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Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 12:56 PM PDT

Just published my first eBook

by Marina Asbury

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Hi community, I hope if you're impacted by the storms today that you are keeping warm and dry.  Well while dealing with the current lack of job opportunities, working on my graduate degree and trying to open the first non- profit extended care treatment center for women with substance use disorders (SUD's) and trauma disorders in my area - I decided to write a book. It's a self-help guide for couple's looking to improve their sexual relationship. The book is titled: "Better Sex! A Couple's Guide - Improving the Sexual Relationship" ISBN: 9781301722365 , by Marina Asbury, the publisher is Smashwords, Inc., the book is available in the Non-fiction Health & Wellbeing section for purchase at  www.smashwords.com for 9.99, and a sample copy can be downloaded. It will also be available through Amazon and B&N, Apple and Samsung other retailers in a few days. However I get most of the proceeds if is purchased directly from Smashwords.

Most couples can improve their intimate sexual relationship primarily in two ways: better communication about sex and learning how to incorporate an understanding of the human sexual response cycle. The book addresses these issues. I also created the cover art. I would appreciate this community's help in spreading the word and helping me to publicize and sell this book. The proceeds will help me to continue my graduate studies and will help me to continue to be available to spend a majority of my time bringing the mission of the treatment center www.asburyhouse.org to reality, thank you, thank you, thank in advance! Over the fold I have included the Introduction portion of the book.

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Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:09 PM PST

Celebrity Rehab Deaths

by Marina Asbury

Sadly people are only now beginning to realize what many of us who work in the field of addictions have known for many years over 60% of drug addicts and alcoholics relapse into their illness even after 30 days of treatment.  And an alarming percentage end up dying.  A 30 day program is only a beginning. It takes that long just to get to a point where an individual can begin to think clearly again, and that means they begin to start feeling again, especially they start feeling what they had been trying to numb. If those merging feelings are not dealt with they end up causing a relapse into addiction which increases the risk for death.  More beneath the fold...

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Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM PST

Reflections of an abused child

by Marina Asbury

I’m starting to feel a little crazy, just one email and a few lines of words have set me off. What are the words? “…sorry to say but dad is out of town….  Sparing the details why would these words bother me so much? Because they tell me what I’ve known but still struggle to come to grips with since I was a child that my father doesn’t know how to love me. That hurts to write but it’s the truth and I still don’t always know what to do about it or with it. It is the one damn thing in my life that I allow the power to turn me into a nervous wreck. But I’m aware of it. And at times I feel unable to do anything about it. In the past it has caused psychological challenges related to fear of abandonment, low self-worth, limited self-confidence and confusion over love of self.  

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I thought I would share the statement that former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords husband, Mark Kelly read to Jared Loughner at his sentencing hearing in Tucson Arizona. Loughner killed six people and injured thirteen others on January 8, 2011, one of the injured was Gabby Giffords, who was shot in the head and survived to confront her attacker. In their statement Mark Kelly addresses many social issues related to the shooting. He addressed gun violence and the failure of our leaders to address it and it also includes the viciousness that was at work in politics at that time aimed at the Democratic party. Remember Sarah Palin and her gunsites map?  I thought the statement that Mark Kelly composed with the help of his wife, who still has trouble walking and speaking, is truly powerful and inspiring and I thought the community here would appreciate the opportunity to read it as well.   The statement in its entirety appears beneath the fold.  

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According to Judd Legum of Think Progressive there have been some last minute shenanigans going on in Ohio a critical swing state in the Presidential election. Jon Husted, Ohio's Secretary of State has provoked court action due to his 11th hour directive regarding provisional ballots.

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Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM PDT

Amber Alert and Jessica Ridgeway

by Marina Asbury

I’m signed up to receive Amber Alert messages on my cell and I'm in Colorado, on Friday October 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm I received the following message.  AMBER ALERT: Westminster, CO CHILD: 10 years – old White F 4 feet 10inches 80 pounds Eyes: Blue Hair: Shoulder Length Blonde   CALL 303-658-4360. These alerts are always frightening and they always cause me to hop on social media to spread the word to my friends and family because I figure the more eyes out there the better especially if the missing child lives in a nearby area. Usually when I receive an alert it is cancelled not long after because the child has been found. In many cases an Amber Alert usually involves a situation with a family member in a custody dispute, or a child that has run or wandered off and has then been located. When this happens I receive a CANCEL AMBER ALERT and offer up a little prayer of thanks. I had never received a cancelled alert because the body of a missing child had been found and when I did the experience was heartbreaking and devastatingly final.  The child was Jessica Ridgeway a 10 year old girl from Westminster Colorado, who according to her mother went missing on her way to school on the morning of Friday October 5.  Jessica was also involved in a custody dispute between her mother, who she lived with and her father who lives in Missouri. Both parents have been ruled out as suspects.

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I have been writing about just this type of situation here on dKos for the past few days. Here is a quote from the HuffPost this morning.

