Suboxone Assisted Treatment Of  America
September 2008
National Alcohol And Drug Addiction Month

September is your month to celebrate.  It is your month to rejoice in your success.  I would like to start it off with a poem and I know it will minister to you as it did to me.  I know it hasn't been easy for any of you but if you are still
hanging in there, you deserve to be part of the celebration.

"Look At You."

      Just look at you with your pretty self. You are so beautiful!

Not only are you beautiful but you have the nerve to be talented and gifted by God.  Hold your head up and know that you are loved and appreciated. Don't allow any circumstance or persons cause you to have low self-esteem or doubt. You are indeed wonderfully made. 

This is your year to decree it and speak it. This is the year of new beginnings.  So, get your step on!  God is faithful to perform all he
has promised to you.  Be confident in Him. The words you speak from your mouth will determine your outcome.

Why not speak good and positive things over your life?  You are not defeated but rather you are more than a conqueror. You have been through alot in your life and look at you now, just as pretty and as strong as ever! Oh! how blessed you are.

 Look what God has done and look where He has brought you from. Begin to bless the Creator and praise Him for all He has done and for making you so beautiful! He had you in His precious hands all the time. Your life is orchestrated by Him. He knows you and what is best for you. 

Believe that He has even greater things in store for you and your family.  Get over the silly stuff and grab hold of faith.  Seek God as never before.  Sure, times are hard but God and life is good. Learn to love who He has made you. There is no one like you!

Yes, I am speaking to each of you. We all have a purpose on this Earth but sometimes it is not always easy to discover what it is.

September is your month for celebration.  It is a chance to recognize what you have  accomplished. Some of you may have relapsed - but relapse does not mean failure. Diabetics relapse to.  I wish our friends and families understood more about what we were up against. If they did it would benefit you as well as them immensely because their knowledge would give them understanding. 

Why, you may ask?  It is a very difficult road to travel alone. Many of us withdrew from our friends and families while we were using. Now we need to reach out to them and restore the broken relationships. Some of you may find it impossible. They may need time to see the change but whatever the case, you can't do it all alone. You definitely are going to need support. We are here for you. We will provide the support you need. Let us help you? Let us be your friend?   

The reluctance to define addiction as a disease stems partly from a desire to hold drug users accountable for their actions. Individuals who have been emotionally, physically, or financially affected by other's people's drinking or drugging may be loath to "let them off" by saying they couldn't help it.    The sentiment that "if they hadn't taken that first drink or continued to use drugs, they wouldn't be in this position" is common among those individuals. But this claim ignores the fact that not everyone who drinks or drugs becomes an "addict."    

In addition, drugs used by "addicts," produce aggressiveness, passiveness, excessive happiness, or weirdness, leading nonaddicts such as family members to see only the drug effects and how the addict's behavior hurts or intimidates others. It is typical human nature to dismiss behavior that one doesn't understand or to hold people who hurt others responsible for what they have done.  Furthermore, there is an element of revenge in not wanting to help- addicts who have hurt people.    

Clinical experience suggests that when people are properly diagnosed as chemically dependent, understand they have a chronic brain disease and it is not their fault, treatment is more easily accepted.   Because of their shame, guilt, fear, remorse, and self-directed anger inherent in thinking about going to A.A. meetings or into formal treatment, "addicts" are often said to be in denial about having a problem.       

Recovery community organizations and our allies will be hosting walks, rallies and other events on September 20, 2008 to put a face and voice on Recovery and to mobolize support for policies like The Paul Wellstone Mental Health And Addiction Act of 2007 (H.R. 1424) that support Recovery. We should all make an attempt to be there if there is one close enough. Together we can make a difference.

Click on the URL and see where they are having one in your state. If its too far away for you to go alone, ask some of your friends to go and share the cost.  We all need to try and make our presence known and share with others about how our life is changing.  I am asking all of you, if there is any way possible to make an appearance... and be heard. It is very crucial we make our voices heard if we expect changes.  Thank You.


