WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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to achieve a positive outcome. When Juli said, 'Let's do something,' I thought 'This is a no-brainer.' And we got to work." "There's a lot to do when you set up a non- profit organization like the Lighthouse Charitable Foundation: getting federal tax-free status, a web- site and Facebook page, and of course managing the 'little details' like databases and fundraising events. But I can handle that sort of stuff. And now we're making rapid progress and have already been able to help four families," says Lara. "I serve as our public face, and Lara takes care of the business and organizational end of things," says Juli. Major fundraisers have taken place locally and Governor Charlie Baker, sensitive to the opiates crisis, attended a Lighthouse event with his wife. An Ongoing Battle Roughly a quarter of American adults smoke cigarettes; tens of millions drink to excess; almost 30 million of all ages smoke marijuana (much of it of a very high potency); and millions more use cocaine or "shop" doctors for prescription opiate medications (oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl). But most daunting of all in the midst of this virtual good works "ticking time bombs of addictive behavior" 138 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 An Anonymous Addict's Tale "I was a garbage pail type; whatever I could find, I took… booze, crack, mushrooms, LSD. I had to have opiates in my bloodstream every day. It started with alcohol when I was very young. I covered it well—lived a double life, went to high school and college. I got sober for the first time at 26, and it lasted for two years; then I crossed the line and robbed a doctor's office. I was in jail for a year-and-a-half, got sober, and then relapsed again. I was in an out of rehab any number of times… It's not black and white. I had a huge ego. I'd have these blowups and end up on the street. I was on the brink of death. Finally, a doctor asked me why I liked hallucinogenics. When I explained, he told me there were other ways to get there, like yoga. I got into a 12-step program. Now I meditate a lot. That's how the soul endures." P E T E R B A K E R

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