My Passion is Compassion

I am very passionate about helping people help themselves.  It took an entire community of people to get me to where I am today.  My focus now is on giving back.  I have transformed my empathy into compassion and advocacy.   I advocate for the fair and compassionate treatment of those suffering from mental health and addiction issues.  These are some of the most amazing people that walk the face of the earth.  I am making it my mission to rehabilitate them and introduce them to the world.  The world needs more people in recovery.  Find out more about my story.

My Passion is Recovery

It has become clear to me that societal and governmental support of addiction recovery is not going to change.  Therefore, our approach to recovery must change to work within this limited support.  I have developed a model of recovery that utilizes the limited governmental resources at the start of the process and evolves into a self-sufficient and empowering support system.  This program is broken into three separate stages, two of which are supported directly by the program.  The program lasts up to a year and provides the individual with everything they will require to lead a happy and fulfilling life.  I call this program Residents in Recovery.

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November 26, 2017

During the past month, I have had the opportunity to speak at three town hall meetings on Rural Crime.  One was hosted by Dr. Richard Starke, MLA, one by Colleen Young, MLA and the other by Shannon Stubbs, MP.  My message was well received however it became very clear...

October 24, 2017

Rural crime, stolen vehicles, high speed chases and break-and-enters all seem to be on the rise and at the forefront of everyone's mind these days.  Gone are the days of leaving the house door unlocked in case a neighbor had to drop by to drop something off while you w...

August 30, 2017

The only rock bottom is death!  

Don't be fooled into thinking that a landing is the bottom.

I have experienced many lows in my active addiction.  Many of them were so low that most would consider rock bottom.  Being homeless and addicted to heroin is one that many would...

August 22, 2017

It became much easier to dissociate, than to admit that your struggles are real.  You learn to put on a brave face, a mask that suppresses the emotions so well, that you eventually forget who you are.  Without love and support, there is only one way out, death.

Add...

August 15, 2017

 One of my greatest struggles in early recovery was dealing with urges to use.  I would get an urge and my mind would start playing tricks on me trying to justify use and why I should just give up on recovery.  It was like my mind was against me and I was battling myse...

August 8, 2017

And that's a wrap on another day where I acted like I knew what I was doing.

I actually have many of these days.  Some days I have the impression that I truly know why I am in recovery and what I have to do to make it work.  Other days, well, not so much.

Recovery i...

August 1, 2017

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July 26, 2017

Yesterday is gone.

Tomorrow has not yet come.

We only have today.

- Mother Teresa

You cannot change the past, so there is no point to dwell on it.  What is done is done.  Learn from it and move on.

Tomorrow is not promised or predictable.  Stressing over the expec...

July 19, 2017

Awareness of the four types of stress is the first step in coping.

There is both good stress (eustress) and bad stress (distress).  Eustress is stress that positively affects your health.  It is the stress that warns you that something is wrong and you should adapt.  Di...

July 17, 2017

"Don't worry, you're not alone."

Obviously.  I am never alone.  I have the three squirrels in my head. Quite often they carry on conversations.  

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