We will improve the lives of millions of Americans, their families and communities if we treat addiction to alcohol and other drugs as a public health crisis.  To overcome this crisis, we must accord dignity to people with addiction and recognize there is no one path to recovery. Individuals who are striving to be responsible citizens  on their own or with the help of others. Effective aid can be rendered by mutual support groups or health care professionals. Recovery can begin in a doctor's office, treatment center, chirch, prison, peer support meeting in one's own home. The journey can be guided by religious faith, spiritual experience or secular teachings. Recovery happens every day across our country and there are effective solutions for people still struggling.  Whatever the pathway, the journey will be far easier to travel if people seeking recovery are afforded respect for their basic rights:

1.  We have the right to be viewed as capable of changing, growing and  becoming positively connected to  our  community, no matter
what we did in our past because of our addiction. 

2.  We have the right-as do our families and friends-to know about the many pathways to recovery, the nature  of  addiction  and  the 
barriers to long-term recovery, all conveyed in ways that we can understand.   

3. We have the right, whether seeking recovery in the community, a physician's office, treatment center or while incarcerated, to set our own recovery goals,  working with a personalized recovery plan that we have designed based on accurate and understandable information about our health status, including a comprehensive, holistic assessment.  

4.  We have the right to select services that build on our strengths, armed with full information about the experience, and credentials of the people providing services and the effectiveness of the services and programs from which we are seeking help.

5.  We have the right to be served by organizations or health care and social service providers that view recovery positively, meet the highest public health and safety standards, provide rapid access to services, treat us respectfully, understand that our motivation is related to successfully accessing our strengths and will work with us and our families to find a pathway to recovery .

6.  We have a right to be considered as more than just a statistic, sterotype, risk score, diagnosis, label or pathology unit-free from the social stigma that characterizes us as weak or morally flawed. If we relapse and begin treatment again, we should be treated with dignity and respect that welcomes our continued efforts  to achieve long-term recovery.

7.  We have a right to a health care and social services system that recognizes the strengths and needs of people with addiction and  coordinates its efforts to provide recovery-based care that honors and respects our cultural beliefs.  This support may include introduction to religious, spiritual and secular communities of recovery, and the involvement of our communities of recovery, and  the involvement of our families, kinship networks and indigenous healers as part of our treatment experience.  

8.  We have the right to be represented by informed policymakers who remove barriers to educational, housing and employment opportunities once we are no longer misusingalcohol or orther drugs and are on the road to recovery. 

9. We have the right to respectful, nondiscriminatory  care from doctors and other health care providers and to receive services on the same basis as people do for any other chronic illness, with the same provisions, copayments, lifetime benefits and catastrophic coverage in insurance,self-funded/self-insured health plans, Medicare and HMO plans.  The criteria of "proper" care should be exclusively between our healthcare providers and ourselves; it should reflect the severity complexity and duration of our illness and provide a reasonable opportunity for recovery maintenance.

10.  We have the right to treatment and recovery support in the criminal justice system and to regain our place and rights in society once we have served our sentences.

11.  We have the right to speak out publicly about our recovery to let others know that long-term recovery from addiction is a reality. 

If you would like to order a copy of  these to give to others, they can be ordered at the URL below. It is Our Recovery "Bill of Rights." 

               "Your Focus Determines Your Reality!"         

Things You Can Do To Enhance Your Recovery Odds 

>  Don't use-no matter what!  Relapse does not mean failure.   

> Choose a treatment program that offers a rich menu of continuing care services and actively use these supports.

>  Find a recovery support group and stay actively involved.  Make meetings a priority, get a sponsor build a sober social network, and apply recovery program principles to the problems of daily living.  

> If you do not have a living environment supportive of recovery, investigate the growing network of recovery homes.

>  Involve your family members in recovery support groups and activities.

> Become an expert on your own recovery and take responsibility for it. 

Reference: William L. White, Lighthouse Institute,Senior Research Consultant

There is no cure for addiction, but it can be effectively managed. Even affectively treated individuals will confront unexpected situations upon return to their home environment that will produce potentially intense periods of craving to reuse alcohol and other drugs.

