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4 Tips For Staying Positive During Addiction Recovery
Starting on the road to recovery from addiction is challenging even for the strongest of people. Common struggles include:
●Fears, such as failure in recovery or rejection by loved ones.
●Feeling stuck, frustrated, and unable to move forward with recovery.
●Guilt and shame over the past.
●Avoiding a relapse.
●Struggling to socialize again without revisiting old habits.
●Stress over all these struggles.
Remember that addiction itself is not defined as bad behavior. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines it as “a primary chronic disease of the brain’s circuitry related to reward, motivation, and memory.” In other words, the disease serves as a way to find relief or reward through substance use and abuse. It is challenging to overcome because your brain has learned this repetitive behavior. However, the brain is flexible and can change and adapt to learn new behaviors.
As emotional challenges arise, you must learn to address them. Here are some critical things to consider as you move forward in recovery.
Take Time To Develop Emotional Maturity
One important task to address as you work with your support group and counselors is to grow your emotional maturity. As you move forward in recovery, you will develop this skill, giving you the ability to handle emotions better and control your impulses. Many people turn to substances because they don’t know how to handle their emotions effectively. Alcohol or drugs can provide some temporary relief, but it’s important to be able to manage your emotions to live a more fulfilling life. Developing emotional maturity will make it easier to be positive.
Change Your Perspective; Be Patient
Knowing how far you’ve come since you’ve started your journey is important. You are on a path of growth, and growth takes time, just like learning those new habits will. Remember that addiction is a disease and recovery can be a lifelong process. Rather than despairing over this, think of this as your journey to a new, improved you. It takes time, dedication and learning for anyone to better themselves – no one can run ahead and skip the important parts.
Cultivate A Positive Attitude
Although “positive thinking” sounds like a cliché, research shows it may have real benefits. Studies show that negative thinking narrows your options on how to respond to something. That’s because negative thinking evolved from people’s need to escape danger. You need to focus sharply to escape from a predator.
But positive thinking allowed people to consider more options and even helped build skill sets that had a lasting effect. Thinking positively allows you to lose the focus that comes with negative thinking; instead, you start seeing unlimited possibilities. Meditation, creative writing, and relaxation can help you have a more positive outlook on the world.
While you are working on your recovery, a positive outlook is hard to maintain. But you can choose to see the best in yourself by journaling, writing down things you are grateful for and choosing the best support systems. Success also recommends focusing on the good things, even if they’re small and finding the humor in bad situations.
Making a Clean Slate
Part of the recovery process includes removing yourself from old patterns and old habits. This typically means finding a different group of people to socialize with, but it can also mean moving. Those in recovery often find it especially helpful to start fresh with a new living arrangement. This ensures you’re upending old habits, like driving by the same liquor store on your way home from work. When looking for a new place, budget shouldn’t be the only concern. Survey the neighborhood and any amenities close by. For example, look for a new apartment or house that is near a large park and within walking distance to grocery shopping.
Keep in mind that moving to a new location does not guarantee success if you are determined to use you will.
Getting Additional Help
Take stock of the current systems you are using to get through recovery. Are they enough? Are your support systems helping you develop self-confidence, responsibility, and emotional maturity?
If not, you may need to add support groups, therapies, or activities to your program. Pursuing creative activities, volunteering efforts, and learning a new skill are great ways to improve your self-esteem. You should also ask your therapist for more suggestions.
Getting to the root of your addiction will be a confusing and emotional experience, and you may never find the actual cause but taking the journey is important and having a good counselor to guide and help you understand your addiction may lead to you understanding your substance abuse problem completely which is an important step in conquering it. Additionally, family counseling can help facilitate healthy conversations with your loved ones and help them understand what you are going through and may increase the level of compassion, and pave the way for stronger relationships.
Thank you Claire for sharing your article with us and we look forward to seeing more articles from you in the future.
Pregnant with her second child, Clarissa Collins was at her methadone clinic when a woman walked in with a box of doughnuts and a baby doll.
The woman, Tara Sundem, was partway through a five-year effort to open Hushabye Nursery and launch a novel family-focused program that would treat substance-exposed infants and offer care and support to their caregivers.
Hushabye Nursery recently celebrated one year in its current care facility in Phoenix and Collins now works there as a peer support specialist, helping others in recovery.
