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 April 7, 2015                        Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                          Vol. 2., No. 33
Smells Like Teen ‘Spirits’
Binge Drinking During Teens Contributes to Anxiety, Alcoholism in Adulthood    

Adolescent binge drinking disrupts gene regulation and brain development and contributes to anxiety and excessive drinking behaviors later in life, according to results from an animal study published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease.

Staying Alive
Building a Bridge:  Abstinent Based Drug Treatment/Recovery & Harm Reduction 

Recovery and Harm Reduction: An Interview with Howard Josepher by William White  Howard Josepher:” My drug-taking behavior started in my senior year in college. I was smoking pot and started to hang out with people who were doing this new drug called “LSD.” LSD was a drug experience, but it also reflected a searching-looking for answers and insights into life. I was a very young guy and getting ready to leave college and the home that I grew up in and move into Manhattan.”

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Vapor Vicissitudes
E-Cigs Tied to Drinking and Risky Teen Behavior    

Electronic cigarettesare used by both smoking and nonsmoking teens, and are associated with drinking and other risky behaviors, a new study finds. “We found that e-cigarette access is strongly related to alcohol use in teenagers,” said study author Karen Hughes. She is a professor of behavioral epidemiology at Liverpool John Moores University in England.

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Swan Song?
‘The Voice Season 8’ Latest Update: Anthony Riley’s drug addiction caused him to leave the show    

Anthony Riley has already shared the main reason why he will not continue his battle in The Voice Season 8. It seems that Riley will have to deal with his personal challenges, particularly his drug addiction. The great singer will have to undergo therapy.That’s actually the best decision for now.

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 Twelve Promises: Rewards of Recovery

Article from The Guardian
A heroin overdose never leaves just one casualty – I should know    

Will called 911 and paramedics arrived within minutes. “Do something!!” Will kept screaming, even though it was clear to everyone that nothing could be done. They attached a defibrillator anyway but by then, James had been dead for at least nine hours. Police arrived and began to question Will. “You think I killed my best friend?!” he screamed, sobbing. Ruben Castaneda is a former Washington Post reporter who covered the crack epidemic at a time when he himself was addicted to the drug. He recently wrote a memoir, “S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in DC”.

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Humanity Looking Down
Compulsive texting can cause neck injury   

Dean Fishman, a chiropractor in Florida, was examining an X-ray of a 17-year-old patient’s neck in 2009 when he noticed something unusual. The ghostly image of her vertebral column showed a reversal of the curvature that normally appears in the cervical spine – a degenerative state he’d most often seen in middle-aged people who had spent several decades of their life in poor posture.

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One Little Pill
My road to hell was paved with Xanax (and Klonopin, and Ativan, and Halcion)    

They say drugs fill a void, or at least that’s what my therapist thinks. The first time I popped a Xanax was the first time I felt relief from my anxiety disorder. I would spend all day thinking about anxiety, which gave me even more anxiety, and all night staring at the ceiling and wondering if I’d die in my sleep from anxiety. I never died in my sleep from anxiety, but it didn’t stop anxiety from being the worst thing on earth.

       Billie Holiday at 100    

Today marks the 100th birthday of American jazz singer Billie Holiday. Her life and early death at age 44 have been the inspiration for generations of singers, from Janis Joplin to Amy Winehouse. “Lady Day” (as nicknamed by frequent collaborator and close friend, saxophonist Lester Young) had a meteoric rise and a fast crash fueled by drugs and booze. She has become the very definition of both the glorious strong-willed diva and the tragic lonely chanteuse.

Struggling On Defense
Lamar Odom struggling with serious new drug addiction    

“He has been doing an old-school drug called sherm, which is taking a joint and dipping it in liquid PCP,” an insider exclusively reveals in the new issue of In Touch, on newsstands now. “It’s really dangerous and can make you violent.”  And though Khloé Kardashian filed to divorce Lamar, 35, the former NBA player keeps using it. “Lamar’s friends and family and Khloé are all pushing him to get into rehab,” the source says, adding that so far, he’s refused and continues to party. “Lamar needs serious, serious help.”

