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our own private idaho

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“This road never ends. It probably goes all around the world. “

My Own Private Idaho 

This is a phrase taken directly from the 1980 dance pop song, “Your Own Private Idaho” by the outrageous party band, the B-52’s.

It means “living inside an Idaho potato”, or a very small space. Metaphorically, it refers to someone who is not paying attention because he is daydreaming, or under the influence, or otherwise wrapped up within his own very narrow sphere of interest or frame of reference.

Car Driver: Damn! That guy just pulled out in front of me as if I weren’t here! We almost crashed!

Passenger: Yeah, he’s just yakking away on his cellphone, in his own private Idaho.

i came across these photos of river phoenix from one of my favorite films – “my own private idaho” from gus van sant. river was a very popular and de rigeur public figure who died from a heroin overdose  on halloween night while hanging out at johnny depp’s then  popular santa monica nightclub “viper”.

this event played out on that night in 1993 as has become more normal than anomaly. according the cdc -at least 78 americans die every day from overdoses-all opioid not all heroin. this seems an epidemic that is crippling our nations emotional structure..80 families (and more) per day are being torn apart from the inside from losses like the phoenix family faced back then.

 “More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve an opioid.1 And since 1999, the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioid pain relievers andheroin) nearly quadrupled.2 From 2000 to 2014 nearly half a million people died from drug overdoses. 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.” reposted from the cdc.

to murky up the picture even more- its not just opiate deaths that are rising, its much more . president obama just led a summit on prescription drug overdoses. time magazine’s chris wilson wrote:

It’s not just opioids and heroin. Fatal overdoses of other drugs are also steeply on the rise

President Obama addressed the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin summit in Atlanta Tuesday, calling further attention to the drug epidemic in America just two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control issued new recommendations on limited the use of narcotic painkillers. Data clearly shows that opioid and heroin addiction have become an epidemic in the past 15 years.

But prescription painkillers and heroin are not the only drugs whose use has exploded in the past 15 years. Using the same CDC database that tracks the growth in fatal opioid and heroin overdoses, TIME collected data on cocaine, benzodiazepines (sedatives like Valium and Xanax) and stimulants like crystal meth. All three categories have risen dramatically since the year 2000, as the following charts show. see charts here

as a recovery advocate- overdose deaths are a bit over my league. but as a citizen and community member, i am compelled to listed to our younger advocates like justin luke riley and greg williams- both of whom are founding members of young people in recovery and share the task of heralding the new message- that talking about recovery being a solution is not enough. we have to more aggressively address this overdose issue. our friends and neighbors are dying at impossible rates and there is not much being done.

i haven’t quite realized how i can be of service in this area, but i know that i have to do something.  i lived through the 80’s and 90’s when thousands of gay men were dying and there was nothing that we seemed to be able to do. but things changed and that situation changed. same thing- different day.

 

americans have become connoisseurs of roads we’ve been tasting all kinds of roads. just look at our society and politics. we’ve been sleepwalkers. somnambulists. we’ve had narcolepsy. it’s such a difficult problem to wrap our collective heads around, we haven’t even tried. this needs to change. today. with me.

 

 

trouble me

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Recovery Coaching and Training for Individuals and Organizations We proudly offer peer-based trainings for not only individuals in recovery, but family members and organizations interested in being part of the solution. In 2016 we are collaboraing with peer run not-for-profits to produce affordable trainings that can increase the number of eligible recovery coaches in Colorado and help create a network of peer. Colorado is developing an IC & RC Peer Specialist Credential which should be ready for rollout in 2016. We have assembled Recovery Coach Trainings with the guidance and mentorship of Connecticut Community of Addiction Recovery (CCAR) who are IC & RC approved. – You can visit CCAR at http://www.ccar.us. PCA Colorado believes in collaboration and is now working with Bobby Hornbuckle Foundation, Second Chance Center Colorado, Beyond Betty, as well as several other peer run organizations to match the diverse needs within our community. http://www.rodrushing.com

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not the kind a girl…

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“I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.” — Buddha
“I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.”
— Buddha

i actually have the weekend off for the first time i can remember in months. it seems nothing short of sublime. i have putzed around the house putting as much back into place since the refurbishment started in april. i still have quite a bit of work left, but i can see progress and the place feels like work has been done and it’s good.