The center houses a 12-room inpatient nursery for infants suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome – newborns experiencing withdrawal from opioids they were exposed to in the womb, such as heroin and prescription painkillers.
But on that day in 2019, Collins begrudgingly attended Sundem’s support group for pregnant women with opioid use disorder. By the second group meeting, she decided to come back every week.
“I looked forward to it. I wanted to see the other girls; I wanted to hear their stories. I wanted to meet the baby,” Collins said. “And we became this little family. We became very close friends.”
As the opioid epidemic worsens nationwide, neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) cases are increasing, too. Nationally, the number of babies born with the condition increased 82% from 2010 to 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The national trend in NAS cases holds true in Arizona and has worsened since the Covid pandemic began. Arizona’s NAS rate in 2020 was 9.1 per 1,000 newborn hospitalizations, up from 5.67 per 1,000 in 2015, according to Arizona Department of Health Services vital statistics reports. In 2010, that figure was 2.65 per 1,000.
Clarissa Collins, a peer support specialist at Hushabye Nursery, sits in one of the 12 private rooms where babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome and their families weather the withdrawal process. PHOTO BY KYRA HAAS/ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES
Some of the increase can be attributed to better reporting and other factors, not the opioid epidemic itself, said Sara Rumann, with the department’s Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health.
“But we can say overall the general trend is that it has increased over the last 10 years,” Rumann said.
Symptoms of NAS can include a high-pitched cry, vomiting, diarrhea, trembling, seizures, stiff limbs and trouble sleeping, eating and breathing, according to the department. The babies experience a withdrawal syndrome, not an addiction.
Collins had her first daughter in 2012, but started using heroin shortly thereafter. The Arizona Department of Child Safety got involved, and Collins ended up relinquishing her parental rights. Her daughter now lives with family in Louisiana.
“I had gotten strung out right after she was born; I had no history of addiction prior,” Collins said. “But one thing led to another, and a lot of it was I was desperate for my friends. I was 17. I had just had a baby. I wanted my friends back, so I did whatever they were doing.”
This time would be different.
Sobriety was part of that, and so was the Hushabye Opioid Pregnancy Preparation and Empowerment (HOPPE) program. Collins still has her green HOPPE binder, which she calls the bible, that helped her prepare for her baby’s arrival, gather information for the DCS investigation and document her classes.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) uses medications like methadone or buprenorphine in combination with counseling and therapy to treat opioid-use disorder. Hushabye staff recognize MAT as the “gold standard” of care, Sundem said. It’s recommended for pregnant women with opioid-use disorder because it’s often unsafe for women to completely stop taking opioids while pregnant. The change can trigger a miscarriage, preterm labor or fetal distress.
But because the medications used are opioids, Department of Child Safety is still contacted because the baby is still substance exposed.
“Whether it be prescribed or unprescribed, that’s for DCS to figure out, but it has to be reported to the state,” Collins said.
The increase in NAS cases is something Sundem, a neonatal nurse practitioner, saw firsthand. She has spent most of her nearly 30-year nursing career in neonatal intensive care units. About eight years ago, she said, something changed.
Clarissa Collins, left, chats with Hushabye Nursery executive director and founder Tara Sundem at the facility. Sundem and Collins first met in 2019 when Collins attended one of Sundem’s support groups for pregnant women with opioid use disorder. PHOTO BY KYRA HAAS/ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES
“We just started seeing this surge of babies coming in and withdrawing,” Sundem said. “When we started seeing that influx, I was like, ‘What do we do?’”
About six years ago, Kelly Woody, who co-founded Hushabye with Sundem, had the answer. The fellow neonatal nurse practitioner had watched a segment on the “Today” show about Lily’s Place, a first-of-its-kind Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome center in West Virginia.
Woody told Sundem, “This is what we’re going to do.”
“I’m a believer, and I prayed on it and prayed on it and prayed on it, and went, ‘OK, I guess I’m supposed to do this,’” Sundem said.
They spent the next five years developing their care model and trying to find funding.
“I begged, I borrowed, I asked favors,” Sundem said.
Hushabye’s current facility opened in November 2020. Hushabye is licensed with the state health department and is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International.
The nursery’s approach is family-centric, with programs for women prenatal and postpartum.
