OH MY GOSH! PLEASE CONTACT TIM COOK AND MILES JACKSON AT CLARK COLLEGE – CLARK
COLLEGE IS CONSIDERING CUTTING THE ADDICTION PROGRAM – ACCORDING TO JIM JENSEN OF
CLARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE!!! WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2015 IS THE LAST DAY WE HAVE TO
VOICE OUR OPINION!!!
Daybreak Youth Services delivered today!!! Tara spoke eloquently about her
visit with the youth – their stories, her past, the need to listen to young people
at their level to truly understand that addiction is not a choice. How could we
shame a 14 year old for having a disease? Tara reports the youth at Daybreak
are brilliant. “They saved my life yesterday.” She was so impacted she
returned to her hotel room cried for an hour, prayed for 30 minutes and wrote 5
Annette, Director of Daybreak added that addiction among other things is an
outcome of the stress filled lives young people are faced with on a daily basis!
Tears welled up in Tara’s eyes as she pleaded with us to meet youth where they
are at and above all listen to what they have to say and we will hear what they
go through – if you dare you will hear stories of emotional and physical abuse
they endured and the cutting and using substances a feeble attempt to self-
medicate in order to cope with the pain. The immeasurable shame that follows
is palpable…Tara goes on stating “I dare anyone to accuse another of choosing
to be an addict when at tender age of 14 years young they are exposed to
trauma and being asked to keep it a secret – hence the muzzle.
Tara was asked about Donald Trump – She expressed her gratitude for helping
her get into treatment. “He saved my life.” It allowed her to move forward.
When he referred to people as “druggies and rapists” Tara shared how she felt
he set us backward many years.
Tara shares a final thought – “I needed someone to validate my pain so I could
The Director of Daybreak added the history of how Daybreak came to be with a
vision and not a clue of how they were going to make it happen. It is cheaper to
pay for someone’s college than prison. Let’s right this wrong!
It costs $309 dollars a day to incarcerate someone – Daybreak receives
approximately $188 – they depend on beautiful people – philanthropy to keep
providing services to their youth!
56 million people are affected by addiction.
Daybreak lost 4 treatment providers.
If it costs $500 billion a year – the money will come from the savings we recoup
from preventing addiction.
Treating adolescents at 15 is much more feasible than an adult deep into their
Talking to youth in middle school is the best – they will still open up about
their alcoholic parent. If we wait until they are in high school it is too late
because they have had “the shame muzzle put on them.”
Addiction kills three times more than cancer.
Anonymous People a great film that reminds us we need to shift our focus from
thinking of addiction as a man under a bridge to the need to talk to our kids.
Early intervention empowers our youth.
80% of prisoners were addicts – there is also a need for services as they get
My heart was so delighted to see one of my all time favorite people, Shane!!!
It was so groovy to catch up with each other!!! Shane thank you for all that
you do My Friend!!! You continue to impress the heck out of me!!!
I met with Tara afterward and thanked her – she was very kind.
She demonstrated with her actions her passion to inspire others as she spoke
with Shelby a beautiful young person who is also aspiring to be a Miss USA.
As I left with a huge smile in my heart to enjoy this amazing meal that fed my
hunger on so many levels I got a little lost and Shelby was so gracious to help
me find my way!!! We walked out into the parking lot together – Shelby shared her
thoughts on substance use – “I never considered using because it would get in
the way” of everything she hopes to achieve!!! 23 years young as she waved
goodbye and climbed into her hummer…picture perfect…
Squeal… thank you
Daybreak Youth Services!!!
My Grace-Filled Life After Addiction Is!!!