Archives for July 2014

The Addiction Battlefield

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Being on the frontlines of the addiction battlefield is sometimes discouraging to put it best.  We hear the same thing over and over from people who reach out to us; “We have contacted a bunch of online addiction professionals, called toll free numbers, or have went to visited them at area events their treatment program is putting on and always get the same response, do you have insurance? do you have cash to pay for treatment?”

Well folks this is because “Treatment” is a billion dollar a year industry. When you call that toll free number you are in some cases(NOT ALL) talking to a phone room of recovering addicts that are making 5% to 10% commission or worst yet they are calling themselves ” Recovery Advocate, National Outreach Directors, National Outreach Coordinator, Director of Community Outreach and have to maintain a heads in beds quota each month to receive their 40,000 – 80,000 salaries. This is why treatment centers and their owners spend two hundred to a thousand dollars per click on pay-per-click, Recovery Advocate Facebook Live shows, advertising online along with the many TV ads now on the air.

This marketing brings in hundreds of calls every day to the centers. This all works out in the end for them because it produces “HEADS IN THE BEDS”. Believe it or not this is how they talk about the sick and suffering when they are selling treatment.

Ask the questions to the person you are dealing with do you work for the company? Do you get paid a salary or commission? Am I calling a treatment center? Can I speak to the clinical director? Can I speak to the medical director? Take the time and ask the questions people and know whom your dealing with.

In some cases companies/owners could care less about the outcome of treatment because relapse means even more money.  I’ve seen people seeking treatment after a relapse be brought back into the same treatment centers three and four times with the price tag of a minimum $15,000.00 and as high as 100,000.00 per 30 day stay.

I know countless treatment professionals that work their butts off to help people. The problem is their hands are tied because of the greed and manipulation of the companies/owners they work for.  The treatment professionals are the frontline workers that get paid the least and in most cases will be fired if they voice any concerns.

When is it going to end? Maybe when the treatment industry is regulated. Your best bet now to see who your dealing with is to contact local state attorney’s office, your local police department or  The Joint Commission. Search the background of all the individuals involved with your treatment or the treatment of a loved one.

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ADDICTION HELP IS A WE PROCESS

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Addiction help is an ongoing process of self-determination and self-discipline. While the rewards are not always immediate, beautiful gifts wait if you are patient and can take direction. Not until we stop denying our own past and begin sharing our wounds, will we allow ourselves to be loved by other people.

The common problems we face are from unhealed childhood wounds that have remained buried and eventually come back to haunt us. Only when we permit the window into our past to be opened, exposing the core of our adult difficulties, can we begin the healing process.   We can start by thinking about the definition of intimacy we grew up with. In the dictionary, intimacy is described by closeness, love, and trust.  However, if we developed a distorted definition of intimacy during childhood, where intimacy was associated with fear and pain, then we will avoid intimacy in our adult life. Also, what was the message given to us in childhood when we made mistakes? Were we given the message that mistakes were an opportunity to grow or rather were mistakes in our childhood met with such harsh consequences that we identified ourselves as a mistake? Were we allowed to fail at times as every human being does, or did we identify our whole being as a failure?

If we did receive negative messages in childhood, then negative inner voices will develop as we grow into adulthood. These inner voices keep us imprisoned by reminding us of the intrusive messages we received in childhood over and over again. Childhood wounds are reopened, isolating us from others. In many ways, we play roles in our lives that can bring harmful consequences to others and to ourselves. We wear masks to hide who we really are. The little voice makes us feel ashamed and unworthy. We become self-centered causing us to feel that we have the right to act out with addictions regardless of the harm it causes others. This is destructive entitlement.

These inner voices are so powerful that even though they imprison us to destructive roles in our lives, we listen to him.

Sometimes we act in ways that do not always make sense as we hurt ourselves and others. We feel compelled to listen to the destructive inner voice in our head. Making sense of our actions is like figuring out a jigsaw puzzle.  The first step is to seek help in order to understand what is broken inside.

Throughout my life I had an inner critic called the Warden who was an imaginary person with a bat, who sat on my shoulder. Whenever someone made me feel defective, he would come out swinging.  The Warden instilled in me a peculiar definition of intimacy. Intimacy meant pain, and should be avoided. The Warden was trying to protect me from getting too close to anyone.  This imaginary guy on my shoulder has been with me a long time; as far back as I can remember. His motive for using the bat is to take a swing at me should I ever get the idea that I deserve to be happy or if I stumble and make a mistake. He permits me no margin for error.

There are three essential strategies to healing that will free us from the chains of our childhood wounds. These include: Awareness, Action, and Maintenance. Awareness broadens our choices.  With awareness we can better understand the actions we need to take.  If we maintain these actions we then develop healthy habits which will bring healthy boundaries and intimacy into our lives.  All of these ingredients need to become a WE process instead of a ME process. This means we need the help of others as we walk through this journey together.

Thomas Gagliano, MSW

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Music as a Spiritual Solution

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Recovery from substance abuse and addiction encourage finding a spiritual solution through admitting powerlessness over drugs and alcohol. While admitting powerlessness over addiction can be relatively easy with the help of treatment, applying spiritual principals to all other areas of life can be more challenging. But music can, by its very nature, provide a spiritual connection and foundation in recovery.

However you choose to define spirituality for yourself, there can be direct correlations made to the practice of music. It is an integral part of human life, like the sound of breath or the waves of the ocean; music has rhythm, tension, release and expression.