Postpartum care for mothers is important because the relapse rate in the first six months is high – nearly 80%. Alicia Allen, an associate professor at the University of Arizona’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, studies substance use in women. She said while postpartum is an especially vulnerable time, it’s also a good time for health care professionals to interact with people who are struggling with substance use.
“During pregnancy, there’s a lot more motivation, there’s a lot more support and there’s a lot more access to health care, so that’s a perfect place to start,” Allen said.
With in-patient infants, Hushabye uses the Eat, Sleep, Console method, a newer approach to treating NAS that prioritizes the comfort of the baby and non-pharmacologic treatments, shifting away from scheduled postnatal opioid treatment to “as needed” dosing. Parents stay with their babies during their time at the nursery.
“Our patient in-patient is that baby, but that baby’s therapy is their family,” Sundem said.
The Eat, Sleep, Console approach is effective. Babies withdrawing at Hushabye stay an average of about 6 to 7 days. The national average stay for a baby with NAS in a neonatal intensive care unit was 11 days in 2018.
Banner University Medical Center Tucson was the first Arizona hospital to learn about Eat, Sleep, Console, a model that got its start at Yale University through the research of pediatrician Dr. Matthew Grossman.
“What we’ve been doing for the last 40 years is not working, and everybody’s cranky. Not only the babies – the families are cranky; the nurses are cranky,” Lisa Grisham, director of Banner’s Family Centered NAS Care Program, said. “When you look back, we thought we were doing the best we could. And now we realize there’s a better way to do it.”
In addition to Hushabye, nine hospitals in Arizona use Eat, Sleep, Console for at least some of their NAS patients, depending on the individual situation.
At Hushabye, there are 12 private rooms where babies can withdraw in a dark environment and their families can stay 24/7. Usually, there are five or six babies at any one time, though Sundem said there was recently a span of three weeks where they were at capacity.
“We encourage (caregivers) to stay, even if they’re struggling. As long as that’s safe and they’re not dangerous, we want them to stay,” she said. “What they are doing for their baby just by being present in the room – they’re helping with the wiring of the brain, something that you and I can’t do.”
When a family comes to Hushabye, Sundem said staff meet them where they’re at — and connect them to resources for food, transportation and housing if needed. She said she thinks families stay in part because the staff are trauma-informed. They know that many people have experienced trauma, that trauma affects health and behavior and that it should be factored into how people are treated to avoid retraumatizing them.
If parents are able, staff help teach them how to care for their baby. With all families, Sundem said staff try to help them avoid shame or guilt by understanding that they have opioid use disorder, a medical condition, not some sort of moral failing.
Many of the parents, Sundem said, started taking an opioid after it was prescribed to them following something like an accident or a C-section and then developed a dependence. Three out of four women who use heroin were initially prescribed opiates.
“When you talk to families, it is to function – it’s not to get high,” Sundem said. “They literally say that they’re dope sick, that they use to get well.”
In an effort to reduce stigma against pregnant women with opioid-use disorder, the health department launched its campaign “Hope Heals” earlier this year, following a recommendation in the state’s Opioid Action Plan 2.0. Rumann worked on the campaign, as did Jacqueline Kurth, the office chief for injury and violence prevention in the department’s Bureau of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion.
“There’s a lot of stigma that is a barrier for people seeking help for mental health disorders and for substance use disorders, in particular for pregnant and parenting women,” Kurth said.
The green Hushabye Opioid Pregnancy Preparation and Empowerment (HOPPE) program binder helps women prepare for their baby’s arrival, gather information for the Department of Child Safety and document their classes. PHOTO BY KYRA HAAS/ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES
On the outpatient side, Hushabye has a licensed marriage and family therapist and two case managers. One case manager focuses specifically on helping families navigate interactions with the Arizona Department of Child Safety. Sometimes, Sundem said, families are so stressed that they don’t really hear what DCS is saying they need to do.
“Sometimes it’s because they’re not healthy, but sometimes it’s just because it’s so stressful,” Sundem said. “And sometimes, they speak a completely different language.”
That was Collins’ experience after the birth of her first child.
“I had no clue what the hell I was doing back then,” she said. “I went through DCS; I went to court; I did all of that. I tried going to treatment, but I had no clue what I was doing. I was physically present, but I had no clue what was going on.”
