No one ever starts out with the intention of being a drug addict. “Mom and Dad, I want to be an addict or alcoholic, yoked to alcohol or other drugs. I want to be unemployable, destitute, at death’s doorstep.” That’s not how substance abuse (AKA “substance use disorder”) is born.
Instead, it usually begins with playful experimentation that has no harmful consequences. It may begin with a drink that lubricates the wheels of conversation or helps squash anxiety or depression. It may begin with doctor-prescribed pain pills after an injury or surgery. But pretty soon, as if the switch is flipped, drinking to excess or drugging is not by choice anymore. When you’ve turned that corner, you need to drink or take drugs so you can merely make it through the day without getting physically sick or mentally anguished. Then the other dominoes fall: jail, dishonesty, car accidents, child neglect, job loss…the list goes on and on.
People only get sober when life stops working for them, and the consequences of their drug or alcohol abuse become overwhelming. I stopped drinking initially because I was on the verge of losing my job. And when I gave up alcohol, I couldn’t visualize how my life would work. Where would I be without my alcohol and a social life built around a bar and a bottle? (Guess what? The drinking buddies vaporize when you don’t share their obsession with alcohol because that was the only thing you ever had in common.) So I filled that social gap with the camaraderie and support found in three or four AA meetings a day.
People don’t become chemically dependent on drugs or alcohol overnight. By the same token, they don’t achieve sobriety overnight or even in 28 days, as insurance policies would have us believe. There is no quick fix here. No counselor can wave a magic wand to make substance use disorder disappear. Recovery requires a complete social and cultural reboot. People have to be engaged in the world of recovery for at least a year before it begins to make any sense. That takes time, it takes practice, and it takes role models of recovery. That’s why Clean & Sober Transitional Living exists.
People will only seek sobriety when faced with devastating consequences like a ruined marriage, death from liver disease or spending precious time in jail or prison. I had one reason to stop drinking: the threat of losing my job. Now, with a sober window on life, I can see a million reasons to never drink again.
Find out more about Clean & Sober Transitional Living at 916 961-2691
Killer of Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy had Lengthy Record and Was Wanted by Federal Authorities
According to authorities, Thomas Daniel Littlecloud fired multiple shots at officers who knocked on the front door and walls of a motel room in their search for a different parolee's room. Littlecloud struck and injured two CHP officers before he attempted to exit through the back balcony. Using a high powered assault rifle, he shot Sacramento Sheriff Deputy Robert "Bob" French, who died on the way to the hospital.
"Convicted criminals like Thomas Littlecloud should not have been allowed out on our streets," said former Chair of the Board of Parole Hearings Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama). "State laws, court decisions and initiatives have turned the criminal justice system inside out."
Senator Nielsen added, "The lack of meaningful penalties has emboldened career criminals like Littlecloud. This individual has been apprehended with firearms on multiple occasions."
Since the passage of Assembly Bill 109 and Propositions 36, 47 and 57, criminals like Littlecloud now face diminished to no consequences for their continued criminality.
Senator Nielsen and others have made many attempts to strengthen laws to protect police officers and the public.
The Democrat-controlled Legislature denied passage of his proposals to support public safety. Earlier this year, Senator Nielsen introduced Senate Bill 652 to change current law to require that felons with firearms would return to state prison if they had been previously convicted of a violent felony. Even this modest change was rejected in committee.
Unfortunately, the weakening of the state's criminal justice system allowed for the release of convicted felons like cop-killer Littlecloud whose criminal record spans 14 years.
The San Francisco Chronicle laid out the "extensive criminal history" of Littlecloud's life that included: Assault on officers and first responders; Drug possession; Robbery; Grand theft; Assault with stun gun; Battery on emergency personnel; Two counts of assault on peace officer or firefighter; Six counts of assault with or possession of firearms; Federal indictment on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, using a counterfeit credit card and identity theft.
"Littlecloud's wide-ranging criminal behavior speaks for itself. Legislative acts, court decisions and initiatives facilitated this behavior," Senator Nielsen added.
Senator Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba
Care event to be held at Cal Expo Sept. 22 - Sept. 24
Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) – California CareForce a group of dedicated medical professionals, is scheduled to provide a free dental, medical and vision clinic. This clinic will be providing services for Sacramento region’s underserved communities.
The California CareForce team will provide the three-day free dental and vision clinic at Cal Expo. Services available will include: Dental Services – Cleanings, fillings, extractions; Medical Services – Physicals, general medical services; Vision Services – Eye exams, prescription glasses made on site
The clinic is scheduled for Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24, 2017, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The location is at Cal Expo Bldgs. C & D, 1600 Exposition Drive, Sacramento, CA 95815
California Care Force is a group of medical professionals, community leaders and general volunteers who provide free medical, dental and vision care to those in need at mobile health clinics across California.
Since 2011, over 10,000 volunteers have provided health services to over 22,500 individuals, delivering $11,000,000 worth of care. Throughout the weekend, over 600 volunteers are expected to deliver free services to over 2,000 patients.
The organization has no restrictions based on income, employment, or immigration status. Their volunteers believe that everyone, regardless of their background, deserves access to basic healthcare.
There is no requirement of insurance or ID to serve patients and all services are free.
