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AIDING MEMBERS IN CRISIS

By: Allen McQuarrie & Terry Livorsi

A paraprofessional with multiple sclerosis finds she can no longer stand and requires use of a wheelchair.

A teacher with diabetes grows progressively blind and can’t see the blackboard.

A maintenance worker with a heart ailment can’t lift heavy items.

A custodian, plagued by alcoholism, comes cheerfully to work reeking of alcohol.

What is going to happen to these school staff members?

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HOPE AND HELP AVAILABLE FOR VICTIMS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE

By: Ruth Deming, Psychotherapist
First published in the Philadelphia Inquirer in November, 2006

The skyrocketing of substance abuse in epidemic proportions was the topic addressed by drug counselor Terry Livorsi at New Directions Support Group—for people with depression and bipolar disorder and their loved ones—on November 21, 2006 at Abington Presbyterian Church.

Reliance on alcohol, marijuana, prescription narcotics and illegal drugs such as heroin, which recently claimed the lives of several area teenagers, is of deep concern to us all, especially parents…

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IMPACTING PUBLIC POLICY STATEWIDE

By: Allen McQuarrie
As seen in the Summer 2007 issue of The Ambassador newsletter.

 

The cornerstone of recovery is the ability to accept treatment for our addiction to alcohol or other drugs, make our amends for any errors we have made while under the influence of our addiction, resume our lives, and restore our credibility. On the pathway to recovery we share information with those entrusted with our medical care. The assessment of our condition is necessary to provide treatment. However, in providing treatment, much of what the treating facility learns about us ought to remain secure enough not to do ultimate harm to our eventual recovery…

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