Collins and the other peer support person have both been through the Hushabye program. Collins’ daughter recently turned 2. The other peer support’s baby will be 1 in February.
The facility has two nurses on duty around-the-clock, even if there’s only one baby, to be able to resuscitate if needed. While not a hospital, Hushabye provides the care a baby with NAS needs. If something goes wrong, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, Valleywise Health Medical Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital are all a 5- to 7-minute drive from the nursery.
Out of the more than 180 babies treated at Hushabye, only three have been sent back to the hospital for additional treatment, Sundem said.
For Collins, working as peer support for others in recovery has helped her, too. She still attends groups and lives with her daughter and her fiancé, who is also in recovery. She knows what the women at Hushabye are experiencing because she’s been through it.
“It’s healing to me,” she said. “Because it’s like I’m almost able to close a chapter in my past knowing that, OK, I got somebody somewhere farther than I could go.”
The Race for Recovery Clients registered for this event in the prior weeks and on this day they met at the clinic where the first car left at 9:00am all participants were given a clue that they had to solve and then drive to that location following all posted speed limits. If they were unable to figure out the clue after 15 minutes they were allowed to call and they were given the answer. Wanna play here is the first clue:
Race Time to get closest to was 123 Minutes
The race winning time was 132 Minutes only nine minutes over and the second place winner lost by 45 seconds!!!!!!!!!!!
We also had a small awards ceremony at the casino where we gave out to awards to two individuals that have helped us change the lives of others and with out there help it would not have been possible. These individual's are Michael Crouch Deputy Director Department of Economic Security and Linda Lopez who also works for the Department of Economic Security and works closely with Michael. We had several Clients who could not get their benefits for one reason or the other, No place to receive mail, no internet access, cant get past the ID-me because of 4 to 5 hour wait times online and the list goes on and on, but due to their unwavering commitment we made it happen for many. One example client homeless living under the freeway, father passes away who was living with him now has a nice apartment for the first time in his life, is now a proud father and maybe most importantly he is clean and sober for the first time in twenty years. The clients that they helped all did a short thank you video individually and yep it made them cry. Once again I will thank you both for being so special and not knowing it. You Changed lives !!!
Michael Crouch & Linda Lopez Department of Economic Security Receiving their awards of appreciation!!
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This is one of the main reasons we have third and fourth year medical students come and do a rotation if you will at are clinic in hopes that they will take what the learn from us into the field and rid the Er's of the stigmatism that is associated with people receiving MAT services, and have them prescribe opiates responsibly and refer patients that are in need of treatment.
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Patients with opioid addiction who show up in a hospital's ER face many barriers to recovery, and so do the doctors trying to help them. Easing those barriers on both sides helps patients get into good follow-up programs that lead to lasting change.
For years, Kayla West watched the opioid epidemic tear through her eastern Tennessee community. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she treated people with mental illness but felt she needed to do more to address addiction.
So in 2020, when the state created a position to help hospitals improve addiction care in the emergency room, West jumped at the opportunity.
She knew that many people with substance use disorders land in the ER, and that starting medications for opioid use — like buprenorphine (often known by the brand name Suboxone) — could double a person's chance of staying in treatment a month later.
Yet she also knew that providing the medication was far from standard practice.
A recent report from the Legal Action Center and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative found that despite widespread consensus on the importance of addiction treatment in the ER and an unprecedented rise in overdose deaths, many hospitals fail to screen for substance use, offer medications to treat opioid use disorder or connect patients to follow-up care.
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Many patients who don't receive those services die shortly after discharge or within a year of their ER visit, the report says.
But a growing number of emergency rooms and health professionals are trying to change that by developing new approaches that address the missed treatment opportunity in ERs.
"We know it's possible because others have done it," says Sika Yeboah-Sampong, an attorney with Legal Action Center and coauthor of the report. "You have a combination of levers and kinds of structures of how different cities, counties, states and even independent hospitals adopt these practices."
These models have already been put in place in some big hospitals and small hospitals, rural areas and urban centers, those with ample resources and those on tight budgets, she says.
