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August 4, 2015                   Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 2., No. 50
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Danny Trejo’s Story Of Addiction And Redemption Will Put A Smile On Your Face VIDEO      

“Everything good that has happened to me, has happened as a direct result of helping someone else.” It’s easy to get carried away with the heartfelt headlines and stories that will supposedly uplift you, but Danny Trejo managed to put a smile on my face in this clip from AARP. In it, Trejo talks about his life growing up as a bit of a wild child and how it landed him in prison and in a battle with drug addiction. Trejo had the tough guy act down…

They Should Be Banned
CDC: Dangers of Marijuana Edibles    

Government health experts warn in a new report that the risks of consuming marijuana-infused edibles like weed brownies and other snacks mustn’t be understated following the suicide last year of a man whose death has been blamed on pot. “This is not a lethal amount he ingested,” Dr. Robert Glatter, a New York City emergency physician, told HealthDay. “You could eat several of these cookies and be put into a euphoric state, and possibly have anxiety, but that, in and of itself, would not be lethal.”

Warning: No Warning
Are Drug Companies Too Slow to Report Patient Deaths to the FDA?    

Researchers at Stanford and the University of Minnesota have found that pharmaceutical manufacturers often wait for months, and sometimes more than a year, before telling federal drug regulators about patients who became sick after taking a medication…they found, the more often it involved a patient’s death. The findings suggest that at least some drug companies are increasing the risk for patients by dragging their feet on disclosing data about potentially unrecognized side effects.

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Good News – Bad News
Teens’ drug and alcohol use DECLINING, but pot use getting higher    

Marijuana use in teenagers is on the rise, while cigarette and alcohol use are stable or declining, according to health statistics researchers. In particular, black teens are using more marijuana than in recent decades. “Our analysis shows that public health campaigns are working — fewer teens are smoking cigarettes.” Overall the researchers found a marked decline in cigarette use, particularly among white teens, and an increase in marijuana use, particularly among black teens.

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Responsible Behavior
Marriage Can Lead to Dramatic Reduction in Heavy Drinking in Young Adults     

Research on alcohol-use disorders consistently shows problem drinking decreases as we age. Also called, “maturing out,” these changes generally begin during young adulthood and are partially caused by the roles we take on as we become adults. Now, researchers… have found evidence that marriage can cause dramatic drinking reductions even among people with severe drinking problems.

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Are Nightmares Real?
How the American Psychological Association Lost Its Way     

Last December, a Senate Intelligence Committee report laid bare the extensive involvement of individual psychologists in the CIA’s black-site torture program. Then a devastating independent report by a former federal prosecutor determined that more than a decade ago APA leaders – including the director of ethics – began working secretly with military representatives…

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Across The Bored AUDIO
Efforts To Curb The Nation’s Deadly Heroin Epidemic AUDIO    

The Centers for Disease Control reported the number of Americans who died from heroin overdoses quadrupled in the decade ending in 2013. We look at what’s behind the nation’s surge in heroin addiction and what some communities are doing to fight back. Guests – Marc Fisher senior editor, Washington Post – Dr. Leana Wen Baltimore City Health Commissioner; emergency physician – Beth Kane-Davidson director, – Addiction Treatment Center at Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute – Sgt Jay Perry supervisory sergeant, Virginia State Police; coordinator, Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force.

Healing Battle Wounds
Sobriety walks important for Native American community’s battle against alcoholism     

As the chairperson for United Urban Warrior Society of Central California (U.U.W.S.), a National Native American organization devoted to more Human and Civil Rights for Native People, many people here in Richmond have asked me why U.U.W.S. had a Native American Walk for Sobriety on July 18 (photos in this story are from the event). I share that for the past 550 years, over 120 million Native People have been killed and slaughtered by mass extermination and ethnic cleansing.

