Every Mother in this Place, Has a Smile Upon Her Face

Every Mother in This Place Has a Smile Upon Her Face

This beautiful poem was written by a very special Mother and strong women who has attended our monthly support group. Thank you Kandy B for sharing this inspirational message.

Every Mother in This Place Has a Smile Upon Her Face

Every Mother in this place, has a smile upon her face
Yet every Mother’s heart is breakin’, a little piece of soul is takin’
Getting up every morning trying to survive, just wondering how to stay alive
Still, every Mother in this place, has a smile upon her face

If we could go back all those years, we would have never thought these fears
A knock on the door, a cry for help, and we can’t even barely take care of ourselves
Yet, every Mother in this place, has a smile upon her face

But when we look deep inside, what happened to our joy and pride?
If we could do it all over again, what would we have done different, why and when?
I don’t have any answers, I don’t know where to start, all I know is that my baby boy is in my heart
So, just like every Mother in this place, I keep a smile upon my face

So as I sit here and tell you my story, don’t feel bad for me or feel sorry
Instead with God’s grace and mercy too, we are going to beat this and make it thru
Every Mother in this place, keeps a smile upon her face.

We are Mothers, and women, and strong, and we all know where we belong
God gave us this precious gift, and I don’t know why, I don’t have all the answers, we just gotta try
And every Mother in this place, still has a beautiful smile upon her face.


On-line Store Showcases Work of Artist Lost to an Overdose

Michael Savastano, a gifted artist, lost his life to a heroin overdose at age 21. To raise awareness about this terrible epidemic and send a powerful message that Addiction Kills, we used some of his original sketches on items that you can purchase including a hoodie, art poster suitable for framing and a journal.

$10 from each sale will be used to expand LTM's drug awareness program to reach more impressionable teens. We have spoken to more than 50,000 teens over the past four years and want to reach out to communities that don't have access to awareness programs today.

The picture shows Michael's family proudly wearing a hoodie that showcases his work. Save a life! Make a purchase today. Supplies are limited.

To learn more about Michael, view products or place an order, click here:

International Overdose Awareness Day - Illinois

Previous Event
Thu, Aug 31 - 4:00pm

National Safety Council, 1121 Spring Lake Dr, Itasca, IL 60143

Open to the Public
IOAD Event

Join National Safety Council and a team of Illinois survivor advocates and local grassroots organizations for the 2017 Illinois Overdose Awareness Day rally. Use #IOAD2017 to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Register here:

When: Thursday, August 31, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Registration Opens at 3:30pm)
Where: National Safety Council
1121 Spring Lake Drive
Itasca, Illinois 60143

What: International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held each year to raise awareness about drug overdose, remember those who have lost their lives to drug overdose and recognize the grief experienced by families, friends and loved ones.

Join us to:
- Pay tribute to those we have lost to drug overdose in Illinois
- Be inspired by: Rex Chapman, University of Kentucky and NBA Basketball Player
- Anthony Alvarado and Doug Darby, Founders of We All Rise Together
- Free Naloxone Training. Must register at: Space is limited. See flyer below for more details.

Organizers include:
- National Safety Council
- LTM Foundation
- Live4Lali
- DuPage Prevention Leadership Team
- Lake County Health Department
- City of Chicago Public Health

National partners include:
- Fed Up
- Rally for a Federal Response to the Opioid Epidemic

LTM Hosts Family Night Fundraiser at Boomers Baseball Stadium

Previous Event
Sat, Aug 05 - 6:00pm

Boomers Baseball Stadium, Schaumburg, IL

Open to the Public

All Game Tickets Have Been Sold!  We apprediate all the support.

Covering All The Bases means keeping close to all of those affected by addiction, giving them the support they need; while continuing to promote prevention through awareness. We do this in memory of Louis Theodore Miceli, who lost his life to a heroin overdose.  

We need your help to continue to fight his epidemic. Please join us for a family night of fun. $10 from each ticket package purchase will be used to support a family, and promote prevention through school awareness  and community events. Help us save a life! .

Special thanks to our event sponsors, Gold Level Sponsor Thrivent Financial and Silver Level Sponsor - RealtyWorks. We are grateful for their support in making this event a success.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.



LWV of Glen Ellyn Discusses Dangerous Drugs in DuPage County

Previous Event
Thu, Feb 16 - 7:30pm

Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 534 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL

Open to the Public
League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn

LTM has been invited to present at the League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn Community Meeting. The topic, "Dangerous Drugs in DuPage County" is one that is top of mind for many communities in the area. LTM speakers will discuss the impact of the epidemic, share personal stories from those affected and provide a resource table with information on awareness programs and family and grief support groups. 

The meeting is open to the public. Please join us to learn how drugs are impacting your community and what you can do to help. 

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm - Doors open at 7:00pm
Place: Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 534 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL

On The Front Line: A Summit On The Heroin/Opioid Epidemic in Illinois

Previous Event
Fri, Apr 21 - 7:30am

Edwards Hospital Athletic and Events Center, 55 Phelps Ave, Romeoville, IL

Open to the Public

Please join HERO (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization), Will County HELPS (Heroin Education Leads to Preventative Solutions) in conjunction with the Southwest Coalition for Substance Abuse Issue for an informative resource expo and panel discussion.

LTM will have a resource table in the Expo Center, so please stop by.

