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Clean For The Day is an organization whose primary focus is prevention education on the substance use disorder epidemic.  

We partner with like-minded organizations and individuals to share ideas and information concerning the critical social needs created by substance use and dependency in our communities.

We advance specific solutions through our cutting-edge prevention education and awareness-creating activities and programs.

CFTD also offers spiritual and grief counseling/support for individuals and families who may need a helping hand in their grieving and/or spiritual journey.  We offer emotional and spiritual support, empathically listening as we walk with you throughout the process.  

   

 

Recent News


Fentanyl Facts

Stop Fentanyl on a Stop Sign in Front of Trees in the Background.

Posted: October 20th, 2022

Drug overdose deaths are up 30% year-over-year Key Findings 96k+ - Over 96,700 people die from drug overdoses in a year 72% - Opioids are a factor in 7...

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The Florida Shuffle - Letter to Senator Harrell

Tallahassee, Florida Capitol Building

Posted: October 21st, 2022

February 5, 2022 The Honorable Gayle Harrell State Senator, District 25 The Capitol Tallahassee, FL. 32399-1100 Dear Senator Harrell, I would like to begin...

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Proven Addiction Prevention Education Programs

PROVEN ADDICTION PREVENTION EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Posted: October 21st, 2022

The most significant gap in coming up with more effective, actionable, and prosperous policies is giving voice to the populations and their families who have...

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"Harm Reduction is an approach that emphasizes engaging directly with people who use drugs to prevent overdose and infectious disease transmission, improve the physical, mental, and social well-being of those served, and offer low-threshold options for accessing substance use disorder treatment and other health care services". - SAMHSA 2022  - Substance abuse disorder falls under the "umbrella" of MENTAL HEALTH. Why this is still misunderstood in our society as not a form of self-harm is absurd, and discriminatory!  Why does our society continue to watch hundreds of thousands die because of STIGMA??  YES, we do have this epidemic in every community in this country!  Those who continue to suffer in silence because they have been pushed to the margins of our society have the same dignity as anyone else.  It is time to offer a "hand up", not another smackdown!  Help us help you by sharing our resources and services because it does take a village!



Promoting Awareness Nationwide

Clean For The Day (CFTD) is based in Melbourne, FL.  CFTD promotes awareness about illicit drugs, alcohol, and process disorders that lead to self-harm.  We address the opioid epidemic head-on, with our main focus on fentanyl. We attend events nationwide to educate the public on prevention education, empowering communities to have an informed understanding of how substance use disorder, when understood correctly, can lead to compassion and healing within families and communities.  We share personal stories of loss, and hope and offer programs that empower individuals, groups, and communities to begin to make real change. 


5 myths about substance use disorder (SUD):

  • MYTH 1: Overcoming addiction is simply a matter of willpower. You can stop using drugs if you really want to. TRUTH - Prolonged exposure to drugs alters the brain in ways that result in powerful cravings and a compulsion to use. These brain changes make it almost impossible to quit by sheer force of will.  There is a difference between a "dry drunk" and someone in Recovery.
  • MYTH 2: Substance use disorder is an untreatable disease. TRUTH -  Most experts agree that addiction is a disease that affects the brain, but that does not mean a person should view it as a hopeless situation. The brain changes according to the substance of choice, frequency of use, and the amount used. SUD can be effectively treated and managed through 12-step programs, therapy, medications, exercise, diet, and many other options.
  • MYTH 3: Addicts have to hit rock bottom before they can get better. TRUTH - Recovery can begin at any point in the addiction process—and the earlier, the better. The longer drug abuse continues, the stronger the addiction becomes and the harder it is to treat. Don’t wait to intervene until the addict has lost everything.
  • MYTH 4: You can’t force someone into treatment; they have to want help. TRUTH - Treatment doesn’t have to be voluntary to be successful. People who are pressured into treatment by their family, employer, or the legal system are just as likely to benefit as those who choose to enter treatment on their own. As they sober up and their thinking clears, many formerly resistant addicts decide they want to change.
  • MYTH 5: Treatment did not work before, so there is no point trying again.  TRUTH - Recovery from drug addiction is a long process that often involves setbacks. Relapse does not mean that treatment has failed or that sobriety is a lost cause. Rather, it’s a signal to get back on track, either by going back to treatment or adjusting the treatment approach.

"Your speaking program served as a valuable learning tool for our newly promoted supervisors by providing real life experiences. It will help us achieve our goal of having the best trained and most professional law enforcement personnel in the country. "

Sherriff Gee, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa, FL

November 1st, 2022

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"Tom is one of our most cherished Board members and presenters. His devotion to addiction prevention education has helped our organization grow exponentially over the last three years. We are blessed to have him on our team. "

Joey Zabel – President of Arise and Flourish – Bethesda, MD

November 4th, 2022

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"As a middle school teacher, I am always amazed at how Tom immediately engages and holds my students' attention. He and his team are improving lives, and we look forward to his visits every semester."

Stacy Zrod – Teacher at Argyle Middle School – Montgomery County, MD

November 4th, 2022

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"Tom’s presentations are something to behold. He understands how to engage with his audience, leaving them with a much clearer understanding of how substance use disorder leaves no one unaffected. I recommend him to any organization; he is a real difference maker. "

John Evers – Chairman of the Board of the National Safety Council

November 4th, 2022

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"Tom has proven to be a professional who consistently delivers on his commitments and the expectations of his clients. A positive, uplifting attitude complements the presentation of his work. His information is relevant and delivered in an engaging, effective manner. His work is his passion, and it shows. "

C. Margolis, Vice President of HR Montgomery County Public Schools

November 4th, 2022

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"Very powerful presentation! You came across well spoken, experienced, confident, and most of all I felt like I wanted to hear more. I had no idea you were such a great inspirational speaker with such a powerful message to deliver."

CFO - Fortune 500 Company, Washington, DC

November 1st, 2022

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"Tom has proven to be a professional who consistently delivers on his commitments and to the expectations of his clients. His energy and passion for his work is complimented by a positive, uplifting attitude. Tom understands substance use disorders and the inherent need for an organization to be "engaged" and create a safe work culture if true success is to be achieved. "

Vice President, HR, Rockville, MD

November 1st, 2022

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"Your presentation on Substance Use Disorders was packed with powerful information for our HR managers and employees. We look forward to your quarterly Strategic Work Sessions."

Vice President, HR, Bethesda, MD

November 1st, 2022

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"I would recommend Tom to anyone experiencing struggles in working through spiritual issues. He is compassionate, well-educated, and has a warm, empathetic way of helping me navigate the waters of my situation. "

Carol C.

November 4th, 2022

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What factors contributed to the opioid epidemic?


A description of the known explanations or causes of the opioid epidemic in the United States.

The contributing factors of how opioid use disorder evolved into an epidemic have their “roots” in improving pain management. According to a 2019 journal article in Nature, the opioid epidemic evolved from a confluence of sources, including doctors seeking better methods for controlling pain, aggressive and fraudulent marketing efforts by pharmaceutical companies, and oversights/corruption within the U.S. healthcare system (Deweerdt, 2019, p.8). In the 1980s, states began passing legislation that would protect doctors from being prosecuted for aggressively treating a patient’s pain with a controlled substance. Consequently, in 1995, the American Pain Society, run exclusively by physicians, now labeled pain as the “fifth vital sign,” meaning it should be checked as standard protocol in a doctor’s visit like a patient’s blood pressure (Deweerdt, 2019 p.10). The combination of “pain” becoming part of a standard check-up with a physician, along with no legal threat of aggressively treating pain, now set the stage for pharmaceutical companies to take full advantage of.

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