Campus Ledger Article

The following article written by Steven Abramo for the JCCC Campus Ledger Online.

Cav Moment: Guiding a path for success

For students who struggle with substance abuse, Kathryn Byrne, director, writing center,  is here to help.

Her bookshelf is stuffed with books written decades ago. Her wall is decorated with abstract pictures and posters that only she knows the meaning of. Her desk is scattered with papers, spirals and topped with a half-filled glass of water.

To some, this type of work space is deemed as cluttered, but to Kathryn Byrne, this is a space where she brainstorms ideas and methods to help students succeed. Read more…

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Messages from 2018 “Message in a Bottle” Campaign

Messages for the “Message in a Bottle” campaign were gathered from participants at JCCC’s House Party as well as Interpersonal Communication course students. Around 200 messages were collected and given to Valley Hope and Johnson County detox centers. These are a sampling of some of those heartfelt student messages:

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“You are loved! You have worth! You matter!”

“I have had family member in a similar position that you are in and it really does get better. It will be okay, keep fighting and stay strong.”

“I have been in your shoes, recovery is not easy. But it is worth it and YOU are worth it. Keep working towards it no matter how difficult the road is or what obstacles you face. If you struggle, remember it’s okay to ask for help, there are people who want to see you succeed. Find a sponsor, work the steps, and work on yourself. You are loved!”

“You’re going to go through tough times, that’s life. But, I say ‘nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.” –Joel Osteen

“In the middle of every difficulty, lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

“There was a time before you were addicted. Remember that time? You’ll get there again. If you believe in yourself, you will be unstoppable.”

“You’re not worthless, you’ve probably only forgotten how valuable you are.”

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. Keep fighting for yourself. It’s worth it. You are not alone.”

“Stay Strong!!!”

“Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.”

“Do not store up for yourself treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But place them in the kingdom of God.”

“It’s not about how hard you are hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” – Sylvester Stallone

“You must see the value in yourself as you encounter life’s challenges.”

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller

“A champion is defined not by their wins, but by how they can recover when they fall.”

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on. It is going on when you don’t have the strength.” – Napoleon

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”

“Hi! You don’t know me but I am proud of you. I am proud that you made the decision to get help and better yourself. You are almost there, keep going, keep your head up and stay positive.”

“Hey! You are in recovery! Congrats! I actually am really proud of you! You are working towards bettering yourself and that is really awesome JKeep up the hard work but remember it is okay if you have to take a few steps back.”

“My recovery must come first so that everything I love in my life does not have to come last!”

“You are valuable. You are loved. And you are worth it. Tomorrow will be a better day.”

“Great job! You decided to get the help you needed, which for my mother was the hardest part… Recovery isn’t easy either, but you can do this, you already did the hardest part.”

“Be somebody your younger self would look up to.”

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle  Take it one day at a time, it does get easier. If a day is too long, take an hour at a time, and if that still is too long, take it by the minute.

“Bruh, you are not alone. I have been where you are now. There is still time for you, I promise!”

“It’s never everyone, and you are never the only one.”

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Showing of “Drunks”

The Council Addressing Substance Abuse Issues (CASAI) will be screening the movie, Drunks, starring Faye Dunaway, Richard Lewis, Sam Rockwell, and Parker Posey, among other Hollywood celebrities.

The Plot: “An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting provides the framework of this slice-of-life drama. The meeting is seen from start to finish as it takes place in the dingy basement of a church. The plot is adapted from screenwriter Gary Lennon’s play Blackout.”

Where: Craig Auditorium (GEB 233)

When: Thursday, April 5

Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Please join us for lunch (pizza) and the chance to win a $20 CAVCard!

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Talks by the 4X4 Speakers

Prescription Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis in America-Michelle Irwin 11/06/2017

Behavioral Addiction & the Serenity Model of Recover-Duane Olberding 11/08/2017

Compulsive Porn Use in the Digital Age-Dan Gabbert 11/07/2017

Hope-Chris Brewer 11/09/2017

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Alcohol Free Weekend Challenge

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. This event was founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) in 1987, as a national grassroots effort observed by communities throughout the U.S. to support the prevention, research, education, intervention, treatment and recovery from alcoholism and alcohol-related problems.

Why Should I Take the Alcohol-Free Weekend Challenge?