“As HuffPost's senior military correspondent, David Wood (who won a Pulitzer last spring for his Beyond the Battlefield series) has relentlessly put the spotlight on the sacrifices and struggles of America's veterans. His story in this week's issue of Huffington puts a spotlight on the true cost of the wars. "Among the grim repercussions of a decade of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan -- the dead, the battle-injured, the wreckage, the wasted billions -- is this: while most soldiers return from war and resume a somewhat normal life, many do not," he writes. Many return to face other demons: drug addiction, alcohol abuse or reckless behavior that can lead to fractured families or trouble with the law. The result is what one expert calls "an epidemic": the estimated 223,000 veterans who are in prison -- most of them veterans of Vietnam, but increasingly from Iraq and Afghanistan. David introduces us to 32-year-old Jamie Beavers, who has served two Iraq tours and suffered from PTSD and pill addiction. In February, when he was arrested and spent time in jail, his wife and daughters fled, leaving him to grapple with wounds that go beyond the physical. "It's hard," Beavers says. "I'm just trying to get back into things." (Huffington, p. 1, 2012)”
  As a nonprofit Asbury House is working to address this issue with women veterans, with help,  please read over the fold as to what we have experienced and what we are trying to do about it. And how we need a little help to do it.
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Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 09:15 AM PDT

Throw Away Women

by Marina Asbury

I received a call recently from a woman who had given up her home, her job and the day to day life as she knew it to move to another state with her family in order to take care of sister’s three young children so that they could stay near their mother who was in jail for the possession of drugs. So what does that have to do with us? Well that woman sitting in jail right this moment is a veteran who served us in the Iraq war. During her tour of duty she was shot in the eye and as a result was blinded, she was prescribed pain killers for her injury and then became addicted to them, they stopped prescribing the drugs she became addicted to and she then found them on the streets in the form of meth and well now you know the rest of the story.  They called me for help because there are no extended care treatment centers for women in their area, in fact there aren't any extended care treatment facilities in most areas of the nation, and where there are programs they are too short in length, they don’t treat co-occurring disorders, like post- traumatic stress disorders and they are cost prohibitive.

They heard about the non-profit program we are working to create and it gave them hope. However I had to tell her that we are still trying to raise funds to create our first facility of the kind that could help her sister.  The judicial system would work to get her into a treatment program, but how can they when there is no such place for her to go?    For some reason it has again become politically fashionable for veterans to risk their lives for us and for us to pretend that they are not there.  If you want to be a part of one solution to help the veteran who is sitting in jail and other women like her then please read over the fold.  

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Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 04:09 PM PDT

An Inconvenient Epidemic

by Marina Asbury

As we move closer to November and the presidential election we are being flooded by requests for money, and rightly so, because money in our culture equals power and you need a lot of it if you want to get things done.  Of course there are other things that are equally as important to a developed culture things like enduring values and a sense of tolerance and compassion. Because of the flurry of politics, the state of the economy and the overwhelming demand for funds related to political causes, some causes are being overshadowed, but we can’t ignore them and they need to be brought forth and blasted with a spot light.  One such cause is being addressed by Asbury House an extended care treatment facility for women, including women veterans  and they need help.

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Dear Kos friends,

As we move closer to November and the presidential election we are being flooded by requests for money, and rightly so, because money in our culture equals power and you need a lot of it if you want to get things done.  Of course there are other things that are equally as important to a developed culture things like enduring values and a sense of tolerance and compassion. Because of the flurry of politics, the state of the economy and the overwhelming demand for funds related to political causes, some causes are being overshadowed and need to be brought forth into the light of day.  One cause is that of Asbury House an extended care treatment facility for women, including women veterans that needs your help. If you’re interested in learning more and possibly donating please jump over the fold with me. If you’re too weary of being asked for money then you may want to skip the rest of this diary or come back to it at a later time, I will totally understand.   However before you pass this up you may find that there is a little something for you, for someone you know and love or for your community in my diary post.

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I received an email a few days ago regarding the upcoming Week of Action for Women's Health in recognition of the Affordable Healthcare Act. One of the most serious health crisis that women face are chemical dependency and the co-occurring mental health disorders that often accompany the illness of addiction. A small group of healthcare professionals and I have created a non profit extended care treatment organization in our area to address this issue. A growing population that is not getting their needs addressed related to this healthcare crisis are women veterans, our organization will help to also fill this need.  Recently we launched our website www.asburyhouse.org and we are also now on Facebookunder Asbury House, in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Please check out the website and like us on Facebook so that we can get the word out that we are raising the funds to purchase our first treatment facility.

I've included additional information beneath the folds.  For those of you from the Dkos community who have thus far donated and who have spread the word of our work we are forever grateful! Won't you please join those who are supporting us.

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Good Morning! I received an email a few days ago regarding the upcoming Week of Action for Women's Health in recognition of the Affordable Healthcare Act. One of the most serious health crisis that women face are chemical dependency and the co-occurring mental health disorders that often accompany the illness of addiction. A small group of healthcare professionals and I have created a non profit extended care treatment organization in our area to address this issue. A growing population that is not getting their needs addressed related to this healthcare crisis are women veterans, our organization will help to also fill this need.  Recently we launched our website www.asburyhouse.org and we are also now on Facebookunder Asbury House, in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Please check out the website and like us on Facebook so that we can get the word out that we are raising the funds to purchase our first treatment facility.

I've included additional information beneath the folds.  For those of you from the Dkos community who have thus far donated and who have spread the word of our work we are forever grateful

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