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Essay
Addiction and Death … Now Bobbi Kristina Brown by M/R  Johnson     

It is time for society to open their eyes to those like Bobbi and others who suffer from addiction and mental health disorders of depression in silence. It is time to UNDERSTAND as long as society focus is on the negative images concerning behavioral health disorders with the negative images of the stigma and shame associated with any mental health or addiction, no one will truly reach out for HELP!

Rock It Man
Elton John Celebrates 25 Years of Sober    

He commemorated the achievement on Instagram Wednesday, writing, “25 years of sobriety today. One day at a time.” He posted a picture of a cake with the sparkly number 25 on top. Elton’s husband, David Furnish, also posted a message about the milestone. He Instagrammed a photo of a sobriety coin with 25 years imprinted on it and wrote, “Happy 25th Birthday Elton. You inspire me with your light and your love every day.”

New Meaning for COP   VIDEO
Kenyan ‘killer brew’ addicts losing both alcohol and penises VIDEO     

Authorities in Kenya are cracking down on illicitly brewed alcohol following a recent spate of deaths. Homemade alcohol, sometimes called “killer brew”, is popular among poorer Kenyans in central parts of the country. Addiction is having a devastating impact on many communities and, as BBC Pop Up discovered, some wives have been driven to desperate measures.

Independent Film Making w/A Purpose
Seed & Spark to Help Complete PERFECTION     

PERFECTION is a story about the timely subject matter of self injury as it explores our cultures addiction to plastic surgery and the absurd notion that we can only be loved if we are perfect! Kristabelle, still living with her Mother cuts herself to feel alive. Her Mother, addicted to plastic…OFFICIAL Selection REEL Recovery Film Festival.

The Facebook of Recovery?
Battling addiction? Get help with this ‘social’ app     

If you are struggling with alcoholism or other forms of addictions, here comes a smartphone app that aims to help by connecting you to a social network of sober people. Named Sober Grid, the app has a public news feed where users can post messages about their struggles and successes with sobriety. “Some people, their life is dependent on their sobriety. So that need to connect is how people get and maintain sobriety,” Beau Mann, a founder of Sober Grid, was quoted as saying by The New York Times.

Bringing Up The Bottom
Hidden addiction: Life as a high-functioning alcoholic     

Psychologist Dr Cameron Brown says Angelina’s experience, and others’ like her, should serve as a wake-up call to how Australia treats alcoholism. “The public health response to alcohol abuse in Australia largely focuses on the working class, it’s time we challenged this and woke up to the fact that alcohol affects all part of society in a big way,” he says. She says, “I was worried because I didn’t know how boring my life will be, all I knew was that lifestyle where you can’t go out and not be on something, but she told me your life would be so much more exciting.

Not During The Game!
Is it time to legalize marijuana in sports? 

To help him deal with his ailments, Kyle Turley’s doctors have prescribed a multitude of painkillers, psych meds and muscle relaxants over the years. Depakote. Wellbutrin. Zoloft. Flexeril. Percocet. Vicodin. Toradol. Vioxx. You don’t need to know what each of these drugs is designed to do. The point is that dating back to when he blew out his knee at SDSU in 1996, Turley has been on them all at some point, often in different prescribed combinations, over a period that spans almost 20 years.

Seems Like a Big Problem
Heroin Use Is Killing Connecticut Residents At An Alarming Rate 

From the biggest Connecticut cities to the most affluent suburbs, heroin and other opiates are claiming the lives of residents at an alarming rate and legislators are working on legislation to give communities the tools needed to save lives. Last year, about 500 people died in Connecticut due to overdoses involving, heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone and other opiates. Often there was a combination of opiates or opiates and other drugs.

If You’re Asking is #12
11 Signs You’re Dating an Alcoholic  

Mayo Clinic defines it as the “inability to control drinking despite health and social consequences, preoccupation with alcohol, physical dependence on alcohol, and denial of drinking”. In our fun filled society where we have a large variety of social settings to ‘good time’ in with family and friends, it’s often easy to mistake alcoholism for social drinking. Today we’re discussing 11 signs to increase your awareness of what alcohol abuse looks like in 2015.

