News Around The Recovery and Advocate World …Jason Running4Recovery In “The Boston Marathon” & We Need To Support Him ~ Recovery Strong Friends.

News Around The Recovery and Advocate World …Jason Running4Recovery In “The Boston Marathon” & We Need To Support Him ~ Recovery Strong Friends.

Announcement & Let’s Support Jason Hyland of This Recovery Event!

So, I had been wondering lately what my good buddy and recovery advocate, Jason Hyland has been up to since I last had him spotlighted on my recovery blog sharing his amazing book release! Well, he is getting ready to Run4Recovery in the Boston Marathon this April 2019!!

Now, just like my other amazing friend and buddy, Big Jim Downs who is having a Year-Long Recovery event right now “Biking Around America” for Addiction Awareness, Sharing Hope, Healing, and is sharing Vital Resources to those looking to recover from addictions …And he has now gotten 7 people into treatment and he has only just begun on Jan. 1st, 2019 and biked about 1,000 miles so far and visited his third State Capitol too!

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But that will be another post for another day! Let’s get back to Jason Hyland and here is what I got from my New Email Newsletter from Jason recently and it’s all about what he is doing for the marathon and HOW ALL MY Recovery Strong Blog Friends can help Jason be Successful at Running4Recovery this April! I hope you will “Be That One” to donate and HELP him out! …  *** CAT ***

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A MESSAGE FROM Jason Hyland:

Hello, all you amazing souls! Trust me READ IN ENTIRETY!😇

We have some FANTASTIC NEWS to announce that I am very excited to be finally sharing with you. For those of you who follow me on social media (if you don’t that’s okay, I forgive you, just click the links below!) you are already aware, but to let the cat officially out of the hat…drum roll, please …

I am running the 2019 Boston Marathon on April 15th! How in the hell did this

happen? Well, the non-profit company I am so blessed to call my employer, Bay

Cove Human Services, asked me in late December if I would like to accept 1 of the

6 bibs we receive from John Hancock.

First thing I did was check to make sure I had enough time to train since it was 4.5 months away. I may have been an athlete my entire life, but I NEVER was a runner. I repeat, NEVER! With only 4 months need to train, I told them emphatically in my best Tom Brady imitation, LET’S GO!!!


At Bay Cove, there are over 2,200 employees, and to be 1 of 2 (the other 4 runners

are friends/contributors to the company) is such an honor! To think, 18 months

ago TODAY I walked into detox as broken as an individual can be. Don’t you dare

ever listen to anyone that tells you, YOU CAN’T! I am all the evidence you need;

YES, YOU CAN, NO MATTER WHAT!

Part of running the prestigious Boston Marathon, of course, is the fundraiser, and last year Bay Cove raised $90,000 between the 6 runners. Talk about setting the bar high! My individual goal is $7,500, but we are pushing for $10k. And here is the BEST part; ALL of the money donated is going right back to the recovery and mental health communities my Peer Team serves in inner Boston.

We have 43 homes and over 850 individuals that receive services through Bay Cove and the Department of Mental Health. Someday soon I will send an email about the groundbreaking things we are doing with the Peer Movement, setting the example for all of Massachusetts human services companies moving forward. 

If you are receiving this email it is because you are affected by substance abuse

and or mental health challenges,  maybe not personally, but close to home. Please

do your part in helping the individuals who deserve more in my beloved

hometown of Boston and  CLICK HERE or the red button above to donate!

Check out how far as little as $25 can go…

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$250 – provides an extra day of detox treatment for someone entering recovery from a substance use disorder at Bay Cove’s Andrew House.

$100 – provide breakfast for 80 of our Persons served at the Medeiros Center for Change program, a day program for older adults who are homeless.

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$50 – could pay for yoga or other wellness activities for a Person with mental health challenges.

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$25 – could pay for formula for infants in our New Day program for expecting and new mothers in recovery for opioid addiction.

Thank you for your continued support, helping me in extending our reach to greater platforms, taking the Mission of  Motivational Recovery worldwide. We really are doing it! Thank you!

