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NATIONAL RECOVERY.  BY TERENCE MORRIS, AUTHOR AND FOUNDER, PACE TULSA AGS FOUNDATION. 10/18/2018. 2:31 P.M. Join PACE TULSA NOW…TEXT:  PACEPAC  TO:  22828 OR Register |  Lost your password?.  feed-icon-28x28

I want to commend everyone that has made it through another challenging point in their lives.  A point of feeling lost; gone; tried and tested.  Often that blank stare at the floor or the wall….just angry and confused, thinking NOTHING right now is going to make this situation better.  NOTHING.  Yelling at the TOP OF YOUR LUNGS Inside! 

Recognition of recovery successes with OTHERS, increases awareness and understanding, of mental and substance use disorders and encourages individuals in need of treatment and recovery services to seek help. VOICES OF RECOVERY celebrates individuals living their lives in recovery and recognizes the dedicated workers who provide the prevention, treatment, and recovery support services that make it possible.

Quiero felicitar a todos los que han pasado por otro momento desafiante en sus vidas. Un punto de sentirse perdido; ido; tratado y probado. A menudo esa mirada en blanco en el piso o la pared … simplemente enojado y confundido, pensando que NADA en este momento va a mejorar esta situación. NADA. Gritando en la parte SUPERIOR DE TUS PULMONES ¡Dentro!

El reconocimiento de los éxitos de recuperación con OTHERS aumenta la conciencia y la comprensión de los trastornos mentales y por uso de sustancias y alienta a las personas que necesitan servicios de tratamiento y recuperación a buscar ayuda. El Mes de la Recuperación celebra a las personas que viven sus vidas en recuperación y reconoce a los trabajadores dedicados que brindan los servicios de prevención, tratamiento y apoyo de recuperación que lo hacen posible.

As most of our PACE TULSA NETWORK participants know, we like to establish meaningful relationships with OTHERS, to reveal similarities and commonality.  We want to TALK About what the real issues are that are affecting our lives both positively and negatively.  I want to grow in an understanding with each of you and I expect the same respect.  Let’s talk a little more about this recovery focus.

This year’s Recovery theme focuses on urban communities, health care providers, members of the media, and policymakers, highlighting the various entities that support
recovery within our society. The theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders. The 2018 observance also aims to increase awareness and encourages audiences to take advantage of the increased dialogue around the nation’s behavioral health needs and the increased emphasis on
tackling our nation’s opioid crisis.

Como saben la mayoría de nuestros participantes de PACE TULSA NETWORK, nos gusta establecer relaciones significativas con OTHERS, para revelar similitudes y similitudes. Queremos HABLAR sobre cuáles son los problemas reales que están afectando nuestras vidas tanto positiva como negativamente. Quiero crecer en un entendimiento con cada uno de ustedes y espero el mismo respeto. Hablemos un poco más sobre el enfoque de recuperación de este mes. El tema del Mes de Recuperación de este año se enfoca en comunidades, proveedores de servicios de salud, miembros de los medios de comunicación, y formuladores de políticas, destacando las diversas entidades que apoyan recuperación dentro de nuestra sociedad. El tema, “Únete a las voces para Recuperación: Invertir en salud, hogar, propósito y comunidad ” explora cómo la atención integrada, una comunidad fuerte, sentido de propósito, y el liderazgo contribuye a tratamientos efectivos que sostienen la recuperación de las personas con trastornos mentales y trastornos por uso de sustancias. La observancia de 2018 también apunta para aumentar la conciencia y alienta al público a tomar ventaja del aumento del diálogo en torno a la nación las necesidades de salud del comportamiento y el mayor énfasis en hacer frente a la crisis de opioides de nuestra nación.

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Read One YOUNG MAN’S Story of Recovery


I was 15 when I started using and in a short 5 year period, my life spiraled out of control. I experienced a lot of consequences. For example, I had over 20 jobs in that time frame and had become unemployable, I quit sports, I changed my circle of friends more than once, I did not graduate high school, I was arrested around 14 times in one year, and I ended up overdosing and looking death in the eye. But more than that was the complete hopelessness I felt. There was no way out. I felt alone. I had tried everything to stop. I did not want to put my family through any more pain. But the disease could care less about what I wanted. It was my master and I was its slave. I feared this was my life going forward.