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Going Clear to the Bank
Scientology affiliates plan recovery center at historic retreat    

The 40-acre camp whose stream was once fished by President Herbert Hoover was sold in 2013 to a Los Angeles-based property holdings group. The property’s new owners are looking to renovate the rustic Catoctin Mountain lodges for the opening of a drug treatment center run by the Narconon program.

The Future Looks Bleak  VIDEO
Survey says 1 in 10 teens fear porn addiction VIDEO    

A new survey out of the UK finds a tenth of teenagers admit they worry they will become become porn addicts. But a sex wellness expert in the valley said those numbers might not be too different than what the states are dealing with.Sexual wellness expert, Dr. Lori C. Ebert, said it doesn’t shock her either. Ebert said it is dangerous because of how young those surveyed are, 12 and 13-year-olds. “At that age, their brains are still developing so they’re getting two to three times more of the rush and that’s where I think the fear is that they get addicted.”

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UPCOMING EVENTS
LAUGH FOR RECOVERY

Saturday, May 16, 2015  

The 2nd Annual Comedy Benefit, “Laugh for Recovery” which is YPR-NJ’s major fundraiser is slated for 6:30PM May 16, at the Old Bridge Knights of Columbus (61 Pine Street, Old Bridge, NJ). Last year’s event was a great success, and this year’s Comedy Benefit will be even better.

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REEL RECOVERY FILM FESTIVAL DENVER

May 29-31, 2015  

The 1st Denver Edition 2015
With CeDAR and Writers In Treatment
Denver Film Society
SIE Film Center
2510 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206

Call for more information:
818-762-0461  

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REEL RECOVERY FILM FESTIVAL
2nd ANNUAL BAY AREA EDITION

June 11-14, 2015 

VIZ Theater, 1746 Post Street

San Francisco, CA 94115

Smith Rafael Film Center

1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 

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415-548-0492   

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Taking Action   VIDEO
France Moves to Ban Ultrathin Fashion Models  VIDEO    

The country’s National Assembly on Friday supported an amendment that would forbid anybody under a certain level of body mass index, or BMI, from working as a runway model. Those who hire underweight models could be fined as much as €75,000 ($82,460) and face up to six months in prison. “The law is to protect models, who are getting so thin that they’re in danger,” Mr. Véran told The Wall Street Journal late Friday. “It’s also to protect adolescents. This image of so-called ideal beauty augments the risk of eating disorders.”

Dope
Fatal Heroin Overdoses Continue To Outpace Homicides    

For the second straight year, fatal heroin overdoses have outpaced homicides in New York City.  In 2013, 335 people were murdered in the city, while 424 died from heroin overdoses. The Daily News reports that fatal heroin overdoses in 2014 also exceeded the 328 murders catalogued last year. Fatal overdoses involving prescription drugs (according to a 2013 study, four out of five people who recently tried heroin began using prescription opiates).

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ESSAY by Candace Plattor, M.A., R.C.C.
Loved Ones of Addicts May Also Need Help Saying No    

It’s not uncommon for addicts to say and do hurtful things to those closest to them as a way of trying to keep them under their control. This is just another avoidance tactic, used so that they don’t have to face up to their own dysfunctional way of living. Unless challenged, this behaviour is virtually guaranteed to continue…

Zig-Zag Cleans Up
Roll another one/ just like the other one…    

DENVER, April 1, 2015 –  As part of its ongoing mission to reach as many patients as possible with trusted canna-based treatments, Mary’s Medicinals today announced a THC infused toilet paper, known as Mary’s Acute Symptomatic Support With Isolated Plant Extract. “The bottom line is that medical cannabis shows astounding promise for a broad variety of ailments,” said Nicole Smith, CEO of Mary’s Medicinals. “But many users can’t get behind smoking joints or eating lollipops to attain relief.

