people everywhere.
    Peace will come when love and trust
    And kindness know rebirth,
    And on that day all people
    Will rejoice in peace on earth
    ~Amanda Bradley

Just recently the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released the "2010 National Drug Control Strategy."

The 2010 National Drug Control Strategy was developed by ONDCP with input from Federal, State, and local partners. It provides a collaborative and balanced approach that emphasizes community-based prevention, integration of evidence-based treatment into the healthcare system, innovations in the criminal justice system, and international partnerships to disrupt drug trafficking organizations.

Because nearly all Americans are impacted by the consequences of drug use, the Strategy is designed to be relevant at the local level. Whether you are a parent looking for information, a community member interested in treatment resources, a police officer or local elected official searching for new approaches to drug-related crimes, or someone who wants to know more about the Administration's drug policy, the National Drug Control Strategy will serve as a useful resource.

To the Congress of the United States

I am committed to restoring balance in our efforts to combat the drug problems that plague our communities. Drug use endangers the health and safety of every American, depletes financial and human resources, and deadens the spirit of many of our communities. While I am proud of the new direction described here, a well-crafted stragety is only as successful as its implementation. To succeed, we will need to rely on the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of every concerned American.

Barack Obama                                                                                           The White House

Preface from Director Kerlikowske

The Obama Administration’s strategy is unique because it takes advantage of what we now know about how to more effectively prevent drug use, provide addiction treatment, and enforce the law against illegal drugs. The balanced approach of evidence-based prevention, treatment, and enforcement presented in this Strategy will effectively address the serious drug problem faced by our Nation today.

R. Gil Kerlikowske Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy

President Obama's 2010 National Drug Control Strategy ("Strategy") reflects a comprehensive approach to reducing drug use and its consequences. Endorsing a balance of prevention, treatment, and law enforcement, the Strategy calls for a 15 percent reduction in the rate of youth drug use over 5 years and similar reductions in chronic drug use and drug-related consequences, such as drug deaths and drugged driving.

For more information about the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy, watch a video message from R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy visit;

White House Drug policy

 

Memorial Day

Origin And Birthplace of Memorial Day

 On May 5, 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic established Memorial Day or Decoration Day as the national day to decorate the graves of the Civil War soldiers with flowers. Major General John A. Logan appointed May 30 as the day to be observed. Arlington National Cemetery had the first observance of the day on a grand scale. The place was appropriate as it already housed graves of over 20,000 Union dead and several hundred Confederate dead Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant presided the meeting and the center point of these Memorial Day ceremonies was the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion. Speeches were followed by a march of soldiers' children and orphans and members of the GAR through the cemetery strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves. They also recited prayers and sang hymns for the dead.

Even before this declaration, local observances for these war dead were being held at various places. In Columbus, Miss., a group of women visited a cemetery on April 25 1866, to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers and the Union soldiers who fell at the battle of Siloh. Many cities in the North and the South claim to be the first to celebrate Memorial Day in 1866 but Congress and President Lyndon Johnson officially declared Waterloo in New York as the 'birthplace' of Memorial Day in 1966. It was said that on May 5, 1866, a ceremony was held here to honor local soldiers and sailors who fought in the Civil War, businesses were closed for the day and residents furled flags at half-mast. It was said to be the first formal, community-wide and regular event.

In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by the Congress, who designated the last Monday in May as the day for its observance. Many states observe separate Confederate Memorial Days. Mississippi observes it on the last Monday of April, Alabama on the fourth Monday of April, Georgia on April 26, North and South Carolina on May 10 and Louisiana and Tennessee on June 3. In Tennessee, the day is named as 'Confederate Decorations Day' while Texas observes 'Confederate Heroes Day' on January 19.  In Virginia, Memorial Day is better known as 'May Confederate Memorial Day.' www.thememorialdaytribute.com/origin-of-memorial-day.html

Memorial Day is one of the busiest holidays of the year when it comes to travel. People will be out visiting families, going to picnics, beaches and other destinations.  We care about you and urge you to drive safely. Give yourself plenty of time even if you have to arrive early. It is always better to arrive early, then not at all.

Enjoy your holiday and take time to remember our fallen soldiers. A simple prayer it all it takes.

Until next time, Take care, be safe, smile often and hug those you love.

*Remember, everyday is a gift, all you have to do is simply open it.

Compiled and published by; Dee Black                                         Director/Assistant Editor

Approved by; Deborah Shrira                                                                               CEO/Editor/

Medical Assisted Treatment of America Inc.                  Suboxone Assisted Treatment                           May 2010