Monthly Archiv: September, 2016

AddictNoMore Chatroom; an anonymous forum to voice out, network and empower ourselves through community.

We thought to add an anonymous chat room for us all to use and network online. The link should be just below. So we may network with each other and offer support, information, encouragement. People can ask questions and or give answer to questions other are asking. Remember this is about unconditional love, empowerment and liberation. Maybe people can post comments about their own stories, offer tidbits of advice. Since this chat is anonymous this an opportunity for people to feel out conversations and questions maybe they would normally be hesitant to ask or talk about on other social forums. Lets say Friday’s at 3Pm as a time for a sort of virtual meeting, but feel free to chat anytime. To access the chatroom please click on chatroom found along the menu (the top right side of this page).

 

 

Sharing, Cooking, and Learning with youths in local shelters – Outreach Activities in Niagara Region . Sept,23.2016;

AddictNoMore is actively engaged with youths in shelters in Niagara Region. We give cooking and baking lessons while at the same time we bake and cook meals for everyone who may be in the shelter at that time. This is a new approach to interacting with the front lines of ‘drug addiction’.  Such activities gives us time to interact and connect with the minds of our young people, demonstrate productive role modelling, answer questions about drug use, and discuss broader and yet pertinent ideas, truths and realities such as oppression, belief, constructions of deviance, and of course life skills.

We believe that working with youths specifically at shelters in our region is especially apt and effective in finding those we believe to be in most need of support, but most of all an opportunity to find many of our sisters and brothers who are engaged in the ongoing struggle of life. We identify as ‘recovered addicts’ ourselves with young women and men in our shelters from ages of 16 to 24 who are already well versed with drugs in our society. Similarly we all are well versed with the precedents and perpetuators to ‘drugs’ and ‘addiction’ such as trauma, abuse, stigma, guilt, shame, economic oppression, racism, gender oppression, and medicalization of deviance.  

Our first approach with youths is unconditional  love and unbiased support and praise of their own demonstrated resilience to hardships. Among the youths we share, cook and break bread with lies the promise of our age; the finest gold which has been refined by fire. It is yet most heart wrenching to meet teenagers who are already on opiate maintenance and been through the wretchedness of dependence of hard drugs. As well it is hard to sometimes let someone find their own way in but hopefully through darkness. We remain steadfast in our commitment to non-judgment and to empowerment and liberation through love. This is after all a journey to the light, after all is said and done we know that even in the darkest places their are the most important things to be found. After all as it states in MATTHEW 20: 16 “Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

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Peace,

Addictnomore.