Letter from a Rising Above Addiction Recipient…

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I am a grateful recovering addict today. I’m writing this letter to show my gratitude to Rising Above Addiction. I’m a 34 year old woman that has used some substances or another since I was 14 years old. This is the first time that I have ever admitted that I have a problem. And this has been a great experience for me. I have been in rehab for 20 days. I’m going to the Stellar House in Annapolis, Maryland tomorrow. … Read More

A message from Tracey Kuhns, co-founder of Rising Above Addiction

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t’s with a very heavy heart that I am announcing my departure from Rising Above Addiction. This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever made. I feel like it is a child I gave birth to and in many ways it is. I know I will always be a parent to this fund and that can never be taken from me. It gave me an opportunity to heal from the pain of Ryan’s addiction by helping others. It … Read More

Grieving Mothers Connect

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Last night I made a new friend. We are two Mothers brought together due to sorrow and grief. Valerie lost her beautiful daughter Kristen to drugs. As we shared our stories, I felt indescribable emotion. There is an instant and unspoken bond that forms immediately between Mothers who have lost a child. There is a deep understanding of the pain that becomes our constant companion. There is pure and honest sorrow for each other, and the rawest form of vulnerability … Read More

Reclaiming My Life

Losing Robert has been an incredibly painful yet beautiful and profound journey.  Rising Above Addiction has given birth to a new life for me. It has allowed me to have my son live on in the most meaningful way; he is saving lives.   I am proud to announce that Rising Above Addiction is giving birth again. We are opening a Girl’s Sober Home.  To honor Rob, we will be naming the house in his memory, using his initials…… Reclaiming My Life… in … Read More

Holidays Without You

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I have had several people ask me how my holidays were and how I am doing….. Holidays and life after Rob…… This year was especially difficult for me. I am learning so much about loss as time goes by. It may sound strange to some people, but this year was the hardest yet. I think it was harder because it’s been even longer since I have seen my child; too long! Also, I have been rudely awakened from my numbed … Read More

Senate Bill for Opiate Distribution Death Bill – Carroll County is fighting hard!

Senate bill for opiate distribution death bill – Carroll County is fighting hard! Listen from 6:34 in or the beginning of the bill around 6:25… just click the link below and you will be taken to the video. http://mgahouse.maryland.gov/mga/play/c46e201a-47a8-47ba-b959-655201b26626/?catalog%2F03e481c7-8a42-4438-a7da-93ff74bdaa4c&playfrom=21804000 Senate Bill #539 | House Bill #687 Tuesday at the House, and now today we are at the Senate testifying in favor of Bill 539. It’s great to be a part of helping to make change; changes that will have a … Read More

Happy 21st Birthday Rob

Happy Birthday Rob, Today, you would have been 21 years old. It seems like it has been forever since I have seen you. I long to hear your voice and see you walk through the door. I still cannot believe that you are gone. So much has happened, and so much has changed since we saw each other last. I am still desperately trying to get my feet back on the ground. Losing you has made it impossible to continue … Read More

Loss….

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If you ever wonder if I want to give up, the answer is YES! Today has been one of those days. I can’t find my way out. I keep thinking that I don’t want to have to live this way; not one more day. Only the people who have known deep loss can understand life after loss. Is it even life? Sometimes it’s not. No matter what the day brings, including joy and laughter, there is always a hole. A … Read More

Thanksgiving 2017

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Every day, I have to make a conscious decision; to find peace and happiness even though half of my heart has been ripped out. And… even though I feel such indescribable pain, I also feel incredible peace, gratitude, strength, and fulfillment. My daughter Leah has blown me away. She has such grace, strength, resiliency, and a light shines around her constantly. I am in awe of her ability, to not just push through, but her amazing drive to be her … Read More

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