Bringing awareness, support and financial assistance
in an effort to save our youth and young adults.
About Rising Above Addiction
A message from our President & CEO
I am overcome with such emotion as I reflect on where life has taken me since my son Rob died. As always, it is very bitter sweet for me. I remember starting Rising Above Addiction; I didn’t know what it would be exactly, but I knew that I wanted to help people. I feel so blessed and thankful that I get to do something so important and meaningful. I do this for Rob, because of Rob and in memory of Rob.
Thank you so much for being a part of Rising Above Addiction and its rising success!
President & CEO Tammy Lofink
RISING ABOVE ADDICTION
A special thanks to keynote speakers…
We’ve been grateful to have wonderful keynote speakers support our organization by spreading Rising Above Addiction’s message and awareness of the ongoing drug epidemic, and the road of recovery. Since our founding, we have had the pleasure of hearing from Darryl Strawberry, Brandon Novak, and Ryan Hampton. We cannot wait to share more stories and touch more lives.
Rising Above Addiction
Rising Above Addiction, a local Carroll County, Maryland nonprofit, was created in September 2015 by Tammy Lofink, Executive Director, in response to a personal tragedy directly linked to substance abuse. Ms. Lofink’s 18-year old son, Robert, succumbed one-year prior to a fatal drug overdose. Ms. Lofink responded to this unbearable loss by creating her nonprofit with the goal of ensuring that all youth and young adults facing drug addiction are provided a clear path to recovery.
Rising Above Addiction (RAA) is a community partner with Carroll County’s State’s Attorney’s office. RAA is present in the schools and in our community to help educate all persons on the dangers of drugs. Our hope is to reach children and young adults and prevent them from starting to experiment with substances.RAA has testified before the Maryland House and Senate to emphasize the importance of addressing the overwhelming numbers of people using and getting addicted to illegal substances with the intent of realizing the critical need for legislative bills that we believe that can promote change.
The first fundraiser held by Rising Above Addiction (RAA) was a skydiving event that has since become a well-attended annual event and raised over $8,000, demonstrating the need in the community for attention to the escalating issue of drug addiction. Our fundraising efforts have been successful and include an annual 5 Mile Run, golf tournament, music fest, and corn hole BBQ. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from fundraisers go directly to providing services, including treatment, emotional and cognitive support, and efforts to assist those in recovery seek employment, with the ultimate goal of helping those with addiction issues find their way back to recovery and a successful and productive life. RAA also receives generous donations from additional sources including local business partners, churches, memorial donations from people who have passed away from overdose, as well as generous donations from people in the communitywho recognize the need and want to help advance the cause of prevention and rehabilitation for those affected by substance abuse.
To further our mission, in 2017 Rising Above Addiction opened Reclaiming My Life Sober House, a twelve-step recovery house and program that provides women with a safe and loving environment, while helping to guide them on a path to recovery. The house is named in memory of Tammy’s son Robert Mason Lofink.
Rising Above Addiction continues to grow and expand thanks to the generosity, hard work and dedication from so many peoplein our community and the dedication of RAA staff. RAA will continue to dedicate our energy and devotion to our mission to help people struggling with substance abuse find their way to recovery through guidance, treatment, after care and financial assistance.