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Local (West Hollywood) Hero
Leslie Jordan Throws Coffee At Men Screaming Anti-gay Slurs in Starbucks     

…Then the manager came along and told them to get the hell out. The thugs refused to leave and proceeded to call everyone in the store “faggots.” And that’s when things got really heated. Because unbeknownst to the homophobes, Leslie Jordan happened to be there. Yes, the Leslie Jordan. The 4’11 Southern gentleman approached the men, fuming, and told them to “Get out of my house!” before chasing them out the front doors.

Court Room Drama in Murrieta, CA
The Company And Corporate President Indicted For Murder    

California prosecutors on Wednesday unsealed an indictment charging A Better Tomorrow. Among those California Attorney General Kamala Harris indicted for murder is Jerrod Menz. “The coroner concluded the client died of hypertensive cardiovascular disease. The individual also had a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a police report. The coroner made absolutely no finding that the death had anything to do with his treatment at our facility.”

No Stigma In Texas
TEXAS Governor Vetoes Mental Health Bill Because He Doesn’t Believe Mental Illness Is Real    

Governor Abbott has recently vetoed a bipartisan bill which would give more resources to medical professionals that help residents dealing with mental health problems. The bill in question was widely popular, supported by many large medical associations in the state and both political parties. Instead, Abbott killed the bill after receiving information from a Scientology group…

So Senseless & Truly Tragic
‘Parks and Recreation’ producer died of overdose    

A new coroner’s reports states that Parks and Recreation’s Harris Wittels died from an accidental heroin overdose. The comedian spoke openly of his struggles with addiction, and had spent time in two rehab programs. According to TMZ, the evening before his death, Wittels performed standup at The Meltdown in L.A. and talked about his sobriety and how he was in a “good place.” The Los Angeles County coroner’s report noted that “drug paraphernalia including a spoon, syringe cap and remnants of latex balloons,” and a “Narcotics Anonymous” book were found near the body.

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Prison Asylum VIDEO
A Psychologist as Warden?  VIDEO     

As Congress embarks on a rethinking of the criminal justice system – including giving judges greater discretion in sentencing – jails and prisons are also confronting myriad problems in dealing with the mentally ill. There are now 10 times as many mentally ill people in the nation’s 5,000 jails and prisons as there are in state mental institutions … Three of the nation’s largest jails – Rikers Island in New York, the county jail in Los Angeles and Cook County Jail here in Chicago – have been under federal scrutiny, in part because of mistreatment of the mentally ill.

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They Are What You Drink
Women who consume 5 alcoholic drinks at time of conception ‘at greater risk of having an obese child’    

Women who drink alcohol around the time they become pregnant dramatically increase the odds that their baby will become fat in later life, according to a study. The children are much more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and obesity in early middle age, the researchers from the University of Queensland said.

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Civilized Country’s Solution
War on drugs? What Portugal’s done right that U.S. should study     

A heroin epidemic in our community has been trending for many years. Law enforcement tasked with the unwinnable battle of ridding our society of drugs has an uphill battle, similar to that of Sisyphus of Greek mythology, who was tasked with pushing a boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down every time, repeating his useless efforts for eternity. Like that boulder, the drug policies enacted in our nation ensure that we will never be successful on any level, and we will continue to repeat our useless efforts for eternity.

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Against All Odds
Beating the odds: Nonprofit treats gambling addiction as illness     

Frequent and problem gambling become more common as one’s socioeconomic status gets lower, researchers found, while gambling involvement tends to decline as it rises. Welte speculated that lower status Americans may pursue gambling as a way to make money, which was noted as a losing strategy. Gamblers Anonymous is a free, 12-step support group for problem gamblers or any individuals who have a desire to stop gambling. Group meetings are also available for spouses, family members and friends of the problem gambler. Visit gamblersanonymous.org. “It’s a long process,” O’Hare said. “It’s not six sessions and you’ll never want to gamble again.