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~ Jason Hyland

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►Alcoholic ► Addict ► Bestselling Author ► Soon-to-be Marathon Runner ►Life Changer

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I’m Busting Out The Seams With New Recovery Blessings, News and Updates!

Hello and  Welcome Recovery Pals and Visitors,

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“Just when you think nobody is paying attention to what I try to do in recovery, and to help others in recovery along my journey? My Higher Power opens up more doors . . . . HP BABY!!”

My Higher Power (for me is GOD) seems to pull more blessings out of his bag to award me! Praise the Lord. It seems many enjoyed my earlier blog post here on my Recovery Blog: My HP Makes Me Successful In Recovery

SO I thought it was time to do a Recovery News & Update Post to share all things I’ll be doing the next few months of September and October. And there are lots 🙂 . . . And we all know September is Recovery Month.

So my first exciting news is that I was invited to become a contributing recovery writer over at “Addicted Minds ~ Fresh Perspectives”  I’m A Writer On Addicted Minds!  which is a New Recovery Directory that can find people looking for resources of rehabs & treatment centers in their area. They have several writers from different professional addiction and recovery backgrounds.

So far I have written 3 articles. So I hope you’ll come by and support my new venture there and let me know your comments and thoughts, and even ask questions about Gambling Addiction and Recovery.

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My second news is a Blog Talk Radio Show coming up this Friday on August 28th, 2015 and Hosted by: Dale Garrett of his show ~ “There Is Life After Drugs” airing at 7:30 PT,  10:30 ET, and  8:30 MST . . .
I hope you will join us for a little of my story of not drug addiction, but gambling addiction and alcohol abuse. About my current book, and my next book soon out later this year and my past childhood woes.  The link to listen in and some of what will be talking about is below.

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 “There Is Life After Drugs” ~ A Message from Host, Dale Garrett:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO GOD ALLOWS U TURNS THERES LIFE AFTER DRUGS, IM YOUR HOST OF THE EYEWITNESS, DALE GARRETT . . .  MY GUEST THIS COMING FRIDAY, AUGUST 28th, HAS TRULY BEEN THROUGH SOME VERY BAD TIMES DURING BOTH HER LIFE AND ADDICTIONS, BUT BY GOD’S GRACE, HE STEPPED IN AND GAVE HER A “U-TURN WITHIN HER LIFE” WHEN SHE WAS AT THE VERY END OF HER ROPE, Literally …..

NOW CAT’S STORY GOES MUCH DEEPER THAN JUST OF ADDICTION & RECOVERY, FOR IT ALSO IS ABOUT A LITTLE GIRL WHO GREW UP BEING BOTH SEXUALLY, VERBALLY & PHYSICALLY ABUSED WHICH EVENTUALLY LED TO SERIOUS MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES & DISORDERS  …. NOW CAT WILL BE THE VERY FIRST TO TELL YOU THAT BY NO MEANS WILL SHE USE HER PAST AS EXCUSES FOR HER ADDICTIONS ANY LONGER, NO!

FOR SHE HAS NOW BEEN SET FREE FROM THE BONDAGE AND NO LONGER IS A VICTIM …. BUT DURING HER TIME GROWING UP, NOR DID SHE KNOW SUCH PLACES AS THERAPY OR TREATMENT CENTERS COULD HELP HER,  SO SHE FOUND HER ESCAPE WITHIN ALCOHOL AND GAMBLING …..AFTER MANY YEARS OF THIS MADDENING LIFESTYLE, SHE WAS EVENTUALLY CAUGHT AND ARRESTED FOR STEALING, BUT THIS DIDN’T STOP HER FROM HER BAD HABITS, BUT RATHER JUST FUELED THE FIRE EVEN MORE TO RECOVER . . . .

