Big Texas Rally for Recovery

TEXAS RECOVERS! is hosting and producing the first ever Statewide BIG TEXAS RALLY FOR RECOVERY on Saturday, October 1st, 2011 in Austin, Texas.

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When I first met Jonathan, I had just presented information about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse to the group of eight to eleven year-olds. Now that the presentation was over, everyone in the room was visiting, and enjoying the refreshments.

A middle-aged instructor, with years of experience working with elementary-school-aged children, approached me with her concerns about Jonathan. "I have a child in my class that I am worried about. Over the last months, he has increasingly become withdrawn, misses school often, has a ‘messy’ appearance, and he sometimes smells of alcohol. Often in class he seems distant and not paying attention." I asked to meet him, not at all surprised that an eight year old could become dependent on alcohol.

My name is Robb. I am a recovered alcoholic and addict.  Before achieving sobriety, I was a hopeless, chronic alcoholic, and had lost millions of dollars, my business, my home, wife, and family. Once recovered, it became my life mission to assist other hopeless, chronic alcoholics and addicts and educate all I could on the dangers and warning signs of alcohol and addiction.

On my road to recovery, meeting those who began drinking at the age of eight or nine years old was common.  These individuals began by drinking the bits of alcohol left by adults at home, liking it and the effects. Later they began seeking out these leftover drinks, and then progressed to taking drinks directly from the parents' store of liquor. Later, usually by the age of eleven or twelve, when peer pressure began to increase, they would dare to steal from stores or others' houses to get their alcohol. When teenaged, they would obtain false identifications, and continue through high school, college, and adulthood, so used to drinking now that it was part of their routine allowing them to cope with daily living.

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Imagine this: you have been infected with a deadly disease. You feel ill, helpless, and unable to control your life since you have this disease. Your symptoms include blackouts, injuries from blackouts, difficulties relating to people, headache and nausea. So you visit your physician, who runs a lot of tests takes care of your injuries, headache and nausea – the asks you to diagnose your disease!  You get sent home with your symptoms cared for, but your disease untreated.

Sounds silly, doesn't it? But that is what happens to many addicts.  Addicts often may get treated for injuries and illnesses they have acquired because of their addiction, but not for the addiction itself.

Hello, my name is Robb. I am a recovered alcoholic and addict. My purpose and my passion is to educate and assist those with alcohol addiction. One case history of an alcoholic whose symptoms and not his disease were treated is Ron. Ron was a successful young executive earning nearly $100,000 a year, married, with children. He began to have dizzy spells, nausea, and blackouts. Eventually the left side of his face began to droop, and he could not move his left arm and leg. His coloring was yellowish, and he began to have grand mal seizures – once while driving with his family in the car over a long bridge crossing an area lake. Fortunately, on that day his family and he narrowly escaped a potentially fatal car accident.

Practically every medical test imaginable was run on Ron. He was always routinely asked, "do you drink excessively?" by each new physician, specialist, or surgeon at the start of the exam, and he would answer "no." Since he hid his need for alcohol and he didn't drink at home, his wife and family could offer no clues. Then the baffled physician, specialist, or surgeon would test him for something else, from spinal meningitis, to Lou Gehrig's disease, to epilepsy and disorders of the brain. He took a great many prescriptions, some of which were very new, and because of repeated seizures (caused from attempts to withdraw from alcohol) he lost his driver's license for a year. As no cause was found, he went to counseling. The counselor treated him for depression. The marriage, already stressed from his time away from his work and the untreated alcoholism, became even more strained and eventually ended in divorce. But even so, Ron was lucky; because although he spent several years in blackout and oblivious denial, he eventually came to grips with his alcoholism, and is alive today.

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I really enjoyed dressing up as Santa and handing presents out to all the children at the Frisco AA Family Christmas Party.

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Over 23 million Americans are addicted.  Less than 10% seek treatment.  Addiction has been declared as a “brain disease” such bodies as the National Institute of Health, American Medical Association, etc., and is defined as the “compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful.”

Every day, substance abusers endure the ‘brain disease’ of addiction.  Their choice of using or not using has been taken away and replaced by an uncontrollable desire to self-destruct.  Their daily fight is to not only to overcome the addiction, but to function and make their way through the day.

Addiction is considered an epidemic, and a direct influence on family/domestic violence, crime, vehicle accidents, liver issues, falls, cancer, and stroke.  Addiction also increases birth defects (including mental retardation and other irreversible physical abnormalities) in children whose parents/mothers were addicted.  Damage from alcohol, addiction, and abuse knows no boundaries:  affecting all ages, both genders, and from all walks of life.  In addition, alcoholism can carry from generation to generation - research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other children of becoming alcoholics.

What can we do?  WE ARE THE SURVIVORS, WE CARRY THE MESSAGE:

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We are no longer showing the newcomer that we have a solution for alcoholism. We are not telling them about the Big Book and how very important that Book is to our long term sobriety. The book blatantly tells us: “to show other alcohol ics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book”, the main purpose! I have lost count how many times I have heard the book misquoted, and it’s usually to newcomers.

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Why shouldnt we laugh, we have Recovered. We are happy joyess and free. We write/play/produce everything we do....

http://www.facebook.com/StudioMusicians?sk=app_96687436973

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During my story at little Elm AA group I was quoting from the book about God either is or He isn't what was your choice to be.. I said there is only one outcome if you don't have God in your life.. Just then all the lights in the room shut down and we were in darkness. After 1 minute they came back on and I said "need I say more" Amazing!
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A good friend of mine asked me if he could use one of my original songs to play at his moms funeral. I was honored and agreed. It took me an hour or so to write it and the next day we recorded it in one take.
He put some visuals on the track and apparently there was not a dry eye in the house. Check it out guys..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIweyoZhjeM&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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To us, the Realm of Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek.  It is open, we believe, to all men.

Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you. At the start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth, to effect our first conscious relation with God as we understood Him.

Afterward, we found ourselves accepting many things which then seemed entirely out of reach.

That was growth, but if we wished to grow we had to begin somewhere. So we used our own conception, however limited it was. We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. "Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?" As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way.

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If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue…  Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge…  Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time.  It's very important to be aware of them every time they come up…

The secret of attraction is to love you.  Those who feel they are attractive judge neither themselves nor others…  They are open to gestures of love.  They think about love, and express their love in every action…  They know that love is not a mere sentiment, but the ultimate truth at the heart of the universe…

We have been chosen to carry the message of recovery to the still suffering alcoholic.  This is our duty as we recover from the disease of alcoholism...  We were once powerless over alcohol, but once recovered; we become very, very powerful people for we have been given the Power to help others.

As we go through the transformation from the sickness to the solution, we begin to fully understand that we change drastically from hopeless to capable...  We gain hope from hopeless, power from powerless, as we are reborn.

We are like the butterfly that breaks out of the chrysalis to fly away as a beautiful creature...  Scientists have proved that testing done on the butterfly and the chrysalis shows no DNA match whatsoever...  It’s as if they were two different creatures…

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