Spirituality and music cannot be limited by culture or genre and have the element of connecting the soul, or the invisible part of ourselves with life as a whole. Musician Frank Fitzpatrick described this connection, saying for so long he would try in vain to make separate time for meditation, prayer and music when beginning his day, and was inspired to find he could actually make the practice singular.

“I brought my guitar and my original melodies to my morning meditation ritual and discovered my own sense of connection greatly enhanced by the union,” Fitzpatrick said.

Incorporating music into a daily routine of spirituality can translate to a source of inspiration, solace and peace of mind. Recovery from addiction does not have to mean separating or turning from the expressions that have served our spirit, but can actually serve to unify them for a more powerful experience.
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Darryl Strawberry Teams up with Former Catholic Priest to Battle Addiction

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A retired baseball player and a former Catholic Priest walk into a rehab …  Although this sounds like the beginning of a joke, to former addict and retired MLB player turned pastor, and former Catholic Priest turned addiction treatment executive John Picciano, addiction is no laughing matter. The two have teamed up to open a series of drug and alcohol recovery centers with locations in Orlando, St. Louis and Long Island.

The first Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center (DSRC) held its grand opening celebration in late January at their first location in St. Cloud, Florida, just twenty minutes south of Orlando. The center was the brainchild of John Picciano, CEO of Oglethorpe Healthcare Inc., a healthcare management group that operates 8 behavioral health hospitals throughout the US.

“We’d heard great things about Darryl Strawberry’s battle back from the throes of addiction to become a Pastor of his own ministry” said Picciano. “I’m a firm believer in second chances and we knew he’d play a integral role in the development of this program.”

Darryl and his wife Tracy Strawberry met with Oglethorpe’s executive team over a year ago to lay the groundwork for the new center bearing his namesake.

“My own bouts with addiction and the struggle to find effective treatment as a high-profile athlete was a key driver in getting involved with the John and the Oglethorpe team,” said Darryl. “ I wish there was a place like this for me when I was struggling…  this center lets you focus on getting whole again in a discrete environment with minimal distractions – a necessity for any athlete seeking treatment today.”

DSRC’s Professional Athlete Substance Abuse Treatment Program: Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA) was developed with input from expert addiction clinicians, professional athlete interventionists and former athletes in recovery to provide professional athletes with a way out of the dangerous cycle of addiction. AHA takes an integrative approach toward addiction treatment that assesses each client’s mental, physical and spiritual state to formulate a program that equips them with the tools they’ll need to fully recover and go on to live active, healthy and fulfilling lives.

“When athletes enter this program, we tell them to leave their stats on the field, the only number that matters here is the number of days they’ve been clean,” stated Darryl Strawberry.

Although the DSRC has a specialized treatment track for athletes, the center’s main focus will be helping the general population with recovery. The 60-bed facility features drug, alcohol and prescription detox and residential treatment services overseen by Dr. William Leach, a physician board-certified in addiction medicine. The DSRC’s treatment methodology takes stock of each client’s usage profile, mental status, personality and needs to develop unique treatment plans that remove distractions to manage and eliminate addictive tendencies from every angle.

“We’ve been in the behavioral health business a long time and there are a lot of programs out there that offer spa like atmospheres but very little in the way of meaningful addiction recovery treatment.” Said Picciano. “If you want to relax, go to a spa, if you want a chance at lasting recovery, come here.”

Darryl Strawberry is a proud sponsor of Rockers In Recovery.

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PERMISSION TO MAKE MISTAKES

I have been a sponsor for Rockers In Recovery for the last two months and have been quite impressed with John Hollis’s ability to promote and spread my message to so many individuals. He has exceeded all of my expectations.How do I feel when I make a mistake and what messages do I give my children when they make mistakes.

What was the message given to us when we made mistakes as children? Were mistakes an opportunity to learn and grow or did we internalize ourselves as a mistake. If care givers had a tough inner critic that didn’t allow them compassion when they made a mistake then they may have passed this message on to their children. Making mistakes are part of being human. There are times we all stumble in life and if we deny ourselves compassion we then negate a part of our humanness. In essence, can we make a mistake or do we internalize ourselves as a mistake. Can we fail at times or do we internalize ourselves as a failure.

Without self-compassion it becomes difficult to except constructive criticism from others. We may begin lying when we are wrong as the pain of being seen as defective becomes overwhelming. Part of being a parent is guiding our children through their difficulties with the experiences we have gained in life. As they walk through their journey in life they also need to feel that mistakes are part of being human. If not they may refuse to allow us to help them if they should falter.

Permission to make a mistake from the book, “The Problem Was Me”. One of my children had a bed-wetting problem that caused him shame every time he had an accident.  Once when dining out with my family years ago, I had an experience that most men can relate to.  After a trip to the men’s room, I zipped up my fly but not before a few drops dripped onto my pants.  When I returned to the table, I quietly pointed out the spot to my son and said, “See, even Dad has accidents.” He thought this was great. He believed I urinated in my pants. You could read his mind and see the way this made him feel more human for his mistakes. The downside was that he proceeded to tell the world about my experience! I did not count on this, but I did give him the message that it’s okay to make mistakes.

No matter what happens during the course of a day, don’t forget to tell your children you love them before they go to sleep. The message of unconditional love will give them the permission to make mistakes without them ever believing they are a mistake.

Thomas Gagliano, MSW

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Sincerely,
John Hollis,
Director of Business Development
Rockers In Recovery® Radio & Productions Inc.

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