Recently, I had a serious medical condition requiring surgery. It left me in the hospital for almost 2 months with pain I had never experienced before. It also left me on opiates the whole time. I never felt any real sense of euphoria or “buzz” but I did feel anxious about taking pain meds. I still have pain and a healing journey ahead of me but the pain is manageable with Tylenol. I remain grateful. Interestingly enough, I never felt a physical or real mental craving – Thank You God. However, during these times, thoughts (Stinking Thinking) would float in my head like “Now you just blew years of sobriety.” “Drinking is better using those pain pills.” The thoughts seem to come out of nowhere. Today, I can think them through and talk to others in recovery so they don’t stay in my head. What I did to avoid getting…
Had the honor of being interviewed by my friend Garrett from Rock and Recovery. Rock and Recovery is a nonprofit radio station in Akron that provides entertaining and meaningful music with positive messaging, mixing individual testimonials with humor, to those addicted to alcohol or other substances. I had a tour of their new state of the art facility in Akron and meet some of their wonderful staff. It was a great experience to share what My Recovery Day does to support individuals in recovery. Have a listen to the interview and Rock On – Sober.
The My Recovery Day JOBS (Just Online Being Sober) Program looks at the online world we live in as an opportunity to provide the knowledge and teach the skills necessary for recovering individuals to become Small Business Entrepreneurs (SBE). It is an exciting way to learn new skills because they are applied to make you immediate income.
A Big Thank You to all our #Vets out there. We are the home of the Brave that keeps us Free. Naturally we cannot forget the toll addiction takes on them. Just for prescription pain killers, NCADD.org states: “Many vets have serious injuries, with a legitimate and ongoing need for pain medications, yet the broad availability of these medications and large increases in prescriptions may contribute to their growing misuse by some service members. Pain reliever prescriptions written by military physicians quadrupled between 2001 and 2009 — to almost 3.8 million. According to a Department of Defense study, while the overall civilian rates of prescription drug misuse was 4.4%, the rate for veterans was 11.7%, over two-and-a-half times higher than the civilian rate. The problem is particularly acute for women who serve.” Have a Happy and Safe Memorial Day. We have not forgotten, The My Recovery Day Team
If you think the opioid crisis does not affect you or your business, think again. A study was published on March 27, 2018 by the American Action Forum looking at just the effects of opioid use in the labor market and the economy. The Result: The loss of employees and their productivity between 1999 and 2015 cost the U.S. economy $702 billion, or just under $44 billion per year, the study calculated. In order for business to stay in business this cost is passed on to consumers in the pricing of products and services or tax dollars. We are all pay for addiction somewhere. These figures do not even take into account the economic impact of theft due to addiction, healthcare related costs or the cost of drug related crime.
May 1, 2018 The National Institute on Drug Abuse announce that an analysis of opioid-related overdose deaths found that synthetic opioids, such as illicit fentanyl, have surpassed prescription opioids as the most common drug involved in overdose deaths in the U.S. A research letter
My Recovery Day will be applying for the “eBay Shine Awards for Small Businesses.” This video illustrates part of what we do for our JOBS (Just Online Being Sober) Program. It is a contest to show what impact eBay has on your business or nonprofit. For our nonprofit, we use eBay as an ongoing way to support our mission and as a teaching platform to help individuals in recovery. So, using eBay is huge for us. This video will be submitted along with the application text. It was good to go through the application process anyway just to put a framework around what we do as part of our JOBS Program using eBay to support others in recovery. Besides, if we don’t enter, we simply have no chance to win.
Cleveland.com By Jackie Borchardt COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio is suing five drug companies for flooding the state with prescription painkillers that gave rise to the state’s opioid addiction and overdose crisis. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the lawsuit during a Wednesday news conference. Ohio is the second state to sue drug manufacturers, following Mississippi. The lawsuit, filed in Ross County Common Pleas Court, seeks an injunction and damages from five major opioid manufacturers: Purdue Pharma. Endo Health Solutions. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and subsidiary Cephalon. Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Allergan, formerly known as Actavis. The lawsuit alleges the companies overstated benefits of prescription opioids and understated the risks. DeWine said the evidence will show the companies did so to boost profits and deceived physicians who prescribed the drugs. “This lawsuit is about justice, it’s about fairness. It’s about what is right,” DeWine said during a news conference. “It…