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Substance Abuse is an overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance, including alcohol or illicit drugs. People abuse substances such as drugs, alcohol, and tobacco for varied and complicated reasons, but it is clear that our society pays a significant cost. The toll for this abuse can be seen in our hospitals, emergency departments, and on the streets thru direct damage to health by substance abuse and its link to physical trauma.
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There are many substance abuse treatment programs around the country. However, one program in particular provides innovative modalities intended to jail inmates in Marciopa County, Arizona. Join us for a lively conversation with Akoswa (Pamela) McRae, an Alpha Counselor with the Custody Support Division in the Durango Jail. Ms. McRae will discuss how she and her colleagues treat inmates who are housed in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail. Sheriff Arpaio is known nationally as the toughest sheriff in the country. Tune in for details on the Alpha program and substance abuse treatment.
The Cause and Effect of taking that first hit of any drug and once that happens your life is forever changed. Can anyone say they tried Crack Cocaine or Meth and any other illegal substance and said it only happened one time and I went back to making better decisions after that initial hit.
Toughcookie will have several ex-addicts who will disssect and tell their stories of what it felt like taking their first hit of their choice of becoming addicted to a lifestyle, of homelessness, abuse, pain, hurt, loss of self-esteem, dignity, and falling into a life of shame.
Lisa Debarros (Boston MA) will tell her story of pain and why it took 25 years to no longer want another hit of Crack Cocaine, Robin Johnson (Sacramento, CA) will discuss her life long battle with Crack Cocaine to a Recovering Substance Abuse Counselor.
The cause and effect on the Family, Community and especially the individual who chooses Crack, Meth, Marijuana, Alcohol, and any other drug that can potentially lead to a life of crime, shame, pain and death. How do an addict recover from the use of Substance abuse to self?
Who is profiting from drug use in many communities of color?
Pipeline to prison for mothers and fathers! Why is it important for Churches and The School System and Communities to come together and stop this epidemic of families being torn apart and kids becoming addicted themselves at an early age.
Who is at fault?
Personal Responsibility or a set up by the Powers that be.
There will be a Special guests calling in discussing their experience and testimony's of family members addicted to drugs and how it effected their life.
Check out the movie starring Jennifer Hudson, The Inevitable defeat of Mister and Pete.
One of my guest appeared in this movie and will ditch out secrets of famous Celebrity stars who abused drugs.
Tune in 7:30 PM PST
September is designated as National Recovery Month by many individuals and organizations. According to the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, Inc., the month is a national observance that educates people on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. Let's Talk America with Host Shana Thornton is spotlighting the road to recovery with leading psychiatrist Dr. Tiffany Cooke. She will share vital information for everyone. Tune in with family and friends. #LTA #LTARadio
Please visit www.letstalkamericawithshanathornton.com. Thank you.
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Tonight's special guest is Deborah Dooley from Denver, Colorado, a NAASCA family member who's making her first appearance as a special guest on our show. "The support of the unity of your organization has already impacted me," she told us some time ago. "I already felt great about even making contact with you and knowing what you are doing that it gave me a refreshed hope about my own journey of healing." Deborah's a proud member of the Christian community, but also wrote me that she recognized the benefit of using a 12 step "design for living" for child abuse recovery, saying, "Many times, I have thought about how valuable it would be to have a 12 step program for abuse issues that could translate to help all people since the 12 step is so effective in its use." A 12 step program encourages belief in a Power greater than oneself, of course, but allows for a God as you understand Him. She said, "I, personally, hope to go through this 12 step program that you have developed" (please see www.ASCA12step.org). Deborah was born in Hawaii but lives in Denver now, and tells us she's the proud mother of a daughter who unfortunately ended her life in July 2013 after a long series of very traumatic circumstances. "My life up until her death was focused on getting her safe from abuse by her dad since the courts don't protect kids from this," she says, "and there's no place to turn for help at this point to protect your child. I am now working on what is the best and most expedient solution for the courts." She believes that these kinds of preventable tragedies can be stopped from happening to children and families. Deborah hopes to work toward making our country be more loving towards its children.
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Gratitude Night !! On this Thanksgiving evening, we'll pause to give expressions of our gratitude for our recovery from child abuse and trauma, and express our desire that we can be effective in our mission .. (1) to educate the public to stop the silence and (2) to offer hope and help to the still suffering adult survivor of child abuse. Wearing a Blue Ribbon is the symbol of Child Abuse Awareness! Millions of abuse victims (men and women) hide the story of their experience well into adulthood. A huge number continue to suffer from pain, anger, fear, shame and embarrassment for decades. Most will agree their traumas have resulted in an inability to trust, make good decisions and have healthy relationships. But giving up the secret is often how recovery begins, one survivor talking to another. Join Bill Murray and his co-hosts, panelists and guests, many of them abuse survivors, others supporters and friends, for an informed discussion of the many important issues that surround child abuse. Anonymous calls and chat room participation are encouraged. ~~ Please see our web site at: www.NAASCA.org
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Tonight's special guest is Barbara Ochoa from San Francisco, a returning NAASCA family member who's Executive Director at Help4Guys.org. Barbara's here once again to talk about the events that are planned in celebration of "Male Abuse Awareness Week" (MAAW) which is held each year during the first week of December. MAAW is an awareness campaign that was started by the P. Luna Foundation in 2008, and the website is an extension of that program. The main focus is to change the negative social stigma that goes along with the topic of males who are victims of sexual or emotional abuse and domestic violence. "Most abused males avoid therapy and treatment because they are too ashamed or afraid of being judged for doing so," according to the web site. "By bringing the subject to light once a year we hope to make this topic more socially acceptable and in return more men will feel comfortable enough to seek the help they desperately need but in many cases avoid." Since the awareness campaign's inception in 2008 we at NAASCA have been pleased to participate hand-in-hand with Barbara Ochoa, and Bill Murray has appeared at several of the live events. We too want to help men who were victims of past abuse break their silence, in order to inspire younger men into getting treatment. Like Barbara, we have seen more and more celebrities come forward and many more news stories reporting on males who are victims of abuse.