For many social drinkers, abstaining from alcohol might seem unnecessary. If you’re not addicted to alcohol, why is it so important for you to go without it for a weekend?

While you may not struggle with an alcohol addiction, this is your chance to show your support for those who have been, or are still caught in, the grip of addiction. Do you want to help those whose lives are being ravaged by the monster of addiction? Do you support the alcoholic’s journey to a better life in recovery? This is your chance to show it!

Taking the Alcohol-Free Weekend Challenge

This 72-hour experiment gives you a chance to find out just how important alcohol is to you. Finding it difficult or experiencing discomfort during the alcohol-free weekend may be early signs of dependence and may even require professional detoxification. We encourage any individual to contact a support group ( or treatment center to learn more about alcoholism and its early symptoms.

Pledge Card

Follow this link to download and complete the Alcohol-Free Pledge Card and keep it or give it to a friend or family member. Take the pledge!

Visit Our Table!

On Wednesday, March 8th, during JCCC’s Safe Spring Break, the Council Addressing Substance Abuse Issues will have a table set up from 11:00am to 1:00pm out by “the hill”. Stop by and enter a drawing for a $20 CAV card. Two will be given away. These cards can be spent anywhere on campus.

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Anonymous People Movie Screening

The Council Addressing Substance Abuse Issues brings you a screening of The Anonymous People on Wednesday, September 14th, from noon to 2:00pm, in the Craig Auditorium (GEB 233). Below is the IMDB movie description.

“Deeply entrenched social stigma have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, a grass roots social justice movement is emerging. Courageous addiction recovery advocates have come out of the shadows and are organizing to end discrimination and move toward recovery-based solutions. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the citizens, leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and public figures who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting solutions.”

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Substance Abuse Support Meetings Begin This Semester!

Meetings will be held on Thursdays, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, from 11:00AM to 11:50AM in CC 329.

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28 Days Film Screening

Join the Council Addressing Substance Abuse Issues for free pizza and a screening of the film 28 Days on Wednesday, March 2, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in GEB 233 — Craig Auditorium.
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Messages of Hope


All of these messages were written by Johnson County Community college students who attended our Safe Spring Break event on campus during the Spring 2015 semester.  All students who were invited to write words of encouragement to those recovering from alcohol or substance abuse enthusiastically created their own personal message to you.

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Stay around positive people!

Stay strong. You can do it.  Life is fun and worth more when you work for it.

You’re love. No matter what.

Honestly, I don’t know exactly what you’re going through, but I can tell you that you’re never alone; God will always be there. Keeping you in my prayers.

The essence of all growth is a desire to change for the better coupled with an unremitting willingness to shoulder whatever responsibility this entails.

Trust your friends and family to help.

“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Winnie the Pooh

You can find a solution out through the Twelve Steps one day at a time.

Congratulations on taking this step to improve your life. God loves you and has a plan for you.  I will be praying for you.

Winners don’t use drugs.

Stay safe and know you have people here for you.

What is 2 to 3 weeks of torture compared to a lifetime of comfort and freedom.

Keep going! You can do it!

Life life to the fullest.

There is hope and a greater reality.

There are better things in the world. Keep it up!  You are loved!

You can do it! Be strong.

It’s okay to be sober; you actually can still have fun, I promise.

I’m so… I’m so… I’m so proud of you!

Always keep a positive mind. Keep your head up and set yourself a goal to do better in life.

You inspire me to stay diligent on my path!

Stay true to your goals!

You can do it. Every step is one step closer to freedom.

You aren’t the only one struggling. There is always someone there for you!

No matter what happens, you don’t give up. Keep going forward.

Every day brings a new beginning. Each day is one day closer to your dreams and goals!

It’s going to be hard at first, but it’s so worth it in the end! I promise!

Don’t give up on yourself! You are reason enough to stay strong, healthy, and SOBER!

Stay strong!! There is a light at the end of the tunnel!! 

You are important and you are loved! Thank you for keeping my son safe!

Stay strong! Love yourself!  Love is the most addicting drug!

Don’t give up! Life is not only about what you accomplish in life, but what you overcome!  Good luck to you.  Best wishes!  Love a student who cares….

Every day sober is a day your substance has no control! Be strong and love yourself!

Don’t forget to breathe and take small steps and make small choices…..

It’s not your fault stuff happens! Get help and you can overcome it!

Always believe in yourself! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

Make today be the best day you can have!

