Alcohol is My Mistress

By Jason C., Transformations alumnus We met each other so early in life  You promised to take away all my strife Through my ups, my downs, you were always there You made me think my life was fair Soon I longed for you almost every night You were always by my side, I could not fight At the start, I wasn't concerned Others scoffed, said I better learn Though people talked, you kept the fight I began to worry about my sight Soon I needed you throughout the day To deal with life it seemed the only way I have [...]

December 7th, 2017|Alcohol Addiction|

Former Platoon Sergeant Maintains Sobriety by Volunteering in the Community

 When it comes to rehab and recovery, we don’t always look at the bigger picture. Oftentimes, having an underlying mental health disorder can lead to drug or alcohol addiction. Many of our nation’s veterans struggling with a substance use disorder also have a co-occurring disorder, such as PTSD, that goes undiagnosed for many years. This issue is further complicated by the fact that many veterans are in denial and either believe they don’t have a problem or that they can deal with it themselves. We recently had a chance to speak with Transformations alumnus Jake Hampu. A platoon sergeant in [...]

December 4th, 2017|Alumni|

Addiction’s Emotional Arsenal: How My Son Used Our Love Against Us

By: Susan Collins, mother of Transformations alumnus My son was born on March 31, 1988. He was a beautiful baby boy, peaches and cream with reddish blond hair. For the first year of his life he was all sunshine.  When you would go to get him in the morning, he would be smiling.  He didn’t scream or cry, that I remember. I’m sure he did a bit, but he was a very easy going baby.  When he turned a year old, he found his voice and from that moment on, my son was a force to be reckoned with…and then some. [...]

November 29th, 2017|Addiction Recovery|

Transformations Alumni Spotlight: Joey Rafferty

Sgt. Joseph F. Rafferty III resigned from the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office after serving 25 years on the force. Besides his duties as a Sergeant in charge of warrants and internal affairs, he was also a SWAT negotiator and involved in the counter-terrorism unit attached to Philadelphia.  Joey was charged with DUI in October, 2016 following an August 13 traffic incident that occurred in Newton, PA. Can You Share Some of the Details of Your DUI Incident? One morning I decided that I was going to drink and I was going to get into my car. I ended up getting [...]

November 27th, 2017|Alumni|

Drug Overdoses and the Good Samaritan Act

In 2016, over 64,000 Americans lost their lives due to a drug overdose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the highest increase was among synthetic opioids, with over 20,000 deaths attributed to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs.1 Emergency administration of naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug, saved thousands of lives and prevented the number of deaths from being tragically higher. Good intentions, such as the actions of Walgreens, are making naloxone more available and accessible.  Good intention is the spirit behind the Good Samaritan Act, a law that provides legal protection to anyone offering help to someone experiencing a [...]

November 20th, 2017|Drug Abuse|

Building Bridges: TPAS and Beyond

“As you discover what strength you can draw from your community in this world from which it stands apart, look outward as well as inward. Build bridges instead of walls.” - Chief Justice Sonya Sotomayor With over two years of work experience in the Alumni Department at Transformations Treatment Center, I was gifted with an invitation to join Helana Cabral, our Director of Alumni Services, at the Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS) Fall Collaborative in Malibu, California. Despite my initial anxiety that I would be far out of my league with little to contribute, it proved to be a [...]

November 15th, 2017|Alumni|
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