Think Of Michael and A Healthy Lynnfield co-hosted A Night Of Hope in Lynnfield on September 22, 2019. It was a great night for the community as hundreds of people of all ages came together to raise awareness of substance use disorders (SUD) and recovery during National Recovery Month.
Thank you to all of our Committee members and the entire Lynnfield community for making it a memorable night.
,,Tickets will go on sale in November, so be sure to check both our website and follow us on social media so you don't miss any additional details and ticket information.
**LAST YEAR WE WERE COMPLETELY SOLD OUT VERY QUICKLY SO BE SURE TO GET YOUR TICKETS OR TABLES EARLY!
Think Of Michael is a Massachusetts based 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization established in 2018 by the Dalton family in memory and in honor of Michael Dalton. Michael grew up in Lynnfield, MA and tragically died at the age of 39 of an accidental opioid overdose on January 13, 2018 while in outpatient treatment. From the day he passed away, our lives would obviously never be the same and forever changed. Michael will be remembered as an intelligent, compassionate, generous and very athletic, competitive person. He was an fun-loving father to his then 5 year old son Mason, who he referred to as the center of his universe. He was also a loving son to Richard and Carmela and a protective brother and best friend to Stacey and Jamie. Soon after Michael's unexpected and sudden death, we decided as a family that we wanted to turn all our grief in to something positive and create real change. Our goal from the beginning has been to make significant and lasting differences fighting this epidemic. Helping other individuals and families struggling with this disease has become our family's primary focus and purpose.
"Our mission for Think Of Michael is simple; to prevent as many other families as possible from experiencing the unimaginable pain and loss we feel. We plan on impacting, changing and saving every life we touch along the way!"
To help accomplish this, we raise funds to be able to offer needs-based sober house scholarships for people after successfully completing a treatment program and referred to us by a clinician at a large network of treatment facilities and hospitals. We also provide an ongoing variety of recovery support and resources. Sober housing is often a critical piece of one's long journey of achieving long term sustained recovery, but unfortunately it is not covered by insurance. Many people lack funds and resources when coming out of long term treatment to afford the costs of moving in to sober housing. This fact often sends people straight from completing treatment right back to the same people, places and things they came from that then serve as powerful triggers, making very dangerous and deadly relapses more likely given their significantly lowered tolerance levels after completing treatment. This is a very common cause of many deadly overdoses.
Think Of Michael not only provides sober housing placement and scholarships, but also access to our extensive network of well-known, respected local recovery resources available. This allows us to ensure that the people in our program are placed in the best possible situations to meet their individual recovery goals and needs, and also provide the best possible chances of long term sustained recovery. Some areas we assist people in include connecting them to valuable recovery resources such as recovery coaches, local NA/AA fellowships, educational materials, peer support, continued treatment and therapies, meditation and mindfulness training, family support, 12-Step Programs, Smart Recovery and more.
MICHAEL DALTON - CHANGING AND SAVING LIVES
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