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January 2016

Recovery Inspiration

Secondhand Drinking Recovery

My name is Lisa Frederiksen. I’m 62 years old. In 2015, I celebrated 34 years recovery from anorexia and bulimia – the eating disorders with which I’d struggled for 12 years. I also celebrated 12 years recovery from secondhand drinking – the impacts of loved ones’ drinking behaviors with which I’d struggled for nearly four decades. “Recovery” From Eating Disorders Thanksgiving is the day I quietly celebrate my recovery from bulimia even though my recovery had started around Halloween.  That’s when I happened to read a small column in a Newsweek magazine that talked about a woman who’d been eating huge quantities of food and then throwing it up — for seven years. The column went on to call this behavior bulimarexia. I’d never heard the term but just reading that someone else was doing what I’d been doing, and that she’d stopped, dropped me to my knees. I write, “quietly celebrate,” because back…
Center for Open Recovery
January 27, 2016
Recovery Inspiration

From Darkness to ‘Open Recovery’

"As I think back to being handcuffed and walking out of the courthouse, it was hard to see what could come out of it. I was arrested -- a bag of cocaine fell out of my pocket at the Bay to Breakers race. Those were dark days. It was tough for me to swallow the impact of my situation - especially on my family. My parents work for the government - and as a result of my arrest, my mom lost her security clearance. Instead of going to jail, I participated in the 3 month Drug Diversion program at COR. Most of us got there and were anxious to get through it. There were 20 people in the program when I arrived. We met weekly and over time we began to open up and talk. The facilitators really cared. I got comfortable and began to see how the others transformed…
Center for Open Recovery
January 22, 2016
From COR Director

Ending shame to save our children’s lives

I received a call just before the holidays from someone interested in donating to one of our prevention programs. It’s not often that we are sought out by a prospective donor. The importance of our work seems largely obscured by the prevailing societal disdain for addicts. We all know that this country has waged a "war on drugs" for several decades now, resulting in our criminalizing users rather than minimizing the flow of illegal substances onto our streets . This means many of those needing help are met with judgment and typically given minimal access to short-term resources if not incarcerated. So I was quite interested to understand what had prompted this unexpected call. My heart sank as I listened to the all too familiar story of loss, grief, heartbreak and shock. The day prior to our conversation, the caller's best friend had lost her son to a drug overdose.…