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September 23, 2020

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Recovery Voices Count

We, the Recovery Community

Advocate. Act. Advance.

Election Day is less than 6-weeks away.

We, the Recovery Community, have a lot at stake on November 3rd – everything from COVID-19 relief to social and racial justice poses new and old challenges for our life-giving work.

We have to make sure recovery voices count. Every candidate, from county commissioner to President, has a role to play in supporting recovery from substance use disorder. Our job is to educate them, to remind them, to persuade them. Especially now, what elected officials do (or don’t do) has an enormous impact on recovery opportunities.

Faces & Voices needs you to be that teacher, that reminder, that persuader (and especially that voter!). Nothing is more meaningful to a candidate running for office than the authentic, well-informed voice of an engaged voter.

We are here to help.

Faces & Voices has launched a new web resource that provides action steps to give you a strong voice in this election. Go to facesandvoicesofrecovery.org for a wide range of message ideas, social and other media tips, and specific actions you and your community can take. It’s important to act now, and keep at it on a daily basis. Recovery issues are not well known or understood, and our work to educate and persuade must be constant, one day at a time.

Most important, we need to elect candidates who will step up in these frightening times. The recovery community needs elected officials who will do more, not less, and realize the crisis of substance use disorders has grown, not diminished.

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So, in the next six weeks, get active. Help people register to vote. Examine candidates’ views on recovery. Talk to your neighbors.  Tweet, post, persuade, and vote!

That’s how we make recovery count this election year. It may be a new kind of service, it may be hard, but the responsibilities and rewards of this human right is clear. Join us.

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What Alcohol Abuse can do to my body?

Alcohol abuse does numerous things to your body that are not healthy. It effects the following:

Slows the immune system, which makes it harder for white blood cells to fight health issues. A lot of drinking in some cases can have you get tuberculosis or pneumonia easier and you have a higher risk of cancer.

It interferes with your new bone production, which could lead to osteoporosis and bone fractures. It also makes your muscles weaker.

In men it leads to erectile dysfunction. In women it can cause infertility, loss of them getting their period and increased risk of breast cancer

It may cause trouble for your heart, so you could have more heart problems than a non-drinker. The risk is higher for women. Some examples, are an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack.

Alcohol makes it difficult for our stomach to handle bacteria and process certain nutrients that can lead to malnutrition. Alcohol also could cause gland damage, gum issues, tooth decay, ulcers and heartburn.

Alcohol changes our behavior and actions. It can slow your speech, impulse control, your memory and maybe blackouts. Sometimes with a long term drinker it can shrink the frontal lobe of the brain and lead to dependency and when you stop withdrawls.

A lot of alcohol can cause your liver to not function correctly which could lead to

hepatitis, jaundice and cirrhosis of the liver. It could also effect your kidneys, bladder and prostate

What Alcohol Abuse can do to my brain?

Alcohol abuse does numerous things to your brain that are not healthy. It effects the following:

It  is like a depressant and it lowers your inhibitions. It slows down how your eyes, ears and mouth work together, as well as other senses. It slows down your thought processes and makes it difficult to think clearly and make decisions.

It affects your movement and balance, which causes you to stagger and become off balance.

It  can cause you to become more sexually aroused but it actually decreases your sexual performance.

Alcohol causes sleepiness, your breathing slows down and your body temperature drops. This is very dangerous and life threatening. It can cause blackouts and short term memory issues. The long term effects are far worse.  Dementia, strokes and other terrible long term issues.

Basically Alcohol abuse can destroy your body, brain and everyday living.