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HopeFest Now Donating a portion of the proceeds to American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Irma.

HopeFest Now Donating a portion of the proceeds to American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Irma.

As many of you may know by now, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on September 10, 2017. This was the same day HopeFest was scheduled to take place in Lake Worth. We have since rescheduled our event for October 22. However, as we clean up the mess and begin to rebuild after the storm we don’t want to forget about those affected by this storm. Because of this, we have decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from HopeFest to the American Red Cross to benefit victims of Hurricane Irma. Read More

Art of Recovery Presentation – 8/1/17

Art of Recovery Presentation – 8/1/17

Some of our friends from the Art of Recovery Tour were kind enough to bring their artwork into Spark of Hope today to show clients that there is fun in sobriety. These dedicated artists seek to motivate people new in recovery by showing the different outlets they used to help them succeed in their battle with addiction. Just like any other disease, addiction requires daily medicine, and for many, art is the perfect medicine.

“At the age of 11, I started using drugs,” – explains artist Manny Mendez. “By 13 I was a full-blown crackhead.”

All of the artwork on display is themed in recovery. One particularly powerful painting mixes illustrations with photos of young people who have lost their lives to addiction. Mendez walks past the painting explaining his connection to each name and face in hopes that just one person listening will hear his message of hope and recovery.

“I’m making art. I’m going on tour in Washington D.C. at the Fed Up rally. I’m not just going, I was invited. There was a time when nobody invited me anywhere,” Mendez said.

It’s common for treatment center clients to feel isolated because they are away from family and friends, but organizations like Art of Recovery aim to help clients realize that they’re not alone in their addiction battle. In South Florida alone, there are millions of people in recovery and many are trying to give back by becoming an active part in the community.

The Art of Recovery team brings artwork into treatment centers to show people the successes you can have after leaving treatment and staying sober. Mendez and his team we will be appearing at HopeFest in Lake Worth on Septemeber 10 and speaking about his artwork.

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7 Signs a Young Person Should go to Treatment

7 Signs a Young Person Should go to Treatment

Doing drugs isn’t cool for you anymore.

It doesn’t matter if your friends still things it’s cool. Ask yourself if doing drugs and partying is still fun for you. If you’re not having fun anymore, but you can’t stop using drugs and drinking, there’s a chance you may have a problem with drugs and alcohol and may want to contact a drug and alcohol treatment center. You should only be partying with your friends if you enjoy it and if it doesn’t affect your life in other negative ways. Read More

Substituting one addiction for another

Substituting one addiction for another

People in early recovery can often substitute one addiction for another as a way to cope with the extreme lifestyle changes that go alone with sobriety. If you think you may be experiencing a substitute for addiction, it is advised that you seek help from a qualified addiction treatment center or a therapist.

Addiction can manifest in many ways. Someone who has suffered from addiction in the past can begin repeating behaviors for things that would normally be considered healthy. For example, those in their first year of sobriety can sometimes become addicted to things like healthy eating, exercise, work, and even love and relationships. The reasons why people tend to substitute addictions can be both physical and psychological. Read More