Shortly after my visit in the hospital, I entered residential treatment and met people in long term recovery. I thought the recovery community was where fun went to die. I despised being sober and could not envision a life without drugs and alcohol. That is the crazy thing about this illness. As my life kept getting darker and smaller, my mind kept telling me that I was going to figure it out and be ok. However, something did catch my attention. These people were like me, but completely different at the same time. They had jobs, families, responsibilities, and they were peacefully happy. I on the other hand, wanted to crawl out of my skin while sober. I had to find out what happened to them. That was my beginning, my hope. I took a few of their suggestions, but was not ready to fully submit to the process.

Finally, the gift of desperation allowed me to fully join this way of life. I was finally able to try something different. As a result of listening and taking suggestions, I get to be a daddy, a husband, a son, a businessman, a giver, a mentor, a community leader, a college graduate, and I am still growing the list. I have hope. I love my life and recovery is at the center. Since earning my GED, I have went on the get a master’s degree and finish my doctorate coursework. Not bad for a guy who had a .75 GPA in high school. I learned my past does not equal my future. Unlike before, I am walking through whatever life brings me. I am not alone. In college, I was voted to serve as student government president. I was honored. It also made me laugh because in high school, the student body voted be to most likely end up on “Cops.” I learned recovery is more than a clean urinalysis. I am as physically sober as I was over a decade ago. It’s what I do during each 24 hour period that makes the difference. With help, I am creating a life worth living. I am worth the effort.


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National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services
Collected Date 2018 | Report Date August 6, 2018

The National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Facilities – 2018 is a listing of federal, state, and local government facilities and private facilities that provide substance abuse treatment services. It includes treatment facilities that (1) are licensed, certified, or otherwise approved for inclusion in the Directory by their State Substance Abuse…

2018 National Directory of Mental Health Treatment Facilities

National Mental Health Services Survey
Collected Date 2018 | Report Date August 6, 2018

The Directory is ordered alphabetically by state, by city within each state, and by facility name within each city.Each facility listing includes codes that represent the services offered and other features of the facility, including codes that indicate services for hearing impaired and non-English-speaking clients. Codes are defined in a key show…

Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS): 2015, Discharges from Substance Use Treatment Services: Tables

Treatment Episode Data Set
Collected Date 2015 | Report Date August 2, 2018

These tables present national-level data from the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) for treatment discharges in 2015. In particular, these tables summarize demographic information and substance use treatment characteristics—including gender, age at admission, race/ethnicity, number of prior treatment episodes, treatment referral source, and length of stay in treatment—among discharges aged…

Substance Use and Mental Health Issues among U.S.-Born American Indians or Alaska Natives Residing on and off Tribal Lands

National Survey on Drug Use and Health
Collected Date 2005-2014| Report Date July 18, 2018

This report provides methodological information on how to obtain estimates of behavioral health outcomes for populations living on and off tribal lands and provides some initial estimates using NSDUH 2005 to 2014 data.


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Helping others is essential to any addict’s recovery. Turn your focus outward and reach out to someone who may be having trouble with their own drug addiction recovery. Sometimes all someone needs to know is that one person is there for them, and that person could be you.


Daily meditations and affirmations are very helpful in staying inspired and on track during your recovery. The hashtag emerged from the Just for Today fellowship approved (NA) book full of them which have proven very helpful for those recovering from drug abuse.


One of the major perks of being clean and sober? Waking up on Sunday morning, sans hangover. This hashtag inspires and encourages people recovering from drug abuse to fully experience their lives without substance abuse and share these experiences with others.


There is no denying the over glamorized and sexualized nature of drug and alcohol abuse through media and society. Sober is Sexy is a drug-free fashion line that challenges the stigma of addiction recovery.


Sober Movement is an entire Instagram profile that shares photos of people in recovery and celebrates milestones in their sobriety. Sometimes all it takes to be inspired is to know that other people have been where you are. Use this hashtag on your recovery selfies to be featured on their profile, too.


We are all familiar with the stigma that is associated with addiction but one out of nine people that have a substance abuse problem also suffer from a mental health disorder. This hashtag is a movement that empowers those who live with a mental health disorder and helps them embrace the fact that they shouldn’t have to be ashamed.


One search of this hashtag through Instagram, and you are instantly connected with thousands of other people sharing moments and thoughts from their #soberlife.


Meeting at a coffee shop, like Starbucks, is a recovery go-to for a lot of people. A great one to use together with #hellosundaymorning.


Many people mark their triumph against their addiction by getting tattoos. It’s popular for those recovering from drug addiction to indulge in getting tattoos that remind them of what they worked so hard to beat.








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