Last week I squawked about a new feature, Give for Good: From A to Z, which is a three-part deal:
1. I feature a new organization that’s doing so much good for those in need.
2. Your comment on the post gets a 50 cent donation from me to the featured organization.
3. Your comment also enters you in a little giveaway.
So, Letter A...is for Addiction. And, this month's organization: AllTreatment. When this organization contacted me a few weeks ago to ask if I could spread the word about their work, I couldn't help but take a spin around their website, finding myself surprised by the heart and scope their organization. My mind started twisting and turning, trying to find a way that I could help them out...and routinely invest a little more in people who are doing so much good. And thus, my brain gave birth to Give for Good.
I was lucky to correspond with AllTreatment's managing editor, Denny, who kindly filled me in on how they started, and even fielded a few questions for me!
Their Roots: In 2009, a group of software and internet search executives crossed paths, soon realizing they all had one thing in common: They each had a friend, relative or family member who had battled addiction. So, together these guys started AllTreatment, a website dedicated to connecting people in need with resources and treatment centers in their area.
Their Goal: Aiming to make locating an appropriate treatment center easier and faster than ever, AllTreatment offers an online database (and hotline!) of treatment centers, searchable by tons of different factors (addiction type, location, special programs). Their site also features some incredibly honest, raw articles and interviews that cover everything from alcohol addiction, to gambling to overeating.
So, Denny, what is the most common addiction we see in society? And for those who might be struggling with an addiction, what should be their first move?
"The most common addiction in our society is caffeine! Hah! (Insert a guilty-faced Bethany here.) But the most harmful one, the one that's most prevalent, the one that takes the most lives and effects the most families is alcohol, and it's by a lot." (A recent study shows that alcohol is 25% more harmful to the user and 48% more harmful to others than heroin.) "The first move for someone looking to beat their addiction is definitely to reach out to their friends and family and ask for help. It takes massive amounts of courage and determination to do so, it can be humiliating and the hardest thing someone could do, but those are the people that will help you through the recovery journey, and telling them will make you accountable to others, helping you along even more."
What has been the most rewarding part of working at AllTreatment?
"The most rewarding part of working at AllTreatment for me has been hearing how people have taken a situation that is so hard to face (their addiction), and face it full force, growing through that pain and recovery. It's amazing to see how people can change in such a dramatic form, and inspires me to grow (or try to!) every day."
Wow. Talk about warm-hearted goodness deserving of some serious high-fives.
Thirty dollars! Yes, indeed! AllTreatment generously offered me a sponsorship amount of thirty dollars, but...I'd rather pass that along to a reader. And lest you think giving away cash is cheesy, I settled on this: The holiday season is upon us, and I'd rather leave the spending up to you! So, a lucky winner will put that cash to use however he/she desires. :)
So, leave a comment to say hello, or if you're feeling ambitious let me know how you'd put $30 to work. Dinner? Movies? Christmas gifts? For extra entries in the giveaway, share a link to this post via your blog or Facebook, and double back to let me know you spread the word!
Win, win, win, right? :) So get to commenting, lovely readers...the more you comment, the more I give, and the more likely you are to be thirty bucks richer!