CAT WILL TELL YOU THAT SHE’S A WALKING , BREATHING, MIRACLE OF GOD, FOR WHEN HER ADDICTION TO GAMBLING AND ALCOHOL ABUSE BECAME TO MUCH FOR HER AND ENDED UP DRIVING HER INTO SUCH A DARK PLACE WITHIN HER LIFE THAT ALL SHE WANTED TO COMMIT SUICIDE AND END IT ALL… TWICE …BUT THEN SHE WOKE UP IN AN ADDICTION/MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS CENTER, AND REALIZED THAT GOD HAD STEPPED IN AND SAVED HER FROM CERTAIN DEATH!  SO CAT GOT DOWN ON HER KNEES AND PRAYED TO GOD TO PLEASE TAKE ALL OF HER URGES AND TRIGGERS OF GAMBLING AWAY FROM HER, AND IF HE WOULD ONLY DO THAT THEN SHE PROMISED GOD THAT SHE WOULD DO THE REST. NOW AS WE ALL KNOW, GOD DOESN’T WORK ON OUR TIME TABLE. . .
SO I INVITE YOU ALL TO LISTEN IN AND HEAR FOR YOURSELF HOW GOD STILL PERFORMS MIRACLES IN ONES LIFE!

Some Of My Story:

WHO SAYS GOD DOESN’T PERFORM MIRACLES IN RECOVERY?

I AM A WALKING, BREATHING, MIRACLE OF GOD.
For mine is a story of Addiction & Recovery. About being Sexually Abused as a Little Girl, going years UN-diagnosed with Mental Health Disorders, and being Verbally & Physically Abused by my parents when I was disciplined. As time went by, I learned to numb the pain through the use of Gambling and at times abuse of Alcohol as well.  And once my Addiction to Gambling & Alcohol Abuse took its toll & drove me into such a dark place within myself that I wanted to commit Suicide, TWICE!

Now these are by NO means excuses for my Addictions & I’m no longer a Victim either.. I don’t blame my childhood trauma, Abuse on anyone or anything for the Choices and path’s I chose to take in life, But I made God a Promise that I would work my Recovery if only He would take away the Urges & Triggers!

Now we all know that GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS, but He does it in His time, Not ours, So NEVER GIVE UP on your RECOVERY, For He walk’s with you each & every day, I Invite you to Join Me, Catherine Townsend-Lyon, as I’m a guest host on the EYEWITNESS With Dale Garrett, as I share my story of . “WHO SAY’S GOD DOSENT PERFORM MIRACLES IN RECOVERY?” Just Click on the Link below and it will take you to the show, God Bless!!…

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thereslifeafterdrugs/2015/08/29/the-eyewitness-who-says-god-dosent-perform-miracles-in-recovery
When your on Facebook next, go follow my awesome friend Dale Garrett and his page. https://www.facebook.com/dale.garrett.547
Also Follow him & Join free on Blog Talk Radio Show! Join Blog Talk Radio Free!
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Now my next news is another ‘Recovery Guest Interview’ By Host, Omar Pinto, (but he is called O), He is the founder of “The Shair Podcast!”  . . . .  “HP BABY”
The Shair Podcast Website  and  on iTunes: The Shair Podcast on iTunes!

Now instead of writing everything you’d want to know about Omar, you can actually listen to his story of how ‘The Shair Project’ came to be,  and his testimony as well. But here a just a few things about the podcast. I will be taping my episode with O on Sunday Sept. 6th 2015.  I will make an announcement when my ‘Guest Recovery Interview’ will Air.  I Thank Omar for the platform to share my story of addiction and recovery, about my life and my current book. And I will share what I am working on now for books 2 and 3!

 

About

Omar Pinto "O"
Hi there, my name’s Omar but everybody calls me “O”. I am the host and founder of The SHAIR Podcast.

SHAIR pronounced “share”, spelled S-H-A-I-R, is an acronym for “Sharing Helps Addicts in Recovery”. It’s a podcast where we bring you amazing life changing success stories from addicts and alcoholics all over the world who share their inspiring journey of recovery and we will release a brand new episode every Tuesday on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

The episodes will last between an hour and an hour and a half. During each episode, recovering addicts and alcoholics will share their stories with us, their battles against drugs and alcohol, the wreckage it caused in their lives, when they hit rock bottom, and finally their journey into recovery up until today. My hope is that these stories will inspire millions to stay clean and sober.