You are Strong! I believe in YOU!

Hang in there! You’ve got this!

Keep up the good work! It’s tough but YOU can do it!

You can be the change in someone else’s life…..

Keep your head up

Have faith in yourself! Your friends and family believe in you!

There was an old TV kids’ show host, Mr. Rogers who always said” “I like you just the way you are! You make everyday a special day just by being you!”  He’s right, y’know!

Cheer up! You can do it!

Believe in yourself and believe in God! He will take you where you need to go!

STOP and THINK before you DRINK!

Being sober is so much cooler than worshipping the porcelain altar! Be cool!

Reach out to someone! Having someone on your team will help you succeed!

Good things come to those who wait!

Don’t Smoke! Duh!

The sun will come out tomorrow!

Be cool. Stay safe. Live BRIGHT!

This is the beginning of everything! You CAN do it!  Good Luck!

You can do it!

Use your past experiences to make you stronger and better!

My friend lost his life….keep guard and God love!

You is good! You is Smart!  You is Important!

“Jesus answered them, Most assuredly, I say to you, whomever commits a sin is a slave of sin. Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:34-36)  May the loving, holy, just, forgiving Jesus grant you salvation and make you free!  God Bless You!

Si Se puede (Yes, I can!)

Everyone deserves a 2nd chance! Hang in there it gets better!

Stay safe! You can be COOL without drugs or alcohol!  Yea YOU!

It’s never too late to change! You can do anything you set your mind to.

You aren’t alone. God loves you and is with you every step of the way.  Bless You!


You have to try to get better! It’s WORTH IT!!!!

Do you want to get to know your children’s children???

If you continue, you will die! Good thing that you’re trying!  And, a random person encourages you!

It does get easier, even if you don’t think so now. If it runs in your family, you can stop the trend!

Your body will do whatever you will it to do!

Remember, you are greatly and deeply loved!

You have been working hard. Keep it up!

Keep fighting! You are loved!

You are stronger than you know. You can do it.

You will make it. Just hold on.

Stay strong now.

When you feel most like giving up, that’s the time you can make the best difference for yourself. Believe in yourself and keep on striving to be a better you.

Light will always overcome the dark. You are the light.

It takes time and it’s a lifelong recovery process. Just try.

You’re worth it! Keep up the good work!

You are enough! You are more than your addiction.  You can beat this.  One day at a time, one step at a time.  Keep going – you are worth it.

Addiction is not worth it. Being sober gets better.

You can do it! You will when you believe.

Each day is a new opportunity for a fresh start.

You are not alone. Your battle is real, but we are here to help you fight it.

Getting drunk won’t solve your problems.

No matter how imperfect you may be, or how many mistakes you have made. . . God loves you and believes in you to be the best person you can be.

Alcohol is very bad for your body. Be kind to your body.

You are not alone and help is wherever you ask for it.

You are a good person who’s made bad decisions, but those bad decision do not have to define you!!! We do recover!

Listen as your day unfolds. CHALLENGE what your future holds.  Try to keep your head up to the sky.  Love will save the day.

Good Luck! You got this.  Keep your head up!

Things do get better.

Life is messy, there will be ups and downs. Focus on who you want to be in the future and hold on to it.  Strive for it every day and Never give up!

Recovery takes time. Be patient and love yourself.  Self-forgiveness is the key.  Keep your head up.

Your worst decisions don’t represent your humanity.

The decisions you make today will define your tomorrow. Make good ones!

Stay strong! ! I know that you can do it! !

You are so brave – I am praying for you!

Don’t worry – you’ll get better!

You’re making a change by being the change. That’s what it’s all about!

Continue to strive for greatness and improvement.

“Just remember, even your worst days only have 24 hours.”

I believe in you.

Ask for help and go to recovery meetings.

You’re not the only person going through it. Keep your head up!  You will find your way!

Take deep breaths, and take it one day at a time. We believe in you.  YOU GOT THIS.

When you feel like you aren’t going to make it, break your goal down, as far as 1 minute. You can do anything for 1 minute.  Then 2 minutes.  The next thing you know, it will be hours; days; years….

YOU CAN DO IT!!! Stay positive.


You will get through this. Just have hope!

It takes courage to make a change. You are worth it.


You are a worthwhile and valuable person. You don’t need substances to increase your self-worth!

Life is a journey. Just keep moving forward . . .

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