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Pulling Ourselves Out Of Issolation and Loneliness

Posted on November 18, 2018 at 7:02 PM Comments comments (0)
Alone no more.
"We gradually and carefully pull ourselves out of the isolation and loneliness of addiction and into the mainstream of life."
Basic Text, p. 37
Many of us spent much of our using time alone, avoiding other people-especially people who were not using-at all costs. After years of isolation, trying to find a place for ourselves in a bustling, sometimes boisterous fellowship is not always easy. We may still feel isolated, focusing on our differences rather than our similarities. The overwhelming feelings that often arise in early recovery-feelings of fear, anger, and mistrust-can also keep us isolated. We may feel like aliens but we must remember, the alienation is ours, not NA's.
In Narcotics Anonymous, we are offered a very special opportunity for friendship. We are brought together with people who understand us like no one else can. We are encouraged to share with these people our feelings, our problems, our triumphs, and our failures. Slowly, the recognition and identification we find in NA bridge the lonely gap of alienation in our hearts. As we've heard it said-the program works, if we let it.
Just for Today: The friendship of other members of the fellowship is a life-sustaining gift. I will reach out for the friendship that's offered in NA, and accept it.
Corresponding page Sixth Edition
Basic Text, p., 37
This is our road to spiritual growth. We change every day. We gradually and carefully pull ourselves out of the isolation and loneliness of addiction and into the mainstream of life. This growth is not the result of wishing, but of action and prayer. The main objective of Step Seven is to get out of ourselves and strive to achieve the will of our Higher Power.
If we are careless and fail to grasp the spiritual meaning of this step, we may have difficulties and stir up old troubles. One danger is in being too hard on ourselves.

Mac Miller died of an accidental overdose, coroner finds

Posted on November 6, 2018 at 10:41 AM Comments comments (0)
Rapper and producer Mac Miller died from "mixed drug toxicity," according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
The drugs in Miller's system included fentanyl, cocaine, and ethanol, the coroner found.
His death was ruled an accident in a report, the results of which were released Monday.
Miller, whose real name is Malcolm McCormick, died in September at age 26.
He started his journey in music as a teenager by putting out mixtapes in his native Pittsburgh. In 2012, his first album, "Blue Slide Park," became the first independent debut album to hit the top of the Billboard chart in more than 16 years. Miller was 19.
He released his fifth studio album, "Swimming," in August.
Miller's family and friends paid tribute to the musician with a concert last week at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
Performers included John Mayer, SZA, and Chance the Rapper.
Miller's ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande also recently honored him in a song called "Thank You," calling him "an angel."
CNN's Stella Chan contributed to this report.

Fentanyl Crisis: Ohio Cop Accidentally Overdoses During Drug Call

Posted on June 5, 2017 at 2:49 PM Comments comments (2)
An Ohio police officer was "still miserable" but recovering Monday after he accidentally overdosed on a dangerous drug that has cut a deadly swath through his state — fentanyl.
Patrolman Chris Green of the East Liverpool Police Department had just finished searching the car of two suspected drug dealers and was back at the police station when another officer spotted some white powder on his shirt.
Without thinking, he brushed it off with his bare hand — and passed out about an hour later, Chief John Lane said. It took four doses of Narcan to revive him.
"This happened on Friday, but he's still got a headache, his chest hurts, he's lying on the couch," Lane told NBC News. "He's still miserable."
Green, who has been on the job for about five years, had worn the required gloves and mask to do the search, Lane said.
But the drug can get into the body just through contact with the skin "and he did this without thinking," Lane said. "I'm not sure he even realized this was drugs."
Green came into contact with the fentanyl — a powerful synthetic opioid five times as strong as heroin — after police observed the driver of a blue Chevrolet Monte Carlo engaging in behavior "consistent with a drug transaction," an East Liverpool Police report states.
Blocked in by police cruisers, Justin Buckle, 25, and Cortez Collins, 24, tried to get rid of the evidence by "wildly" mashing it into the carpet.
Buckle was spotted "using his foot to rub an unknown substance in the carpeting on the floor of the vehicle," according to the report. "The passenger side floor also contained an amount of white powder."
Initially, Green and the other officers suspected the substance was crack cocaine. "After further pressing, it was advised that the powder was fentanyl," the report states.
Buckle, of East Liverpool, and Collins, of Cleveland, are both charged with tampering with evidence. Bond was set at $100,000 apiece and they were being held in the local lockup.
Ohio has been among the states hardest hit by a deadly heroin and opioid epidemic and East Liverpool in particular has struggled to contain the plague.
Last year, in a desperate bid to ram home the message about "the poison known as heroin," East Liverpool police posted a photo of a couple overdosed in the front seats of an SUV while a 4-year-old child sat helplessly in the back seat.
Drugs dealers typically lace heroin with fentanyl — the drug that killed Prince — to boost profits and to give the drugs more punch, often with fatal results.