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Michael's Story

My name is Michael C. O'Malley and I am a man in recovery for over two years. My life has had a very progressive growth since I made a decision to face fear. I am someone who had 3.5 years in recovery, went back out, and then came back to face my fears.

Today I follow a program of recovery that allows me to reach heights beyond any imagined dream. I have a very healthy relationship with my family, my peers, and friends.

I am  proud to stand up for those without a voice. I am driven by a deep faith, and the acts of humanity experienced with my brothers and sisters in the recovery community. I am eternally grateful for the tireless work of advocates in the recovery community. I have been blessed to have been an employee at MOAR, and to now transition into a new position within the addiction treatment field. Those we have lost have a special place in my heart, and I will continue to advocate for causes that reduce overdose death in the Commonwealth.
Policy Update -   Educating Our Policymakers
Every spring , the committees our state legislature hold public hearings to get educated  from the community on   policy changes for the coming year. Part of MOAR's mission is to help bring the voice of people in recovery to educate policymakers on how to improve addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services in our state.  We educate policymakers about the
need for improved treatment access/stay, recovery centers, criminal justice re-entry support, narcan, recovery coaching, and overdose prevention. They listen.
 
 
Interested in going to a State House Legislative Hearing?  You can experience the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, and Recovery on June 5th at 1:00PM in the statehouse Room B-1.  

The Joint Committee on the Judiciary will have a hearing in Mid June on
 
Interested on how to get  MOAR  involved please contact jared@moar-recovery.org
  
MOAR in the News

At MOAR we are grateful to get a chance to bring our recovery messages to the media. Here are a few recent examples.
Healtcare experts to address opioid epiemic at Regis College lecture
--The Boston Pilot

with Maryanne Fangules and Jared Owen

WESTON -- Regis, a Catholic university in Weston, hosted a forum on the deadly opioid epidemic April 26 as part of its Regis President's Lecture Series on Health. The discussion drew leading experts from around Massachusetts and nearly 300 people attended including nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, students and members of the public.

Regis Counseling Psychology Program Director Shelby Ortega, PhD, moderated the panel of doctors, a licensed counselor and a man in recovery. Jared Owen, communications coordinator at Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery ( MOAR), shared his personal story of addiction and rehabilitation....

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Fox 25 Investigates: Deadly consequences for some who seek addiction rehab
With MOAR Regional Coordinator Elizabeth Mooney

DELRAY BEACH, Fl.- An influx of out-of-state patients seeking help with opioid addiction in Florida has prompted that state's governor to declare a public health emergency. Now 25 Investigates has uncovered at least a dozen people from Massachusetts and New Hampshire have died from drug overdoses in just one Florida county in the last year and a half.  
In many cases, investigators say the recruiting of patients to some recovery centers was illegal.

How drug use changes the brain - and makes relapse all too common - STAT news
with Elizabeth Mooney
 
A dance with the devil. That's how 33-year-old Elizabeth Mooney describes her struggle with drug addiction, recalling the "little voice" that repeatedly overpowered her mind after she had been in recovery, once for as long as three years. She knows the consequences of using again, yet she's relapsed five times.
The desire became "stronger and stronger and stronger," she said.
The opioid epidemic ravaging the United States has brought new impetus to understanding how addiction hijacks the brain. More and more, scientists are shifting their focus to what's going on in the brain after people like Mooney go off drugs.....
 
2,000+ People Died From Opioid Overdoses in Massachusetts Last Year-- NECN
With MOAR Communications Coordinator Jared Owen

Massachusetts officials report more than 2,000 people died from opioid-related overdoses last year, as the focus of the epidemic continues to shift toward the synthetic drug fentanyl.
Quarterly data from the Department of Public Health also shows as many as 479 opioid-related deaths in the first three months of 2017.
Boston had the most opioid-related deaths of any city or town in 2016 with 196, followed by Lowell with 63, Fall River with 62, Worcester with 56, New Bedford with 55, Lynn with 47, Quincy and Brockton with 42 apiece, Springfield with 41 and Weymouth with 38....



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