The opioid epidemic has ravaged South Jersey and we can no longer remain silenced by misplaced shame.  It is absolutely true that Atlantic County has the highest per-capita overdose death rate in the country. Not one of the over 3,000 counties in the United States has buried more than one out of every 1, 584 residents to overdose. Recovery Force is the credentialed organization by and for people affected by this epidemic and people recovering from it.  We are a big tent and exclude no one, as we embrace multiple pathways to recovery. We are a united group comprised of the diverse larger recovery community, including people from 12-step fellowships, others utilizing medically-assisted recovery, individuals subscribing to recovery yoga or perhaps a harm-reduction pathway. We are a volunteer workforce providing services free of charge to our community. Many of us are paying it forward. Others are involved in our movement so their loved-one was not lost in vain. We are joined by family members and friends of people in or seeking recovery. We also are home to the hundreds of South Jersey families that lost a loved one to this epidemic. No community has made progress in solving its problems without citizens impacted mobilizing their forces and recovering out loud.  Recovering Out Loud changes the culture of the community to one of hope, pride and acceptance. Start today by clicking the button above and  finding a way to take part in the International Overdose Awareness Day events planned for August 31,2019 

IN THE NEWS.....

Morning Roundup: Apr. 15, 2019

What Wine Mom Culture Misses About Being a Sober Parent in a Society That Worships Alcohol [Washington Post]Mom culture is embracing wine like never before. This can be uncomfortable for those who want to be a part of this community minus the drinking. "We feel like an outsider sometimes, but moms who drink can make moms who do not feel more at ease."US Military Is America's Heaviest-Drinking Profession, Survey Finds [Military.com]Military members drink alcohol more than workers in any other job. Not only do they drink more often than other professions, they binge-drink more as well.A Sober House for a Neighbor: 'We Already Have a Stigma Against Us' [WCAI]Cape Cod has a highest concentration of sober living homes. A local sober house inspector and a community share their experience. "I feel blessed that I haven't had a lot of problems with them."The Heroin Hearse in the Overdose Capital of America [Atlantic]A hearse bearing the words "Inject Heroin. Reject Life." roves the streets of Huntington, West Virginia. "Our approach is straight-out, rub the sand in your face, we're in an epidemic. Period. This hearse is the final result."Perspective: My Experience Living With Extreme Anxiety [Medical News Today]One man's experience living with anxiety, falling into addiction, and meeting the doctor who saw through his pain. "The anxiety is still there. I'll admit that I still crave the high, too. But for the first time in my life I can manage these bubbling feelings."At 63, 'Fish' Stieber Aims to Win Boston Marathon For His Age Group. Getting Sober Helped. [Wisconsin Rapids Tribune]Allan 'Fish' Stieber was arrested five times for driving drunk. In 2010, he decided to quit drinking. This year marks his fifth Boston Marathon for the 63-year-old.Charlie Sheen Details What Inspired Him to Get Sober: 'I'm Not Sure How I Created Such Chaos' [USA Today]On a recent talk show appearance, actor Charlie Sheen opened up about his problems with drugs and alcohol. "It feels awful. Some of it is very surreal."The Debate Over Decriminalizing the Addiction Treatment Drug Buprenorphine [VPR]Vermont is considering a bill that would decriminalize the possession of unprescribed buprenorphine. The drug, also known as Suboxone, is used to treat opioid use disorder.

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