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Brandi’s Wish

MEDIA: Book Recommendation
Addicted to Dimes (Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat)    

DRINKING and GAMBLING “I read this book the moment I received it and could not put it down. Cathys recovery journey and steps taken so touched my heart and reminded me of the struggles I too faced on my personal journey. The experiences and how she handled her illness and came to the realities of this addiction will touch anyones heart who reads this and all who too want to stop the Insanity of our shared Addiction.”

Business As Usual
Ex Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Reveals Horrors of Western Medicine    

An ex-pharmaceutical sales rep has come clean after 15 years of being in the drug pushing business. In her powerful book, Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher, Gwen Olsen explains why she left her lucrative career selling drugs for some of the biggest names in the business. Now she passionately advocates against the pharmaceutical industry, their unethical practices, and the hundreds of thousands of lives they lead to the grave.

Addiction Is Dangerous
Rappelling 18 stories to make statement about addiction    

McConnell was one of about 60 people who rappelled down the side of CityPlace Tower to raise money and awareness about addiction for the Shatterproof Challenge, with the help of the nonprofit event planner Over the Edge, on Saturday. Shatterproof is a national organization focused on ending addiction through education, empowerment, and assisting families, educators and others.

Detox With Dignity Now

Essay by Kathleen Parker
Alcoholism Starts by Example    

Wine is an elegant gift on multiple levels, most importantly because it allows aficionados to say they don’t really drink, they “just drink wine.” Additionally, wine comes attractively packaged with clever names, bottled for two and corked with denial. As our Hallmark approach to relationships and virtue goes, MADD has designated April 21 as talk-to-your-kids-about-drinking day. One day a year is a start, I suppose, but it has the same feel as once-a-year worship – or of commercially sanctioned appreciation of mothers, fathers and valentines – absolving us of neglect the rest of the year.

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Call Lamar
NBA Pro To Share Recovery Experience    

Former NBA player Chris Herren speaks about his struggle with substance abuse and his road to recovery on Thursday, April 7, at 7 pm. This presentation is intended for parents and their children (11 years and older), friends and neighbors, and will be held at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road.  Intensive, long-term substance abuse treatment for his drug addiction is what placed Mr Herren on the road to recovery, and he will share his compelling story with the community with the hope of reaching just one person and making a difference in his or her life.

More Blow Back at Gabrielle Glaser
How Does Alcoholics Anonymous Beat Rival Treatments? And at least it’s free.

The addiction-treatment industry is a racket, which cries out for critical investigation. But Glaser’s article is embarrassingly shallow and one-sided. She cherry-picks data and anecdotes to make A.A. look bad and alternatives look good. Her article has already provoked some blowback, including this critique in New York Magazine, but I’d like to add my own complaints.

Still Sober … After All These Years
Clapton’s greatest addiction? Not drugs … Women!    

As he turns 70, the rock legend’s biographer reveals the trail of broken hearts and shattered lives he’s left in his wake. Despite threatening to quit touring for good, Eric Clapton is gearing up for seven sold-out London concerts. He finds going out on the road ‘unbearable’ after 50 years in the business, but will treat British fans to a handful of shows at the Royal Albert Hall in May.

It’s a Family Affair  VIDEO
Bobby Brown And Whitney Houston’s Driver Details Cocaine Addiction VIDEO    

When Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown expressed their joy over having a baby girl, the musical legends never dreamed that one day Bobbi Kristina Brown would be found unconscious in circumstances paralleling how her own mother died. But that’s precisely what happened on January 31 when she was found lying face down, unconscious in a bathtub and then rushed to a hospital…

Or More…
Alcoholism may cut short your life by
eight years  

The study, published in the journal European Psychiatry, highlights how alcoholism affects both mental and physical health and calls for early treatment for addiction. “Mental problems as well as significant physical health impairments are associated with alcohol addiction.” “Alcoholics who were treated in British general hospitals for health problems die an average of 7.6 years earlier than non-alcohol dependent patients; this is due to the interaction of several concomitant physical illnesses,” Schoepf noted.

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