WHYY Voices in the Family

The news can sound dire. Opioid addiction is ruining families and taking lives at an ever increasing rate. In this roundtable discussion, Dr. Gottlieb brings together Livengrin Board member Bruce Murray and wife Ginny, a clinician, researcher, family members and individuals in recovery to go beyond the headlines and look at what is working to bring addicts into treatment. They discuss some interventions and evaluation of treatment as well as dealing with the grief of losing a loved one to the disease. Plus, a conversation with individuals who are in recovery and working to offer hope and help to others.

Penn Medicine and Livengrin announce partnership

Penn Medicine & Livengrin Announce Partnership

Livengrin is pleased to announce the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) as its newest clinical training partner. With this new partnership, Livengrin will be participating in a ground-breaking program in clinical training for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), who will be learning how to provide the highest quality care for patients struggling with addiction.

“Growing the ranks of APRNs is an important way to increase the base of primary care providers in this country. In the past, the cost of clinical training has limited the ability of hospitals and other healthcare providers to accept more APRN students into their settings for clinical training. The primary goal…is to increase the provision of qualified training to APRN students. The clinical training included in this demonstration will provide APRNs with the clinical skills necessary to provide primary care, preventive care, transitional care, chronic care management, and other services…”

Read more about the initiative: Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration | Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

Congressman Bob Brady visits Livengrin Foundation in support of drug and alcohol addiction recovery and treament

U.S. Congressman Bob Brady Tours Livengrin

On July 1st, U.S. Congressman Bob Brady (D-Pa.) toured Livengrin’s residential facility and learned about our various programs and initiatives. A champion of social issues throughout his 17-year career in the House of Representatives, Brady pledged to do whatever he can to assist Livengrin with growing and improving our programs to ensure that we reach as many families as possible who need our services.

From left to right: CEO – Richard Pine, U.S. Congressman (D-Pa.) – Bob Brady, FRAT Team Member Dennis Hallion.

U.S. Congressman Bob Brady tours Livengrin and talks supporting drug and alcohol addiction recovery with staff

From left to right: CEO – Richard Pine, Vice President for Development – Scott Blacker, Supporter – Mitchell Rubin, U.S. Congressman (D-Pa.) – Bob Brady.


Livengrin in Philadelphia Inquirer on Donovan McNabb DUI Arrest

Livengrin on Donovan McNabb DUI Arrest

McNabb arrest shines light on repeat DUIs

Last month, for the second time in 18 months, former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was arrested in Arizona for driving under the influence. According to police investigators, McNabb was caught driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.171 percent, twice the legal limit. In a video of his arrest, McNabb contends he was on cold medication.

McNabb’s arrest shines a spotlight on the issue of repeat DUIs.

“Anyone can have one DUI,” said Helen Weigand, director of DUI services at Livengrin Foundation, a nonprofit addiction-recovery center based in Bensalem, who lost her 22-year-old daughter 20 years ago to a crash involving a drunken driver. “You don’t have to be an alcoholic or have a drinking problem. You just have to make a bad choice.

“But more than one DUI, along with other behavioral problems – that’s when you need to seriously look at things.”
Experts say most people who drink and drive do so many times before they are caught.

Read the full article on The Inquirer’s website

Jim Nestor, Michael Parmenter and Mike Yaeger of Livengrin's First Responders Addiction Treatment visited Oso to speak with those affected by the mudslide

Livengrin’s First Reponders Travel to Oso

Three retired first responders who now work with communities struck by tragedy visited Arlington, Oso and Darrington to share advice with people affected by last year’s deadly Oso mudslide.

Jim Nestor, Michael Parmenter and Mike Yaeger are giving four private presentations, three for first responders and one for families. The speakers also are meeting with people one-on-one or in small groups.

Nestor, 62, spent 10 years as a police officer in Pennsylvania and 25 with the New Jersey State Police Employee Assistance Program. Now he’s the administrator of the First Responders Addiction Treatment Program under the nonprofit Livengrin Foundation. The program focuses on helping police, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, 911 operators and combat veterans address addiction, depression and other challenges.

Parmenter, FRAT program coordinator, was a New Jersey state trooper and retired as a lieutenant after 26 years. He worked for a time as a homicide detective and later with the employee assistance program.

Yaeger, 63, is a retired battalion chief from the Philadelphia Fire Department. He initiated a suicide prevention program there. He saw 49 line-of-duty deaths over 41 years and was one the firefighters rescued by helicopter from the roof of a blazing 38-story building during the 1991 Meridian fire that killed three firefighters.

“What happens after a disaster is the community gets a lot of help, and the first responders get kind of put to the side,” Nestor said.

“We learned from 9/11 that the first responders expand beyond the typical police and fire,” Nestor said.

At the World Trade Center, they were crane operators and iron workers. In Oso, they were loggers, heavy- equipment operators and neighbors. When disaster strikes, there’s no keeping people out, Parmenter said.

