Early in our history, the leadership of Extended Grace was applying for a grant. This particular grant was geared toward peer programs so the grant application asked us to identify who on our leadership team had a mental illness – including addiction and cognitive disabilities. Simple right?
If you missed our Summer Series in August, Kimon from Digital Spectrum Enterprises of West Michigan, or DSE-TV, was able to stop by and record video of Anthony Muller speaking on Adolescent Substance Abuse. Here is the link for his presentation: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7g1LIVSXLKOqJX_NKtb_VcVAq9PwsTeu
We received an email from Michelle Anguiano from the Lighthouse Girls Treatment Program (in Ottawa County) the other day, and wanted to share this information with all of you! We had the pleasure of hearing from some of the girls in the Lighthouse Treament Program at one of our previous Inspire! Events, where they were gracious enough to be our panelists. After that point, the Lighthouse Girls have done some volunteering with us (whenever it's been possible) at The Momentum Center, as well as working with Cali in the Just Goods store.
On Monday, August 27th, we had the last session of our Summer Series, where we heard from Priscilla Shafor and Jacquie Johnson, from Ottagon Area Recovery (otherwise known as, OAR). This final lecture discussed the Importance of Peer Support in Recovery.
Monday, the 20th, Anthony Muller from Wedgwood Manessah Project, joined us to speak about Adolescent Substance Abuse for our third portion of our Summer Series:Exploring Addictions.
There used to be a big gap between Marijuana and Alcohol and the use of Cocaine and Heroin. But there have been changes in our culture that have filled in that gap and made it easier to move from the bottom to the top, including:
Continuing our community conversation on Exploring Addictions from last Monday, August 13th; we heard from Dr. Sandy Dettmann as she presented information on The Opiate Crisis.
Addiction is an illness. Watch your words. We are talking about people who are addicted, not addicts. We often try to judge the life of a person who is addicted by the way we choose to live our life. We don’t get to live other people’s lives for them.