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 


NBA To Beef Up Mental Health Program For Players

The NBA will be ramping up its player mental health program for the 2019-2020 season, by adding mental health professionals to every team and requiring plans be in place for mental health emergencies, according to The Athletic.This initiative comes after multiple players have spoken out about their mental health struggles.Teams this season will be required to have “one to two” licensed mental health professionals available for players, plus access to a licensed psychiatrist who would assist in “managing issues.” They will also need to have a written plan of action in place to guide responses to any player having a mental health crisis and let players know what they will do to protect their privacy around these matters.Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan Speak OutBoth Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers and DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs have spoken up about their mental health issues in 2018. DeRozan was the first of the two to reveal his struggles with depression and anxiety.“It’s one of them things that no matter how indestructible we look like we are, we’re all human at the end of the day,” he said, according to The Star. “We all got feelings... all of that. Sometimes... it gets the best of you, where times everything in the whole world’s on top of you.”This was not long after posting a cryptic tweet that caught the attention of many NBA fans: “This depression get the best of me.”The following month, Love opened up about his own issues, revealing that he had been seeing a therapist for months following a panic attack in November 2017. He penned an article for The Players Tribune about the incident and his decision to go to therapy titled “Everyone Is Going Through Something.”“In the NBA, you have trained professionals to fine-tune your life in so many areas,” he said. “Coaches, trainers and nutritionists have had a presence in my life for years. But none of those people could help me in the way I needed when I was lying on the floor struggling to breathe.”Social Media & AnxietyNBA Commissioner Adam Silver even hinted about having his own issues with anxiety at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference last March, and suggested that something should be done about what he saw as widespread unhappiness among NBA players."We are living in a time of anxiety," Silver said. "I think it's a direct result of social media. A lot of players are unhappy." is calling this latest initiative “the most significant step the NBA has taken in recognizing the importance of mental wellbeing in its players.”

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