There’s a culture among first responders, Yaeger said: “You go down the hall.”

The phrase comes from row houses where, during a fire, the narrow hallways are hazardous. The danger doesn’t matter. First responders go down the hall.

That culture can lead to people feeling they are tough enough, or need to be tough enough, to not ask for help. They think they’re OK and keep pushing forward.

That’s denial, Yaeger said, and it can be dangerous.

People get “emotional hangovers.” Trauma lingers like a pounding headache. For first responders, every new emergency call can trigger memories of a disaster.

“You have to develop a network of people in that culture who want to talk about things,” Yaeger said. “You’ve got to get it going. Until then, it’s pull up the bootstraps, ‘I’m OK,’ another stone in the bucket until it overflows.”

“We’re here because, for these people, recovery is lifelong,” Nestor said. “It’s like grieving. You’re going to grieve for the rest of your life, hopefully in a healthy way.

For help
To learn about individual, group or family counseling related to the Oso mudslide, people can contact Kerry Fitzgibbons at 360-348-8148.

– Courtesy of The Herald of Everett, Washington

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Livengrin Foundation's annual Ride for Recovery is a motorcycle and bicycle poker run which supports recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism

Ride for Recovery 11 Registration Opens

Registration for the 11th Annual Ride for Recovery is Now Open!


The Ride for Recovery is an annual motorcycle poker run and family picnic which raises awareness and funds to provide treatment to those in need.

This year the Ride for Recovery will take place on May 31, 2015. The motorcycle poker run will begin at 9:00AM. Bicycle ride registration starts promptly at 7:00AM. The family picnic commences at 11:00AM.

The 11th annual Ride for Recovery will take place on Livengrin Foundation’s main campus in Bensalem, PA.

Last year the Ride raised over $90,000 for patient care and services. Over 1,200 attendees and 300+ motorcycles enjoyed food and fun with friends. Additionally, Livengrin provided over $20,000 in cash and prizes.

This year we add a bicycle ride to the long list of upgrades! Also, we will be raffling off a 2015 Harley Davidson Softail Slim. If you win, choose the cash prize instead of the bike and receive $10,000! Prizes will also be awarded for 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Online registration is open for attendees, bikers, riders, and raffle ticket purchases.

To register to ride, purchase raffle tickets, attend the picnic, visit the new Ride page at https://www.livengrin.org/ride.

First Responders Addiction Treatment Program Director Andy Callaghan talks addiction, trauma, and PTSD with Philadelphia Daily News

FRAT Director Andy Callaghan On Philadelphia Daily News

Two decades later, Andy Callaghan, a 25-year veteran police sergeant, still can’t forget the sound of the bullet whizzing by his ear.

It was winter 1995. As he had done dozens – maybe even hundreds – of times, he geared up to serve a warrant, this time in Southwest Philadelphia. He knew that facing gunfire and having to shoot back to stay alive was always a possibility. But he didn’t anticipate it that night.

“It was a Thursday. I was exhausted from court and work,” Callaghan, 48, recalled recently in his office at the Livengrin Foundation for Addiction Recovery campus in Bensalem, where he serves as director of the First Responders Addiction Treatment Program. “I remember suiting up for the warrant, saying, ‘I don’t feel like doing this tonight. I want to go home and go to sleep.’ ”

Read more: Shell Shocked: Stress Lingers for Cops Who Fired Guns

Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Philadelphia honors Livengrin and Board Member

AFP Honors Livengrin & Board Member

On Friday, October 14, Bruce and Ginny Murray of Livengrin’s Alex Murray Intensive Care (AMICare) Program were honored as Outstanding Fundraising Volunteers for 2014 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Philadelphia Chapter. AFP’s National Philanthropy Day Luncheon was held at the beautiful Sheraton Downtown in Center City where several involved in philanthropy were honored along with The Murrays.  Livengrin had nominated Bruce, a Livengrin Board member, and Ginny for their tireless work to fundraise for AMICare (named in memory of their son Alex) which treats young adults battling addiction. At the Oct 14 event, Bruce spoke movingly about the disease of addiction and their journey with Alex. To date, the Murrays have raised over $250,000 for the program which has allowed AMICare to treat over 1,200 young adult in just two years.

AFP Greater Philadelphia honors Livengrin and Board Member Bruce Murrary for outstanding achievements

Join the fight! Donate to the Alex Murray Intensive Care Program.

PHL17’s Steve Highsmith In Focus with Livengrin Foundation

Steve Highsmith talks with Denise Leckerman, Ryan Roth and Kelly O’Brien, addiction recovery advocates with the Livengrin Foundation, of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania. Livengrin was established in the 1960’s as a nonprofit serving people recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. Denise talks about how she and her husband have begun a fund in their deceased daughter’s name to help people who cannot afford addiction recovery. Ryan and Kelly are recovering from addiction. Both share their stories of struggle and how Livengrin has helped them.

Join us in the fight against addiction. Donate to the Leigh Leckerman Fund.