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Jiva

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Jul 27 15 6:49 AM

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My friends call me Jiva (Jeffrey is my birth name) and I'm glad to have found another support group that embraces all recovery. I am an addiction survivor through the use of Suboxone and a lot of hard work. I was an  heroin addict for over 21 years. I tried so many different groups and models of treatment to get clean but even after 3 1/2 years clean I relapsed and went back out for 8 years and some change. I've been clean now just a hair under a year ad feel more solid than I ever have. The use of medication in recovery has given me a chance I never thought possible. Before I got clean this time I had accepted the fact that I was going to die from heroin use and knew it wouldn't be long. I couldn't even imagine where I am today, it didn't seem possible. Soon after starting suboxone I started to see and feel the stigma surrounding those of us who utilize medications in recovery. This led me to start a new meeting at a local treatment center where people could share and support each other without being shamed. I quickly realized this wasn't enough for me. I decided to start a medication assisted recovery advocacy group and called it Raising Awareness and Understanding in Recovery or RAUR. I am organizing our first event now which will consist of a rally, speakers, and a candlelight vigil in solidarity with international overdose awareness day on August 31st in Mount Vernon, WA. I also have a booth reserved for project homeless here in town which is an all day event with food, clothes, haircuts, and information booths for the homeless community. Myself and another member are also going to DC in Oct to volunteer in the fed up! and unite! events. I'm am so fortunate to have what I do today and to have found a cause worth fighting for. I was lost after I left the 12 step community and this work has filled that void and given me a purpose I never had before. Thank you all for being here, the more groups we have, the more we speak up, and the more we refuse to let others dictate what our recovery is the farther the abstinence only advocates will fade into obscurity. Please join my Facebook group as well if you're a Facebook member.  I regularly post resources for the advocacy of medication assisted treatment. https://www.facebook.com/groups/CoexistenceandRecovery/
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Aug 6 15 9:57 AM

I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU and MORE SO FOR THE COMMUNITY you will be helping

Jiva-THANK YOU for visiting the forum...I am sad to say Lefora really went a little viral and in the bad context of viral so we lost much of our COMMUNITY....WE WERE FOR MANY YEARS THE PLACE FOR MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT PATIENTS and I am going to try my best to get it back up and running as this forum saved my life and had been passed down into my hands a few years back which we did very well for a few years then my computer blew up twice etc...


I too spent many years working, volunteering and and attending NA and AA.  Unfortunately I got a bit brainwashed and absorbed into it so deep I discouraged many addicts to steer away from MMT/MAT to include myself  until I finally realized too many of us were dying all because we were brainwashed to think 12 step was the "ONLY WAY".  Actually I at times did very well in it so I will not discredit the concept entirely but in order for me to "do well" I had to attend meetings daily, volunteer what hours that I was not either working for treatment facilities or sponsoring someone etc...which means I had to live, breathe and eat NA to stay sober.  The minute I got a job outside of 12 step work spending 8 hours a day outside of that community in a "non recovery" environment became and was actually a "trigger" for me.  So I practically had to "Become One" Cult living in NA to not relapse and I hated feeling like I had this invisible border or boundary "Dome-like" feeling hovering in, over and around me at all time.  

I will never forget when I researched the stats on 12 step versus MMT/MAT recovery success 1 to 4 percent success after 2 to 5 years in NA to 65 percent the same period of time in MMT/MAT.  I was already on Methadone when I realized this but had I ever been told that or gained that info prior to methadone,  I probably would have broke my neck getting to a clinic instead of being the bullhead I was thinking 12 step was the "only bridge" to sobriety.  I connected to your post the moment I read it and saw you too had experienced this.  

I live in Western NC,  Asheville to be exact and we have a large homeless population here and many of them are in clinics too so I appreciate how you have incorporated both in your ventures. I am taking up the challenge to get this forum back up and running but would be very interested in keeping in touch in efforts to learn more how to help my local community too.  You sound very busy BUT WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU POST WHEN YOU CAN THINGS ABOUT ALL YOUR RECOVERY RELATED VENTURES.   


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