Monday, December 30, 2013

Resolutions of Support

Check this out!

In 2010 Carole Bennet, MA wrote a very helpful article for the Huntington Post "4 New Year's Resolutions for Supporting Your Alcoholic/Addict Loved One."  

Her thoughts are still valid today. Take the first 866-273-0868.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Hoping everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Be thankful for the things we have, for we do not now know how long we will have them.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Depression Addiction Homelessness New Series Looks At Lives Of Former NFL Players

On November 17, 2013, AP Sports Writer Rick Freeman published an article entitled:

Depression, Addiction, Homelessness - series looks at lives of former NFL players

You can enjoy the entire article here.

'As a former NFL quarterback, Ray Lucas was used to having a plan and carrying it out. 

A few years ago, this was his plan: He would wait for a Sunday morning while his wife and daughters went to church, then drive to the George Washington Bridge, crank the wheel over and drive off the side. 

"Until very recently, I was making plans to end it," Lucas says in the first episode of "Casualties of the Gridiron" an online documentary series from GQ that goes live Monday morning on and the GQ Youtube channel.

That emotional gut punch is just one of many in the eight episodes of about 10 minutes each. New episodes will come out every Monday and Thursday before the series wraps on Dec. 18.

"It's very haunting. I think after you watch an episode, it really stays with you," said Dawn Ostroff, the President of Conde Nast Entertainment. "My hope is that people will see it so they can feel compassion in their hearts for what these men were going through."

Isaac Solotaroff is the documentary's director and executive producer, with co-director Jesse Handsher and executive producer Jennifer Smith. Among the difficult moments they captured is when former linebacker Terry Tautolo finds himself in an old 49ers team photo, pointing out Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott before he identifies himself. Then he explains how he found himself homeless.

His former UCLA teammate from the 1970s, Brent Boyd, makes an appearance in archival footage testifying before Congress. Then he's right there on camera, explaining how his life might have turned out different if he knew then what he knows now.

"I graduated UCLA with honors and was accepted to law school," Boyd said. "But my dream had always been to be an NFL player."

The next time we see him, he's with a clinician, struggling to name more than a half-dozen or so words that begin with the letter B. Boyd then explains that he has moved in with his 24-year-old son.

"We've kind of reversed roles," Boyd says. "He's taking care of Dad now."

The series shows plenty of moments of hope, too. Jen Smith is a constant presence as the do-it-all director of player programs for PAST, an organization that helps former players get treatment for physical and mental issues, manage pain and addiction, and generally improve their quality of life. 

She was the one Lucas reached out to when he was contemplating suicide.

Smith said in an interview with The Associated Press that she picked up the phone one summer day and heard "My name is Ray Lucas. Somebody gave me your phone number, and I'm going to drive off the George Washington Bridge on Sunday."

Smith, who has been working with former NFL players for years, said that suicidal thoughts and tendencies are more common than not among former players. As is addiction, which frequently happens when players without insurance turn to pills to manage chronic pain issues.

She got Lucas the help he needed, and now he's working side by side with her at PAST, which stands for Pain Alternatives, Solutions and Treatments, where former players gather once a month or so to discuss their issues among each other.

"Peer group kind of gives them an avenue of speaking the truth, speaking from the heart, and not worrying," Lucas said. "Every time that I've had a peer group with these guys, I've taken something out of it for myself. You can call it the word 'sharing' so to speak. They're not going to be judged."

Lucas often runs these sessions himself. He gets as much help out of it as anyone, and it seems apparent in the footage of him and Smith helping other players out with their problems.

As encouraging as some of these moments can be, there's always another reminder that there are more players out there in need of help.

"I think what this show is designed to do is to provide a real-life glimpse into this," Smith said. "While this is challenging and hard, there's some hope and some positives that are in all this. I think it's important for the public to see this."'

Casualties of the Gridiron - Video

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

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How many times do we hear this?  How many times can you recall that a situation like this has occurred?  Narcotics are addictive whether you take them as prescribed or not.  Let Hemet Valley recovery Center  help you manage your prescriptions in a non addictive and safe way....

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Don't Forget...It's TODAY!!!!

4th Western Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders - See more here
Long Beach, CA

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Customer Service Appreciation Week

We do everything we can to make our patients feel warm, welcomed and at ease.  Addiction is not something you have to go through alone; at Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat, we pride ourselves in customer service excellence.  

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

It can happen to anyone......

Aldon Smith checked into rehab. He is expected to miss a month before returning to the 49ers, healthy and ready to play. To learn more about this story, you can read an article by CBS Sports.
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Something to think about....

Star of new Dark Horse Comics series deals with the powers — and consequences of those abilities — that come from drugs and alcohol. You can read more about here.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Stories of Hope...

We came across an interesting article in the Southern Maryland Newspapers Online website. Addiction, mental illness recovery stories, options shared at Huntingtown forum.

HVRC's recovery staff sees stories like Foley's everyday.  Let us help you, hitting rock bottom is only the beginning....


Friday, July 12, 2013

Hitting Rock Bottom....

When we surrender to our Higher Power, the journey begins....

And We Can HELP....

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

8 Paradoxes of A.A.

  1. From weakness (adversity) comes strength
  2. We forgive to be forgiven
  3. We give it away to keep it
  4. We suffer to get well
  5. We surrender to win
  6. We dies to live
  7. From darkness comes light
  8. From dependence we found independence

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Each Day a new Beginning

Find inspiration and guidance for dealing with the challenges and new experiences of recovery in the writings Each Day a New Beginning--from a woman who cares about others. This beloved author writes about self-esteem, friendships with other women, hope, attitudes about life and relationships, and more. Her words help bridge the gap between self and Higher Power, between loneliness and sharing the emotions of recovery.

By: Karen Casey