In Tennessee, West looked to several of them for helpful guidance as she developed a pilot program with one hospital she advises. "It's like looking at a smorgasbord of options of where you can implement change," she says. Here are just a few of the different strategies emerging from ERs across the United States:
Hiring advocates for patients in California
Daniel Browne started drinking alcohol and using prescription opioids at age 14. By the time he was 24, he was on the verge of losing his job, his car and his apartment.
"I didn't know where else to go to get treatment other than the ER," he says.
In May 2020, Browne drove 15 minutes from his home to Adventist Health Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits, Calif., where he was immediately met by Mary Anne Cox Gould. At the time, Cox Gould was a substance use navigator for a program called CA Bridge. She championed addiction treatment in the hospital and helped connect patients from the ER to clinics in the community. (Cox Gould is now a supervisor of other navigators in Adventist Health hospitals.
This doesn't have to be a one-off story about a really special hospital," Clayton says. "It can happen at scale.
Serena Clayton, director of CA Bridge program
"She met me in the parking lot even before I went into the ER," Browne recalls.
She stayed with him as he received his first dose of buprenorphine, which provided immediate relief from withdrawal symptoms. "Once you're not facing the crippling detoxification, it's much easier to not relapse," Browne says.
Cox Gould then walked him over to the hospital's outpatient clinic and helped him schedule recurring appointments. When Browne ran into obstacles filling his buprenorphine prescription at a local pharmacy, she made the necessary arrangements for him to get it from the hospital pharmacy, instead.
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Now more than a year into recovery, Browne says he's become a more reliable employee and has reconnected with his parents and younger brother — successes he credits partly to the medication and consistent support he's received.
Those are hallmarks of the CA Bridge program, says executive director Serena Clayton. Medication is considered a key element of treatment. Connecting patients with a navigator helps them in long-term recovery. And having navigators in the ER creates a more welcoming environment for patients, and gives ER staff a chance to learn more about addiction, she says.
The model is currently used by about 130 hospitals in California, and the state has allotted $40 million to expand the program to more than 100 others. The funds cover the salaries of substance use navigators, training for ER staff on prescribing buprenorphine and other technical assistance.
"This doesn't have to be a one-off story about a really special hospital," Clayton says. "It can happen at scale."
Removing obstacles for patients and doctors in New York
Patients with addiction face many barriers to recovery, notes Dr. Joshua Lynch, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University at Buffalo. But doctors who want to help them also encounter hurdles, he says.
ER physicians are short on time, often lack training for addiction-related issues and don't know where to refer the patients for follow-up care. To improve the situation, both sets of barriers — for patients and for doctors — must be addressed, Lynch says.
That was his goal in creating New York MATTERS, a program that gives patients access to buprenorphine and quickly links them to addiction clinics to continue treatment. It also provides pharmacy vouchers that cover 14 days of medication and Uber vouchers to cover transportation to the clinic — all through an electronic referral system.
"Being able to offer all of this without having to make any phone calls is probably what makes the doctors most likely to use it," Lynch says.
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The program, partially funded by the state Department of Health, includes 38 hospitals and 94 clinics across New York that are vetted to ensure they provide buprenorphine to those who want it and accept patients regardless of insurance status. Providers in any participating ER can bring up a map of the clinics on a tablet and let patients choose where they'd like to be referred.
"This patient population is used to being told 'no' or 'that's not possible' or 'you have to go to this place,'" Lynch says. "We want to inspire them by giving them these choices."
Most patients pick a clinic close to home or where they know a friend had a good experience, Lynch says.
He estimates about 55% of patients in the program make it to their first appointment, where they can receive medication and therapy. National figures suggest fewer than 10% of patients addicted to opioids receive similar treatment.
Lynch says the cost for any hospital or clinic to join the program is minimal, since it mostly leverages existing resources, and the state hosts the data for the referral platform. Expanding the program to facilities across the entire state would cost less than $4 million a year, he says.
Training all health care providers in North Carolina
Dr. Blake Fagan is chief education officer at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, N.C. For years, when he approached hospital ERs to offer addiction training, he heard a common refrain.
"We don't have any place to send patients afterwards," he says doctors told him.
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Without a clear place for patients to continue treatment, the doctors were reluctant to even start medications for opioid use. That's when Fagan and his colleagues realized their training had to extend beyond hospitals.
