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my holiday mozartkugeln

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my mother gave up a daughter when i was seven. we were reunited in the mid- 90’s, and saw one another from time to time. this year she flew out to visit us in colorado. i hadn’t seen her for 14 years. her son- my nephew- is now 20, 6’5″ and could be a linebacker. i hosted a get together for family and friends yesterday and my holiday really feels complete.

i can’t explain what it’s like to meet someone who was conceived by your mother and then grew up completely apart from her, who acts and sounds and thinks so much like your mum. strangely enough she’s an undercover sister from my damn mother.

i flew them out as a gift for my mom. it wasn’t a surprise, but i worked diligently at keeping it from being an overload situation on anyone. they stayed with me, spent time with her, with other family, and visiting denver. we did drive to breckenridge and had a little mountain breakfast and went on a small “worst holiday lighting” tour when we got home.

there isn’t a time when i would have imagined this past weekend’s scenario possible. yet there it was. like a small and lovely, dark and delicious mozartkugeln- buttery chocolate with marzipan and nougat inside. i am completely mad for mozartkugeln ever since my visit to germany. and i have gone completely bonkers for the newly visible members of my family….

little bits of wonderful
little bits of wonderful

palle-di-mozart-mirabell

A Mozartkugel, is a small, round confection made of marzipan, nougat and dark chocolate. It was originally known as the “Mozartbonbon”, and was created by Salzburg confectioner Paul Fürst in 1890 and named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

Colorado- Is It in the Cards ?

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Recovery support services are typically provided by paid staff or volunteers who are familiar with how their communities can support people seeking to live free of alcohol and drugs, and who are often peers of those seeking recovery. Recovery support services often include the following: • Substance use disorder education. •	 Family services, such as marriage counseling and parenting training. • Pre-employment counseling. •	 Case management. •	 Relapse prevention. •	 Face-to-face or telephone-based continuing care counseling. •	 Alcohol and drug testing • Outreach. •	 Individual services coordination, providing linkages to other services (e.g., legal services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, social services, food stamps). •	 Recovery coaching (e.g., stage-appropriate recovery education, assistance in recovery management, telephone monitoring). •	 Family support and child care. •	 Transportation to and from treatment, recovery support activities, employment, and other activities. •	 Supportive transitional drug-free housing services. •	 Self-help and support groups (e.g., 12-step groups, SMART Recovery, Women for Sobriety). • Spiritual support. • Employment coaching
Recovery support services are typically provided by
paid staff or volunteers who are familiar with how
their communities can support people seeking to live
free of alcohol and drugs, and who are often peers
of those seeking recovery. Recovery support services
often include the following:
• Substance use disorder education.
• Family services, such as marriage counseling and
parenting training.
• Pre-employment counseling.
• Case management.
• Relapse prevention.
• Face-to-face or telephone-based continuing care
counseling.
• Alcohol and drug testing
• Outreach.
• Individual services coordination, providing linkages
to other services (e.g., legal services, Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families, social services, food
stamps).
• Recovery coaching (e.g., stage-appropriate recovery
education, assistance in recovery management, telephone
monitoring).
• Family support and child care.
• Transportation to and from treatment, recovery support
activities, employment, and other activities.
• Supportive transitional drug-free housing services.
• Self-help and support groups (e.g., 12-step groups,
SMART Recovery, Women for Sobriety).
• Spiritual support.
• Employment coaching… more info at samhsa.gov

 

Today I realized that part of my quest must be to answer the following:

Where may I find the numbers that reflect the following information.
How many Coloradans are currently living with actively imbalanced behavioral health issues?
What are the breakdowns between MH/SUD?
How many of those are estimated to be dual affected?
How many of those could benefit from treatment?
How many individuals actually receive treatment?
What steps are being taken to offer services to more affected Coloradans?


Subsequently how is success measured in these treatment episodes?
What is the ratio of successful outcomes compared to treatment episodes provided at large? 
Is there a general point where treatment ends and aftercare(recovery support) begins? 

When the Colorado Block Grant RFP's are released how will Colorado measure success? 
What outcomes will be expected and how will those outcomes be measured?

acoustic sunday…amy winehouse

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“A few times in my life I’ve had moments of absolute clarity. When for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. It’s as though it had all just come into existence. I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived my life on these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realize that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be.”  ― Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man
“A few times in my life I’ve had moments of absolute clarity. When for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. It’s as though it had all just come into existence.
I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived my life on these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realize that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be.”
― Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man