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November 2016

Documentary at M-A on rescuing teens from drug addiction

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“Generation Found,” a documentary about a community effort to help teenagers recover from drug addiction, will be shown Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton. The film begins at 7:15 p.m, preceded by a reception from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and remarks by Fay Zenoff, executive director of the Center for Open Recovery, a San Francisco-based nonprofit working with individuals, families and communities to remove the stigma of addiction. Click here for tickets and to see the trailer. This event is part of M-A’s Parent Education Series. Sponsors are D’Anne Burwell, author of “Saving Jake: When Addiction Hits Home”; the Sequoia Healthcare District; and the Sequoia Union High School District.

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Fay Zenoff Wins the 4th Annual Miracles Breakfast Courage Award

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Recognized by her peers, Fay Zenoff - COR's Executive Director, received an award Friday November 4th for her contributions to the addiction recovery field through advocacy, leadership and courage - bringing Open Recovery to the community. Fay shared remarks with colleagues at the Miracles Breakfast hosted by Constellation Behavioral Health in San Francisco at the Olympic Club. Open Recovery findings its place among those working in mental health and the addiction recovery communities. Congratulations to Fay and to the entire team at COR.
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The Healing Truth of a Stranger

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Our family suffered a terrible tragedy, the death of our son and Henry’s brother, David. David died of a drug overdose on 12/20/15. David was well into rehab at a very well regarded treatment center. By all accounts he was doing well. We had planned a visit to David two weeks after he died. Henry has been mourning the loss of his brother ever since. Only yesterday (10/27/16) Henry told me (his mother) about the following as we were driving home from school. He had never mentioned any of this until yesterday. The day after David died, Henry was understandably in search of meaning regarding losing David. He was browsing on Instagram and saw a post written by a young woman who was struggling with heroin addiction. Henry responded to her post with the following message, which he did not want me to share with others, but I can’t help…

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COR: A Tenderloin Tale of Hope

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I no longer drink alcohol. It’s something I need to explain, because it’s something I don’t fully understand. This is a relatively recent thing, I should add. I have been dry for sixteen months, after nearly 50 years of… not being dry. My earliest exposure to alcohol came in a religious context. At my parents’ Passover table one year – I must have been five or six – I discovered that the sweet wine used in the service produced a dizzying sensation that was at once both frightening and funny. After that, I looked forward to the sips and small cups that punctuated Sabbath and festival observance, and which, with the benefit of hindsight, served as the nursery slopes of (much) more copious drinking as an adult. In my first career, as a peripatetic double-bass player, alcohol was the sea in which we all swam. From my decade of small-time…

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