For the past several months I have been involved with fund-raising efforts to expand awareness of Addiction/Mental Health Recovery. Although I have been sober for more than 27 years, I was unaware of the epidemic drug and alcohol problem in our community. Although more than 25 million people nationwide need treatment, only a fraction seek help.

On Sunday, October 5th, we dedicated the New Expanded Recovery Section of the Palm Springs Library In addition to updating books, the library has added Kindle books, DVDs, and CDs. Celebrity Author, MacKenzie Phillips offered advice and words of encouragement as well as signing copies of her latest book.

The following is an Excerpt from Desert Sun Article October 6, 2014.

Mackenzie Phillips was a guest speaker for a dedication ceremony celebrating the library’s new addiction and recovery resource section.

The resource center — with books and DVDs covering various aspects of addiction — was funded collaboratively by Michael’s House, a Palm Springs-based addiction treatment center, and Heroes in Recovery, a grassroots, nationwide program that recognizes those seeking help for addiction and mental health issues.

“Addiction is a spiritual plague,” said Renee Baribeau, Michael’s House alumni and event coordinator, who said she’s been sober for 27 years.

An estimated 25 million Americans struggle with addiction, Baribeau said.

She also stressed that addiction is not just physical but is caused in part by mental health deficiencies.

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