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 

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Ariana Grande Gives Mental Health Update During 'Sweetener' Tour

While on her Sweetener world tour, Ariana Grande went on Instagram to give an update on her mental health.During a July performance in Missouri, Grande had a moment, holding back tears while singing "R.E.M." The song was co-written by Pharrell Williams and some speculate it was written about Pete Davidson, Grande’s ex-boyfriend.“Tour is wild,” Grande began. “Life is wild. I’m grateful for the sea of love I have around me everyday and for the people who come to these shows and give all of us every ounce of energy they’ve got… I’m grateful for my voice and my team. I’m grateful for this music.”In the now-deleted post, Grande said she was grateful for “the opportunity to sing to thousands of people every night. It's a dream come true. No matter how hard it gets or how many feelings come up that are screaming at me to be processed and sorted through one day, I'm grounded by gratitude and promise not to give up on what I've started."Overcome With Emotion"I feel everything very intensely,” she said, “and have committed to doing this tour during a time in my life when I'm still processing a lot… so sometimes I cry a lot!""I thank you for accepting my humanness,” she told her fans. “I'm not sure what I did to deserve to meet so many loving souls every night / to feel so much love, but I want you to know that it really does carry me through," she added. "I feel it and appreciate it."Grande has been recovering from two horrific blows. First, her concert in Manchester, United Kingdom, was attacked by a suicide bomber, killing 22 civilians. Grande was left unhurt but traumatized, and grieving for the fans who lost their lives.In September 2018, Mac Miller, Grande’s ex-boyfriend, overdosed on opioids and died.Grande reached out to her fans more directly at the end of her message. "If you are hurting, you can push through and are not alone.""It is hard to balance taking care of the people around you, doing your job, and healing...at the same time…but I want you to know...I think you're doing great."

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