For more information about this free clinic please visit www.californiacareforce.org/clinics/upcoming-clinics/
Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) – More than 1,000 local residents are needed to spend a day caring for the community Sept. 22-23 by signing up for one of dozens of volunteer projects happening at nonprofits, schools and community parks across the region during United Way’s Day of Caring. The event, sponsored by Nationwide, will begin with a kickoff breakfast and rally at Cal Expo. To sign up for Day of Caring: http://www.yourlocalunitedway.org/day-caring.
Last year, volunteers gave 5,450 hours through the event, which equated to more than $128,000 in volunteer time that many nonprofits, schools and groups could not have otherwise afforded.
“This is the single largest volunteer day in our region, and we hope people will be as enthusiastic about it as they are about Big Day of Giving,” said Stephanie Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “This our chance to give big through our time and energy as we dig our hands in to help the hardworking nonprofits, parks and schools that do so much for our community every day.”
As part of Day of Caring, United Way is holding its Stuff the Bus campaign to collect school supplies for Robla School District in Sacramento through Sept 22. All donated school supplies will be placed in a school bus and driven to Robla School District at the end of the day. To donate to Stuff the Bus: http://www.yourlocalunitedway.org/StufftheBus2017.
Nationwide is the presenting sponsor for Day of Caring and Stuff the Bus, and Cal Expo is the kick-off rally sponsor. Project sponsors include Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, ESM Prep, KPMG, Law Offices of Deon R. Stein, Nelson Staffing, SAFE Credit Union, SMUD, Social Interest Solutions, Sutter Health, Syzmanowski Orthodontics, TaxAudit.com and Zurich. Media partners include Entercom Radio’s ESPN Radio 1320 AM, 98 Rock, Eagle 96.9 FM and 106.5 The End. To sponsor: www.yourlocalunitedway.org/day-caring.
Day of Caring and Stuff the Bus are part of United Way California Capital Region’s Square One Project, a 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of local students who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. Through nine decades of work and research across Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties, United Way believes ending poverty starts in school and is working to ensure kids meet important milestones for success in college or career. To donate or volunteer: www.yourlocalunitedway.org.
Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Meals on Wheels by ACC along with thousands of others are making our voices heard by participating in the national “SaveLunch” campaign. Help us send a message to Congress and other elected officials to stop budget cuts and save senior nutrition programs across the country.
Meals on Wheels by ACC provides much needed meals to nearly 1,500 homebound seniors, many of whom depend on our program as their main source of nutrition and socialization. Another 900 seniors gather to enjoy nutritious meals and the companionship of friends at one of our 20 All Seasons Café’s throughout Sacramento.
Meals on Wheels by ACC is more than just a meal, for many the daily or weekly visits from our volunteer drivers may be their only connection to the outside world, their only smile, their only friend.
Each Meals on Wheels by ACC participant has been provided a paper plate in which to write a message to their local congressperson, we invite you to join us in this effort. On September 15th we will be sending hundreds of paper plate messages to our elected officials, we would like yours to be one of them, and together we can “SaveLunch”.
Please send your paper plate to:
Meals on Wheels by ACC, 7375 Park City Dr, Sacramento, CA 95831
For more information about the “SaveLunch” Campaign or to learn how to become a Meals on Wheels by ACC volunteer, please call (916) 444-9533.
Source: Meals on Wheels
Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The Black Belts aren’t going to take it. They want you to know how to avoid conflict, stop a bully and share confidence that comes from knowing self-defense. Bullies are not going away. Will your family have the tools they need to counter unwanted aggression?
Let Robinson’s Taekwondo Black Belts raise your personal awareness to avoid conflict, share strategy on short-circuiting or diverting a Bully and at last resort how to fight back!
This free family friendly workshop is being held at participating Robinson’s TKD locations in the Sacramento region. Reserve space by registering to join us in battling bullying with knowledge, planning and self-defense skills your whole family can learn.
Join us for this 90-minute community service event Friday, September 15, 2017 beginning at 6pm.
Everyone is welcome and families are urged to attend together as we all stand against bullying in the Sacramento community!
Bullying is not going away and the only way to fight back is by learning how to cope, avoid danger and fight back. Bullying at school, on the streets, at home or at work Sacramento can say ‘We are not going to take it anymore’ alongside the Black Belts of Robinson’s TKD.
Robinson’s has nine Sacramento regional locations, please visit www.robinsonstkd.com to find a school near you, register to reserve space for your family at this special community service event. Or Click: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bully-busting-clinic-2017-tickets-37502545122
Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - Calling all conservative women! Please join us for a fun, informative and delicious afternoon. The Sacramento Republican Women Federated are hosting their monthly luncheon on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. This month our guest speaker is Debbie Bacigalupi. Debbie will tell us all about “Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development”. If you have never heard of this, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to be well informed about Agenda 21 and how it will affect you!
According to its authors, the objective of sustainable development is to integrate economic, social, and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity. Those that believe in “sustainability” insist that every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on three components; global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction.
In addition to becoming a well informed citizen, this is a great opportunity to meet a wonderful group of like-minded women from the Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Folsom, and Gold River areas. We meet for a delicious “sit down” lunch in a beautiful setting at 11:30 am., September 12 for the very reasonable price of $25. This month our menu includes Pork Loin, New York Cheesecake with Berry Sauce, coffee and tea. For more information please visit our website www.SacramentoRWF.org or call Suzanne at 916-947-9241. Reservations are required.
Our luncheon for the next month will be on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:30 am.