Opioid Overdoses Become Nation’s #1 Preventable Injury-Related Deaths

The average American is more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a vehicle crash. It’s the first time in our nation’s history that opioid overdoses have overtaken crashes as a leading cause of preventable death. The odds of dying from an opioid overdose are one in 96, greater than not only crashes (one in 103), but also falls (one in 114) and gun assaults (one in 285). More than 133 people die every day because of opioid overdoses. These statistics highlight how devastating the opioid epidemic has become in the U.S., and it’s a sign of how great […]

My Daughter Showed Me What It Means To Be Humble

What a journey we have taken over the past 7 years.  My firstborn daughter celebrated her 4th year of sobriety last April.  I can still remember the shock and total disbelief I felt when I was finally able to admit to myself that she was addicted to heroin.  I did not know what this looked like and worse I was in total denial for a long time.  At least I was.  My wife told me time and time again that something was wrong but I refused to see it, always thinking she was getting better and that she no longer […]

Coming Full Circle

BRC Recovery’s Bringing Real Change To some it may seem that moving back home to the Northeast in the midst of a heroin pandemic was completely irrational, but today I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have been given the rare opportunity to carry the message of hope to those suffering from the disease of addiction in my community through BRC Recovery’s Bringing Real Change NE Citywide Meeting. Growing up in small town New England was everything out of a story book.  The fresh cut green grass, the vibrant colors of the autumn leaves and the cheering on the […]

There is a Solution

Growing Up In A Town Growing up in a town right outside of Boston, MA, I always felt like I was shielded from the most dangerous elements of society and safe from harm. Warm summers, cool falls, snowy winters and crisp springs made New England one of the best places to live. Leaving home and heading to college at 18, I was about to embark on a journey that would eventually land me in Austin, TX at BRC Recovery. “Did you see the paper this morning? Seven more deaths due to overdoses.” This question, followed by harsh news, became my […]

Gloucester Police Department is Making a Difference

BRC proudly joined the Gloucester Police Department’s ANGEL Initiative Earlier this year, BRC proudly joined the Gloucester Police Department’s ANGEL Initiative. The ANGEL Initiative was designed to reduce the number of overdoses in Massachusetts by providing a person suffering from the disease of addiction an opportunity to turn over their remaining drug supply and paraphernalia without the threat of being arrested. “Gloucester Police Department highly values its relationship with BRC Recovery which we have found as an exceptional program from intake to long term treatment. We look forward to continuing our partnership with this premier program to help as many […]

Coming Full Circle….The Serendipity of Helping Others

  “We have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence…”   —The Big Book, 4th edition, Chapter 2, There Is A Solution, page 25 The longer I am in recovery, the more I am amazed at the miracles and opportunity for even greater service to others. Recently, I was having a conversation with an old friend who was in the admissions department at the treatment program where I found recovery. In fact, he answered the phone when I made the last, desperate call for help, and was instrumental in my admission and ultimate recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. […]

Celebrity Overdose Opens Door for Education on Addiction

Philip Seymour Hoffman It is not uncommon for a celebrity death from a drug overdose to quickly thrust the dangers of drugs back into the news. With the recent death of actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, of a reported heroin overdose, we wanted to address the dangers of this drug and the importance for remembering that addiction does not discriminate. Heroin, a highly addictive “downer” drug, is derived from morphine and affects the brain’s pleasure systems and interferes with the brain’s ability to perceive pain. Several effects of the drug can be: Clouded mental functions due to depression Slurred speech, pulmonary […]

Painting Over Insecurity

Most people approach new situations with joy, excitement, and anticipation. BRC Recovery took the female residents on an outing this week that was no different. Looking around the art studio, I observed carefree conversations, laughter, and merriment. The excitement for me, however, was short-lived. Waiting beyond the conviviality was a blank canvas, fresh paint, clean brushes, and the picture we were to paint, ultimately, a new experience. Doubt, inability, and failure immediately clouded the scene. I knew that the picture in my mind’s eye would never be actualized. My ego exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.’’ […]