2020’s 4th Annual Robert D. Kirkland Memorial Golf Classic

On behalf of Rising Above Addiction and Carroll County Adult Drug Treatment Court, we would like to thank everyone who came out to support our cause and participate in the 4th Annual Robert D Kirkland Memorial Golf Classic at Westminster National Golf Course. Special THANKS to: Judge Hecker for coming out to speak and for staying to play. Your commitment to our county is incredible! Joe Keen for speaking about drug court. You are an example of how great life … Read More

A Message from our Sober Home Girls

Tammy Lofink – in honor of Rob’s anniversary, we wanted to let you know how much love and gratitude we have for you. Although none of us were fortunate enough to meet Rob, his memory has led you to do such incredible things for not only all of us, but SO many other people in the recovery community. You are selfless, compassionate, generous, and kind-hearted. None of this will ever go unnoticed, and we will forever be grateful for Rob … Read More

RAA’s Sponsored Softball Team No Ragrets

Rising Above Addiction is honored to sponsor healthy outlets that support recovery! Way to Kick Ass guys and gals of the No Ragrets Softball Team Team! Here is a picture of our team at the. Hucklebuck 2020 champions! It was a long weekend of heat, sweat, blood and social distancing. But it was worth every minute. Many of the team members have playing together for several years. 86 years of ODAT combined. Special thanks to Brian Smith for making this … Read More

Sober Houses Get-Away Group Vacation

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What a wonderful weekend, spent with some amazing women. Each and every day, you all bring a healing energy into my life and help me to get through this journey of losing Rob. Thank you all for spending an amazing 24 hours with me. Some of you still live at the houses, some of you passed through the houses, and some of you came into my life through Rising Above Addiction. It was wonderful to see all of your smiles, … Read More

A brutal week…

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I have been witness to the true evil of addiction this week. Quite honestly, I have felt pretty defeated and have had to dig a bit deeper than normal to find my purpose in all of this. It is difficult, and it goes against human nature, to not fight for people. However, fighting for someone more than they are willing to fight for themselves tends to always end with a negative outcome. In 2014, I had to face the brutal … Read More

A message of loss on Mother’s Day…

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As mothers who have lost a child, we are constantly torn between two worlds. The world of before and the world of after. In the midst of our grief, we struggle to survive. And, the hard truth is, life will never be normal again. We constantly try to search for who we used to be and how we used to view the world, and we cling on desperately to what we have left. We love harder and we understand that … Read More


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Thank you, Leonard Lee Buschel for sharing my story in the Addiction and Recovery eBulletin. I have had the honor of meeting many wonderful people through my son Rob, and I am grateful for the gifts that he continues to give to me through his death. Click HERE to read the article!  

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