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Tonight's special guest is Debra Monk from Enfield, New Hampshire, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse from multiple perpetrators over several years throughout her early childhood and into her early teens. She's now become an anti-abuse advocate who's now writing a series of children's books addressing a topic that's close to her heart. "Most of my abusers were direct or close family members," Debra says. She explains the new book series for children touches on the tough but important topic of family violence and abuse, and what that might look like through the eyes and perspective of a child. That's because Debra eventually came to understand that there was a systematic cycle of abuse within her family that had already been going on for many generations. "I'll address family violence, such as domestic and intimate partner violence, sibling abuse, sexual abuse, incest, neglect and physical abuse. Abuse and malnourishment can create patterns and characteristics that when, if not dealt with appropriately may cause repeated cycles or systems of family violence and abuse to occur later on and well into their adulthood lives." Debra's published before. Her work "A Journey of Poetry from an Adult Survivor of Sexual Abuse" is available as an e-book and author Caroline De Chavigny included Debra's missive in her book, "Letter to a Monster." Debra says her mission and goal is to create positive change that reduces the risk for violence in already broken and volatile homes.
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Q & A Night - You'll suggest the themes for tonight's show, which will involve any topic from the world of public safety, violence prevention, and child abuse and trauma. Special co-host Dr. Debra Warner, Psy.D., a Los Angeles based Forensic Psychologist will lead the discussion. ~~ NAASCA is pleased to announce that Debra will be making regular special co-host appearances on upcoming Tuesday night question-and-answer style community participation shows. An educator and violence prevention expert, Dr. Warner will assist SCAN host and NAASCA founder Bill Murray field questions and lead a variety of topic discussions suggested by our call-in participants. Debra's understanding of the issues of child abuse and trauma spring not only from a professional perspective, but also from a personal one. Multiple members of her own family have been victims of predators. She'll share how she's participated in their struggle with surviving and thriving. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show .. on the phone or in SCAN's ever-present community chat room. ~~ Please visit our website: www.NAASCA.org
Hosted By Marti Oakley & Debbie Dahmer
Guest is: Gina - Advocate for patient rights in skilled nursing facility.
Will be discussing SB 1362 -Bill to Amend SS & SB 670 Nursing Home Litigation first half hour of show.
In 2010. Gina's significant other of 21 years passed away from ovarian cancer and Gina wound up homeless and in great medical need. Gina went through several major surgeries then placed in a Skilled Nursing Facility where her life was saved. Gina was moved from one facility to the one she is in now from 2011.
Gina was appointed Vice President of the Residents Council then voted President of the Resident Council and found herself fighting the powers that be for the residents rights. She began studying the medicaid/medicare laws and rights provided for the residential care in these facilities.
Since then Gina have become increasingly aware of how the nursing homes target these elderly patients from the doctor to the judges that abuse the guardianship program for their own gain. Gina's intention is to spend the rest of her life helping those targeted by these guardian programs that allow doctors to claim someone incapacitated, and lawyers that go behind the backs of friends and family and judges that grant for profit guardianship and complete control over others lives without telling them.
2015- June. Gina read Marisa Conover's story regarding her mother and reached out to her. She then hooked me up with TS radio. Marti Oakley and Debbie Dahmer had Gina as one of the Guests on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day -June 15th, 2015 On TS Radio.
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Tonight's special guest is Angelique Anderson from Stockton, California, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and activist who's currently writing a short story series called "Little Lost Girl." The first book, "Separation," has been released and book 2, "Home is where the heart is," is releasing this week. It'll shortly be followed by the final book in the trilogy, "Reunited." Angelique plans to include NAASCA info in her books, explaining, "My short story series is a fiction series based on my life. Which is why I wanted to use the resources you have available!" Angelique's an advocate for those who have been abused, and for former foster children. She grew up in dire and tumultuous conditions, bouncing back and forth between her parents, family members and foster care homes, and was abused in many ways. Angelique lived in numerous states all across the American West. All through her childhood she was alternately neglected, assaulted, beaten, treated like a slave, abandoned and left to her own devices. At 18 she was living hand to mouth when she moved in with her boyfriend. They've been together ever since. "I am very happily married to the most amazing, God-fearing man who has stood by me through the healing process and ups and downs that come with that," Angelique says. "We have four amazing kids, and I know looking back that my husband has been God’s tangible hand of love in my life."
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SPECIAL Show: The National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA Inc) has reached a milestone! We're now a public charity .. a 501(c)3! Help us celebrate! Talk of our future! Please join Bill Murray, NAASCA's founder and CEO, Carol D Levine (Vice-president), Tammy Shoffstall (Treasurer), Christine Lozier (Secretary) and other dedicated NAASCA volunteers as we discuss the history of our early lives (what it was like before NAASCA), the amazing progress our grassroots organization has made (what's happened with our NAASCA family's efforts) and what our future will bring (what it's like now, as we're set to transition into a new phase of our development).
NAASCA's single purpose is to address issues related to childhood abuse and trauma including sexual assault, violent or physical abuse, emotional traumas and neglect from two specific perspectives:
1) educating the public to stop the silence, and 2) offering hope for healing and many services to still suffering adult survivors of child abuse
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