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Beautiful Testimony VIDEO
Treating More Than Just Addiction  VIDEO    

When she was a young girl, Joan Ayala says she was sexually and physically abused by her grandfather, usually in his basement while her grandmother slept upstairs. Her family was no help, ripped apart as they were by alcoholism and mental illness. Our hearts break when we hear stories such as Ayala’s. Joan Rideout Ayala has a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addiction. During her lifelong battle she has learned coping skills to sustain her and end her addiction and cope with her mental illness.

Anything Goes
Cortisol a Treatment for Heroin Addiction?     

The investigators tested the effects of cortisol on heroin cravings in a double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study involving 29 heroin-dependent adults in a stable heroin-assisted treatment program…Cortisol administration cut heroin cravings by an average of 25% when compared with placebo, as determined on the basis of patient-reported visual analogue scales for craving, the researchers report.

MEDIA: Book Recommendation
THE PATH: Mastering the Nine Pillars of Resilience and Success by Stephen Sideroff Ph.D.     

Life is stressful. It’s the most identified problem by adults. It is also one of the primary causes of symptoms that send us to the doctor. At the same time, most of us have great resistance to reducing our stress, or “managing” stress. Dr. Sideroff brings his over 40 years of work in the field of psychology as researcher, clinician, professor, trainer and consultant…

And Deadly Too
Addiction is a serious medical condition     

A state hearing in Scranton this week demonstrated not only the growing impact of the opioid drug addiction epidemic, but a growing understanding that it is a public health emergency rather than a law enforcement matter alone. At least 149 people in the seven Northeast Pennsylvania counties died in 2014 due to overdoses of heroin and other opioids, according to the state Coroner’s Association. That’s grim but only an indicator of the number of addicts.

You Can’t Run Away From Yourself
Eminem Details 81-Pound Weight Loss After 2007 Overdose      

In an interview for the September 2015 issue of Men’s Journal, Eminem reveals how fitness helped him during his battle with drug addiction. Detailing his weight loss strategies after an overdose, the storied rapper revealed his on-and-off relationship with fitness, which included boxing and a stint of working out with Dr. Dre.

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A Path From ‘Blackout’ Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance NPR AUDIO     

Before Sarah Hepola got sober five years ago, she considered alcohol to be “the fuel of all adventure.” These adventures included taking off her clothes in public, pouring beer on people’s heads and waking up in strangers’ beds. Frequently, Hepola didn’t remember these incidents afterward because she had been in an alcohol-induced blackout. “A blackout is very different from passing out,” Hepola tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross.

Going To Any Lengths
Sex and solicitation: Texas woman funds drug addiction through prostitution   

She poured her heart out, detailing her 20 years as a crack-addicted sex worker near one of the largest military installations in the world: Fort Hood. “I probably smoke anywhere from $300 to $700 every day just by myself,” Watson said. “I wouldn’t wish this addiction on nobody,” she said. But it’s that addiction that drives much of her everyday quest for money, peddling the only thing she knows how to sell: sex.

Unknown?
The Unknown Prescription Drug Epidemic in Sports  

In this VAVEL exclusive, read how painkilling drugs athletes are being prescribed are turning them into drug addicts and what can be done to prevent this. Don was prescribed OxyCotin, but continued to battle back injuries the rest of his life. When he was 32-years old, he had a traumatic experience with a surgery, and became addicted to the drug he was first prescribed after his injury as a result. After a two-year battle with addiction to the drug, he overdosed in 2004 at the young age of 34.

I Love LA
In-N-Out Shake:  L.A. Man Claims Milkshake Went ‘Breaking Bad’, Getting METH Served At Burger Joint   

Maldonado’s lawsuit explains that he felt “nausea and severe mental illness” upon drinking the In-N-Out shake, then falling asleep; it wasn’t until a few days later that he went to the Utica Toxicology Service to have the drink tested, and as toxicology findings from last year show, it was found that both the napkin and the cup had tested positive for the drug.

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