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As we work to address the needs of our community, TRIAD is grateful to have received support from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. They have committed over $1MM to help local organizations combat the opioid epidemic. With their support we can add another clinical addictions counselor to our growing team. We thank Highmark for their support.
Read the Delaware Online article at https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/heroindelaware/2020/01/17/addiction-epidemic-expands-so-do-delaware-groups-fighting/4482664002/
On Wednesday November 13 over 70 people came out to hear Dave Humes speak about “The Opioid Crisis in Delaware”. Dave – who lost his son, Greg, to a drug overdose in May of 2012 – is a Board member and the Policy Director of aTAcK Addiction. His presentation covered the extent of the opioid crisis nationwide and in Delaware specifically. He reviewed recent legislative initiatives to combat the crisis and discussed future initiatives as well. He described the 911 Good Samaritan Law in detail. He also discussed the important role of naloxone (Narcan) in addressing opioid overdoses. All who attended found his talk not only informative but also practical. Thanks Dave!
TRIAD’s education seminar last night was a great success. The topic, Addiction and Co-occurring Disorders, was interesting. The presenter, Heather Frye, from Recovery Centers of America, was engaging. And 70 people attended the event. Thanks to those of you who came!
TRIAD is hosting an education seminar on Wednesday September 18. The topic is Addiction and Co-occurring Disorders and our speaker is Heather Frye, Director of Therapeutic Services at Recovery Centers of America. It has been approved for 1 CEU by the Delaware Certification Board. The event will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1108 N. Adams Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. The event is FREE and open to the public. Please join us!
A little over three years ago an old friend invited me to TRIAD’s annual breakfast. I went, I learned a lot about addiction, I saw some old friends and I made some new ones. At the end of the event I was moved to make a donation to TRIAD Addiction Recovery Services.
Shortly thereafter I was complimented to be asked to join the Board of Directors for TRIAD. I was, however, concerned that I did not have any direct experience with addiction. But other Board members were quick to reassure me that this was not a prerequisite for being a supportive board member, and that, with my marketing background, I could add a lot of value to the organization.
So, what have I learned at TRIAD? I have learned that the need is huge. Sadly. TRIAD is growing to meet the need. With the help of our professional services, most people can change their lives. People with addiction stories are really everywhere. No special background, age, gender or race dominates the market. Addiction does not discriminate.
Take a minute and add TRIAD to your vocabulary. Make a donation today at https://triadde.org/donate/. Someone, or some family, will thank you.
In my job as a judicial officer I am confronted with the effects of substance abuse on a daily basis. According to the National Institute of Health, “[criminal] offenders have rates of substance abuse and dependence that are more than four times that of the general population.” That same report recognizes that treatment works, is cost-effective and can help end the vicious cycle of drug abuse and criminal recidivism. As a Delaware citizen, I am distressed knowing that at least 286 Delawareans died from suspected heroin overdoses in 2018. Nearly 300 people who did not need to die.
One of the reasons I agreed to join the TRIAD board is my belief that TRIAD plays a vital role in addressing these problems. TRIAD offers a myriad of services—counseling, outreach and education—that help us combat the ravages of substance abuse disorders like alcoholism and drug addiction.
The outreach services provided by TRIAD help when people have no idea where to go for help. I, personally, have referred parents to TRIAD for help in finding treatment for loved ones. Many people are not educated on where to look for help. TRIAD can and does help.
As stated by one of my mentors, Father Bill Hultberg, when you “scratch one addiction, you discover 2 or 3 more underneath.” This is where TRIAD’s counseling services become so important. Sobriety may be the first step in recovery but staying sober means doing the work, engaging in 12 step programs and seeking help from trained therapists. At present, TRIAD has three full-time counselors to provide services to recovering persons.
Education is vital to addressing substance abuse. Ignorance kills. TRIAD hosts a number of free educational seminars each year. Some of the seminars addressed important topics like relapse prevention, recovery on the college campus and the spiritual solution to addiction. In addition, TRIAD sponsors the Wholehearted Living Program for women in recovery.
TRIAD needs help from the community to continue its efforts. TRIAD alone can make only a small dent. But with the help of others, TRIAD will be able to expand its efforts and help even more people suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. Please join us.
Thanks to Ray Colletti for filming our event. To contact Ray please visit raycollettiphotography.com or call (302) 781-2140.
This year’s Annual Breakfast was the most successful ever, both in terms of number of attendees and amount of money raised. Held on Wednesday May 15 at the Wilmington Country Club, over 160 people came to support TRIAD. Executive Director, Gillian Timon, spoke about TRIAD’s progress; Sister Margie gave the blessing; our Board Chairman, Eric Davis, honored Mike Kelly from McCarter & English; Board member, Eric Robinson, shared his inspiring story of recovery; our keynote speaker, Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long, spoke about Behavioral Health in Delaware; and Mike Kelly shared some very witty remarks to close out the event. Thanks to all who attended!
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. And this weekend is Alcohol-Free Weekend, April 5-7, 2019, designed to raise public awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting individuals, families, businesses and our communities. During Alcohol-Free Weekend, all Americans are invited to engage in three alcohol-free days. Those individuals or families who experience difficulty or discomfort in this 72-hour experiment are urged to contact local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Al-Anon to learn more about alcohol use disorder and its early symptoms. Or call TRIAD at 302-655-1153. We can help you from alcoholism and towards a healthy, productive life.
Last night we had another enjoyable Wholehearted Living Program for the ladies from Attack Addiction, Gaudenzia, and Burgess Beginnings. The theme for the evening was Cultivating Calm and Stillness – Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle. One of our activities was to write down our anxieties and place them in a Letting Go box. We also had a meditation exercise, bubble blowing, and smelling essential oils. The ladies really seemed to enjoy it!
TRIAD has been very instrumental in my recovery. The counselors share their inner wealth of knowledge on the pitfalls of this potentially fatal disease. They remind us that we can conquer it and proceed with full contentment in life - and that we deserve it!
I love how much TRIAD puts the time in for help I need. This has saved my life not once but more than that. My counselor has been there for me since day one and is still there for me.
I want everyone to know how grateful I am for her and the rest of the team at TRIAD