You Matter! Part Two; What You Don’t Know

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It is important we share the powerful video below. What you don’t know or don’t want to accept can be deadly. Parents: what is more important – your image, status, etc., …or your loved one?

I know I was very naïve about drugs when my children were teens, as I am sure most of their friends’ parent’s were too. Unfortunately, parents and grandparents don’t have the luxury today of being unaware or uninformed. Parenting is a tough job! Thankfully, there are many resources available through the internet and organizations nearby to help.

Prescription medications are extremely accessible and extremely dangerous! People do not plan on becoming addicted to medication or any other drug for that matter. It can happen very quickly …and it will ruin your life and probably kill you, unless you get help!

If you are already struggling with searching, stealing, chewing, snorting, shooting up, lying …doing whatever possible, doing things you told yourself you would never do, to obtain your particular substance, hear us …there is help available!

You may not feel like you matter. You may feel like you have let others down, you have failed too many times. But hear us …YOU MATTER! GET HELP!

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Surviving The Jump


Surviving the jump of a lifetime! Have you seen this video? Powerful! Thank you Kevin for your willingness and courage to create. He jumped; he survived the suicide attempt.

May we all realize people who attempt a suicide do not want to die. Depression, other mental illnesses, and addictions can be very powerful in the mind. The person suffering is not able to think clearly, rationally. Suicide is recognized as treatable.

Let us make an effort to come alongside those suffering, share a smile or a wave, and take time to see how your friends or family are really doing.

If you or someone you encounter is in need of help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


International Overdose Awareness Day

OD banner 8.31.15TODAY is International Overdose Awareness Day (Aug. 31, 2015).
Join with us as we remember those who have suffered and lost their battle to overcome their addiction.
* Help to reduce the STIGMA and MISINFORMATION surrounding opiate (and other prescription drug) addiction and overdose.
* Most opiate (including heroin) addictions start from prescription pain killer usage.
Check out this site for some OVERDOSE BASICS
Click here to download an Overdose Awareness App from Apple.

Become informed. Help your loved ones. SAVE a LIFE.


A Silent Epidemic

Silent-Epidemic-700x366-700x366What is your initial thought, or the first word, that pops in your head when you hear OVERDOSE? Or DRUG ADDICT?  It is probably similar to what mine were not many years ago. It is probably like many -many who are uninformed.

Hope for This Step, Inc. is striving to help bring awareness to addictions and unintentional overdoses, as well as suicides. The following article is one person’s experience with prescription medication that went wrong. I realize not all addictions start this way. I realize you may think it will never happen to you. However, in reality it could. In reality, it could happen to a loved one. In reality, it may already be happening.

Unfortunately, drug abuse, like suicide or other addictions, is a subject most don’t want to talk about until there is a problem. A problem that could easily, and quickly, result in death if not treated.

There are thousands of people this has happened to across our nation. In the State of Ohio alone, statistically nearly 6 PER DAY DIE from unintentional overdose.

Please take a moment to read this article. Maybe the next time those words hit your ears you will have a softer, more compassionate thought. Maybe not, but at least you will be a bit more informed. And maybe, just maybe, you will desire to learn more. It could save a life.
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Healing in the Unknown – how one suicide survivor received help

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This is a story wrote by a dear friend of a local survivor of suicide a couple years ago. Although they didn’t know each other at the time of the death, a beautiful friendship has developed because one person was willing and able to go the extra mile and open her eyes, mind and heart to a stranger. They continue to encourage each other and find hope and healing through the challenges of life. Who can you reach out to today?

(This is shared by request of author and is one perspective of how healing can take place.)