Fighting for Families: The Opioid Crisis

Many Americans were stunned by the recent news that opioid overdoses have increased by 30% nationwide, and 70% in the Midwest, in just one year. As a recovery company, the reaction of mainstream America to these statistics reminded us of the same disbelief we often hear from parents – “How did we get here? How did my child get addicted to heroin?”

Three Things Parents Should Know About the Revolving Door of Treatment

There are many incredible treatment centers. There are also many treatment centers that prioritize profit margins over client care. No family can be expected to know the difference during such a vulnerable time.

Brass Tacks Recovery Fundamentals: Healing (Part 2)

“We believe that recovery begins after treatment. The word sobriety is synonymous with the word abstinence; and to abstain from using a substance to manage one’s emotions is an essential first step. However, when the substance is removed, the emotions, the emptiness, the fears, insecurities or social anxieties will remain. Therefore, our recovery planning concentrates on the whole person and the family.”

Angela Carillo

Brass Tacks Recovery Fundamentals: Healing (Part 1)

How does Brass Tacks Recovery help clients have faith that they can achieve long-term recovery?

“Our clients believe in our recovery. Each of us is in active recovery ourselves. We lead by example, and we show by action. We have walked on the exact same path that we are now helping our clients walk on. We never ask them to do anything that we have not done, or are not continuing to do ourselves. In that example, faith is created.”

Angela Carillo

How We Protect Our Clients and their Families

How are Brass Tacks Recovery’s unique services rooted in ethics and values?

“Our entire company is built on our principles. The first word that comes to mind with anything we do is “integrity”. As individuals and as a company, we are unwilling to compromise our integrity. Every decision that we make is rooted in our morals; from deciding what’s best for the client, to which treatment centers we choose to work with.”

Aaron Postil

Angela and Aaron Talk Hope – Part Two

How does Brass Tacks Recovery help individuals and families who are feeling hopeless?

“We communicate to the family: we believe in you, we believe in your loved one, and we believe in the power of change. We would not be here as a company if we didn’t hope that what we do can help individuals and their families.”

Angela Carillo

Angela and Aaron Talk Hope

Last month we explored the principle of honesty. How do you think honesty relates to the principle of hope?

“When an individual is hoping for something, what they’re generally hoping for is a change. They’re hoping for a shift in a situation or circumstance so that it aligns with a desire they hold. I think that having a light shining on the end goal of what you want.. that is hope.”

Aaron Postil

Aaron and Angela Talk Honesty – Final Part

In our final discussion about honesty, Angela and Aaron explore how the principle relates to parents.

“The first step is for the parents to be honest with themselves, and understand that they are not the reason for the addiction; nor are they the solution to the addiction. More often than not, parents don’t want to get honest with themselves because they’re so afraid that they did something wrong – that they’re the reason their child is drinking or using drugs. Parents can support. Parents cannot cure. However, you can support your child by modeling and mirroring what honesty looks like.”

Aaron Postil

Aaron and Angela Talk Honesty

We continued our discussion with Aaron and Angela about the Principle of Honesty in this follow up to our first post.

When an individual is in the throes of alcoholism or addiction, there’s an inherent level of dishonesty with his or herself and the outside world. Dishonesty becomes a pattern for that person, and breaking the pattern requires willingness and open mindedness. Once an individual becomes open and willing, they’re finally able to find self-honesty and make a change. I believe that most people struggling with alcoholism or addiction require an intervention of some type to find self-honesty. Oftentimes, the person is aware that there is an issue, but they are too fearful to openly admit it because of what others may think.

Angela Carillo

Angela Carrillo Talks Honesty

We sat down with Angela Carrillo, our Founder & COO, for her insight on one of the fundamental principles of recovery, honesty.

Honesty is the shot from the gun that begins the recovery race. In order to change, one has to be able to understand what self-honesty is – not just to come from a place of honesty, but also to be able to receive feedback. If an individual does not have the ability to be honest about their fears or challenges, then they cannot be open to receiving the information, tools, and suggestions necessary to expand, evolve and maintain sobriety. Addiction loves emotional stagnation. A person must change to recover, and that change will depend on many factors. Simply put, honesty is critical.