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Grandparents giving up retirement to raise kids in response to opiate crisis

Grandparents giving up retirement to raise kids in response to opiate crisis  "An increasing number of grandparents in Michigan and nationwide are sacrificing retirement to raise grandchildren abandoned as a result of the opioid crisis — often with little support to help them navigate schools and social services, according to  a new report ." As a Grandparent, I feel for these people. It is NOT caused because they raised their kids wrong or didn't have 3 meals a week with them--it is a complicated issue and addiction has a strong physical component--as a society is our responsibility to help these self-sacrificing  people..where do you stand? 

Happy Millerites Day to all Alarmists, Scientists and Kooks alike.

Happy Millerites Day to all you alarmists out there for the Day of Great Disappointment--October 22.   I honor all alarmists in memory of the charismatic preacher Miller who predicted the end of the world  on October 22,1844, and greatly disappointed his followers when it failed to happen. But if you think it's just religious nuts and preppers that concern themselves with doomsday scenarios, you would be wrong. It is not just religious kooks who run around predicting the end of the world bringing fear into our homes and communicating catastrophe on social media pages. It is major scientists like Paul Ehrlich in the Population Bomb, who predicted it would all be over by this time, the UN who keeps changing the tipping point date for turning our planet into an inferno, Molina and Rowland, two chemists at the University of California who revealed the threats to the ozone layer and so on. In fact, 22 percent of Americans believe that the world will end in their lifetime. Serious

Parents empowering parents | Help for parents of adult addicts

We always think of helping the parent of teenage drug addicts and alcoholics and often forget the parents of adult addicts. Sometimes it is more tragic for the 70 year old parent struggling to know what to do with their 55 year old addict "child." Parents empowering parents | Sequim Gazette : "“It’s so important not only for the adult addict but for the parents to have this support,” Joanna said. “I never was a big believer in support groups but I am now,” she said. “It really has helped especially when you feel so alone.” PAL is a nonprofit support group for parents whose children struggle with drug addiction." 'via Blog this'

Pay It Forward. Together we can help struggling centers.

Pay It Forward. Together we can help struggling centers. : "One of my favorite movies is "Pay It Forward"--where people do good for others, just because. Many, many organizations who work with addicts and alcoholics do just that--they sacrifice much to try and help the struggling alcoholic/addict and their families. At Day By Day, we have endeavored to help those centers help others by starting our own "Pay It Forward" program. For well over 10 years we have sent thousands of dollars of recovery books to hundreds of centers. It has been our honor to do so. In fact, this last week 5 treatment centers have requested free books from our "Pay It Forward" program. We simply don't have the resources. This is common and we have always sent what we could. We, at Day By Day, are now exploring other ways to help Pay It Forward to the many deserving treatment centers with limited funds that struggle to help those in recovery. One of the things we do,

‘When did it all begin to fall apart?’ A son’s addiction, and a mother’s guilt

These parents try to remember their son, Ben, before his addiction--they share their expereince as they particiate in a  treatment center support group. If you are considering treatment for your child, read this account. ‘When did it all begin to fall apart?’ A son’s addiction, and a mother’s guilt - The Washington Post : "He holds himself still, stone-like, and I see how these five weeks in treatment have narrowed and chiseled him. Is he breathing? I wait for the sigh; it always comes. This is a boy who holds his breath in excitement when he reads a book or plays a video game; he looks up, the chapter finished, the game over, takes a deep breath and then releases it with all the joy of the journey contained in that letting go and returning to the real world." 'via Blog this'

New court for addicted parents helps promote hope

Hope yes, but we have been trying for decades to help addicted parents! Yet addiction is so very agressive and some families just can't seem to fight it--still, if even one family is rescued... Inour family, it was our mother who found help first in a 12th step prgram. then she brought all her kids (also sufering from the disease)--then her brother--hi s kids--so even though the disease is agreesive--when one member gets it--they can often briing agressve recovery into the family too! "Families are broken apart until the addicted parent can demonstrate the sobriety and responsibility necessary to reunify the family."  New court for addicted parents helps promote hope : 'via Blog this'

Parental alcohol abuse linked to child deaths and injuries |

No kidding! Parents who drink too much usually end up hurting the ones they love. Good article for exposing the problem--not much in way of solutions except-- don't abuse alcohol! Parental alcohol abuse linked to child deaths and injuries | Society | The Guardian : "“Millions of parents drink too much and their misuse of alcohol causes horrific problems for their children.” Alcohol misuse was implicated in 37% of cases of a child’s death or serious injury after abuse or neglect between 2011 and 2014, the study found." 'via Blog this'

Hotline, web chat help families dealing with children with drug

Another source of help--you never know which form of help will be the one that clicks! Just never give up when it comes to your kids and getting well from addiction. Hotline, web chat help families dealing with children with drug : ""I'm not a medical professional. I'm not a social worker. I'm a parent like them who's experienced, in my case the worst possible outcome, which is losing a child to drug abuse," said parent-coach David Huntley. The phone number for the hotline is 1-855-DRUG-FREE (1-855-378-4573) and their website is located at https://drugfree.org. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids goes beyond parents with children under the age of 18. The service is available for parents whose children are as old as 30." 'via Blog this'

Pay It Forward: Chrysalis House suffers flood-Please help

We, at Day By Day, received this notice: Chrysalis House has experienced a flood in our building today. We are in need of hot meals, box lunches, bottled water and paper plates, napkins, cups and utensils. We are unable to answer our phones at this time. Please bring donations to the boutique (right side as you come down driveway). Any questions contact Carressa Christian at 443-839-4679 or 410-320-6525. We sent books as our contribution--not a huge thing--but something we can do. Can you help? Pay It Forward with Free Books for Your Center, Just fill this out : 'via Blog this'

America's Drug Crisis Leading to Martial Law?

The extreme problems in Mexico with the drug crisis and their freedom is expanding to the US--DO YOU WANT TO LIVE UNDER MARTIAL LAW? Read this article and decide what you can do in 2018 to stop the tide of violence. (hint--gun control is not the answer). America's Drug Crisis Leading to Martial Law? | theTrumpet.com : "To fight gangs and cartels, the U.S. government sends $10 million per year to the Mexican military and $260 million per year to Mexican law enforcement and counternarcotics initiatives. And even though the U.S. government does not allow its military to get involved in domestic law enforcement, it still gives about $240 million worth of military hardware to local police departments each year. This military hardware includes airplanes, armored vehicles, helicopters, mine detectors and many other types of weaponry." 'via Blog this'