State officials have identified six (6) Illinois counties on the front line in the fight to end the heroin / opioid epidemic that has claimed countless lives across the Nation. These counties are implementing innovative strategies to reduce opioid deaths. This informative panel discussion will highlight their critical work, focusing on options to expand and support their initiatives.​

Participants from Will County, DuPage County, Lake County and Cook County will be speaking about the efforts in their respective counties. , 

Date: April 21, 2017
Place: Edward Hospital Athletic and Events Center
            55 Phelps Ave,
            Romeoville, IL
Time: 7:30 am - 11:30 am (speakers presentations from 9:00 - 10:40)

The event is free and open to the public. More information can be found at the link below.

Parent Support Network Available

The people at the national non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids have created programs that may help you, and help you help your family. These programs are available free of charge. 

The Partnership's Parents Toll-Free Helpline (1-855-DRUGFREE or 1-855-378-4373) is a nationwide, non-crisis, support service that offers assistance to parents and other primary caregivers of children who want to talk to someone about their child's drug use and drinking. 

The Partnership has also developed a peer-to-peer Parent Coaching program. All volunteer Parent Coaches have been personally affected by substance abuse. Their experience vary widely: some have children in recovery; some ave lost loved ones; some are in recovery themselves. What they have in common is deep compassion for anyone who is trying to deal with a loved one's substance use. 

Parent Coaching through the Partnership happens by phone. Typically, coaches and parents seeking support talk once a week over the course of five to six weeks. Coaching is not psychotheraphy. Coaches are fellow parents who have "been there" and want to make others' lives a little easier. 

Both the Helpline and the Parent Coaching program use concepts based in CRAFT - Community Reinforcement and Family Training. Both the Helpline and Parent Coaching program use the 20 Minute Guide which was developed by Center for Motivation and Change, to make CRAFT and motivational interviewing techniques understandable and useful to all kinds of families. 

To talk to a Helpline parent specialist, please call 1-855-DRUGFREE or visit The Helpline is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm ET. Outside those hours, please leave a message or use the Contact Us form to identify a time when you can talk. 

If you are interested in coaching, please speak with your Helpline specialist, or indicate your interest by completing the Contact Us form. 


I Wish I Had Known - An exploration of addiction and its impact on our community

Previous Event
Tue, Sep 29 - 7:00pm

Willowbrook High School - Villa Park, IL

Open to the Public

Please join us at this important event that is focused on sharing information and tools on dealing with addiction. Sponsors include DuPage High School District 88, the Villa Park Police Department, State Representative Deb Conroy, St Paul Lutheran Church in Villa Park, Christian Church of Villa Park and Christ Church of Oak Brook.  LTM team member and resource table will be present.

Find more information in the attached flier.

Sending A Message About Drug Use With A Fake Graveyard

  Faux tombstones line a lawn in Medinah, Ill. It's a campaign to heighten awareness about an epidemic of heroin and pain pill overdoses — a prelude to International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31. Cheryl Corley/NPR

In the suburbs of Chicago, a stark reminder of the toll of heroin and prescription-pill addiction is making the rounds as a lawn exhibit. One hundred fake tombstones and banners are set up at a new location every week as a precursor to International Overdose Awareness Day.

In Medinah, a suburb northwest of Chicago, the houses are swanky and the lots are large. The country club has long been home to headline golf tournaments. On a recent day, across the street from a neighborhood park, Felicia Micelli stands next to a long line of painted mock tombstones that she and others have placed on her expansive lawn.

"What we have out here are a visual of how many people die in America a day from overdose," Micelli says.

Felicia and her husband, Lou Micelli, started a foundation named for their son after his death two years ago. Louis Theodore Micelli was popular and an athlete who got hooked on painkillers and later heroin. He was 24 years old when he died. Micelli says people need to pay attention to what she calls an overdose epidemic.

"It just angers me and it makes me want to cry," she says, "because maybe my son would still be here if people were talking about it and doing something about it."

The heroin trade on Chicago's West Side is strong. It is especially booming after Mexican drug cartels made the city a Midwestern hub, and it's been a silent scourge for many suburban areas. Kathie Kane-Willis, the director of Roosevelt University's Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, says the traveling tombstone idea was inspired by the Names Quilt Project that activists started long ago to fight AIDS.

"During the 1980s and 1990s, there was so much shame associated with it, people didn't want to initially own that," Kane-Willis says. "[And] that was this community; that was happening to these people. And the idea about this was to say, 'No, this is happening all around you. You just might not see it.' "

So advocacy groups, like the one led by Chelsea Laliberte, have worked to bring the display to different neighborhoods. Laliberte says when her younger brother, Alex, died from an overdose at age 20, it devastated her family.

"Of course there are areas where other drugs are more prominent than heroin, but here in Chicagoland, heroin is our issue right now and so are prescription pills," Laliberte says. "Because it's happening. It's taking lives all the time."

The tombstones, she says, are meant to shock people. Marian Huhman, a University of Illinois professor who specializes in public health social marketing campaigns, says it can be difficult to measure the effectiveness of such programs.

"But I want to emphasize that [it] doesn't detract from the importance of these kinds of grass-roots efforts that are a very inexpensive way to get an important public health message out there," Huhman says.

Back at Felicia Micelli's, cars do slow down as drivers take a look at the lawn exhibit.

"Well, sorry that you find yourself having to display this, but good to create awareness [because] problems are everywhere," says Mike Gilley, a neighbor walking by who stopped to talk.

The last stop for the traveling tombstones will come at the end of the month, at a park where activists and families will give out resources and commemorate those who have died from an overdose.

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