       Relapse is part of the disease, not a sign of failure.

There is another message that comes with recovery.  It is a message often repeated by addicts who are in recovery and their families, especially if their recovery is long lasting.  While no one would choose to go through this, there is a benefit beyond sobriety--a benefit on the other side of addiction.  It is a benefit of a life made fuller by the knowledge of something that people who go through this acquire on the deepest, most profound level:  an appreciation of a life that is free of dependence on drugs or alcohol.  On the other side of addiction, joy is possible. On the other side of addiction, there can be the fullest life imaginable.      


Which drugs kill  brain cells?  Obviously the research on this subject  is  incomplete, but  so  far  only  alcohol,  MDMA (ecstasy),
methamphetamine ("ice, "P") and inhalants have been shown to kill brain cells.  With the other drugs, the quantities and amounts in humans are
unknown, since studies showing cell death have only been done in animals. 

A&E Network Launches The Recovery Project: Public Rally in NYC
September 27

E Network today announced the launch of The Recovery Project, a wide-ranging, multi-year initiative designed to help raise awareness that addiction is a treatable disease and recovery is possible. More than 22 million Americans* struggle with addiction to alcohol and other drugs, yet fewer than ten percent receive the treatment they need because of stigma, lack of awareness or cost.

The Recovery Project - inspired by the incredible response from viewers, individuals and families in recovery to the Emmy-nominated documentary series Intervention -- strives to shed light on the scope of the addiction crisis, and its impact on society.

The Recovery Project kicks off on Saturday September 27th with a public celebration organized in partnership with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) in New York City. Thousands of individuals and families in recovery, treatment partners and advocates from all fifty states and the District of Columbia, will join together  to form a human chain -aliving symbol of recovery- across the historic Brooklyn Bridge and proceed to rally at City Hall Park in lower Manhattan.   

"We believe that the considerable reach of A&E Network provides a powerful platform to address, head-on, this enormous public health issue and the urgent need for meaningful action. Intervention served as a wake-up call to the fact that addiction is a disease pervading every aspect of our society. Nobody is immune, and everyone deserves a chance to fight for his or her recovery."

A dedicated website,, will list ways for viewers to get involved and provide links to charitable organizations they may wish to donate time or resources to.

About A&E Network
A&E is "Real Life. Drama." Now reaching more than 97 million homes, A&E is television that you can't turn away from; where real life shows are dramatic and scripted dramas are authentic. A&E offers a diverse mix of high quality entertainment; ranging from the network's original scripted series including "The Cleaner" starring Benjamin Bratt and "The Beast" starring Patrick Swayze, to signature Real-Life franchises, including the Emmy-nominated "Intervention," "Dog The Bounty Hunter," "Paranormal State" and "Criss Angel Mindfreak," and the most successful justice shows on cable, including "The First 48" and "Crime 360." The A&E website is located at For more press information and photography please visit us on the web at

If you haven't had the chance to see "Intervention" on A&E, I would like to recommend it to you. I highly recommend it to all od you with loved ones caught up in the cycle of addiction. It will give you some insight into their lives and how you can help them. You can click on the web at  for more information. Pick you up a TV guide for the time and station in your area. The chanel is A&E and the show is "Intervention."

I believe we need more shows of this kind because it will help get the message out. 
  "Addiction is a primary,chronic, neurobiologic disease, with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors...It is characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following:  impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm and craving."  (Savage, Joranson, & Covington 2003, p. 662)   


Let's Celebrate! Rejoice! Addiction is a treatable disease! We can live a normal life.  Remember we need donations too to continue offering all our services and they are tax deductible. Please send them to the address at the bottom of the page. We will send you a receipt as soon as we receive your donation.           

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If you can't afford to call and you need support, then send me an e-mail to along with your phone number and the best time to call you. We will call you at our own expense.  Thanks to all of you helping support Suboxone Assisted Treatment.  You are helping us save many lives and assist people in locating treatment. May God truly bless each and everyone of you richly.

Deborah Shrira, Editor  September 2008