They reached out to federally qualified health centers, which treat people regardless of insurance status. In a state without Medicaid expansion and with large rural expanses, these centers serve many people with addiction.
Using just over $1 million in grant funding from two foundations, the Mountain Area Health Education Center has trained the staff at 11 health centers and two local health departments over the past year and a half to provide medications for opioid use disorder. From March 2020 to May 2021, those centers treated more than 400 patients with the disorder.
Dr. Shuchin Shukla, who heads the program alongside partners at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, says the centers have become obvious referral spots for doctors who start patients on medication in the ER.
"We consider ourselves a model for how to do this in a Medicaid non-expansion state," Shukla says.
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North Carolina also has programs to train medical students, residents, nurse practitioners and physician assistants in addiction care.
Dr. Sara McEwen, executive director of the nonprofit Governor's Institute, which has helped to incorporate the training into medical school curricula, said students who see addiction prevention and treatment as a routine part of medicine will naturally apply that when they reach the ER or other clinical settings.
In fact, a recent study at Wake Forest School of Medicine found 60% of medical students who received the education reported using it during their internships.
"The learning is coming from med students to residents, up the chain," says Paige Estave, a coauthor of the study and a candidate for joint doctoral and medical degrees at the school. "Students bringing it up will cause doctors to start thinking, talking and finding resources. ... Hopefully, those little pieces of change will add up cumulatively to something more."
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How well do these programs work?
Across these varied models, one essential question remains: Do they work?
Unfortunately, it's also one of the most challenging to answer, according to addiction researchers and those who run the programs. Many projects are still in the early phases and won't be able to measure success for another few years. Others are struggling to gather long-term data that's necessary for evaluation.
In North Carolina, for instance, McEwen knows more than 500 medical students receive the addiction training each year, but until they complete residency and are practicing medicine independently, it's difficult to gauge how many will prescribe buprenorphine to their patients. In New York, Lynch can estimate how many patients make it to their first appointment at a clinic, and a recent study of the CA Bridge program tracked how many patients were given buprenorphine across 52 hospitals. But those numbers don't indicate how many patients achieved long-term recovery. That would require tracking patients for months and years.
In the meantime, people like West who are looking to these models as guideposts must operate with a level of uncertainty. But she says she'd rather get started now than wait for the perfect solution.
"Any movement on this is a step in the right direction," West says. "I've learned that no matter how varied your resources are, there are options for change in your ER."
Kaiser Health News is a national, editorially independent newsroom and nonprofit program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. KHN is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
Well it's time for one of my all time favorite events BAC's Race for Recovery! This event came out of social distancing I had to figure out a way to get people outside and stop the isolation which we all know only too well can be a cause for relapse. So I came up with this and it was a big hit with all that participated. It gives everyone that participates a reason to be outside and enjoy the sun. The clues are fun and the destinations I try and make them fun and interesting as well and who does not love the chance at winning all that cash!!! So Sign up with the front office come out and join us for some fun. If you just cant get out of the house and still want to participate their will be an on-line race as well like last year check your emails for details.
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Thats Right It's Time for BAC's Annual BBQ & Chili Cook Off!!!!
That's right it's time to get outside and throw some burgers and hot dogs on the grill, add some potatoe salad or coleslaw, and vote on who makes the best chili in Tucson!!
So please sign up at the front desk and let us know how many guests you are bringing. We want to make sure we have enough food to feed everyone that attends and for all AHCCCS Clients this counts as a relapse prevention group. As always we will be giving away gift cards for various restaurants and other entertainment. Bring your Frisbee's baseball equipment and tons of water balloons and of course one of the most important things you can bring is a smile.
We got lucky and the sun shined down on us it was a gorgeous day out there and BBQing all those hamburgers and hot dogs was a pleasure. Clients were able to keep social distancing recommendations while still mingling with their peers, eat a Hamburger, Bratwurst, or Hotdog. Have a couple of soft drinks or water and then go check out the waterfalls if they chose to do so. Client 3602 took home a $50.00 Gift Card and a $25.00 Gift Card is being given to one of are virtual attendees for the most interesting fact they submitted via email. All in all everyone appeared to have a good time and i would like to thank each and everyone of you for attending. Check back often for information on are next Relapse Prevention Outing.
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate...Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”- Martin Luther King Jr.