Thank you Sandy Mount UMC for inviting us to speak today, and thank you all for your generous donations. Together we are saving lives! We shared our personal experiences of losing children to addiction and educated on STOPPING addiction and we also shared available resources in Carroll County.
This morning Brittney and I were asked to speak at Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church, in Eldersburg. We are blessed to have such love and support from our wonderful community. Thank you Elizabeth, Bill, and Sharon for believing in our cause. A note from Rev. Dr. Bill Brown… I always remember something Tammy said to me: “Addiction is not discriminatory; it reaches across all socio-economic and racial boundaries. No one is immune; odds are you already know someone who is … Read More
What an Awesome day! We spoke to over 500 middle schoolers at the 2017 Drug and Violence Expo held at the Carroll County Ag Center in Westminster, Maryland. Although it was sad to see so many students tear up, it meant that they were listening, learning, and getting it. Thank you to everyone for allowing us to share our story in hopes of making change. Featured in the Carroll County Times… “In third iteration, drug and violence expo still … Read More
”Its been 6 months about and I wanted to check in with you guys. After I left rehab, I lost my job, my house, I had no money… I was pretty low. But determined to get sober. I went to a recovery house in York, PA. I got connected back to the women that loved and cared about me. Built up my support group. Got a new sponsor and went through the steps again. I got a whole new experience. … Read More
Thank you so much to everyone that came out and supported the Rising Above Addiction fund raiser tonight! Thank you so much to anyone that took time out of their busy schedules to support this phenomenal cause!!! Our Westminster, Maryland Texas Roadhouse attendees helped us raise $328.69 and our bake sale raised another $170.00.
1st Annual Rising Above Addiction Softball Tournament in memory of Kristin Spurrier- 2017 Dear Kristin, Yesterday was wonderful! I hope that you were able to feel the love and support from a community that grieves for you. Your death will not be in vain, and you will never be forgotten. Your mother talks about how much of a support you were to people who were struggling. She says you always wanted to help others. Kristin, you are now saving lives! … Read More
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
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
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
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