026: O’s Story “HP Baby” Omar Pinto the founder of The SHAIR Podcast shares his story of addiction and recovery.

I have also been working on a couple more projects with my dear friend and fellow author, Melissa Killeen owner and Recovery Coach on her new business website, Recovery Coach New York City ~ Melissa Killeen . . .  She has done a 4 part Guest Recovery Author Interview on her new site that started on August 6th 2015, and runs each Thursday with the last and 4th post on August 27th 2015. I’m honored to be a guest on her fantastic recovery coaching website.


Preview of My 4 Part Blog Series On Recovery Coach New York City . . .

Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat – Part 3

The Woman in the Mirror:

“I used gambling to get reactions from people who didn’t communicate feelings or get reactions from people who had hurt me.”

I know I’ve always had a compulsive type of personality and high anxiety most of my life. I had to always be moving or engaged in something. While in treatment, and during my first time in the crisis center, I found out I suffer from severe depression, severe anxiety and PTSD from my childhood trauma. I started on medications for them, in November 2002. I also remember, while in the crisis center after being there only a few days, I was getting ready to take a shower and I looked at myself in the mirror. I didn’t recognize the woman looking back at me. I’d always been a fun, bubbly, caring person, but this woman looking back at me, I didn’t know or recognize. I also was suffering with mood swings sleep problems and felt as though the medications I was taking weren’t helping these symptoms. I sure wished they could come up with a cure or a pill for gambling addiction.

Needing My Parents Love I Never Got

I found that there were other people going through some of the same things with their addiction as I was. The amount of money lost to our gambling may have been different, but I didn’t feel as though I was alone in this insane disease. There is a lot more to the addiction than just placing a bet or being in action. I learned to use my addiction as a way to cope with feelings and disappointments that I had pushed deep down rather than dealing with them. I would gamble to escape reality, which was very immature in retrospect. I was selfish and only cared about myself. Just as the addiction makes you selfish, so does recovery. Recovery requires hard work and the desire to want to stop gambling .  .  .  .

So come on over and read the whole series on Melissa’s new website today! It is only the second time I have shared some sections of my current book, as book 2 will be out late this year.  Now with September being Recovery Awareness Month, I will be doing some special blog posts and in October as well as Many gather in Washington, D.C. for “10-4-2015 Unite to Face Addiction” & Advocacy Day on  Monday, October 5, 2015, .. .. ..

Citizen advocates will meet with policymakers on Capitol Hill to address solutions to the addiction crisis. On Advocacy Day, constituents will have conversations with their elected officials about the need for addiction solutions and the growing constituency of consequence that is demanding them.

Will you join us for Advocacy Day?

Advocacy Day has two overarching goals:

  1. Achieve a health response to addiction
  2. Improve public safety and protect civil liberties to enhance health outcomes of those in or seeking recovery from addiction involved with the criminal justice system

Additional information about Advocacy Day can be found here.

Thank you for joining us.

The UNITE to Face Addiction team!

I was Invited to be a part as a Blogger of Addiction on both days by the organizer, Michael King. .  You can follow him and Unite to Face Addiction on Twitter to keep up with all the fabulous events! There will be MUSIC TOO!!   @michaelking1981  @FacingAddiction

“Joe Walsh, Steven Tyler and Sheryl Crow are a few of the artists headed to Washington, D.C., this fall to take part in the “UNITE to Face Addiction” rally. The event aims to “change the conversation around, and bring new solutions to, the addiction crisis in America.”

***So there is all the exciting recovery news and updates that I will be involved with. YES, I always put my Recovery First by way of ACTION!!! ***

God Bless Recovery Friends!
Author & Recovery Advocate, Catherine Townsend-Lyon

 

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