Here are some tools that I use to help with my recovery daily.
Here are some wonderful organizations that I work with, and also think are awesome resources for anyone in need!
Peaceful Hearts Foundation
Nonprofit dedicated to supporting and empowering survivors of child sexual abuse.
A positive online community for youth to discuss issues that really matter and where they can make a difference! A safe and constructive environment that all young people should visit daily and interact.
The Project HEAL
They are a 501(c) not-for-profit organization that funds care for those with eating disorders that cannot afford treatment! Pretty amazing if you ask me!! They have many chapters all over the world that have opened up to get involved with.
For immediate treatment help call 1.877.655.5116
Addiction Center was founded by recovering addicts and health information writers. Their goal is to provide the most up-to-date information on addiction as well as reviews of top treatment centers across the country.
NCADD — National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
Provides support for those seeking assistance for alcoholism and drug dependence.
Union Rescue Mission Los Angeles
They provide housing and care for those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.
Every Monday a life skills class is taught to young people at their “Mondays at the Mission” class.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
Call 1.800.273.TALK (8255) if you or someone you love is experiencing thoughts of suicide.
Understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy.
A warm, supportive online community that provides a comprehensive array of progams to guide you along your healing path from food and body image issues. I highly recommend!
Eating Disorder Hope
An all-inclusive site that offers resources, education and hope for individuals and family members at any stage of recovery.
Information, resources and tools to help you overcome your addiction and lead a lifelong recovery.
Clinical Addiction Recovery Institute (C.A.R.I. the App)
A program that combines advanced mobile technology with evidence based techniques to give you and your family the most convenient and effective recovery treatment available.
RX Dangers – Practical Drug, Device, & Healthcare Safety Information
Drug and Medical Device Recalls and Investigations as Featured on NBC, CNN, ABC News, USA Today, and Fox News Channel.
Websites/Blogs I love
Brian’s blog is a must! Author of Shattered Image, and also an outspoken lawyer and activist, Brian is a leader in the field of eating disorders from a male perspective, and body dysmorphic disorder, a subject that has not been brought to light until recently. When I read Shattered Image I identified with Brian’s warped perception and rituals surrounding his body. I think that Shattered Image is a book that every person should read as it allows us to understand that we are not alone even in our most secret struggles.
Shannon and I share a big love for animals, but Shannon has taken her passion to another level with her book Pound for Pound, SoulPaws blog, and workshops that teach people how the love of shelter dogs can help heal eating disorders and other mental health conditions.
A well-known and loved author of books such as Almost Anorexic, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me, and Life Without Ed, Jenni is a terrific resource for eating disorder recovery. Her blog is heartfelt and discusses issues that I really connect with like PTSD, advocacy, and body image.
An independent social health network, overseen by mental health professionals who create and oversee all the content published on the site. Their blogs boast catchy titles such as: “360 of Mindful Living,” “Therapy Soul,” and “The Exhausted Woman.”
Don Blackwell wrote an incredible book called Dear Ashley that is made up of letters to his daughter who suffered from anorexia nervosa. Don, his heartfelt emotions, and the love for his daughter Ashley tore at my heartstrings. Not many dads open up about what it is like to go through an eating disorder with their child, so his book and blog are definitely worth reading.
Writer Joanna Kay describes her life as she is in active recovery from an eleven year battle with anorexia nervosa. Her blog is truthful and gripping, and one that everyone will learn from as it speaks from the soul.
Writer Vani Murthy is one inspiring, strong woman! Not only does she blog on encouraging subjects that uplift the spirit, but she faithfully and lovingly mentors to young people at the Union Rescue Mission, for their “Mondays at the Mission” life skills class. Vani is an incredible person, and a wonderful role model. I am honored to work besides Vani and everyone at the Mission.
Check out Kiersten’s blog, as well as Future in Humanity, the organization she works with whose mission is to end homelessness. I had the honor to mentor alongside Kiersten at Mondays at the Mission at Union Rescue Mission during the summer of 2014. She is the Associate Director of Mondays at the Mission, and her love for helping others and inspiring youth ignited my passion for the young people on a deeper level. Life gets more meaningful when you work with incredible people like Kiersten, the MATM mentors, the Union Rescue Mission team, and of course, all of the precious children, young people, women, and men that reside at the Mission. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your lives. I have been forever changed by you all.