had a great conversation with an organization from nyc who develop trainings for peers in tandem with ccar. it’s a couple who collaborate. one works in elementary level education and they apply the standards and the techniques that are geared toward helping people learn to their curriculum. it nothing short of exciting. they have a self-care for coaches training, a skills building workshop, and a mat (medicated assisted treatment i.e. methadone, suboxone, etc) all of which i am excited to help bring to colorado. i am told there is “how to supervise peer coaches” training which could be so so so helpful here.

i did speak to a former colleague this week about helping me with board development for pca colorado. luck for me he agreed. i only hope that we all can follow through. this feels like it might be the last time i try to create something around peer support. i honestly would like to see it through.

i will attend a meeting with the recovery committee for the bhpac on monday. i must say i’m a bit leery. since all the investigatory drama with a local recovery organization and ccar, i feel a bit uneasy about seeing the director.

The tide is high but I’m holdin’ on
I’m gonna be your number one
I’m not the kind-a girl who gives up just like that, oh no

It’s not the things you do that tease and hurt me bad
But it’s the way you do the things you do to me
I’m not the kind-a girl who gives up just like that, oh no

The tide is high but I’m holdin’ on
I’m gonna be your number one, number one.

Ev’ry girl wants you to be her man
But I’ll wait my dear till it’s my turn
I’m not the kind-a girl who gives up just like that, oh no

The tide is high but I’m holdin’ on
I’m gonna be your number one, number one, number one

Ev’ry girl wants you to be her man
But I’ll wait my dear till it’s my turn
I’m not the kind-a girl who gives up just like that, oh no

The tide is high but I’m holding on
I’m gonna be your number one, number one, number one

The tide is high but I’m holding on
I’m gonna be your number one
The tide is high but I’m holding on
I’m gonna be your number one
The tide is high but I’m holding on
I’m gonna be your number one

making art

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 so therefore, i dedicate myself to myself, to my art, my sleep , my dreams, my labors,my suffrances,my loneliness my unique madness, my endless absorption and hunger. because i cannot dedicate myself to any fellow being. — Ask me anything....hakikaten

so therefore,
i dedicate myself to myself,
to my art, my sleep , my dreams,
my labors,my sufferance ,my loneliness
my unique madness,
my endless absorption
and hunger.
because i cannot dedicate myself to any fellow being. —
Ask me anything….hakikaten

is it possible that there is a  recurring and built-in labyrinth in a spiral design that my life leads me to walk through as the autumn moon moves across the sky? so many puzzle pieces of my life seem to be familiarly shaped and hued, however it is not clear how they fit together.

i have been busy transforming my nest. new floors, new cabinets, removing a wall, adding storage, new lighting,  updated the bath, re-purposing and rearranging all 4 rooms in my tiny townhouse. certainly this is a metaphor for a deeper calling. if i look to “the velvet rage”, i might think that i might be trying to make my world look better than it feels. definitely there is something primal about changing the way things look. it is a comforting action. it is soothing.

i have not been certain about what direction to take next in my avocation. i do want to create a training entity, but haven’t gotten clarity regarding a pathway. i met with a former colleague to discuss helping with board development and the next steps for 501c3 evolution. the take-away was positive but controlled and i am far from a conservative creature with a subtle emotional body.

my experience with self-reflection about my work remains relatively small. recovery has been my companion for only 11 years. my strong suit is most-definitely impulse. it is strange to say the least to consider repercussions and consequences.  so here i am in front of a blank canvas, considering what strokes, which colors, and what types of brush strokes to apply.

help me, universe, become strong enough to listen to your voice and let it guide me to the next campground. let it be so.

“England”

Someone send a runner
Through the weather that I’m under
For the feeling that I lost today
Someone send a runner
For the feeling that I lost todaySomeone send a runner
Through the weather that I’m under
For the feeling that I lost today
Someone send a runner
For the feeling that I lost today

You must be somewhere in London
You must be loving your life in the rain
You must be somewhere in London
Walking Abbey Lane

I don’t even think to make
I don’t even think to make
I don’t even think to make corrections

Famous angels never come through England
England gets the ones you never need
I’m in a Los Angeles cathedral
Minor singing airheads sing for me

Put an ocean and a river
Between everybody else,
Between everything, yourself, and home
Put an ocean and a river
Between everything, yourself, and home

You must be somewhere in London
You must be loving your life in the rain
You must be somewhere in London
Walking Abbey Lane

I don’t even think to make
I don’t even think to make
I don’t even think to make corrections

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