Resource Spotlight for January 2022

 Resource Spotlight:

Chris Carberg - Founder & Grateful Recovering Addict (2005)
Addiction Guide
1187 Falling Pine Ct
Winter Springs, FL 32708

My name is Chris, and I'm a grateful recovering addict (15+ years). I’m also one of the founders of the new website, Addiction Guide is one of the only educational websites founded by a recovering addict, an addict’s spouse, and a board-certified addiction doctor.

Over 100,000 Americans have died of a drug overdose during the pandemic, and so we created this website with a clear mission - we want to save lives.

 call (866) 410-2669

Nobody Fights Addiction Alone

Watching your loved one's struggle with addiction can leave you feeling helpless but know that you are not alone and that there is hope for a successful recovery. Offering support and finding professional treatment is the best way to get someone on the road to a sober and happy life. We offer comprehensive information on how to determine the right treatment and how to stay on track to a happier, healthier, addiction-free life.

Chris, I can't thank you enough for the work you are doing!  

Holiday Helping Hints

 Again, this holiday season can prove to be challenging for many!

- Try something new!

- Volunteer!

- Call a friend and spend time talking while sipping your favorite tea!

- If you are having depression, use the tools on the website to call for help! It is not a weakness but a strength to recognize you need help.

- Make sure you are getting enough rest!

- Write a letter to your loved one that passed!

- Make sure you are getting exercise, long walks, the gym, swim laps, ski, snowshoe, or shovel a neighbors walk!

- Bake something that will fill your home with good smells

- Try something new- be adventurous.

- Try Meditation or go to a Dharma Center for a teaching! Go to a church service!

- Put on your local public radio and listen to some of those shows or put on your favorite album and dance in your living room.

- Get your mailman a treat!

- Read a book on something that will benefit you! I am reading The Untethered Soul and it is really benefiting!

- Burn Incense and sit quietly and comfortably with your favorite pajamas.

- Build something or create something

- take some photos on a walk.

- smile and say hi to everyone you pass on a walk.

- Make sure you open your heart to those that love you and reach out! Grab a coffee with a friend, go to a hot springs for a soak, get a massage or pedicure, Go to the local animal shelter and volunteer to walk a dog, Spend time with your neighbors, and don't sit alone! Be around others! 

- Allow your feelings to come, but also watch them pass on through. Do not attach to the emotion. Feel it and release it. Do not let it drag you down. Say it out loud. I am sad and I miss you, but I am also grateful for you! I will cry, but then celebrate you because you existed!

- Laugh! You are allowed to have laughter and happiness! Watch a comedy! Write down the things your family does to drive you crazy and then read aloud with laughter.

- If your mind is talking talking talking, just quietly say "hello" over and over- which will quiet the noise in your mind and breathe!

7. Acknowledge and honor those who have passed

It can be helpful to participate in a holiday ritual in memory of someone you've lost, especially if it relates directly to his or her interests. Here are some ideas.

  • Light candles.
  • Talk, write about or post on social media about the person.
  • Donate children's toys or books through a charity such as Toys for Tots.
  • Dedicate a prayer or religious service to the loved one's memory, such as a Catholic Mass or Jewish Kaddish.
  • Plant a tree in memory of the deceased, in your own yard or in a forest (through a group like the Arbor Day Foundation).
  • Make a card or write a holiday letter with the person's picture.
  • Place the deceased's photo or a significant item of his on your Christmas tree or among holiday decorations.


 To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that prisoner was you.

― Lewis B. Smedes, author and theologian
Caine would want
us to forgive. I forgive myself for thinking I could have stopped or changed an outcome out of my reach, I forgive Caine for making a choice that would end in a consequence that can not be taken back. I forgive the situation. I let it all go to the universe and will make my path my own, but will honor Caine and all those that help me grow into the person I am becoming! Thank you my son for all you have taught and all you continue to teach me. Thanks to all of you that walk along my side and support me when I am feeling low, support me when I feel good, and help me find forgiveness!

