By Jeanie Gschweng, General Manager, Clean & Sober Transitional Living
I’d like to take a minute to talk what NIMBYism means to Clean & Sober Transitional Living. Here’s my spin: “It’s fine for you to be somewhere as long as you’re not in my neighborhood.” Aaaah…Not in my back yard… gotta love it. And NIMBYism applies in spades to Clean & Sober Transitional Living. When people hear the term “sober living,” they immediately jump to the conclusion that we are a drinking, drugging enclave of discardable people. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our residents are all solidifying lives free of drugs or alcohol, which is why they choose to live here among like-minded people in a community based on mutual support, recovery and integrity.
By Don Trouotman, Founder, Clean & Sober Transitional Living
People who drive on Madison Avenue near Hazel Avenue in Fair Oaks have been
passing by the Clean & Sober Transitional Living “main block” for over 20
years now; still, many of them probably haven’t even noticed us. Even if
they did spot the “One Day at a Time” inscribed on the face of our
meeting house, they probably didn’t give much thought to what goes on
here. So,here’s a “primer” that reveals what goes on within our walls:
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) blamed at least 20,000 deaths in 2016 on fentanyl, and here’s why. It’s cheap to manufacture and mix into other drugs (like heroin or cocaine). It’s 30 times more potent than heroin, so it’s deadly in miniscule amounts. And it stays in the system for seven to eight hours (compared to one or two hours for heroin), so Narcan might not be able to reverse an overdose. Now, see for yourself how little fentanyl it takes to cause a whole lot of destruction.
Lots of credible research shows that the use of any potentially addictive substance (think weed, alcohol or nicotine) while the brain is still developing triggers neurological changes that can lead to addiction. What does that mean to teens, now that weed is legal in so many places? Learn why legalization has inspired educators to switch the message from “Don’t” to “Delay.”