High Rockies Harm Reduction 

This is such an important resource in our valley! Thank you Maggie for all that  you are doing to educate the community for Narcan training, needle pick up/disposal, and fentanyl testing! 

If you are struggling with addiction, there is no shame, there is help for you when you are ready, and resources to prevent you from overdosing.

If you need a resource please see the link on this site to connect you to the resource.

Grief & Holidays Continued

 More Links for Holiday Grief:

How to Help a Friend Who's Grieving During the Holidays

  • Know the signs. The first holiday season after my father died, I felt something like an orphan. ...
  • Show Up. While it's difficult to witness someone else's pain, just being present goes a long way. ...
  • Help with the "small stuff". ...
  • Be direct. ...
  • Know what not to do. ...
  • Remember to protect yourself, too

Grief and the Holidays

 I can feel the holiday season creeping up on me and the emotions are changing. Losing a child for me, took all holiday "happy, merry, cheerful" away so I prefer to do different things for the holidays if possible without taking away from others in the family. 

Here is a website that gives good insight to grief and the holidays.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that the family gets together to visit, share good food, stories, and the men usually watch football and women are tirelessly tending to the turkey and the food. We eat, more like gorge ourselves, eat pie, and drink more than we should and then have leftovers for days. I do like leftovers, but, mostly I miss my son learning from Grandpa, how to cook and cut a turkey. Grandma taught my son how to set a beautiful table and was a good taste tester to the food they prepared. My son and I also participated in the "turkey trot" locally and sometimes my mom and dad and a few friends would join me. I remember one year in particular that Caine, my son that has passed in 2018, decided to run with me for the annual turkey trot. It had changed locations this particular year and had some uphill running sections. Caine took off and ran ahead of me and waited at the finish line. I pushed myself and when finished we celebrated with a drink and some food they offered. The air was crisp and it was such a positive fun run. We then headed back home to finish up any cooking and head over to my parents for the meal and some good quality family time. After Caine's death in 2018, I did not participate in any holiday, run, event, and laid very low. I kept to myself trying to figure out this life and how to move forward. Then Covid hit. in 2020 my spouse and I cooked our own thanksgiving meal and I went for a long walk solo, we ate and watched a movie and spent a lot of time alone and separate from family, which was actually ok for me. This year, my mom made a comment to me while we were shopping. She said, I was sad last year putting ornaments on the tree by myself and she wanted me to help her put ornaments on the tree. I got a tree for the first time since my son passed in 2018 last year- 2020. My husband and I got a permit and cut a small tree down to put up in our living room. We decided we wanted to display all our sons ribbons and medals from his ski races and put on the tree. It is very emotional for me and I am so thankful for all the memories from Caine's ski races, traveling, and friendships we made along his journey. I also know the holiday season doesnt feel "Merry, Bright, Happy, or anything wonderful. It is a reminder that my son is no longer with me. I have no other children and will never be a grandmother. I have my parents left and do want to make the rest of their lives peaceful and good, yet honor my pain and grief. So my advice is to follow the guide- There are NO RULES and you can make it what you want it to be! May 2021 leave gracefully and may 2022 come in and provide some change!

Tennis for Awareness 2021

 We have exceeded our goal to raise $4000.00 for two scholarships to two HAHA graduates of 2022. We have raised $6000.00 dollars from this past weekends tournament. The remaining money will go back into the foundation for an upgraded website and reserve for next year's tournament. Thank you to all of you who donated, participated, and thank you to the sponsors Alpine Bank and Trendsetters Custom Homes. Thank you for the donations from Sue Geist, Treadz, Jens Bars, Crown Mountain Tennis Courts, and for the volunteers Beth and Lisa who helped with check ins and brackets.

Tips for Parents and Teens

Resource Spotlight for January 2022

 Resource Spotlight: Chris Carberg -  Founder & Grateful Recovering Addict (2005) Addiction Guide 1187 Falling Pine Ct Winter Springs, F...