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January 5, 2016                   Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 3., No. 21
It’s a Family Affair  VIDEO
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s Son Chet Pens Emotional Message About Sobriety for New Year’s VIDEO     

Tom Hanks son Chet Hanks is ready to start the New Year fresh. Chet took to Instagram on Thursday night to pen an emotional message reflecting on his impactful year and revealing his positive hopes for 2016.  “This is the first New Years of my life where I actually feel a huge change from the end of one year to the beginning of a new,” he wrote. “But something about 2016 feels significant to me.”

Good Advice VIDEO
Recognize resolution vs. addiction VIDEO 

Dr. Patrick Fehling, a psychiatrist from the University of Colorado Hospital Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation was in the 9NEWS studio Saturday morning to discuss when to recognize an addiction when trying to lead a healthier lifestyle. For example, if your resolution is to cut back on drinking, its important to ask the CAGE questions. The CAGE questions are commonly used..

2016     One Day at a Time
Calendar Celebrates Triumph                Over Addiction 

For a free copy of the calendar, call CARE at 586-541-2273

“There are more than 23 million people in the United States who are in recovery. Our goal for this calendar is to show individuals battling addiction that recovery is possible and to help remove the stigma that surrounds it.”

Celebrity Sobriety
Tori Helps Dean Celebrate Sobriety Win    

At last, Dean McDermott is showing Tori Spelling that he’s committed to saving their marriage. As new divorce rumors swirl, RadarOnline.com has learned that McDermott is showing he’s in it for the long haul by focusing on his sobriety. And he’s about to celebrate two years of it!

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Essay/Opinion
How do we tackle alcoholism? First, stop denying it’s part of the culture of poverty   

Imagine a new, designer drug came onto the black market, whose side effects included inducing irrational and dangerous behaviour, loss of sensory awareness, bouts of violent activity, vomiting, seizures, hallucinations, sleep deprivation, severe psychosis, long-term mental health problems, organ failure and possible instantaneous death. Horrific, yes? You would assume this narcotic would be graded as a Class A substance and made illegal immediately. Now, call this drug “alcohol”.

Business as Usual
Addictions Add Up to Big Losses For Businesses     

It’s a billion-dollar habit that US businesses just can’t kick: addiction. The mathematics are indisputable. In almost any office in America, the chances are good that one or more of your fellow employees, or someone you supervise or hired, has a drug or drinking problem … According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence report “The Dangers of Drugs and Alcohol on the Job,” alcohol and drug use account for a disproportionate number of workplace accidents and deaths, costing industry billions in additional insurance and workers’ compensation charges.

But Ain’t Afraid of Dying
Dartmouth Drug Overdose Shows Users ‘afraid’ of Calling for Help     

“Every fatal incident of overdose is preventable and unnecessary,” MacIsaac said. “I don’t think one life outweighs the value of another life. They all matter. We really need to put pressure on the system and ensure that this is treated as a health issue.” There are other, bigger-picture problems that need addressing, she said, including building more treatment centres. “We really need more resources invested,” MacIsaac said. “Bottom line, I always say that a dead addict can’t get clean.”

Personal Recollection
How Chef Matty Matheson Beat Alcoholism 

I have been a psychopath since forever, an all-or-nothing kind of guy. I remember going to concerts at an early age. I would sneak into bars at 16, and I got my first tattoo at 17. I got kicked out of high school for fighting. I beat up a kid pretty bad.

Politics of Sobriety


Jeb Bush Drug Control Proposal Calls for ‘Dedicated Parents,’ Better Access to Drug Courts     

He told MSNBC in November that as the parent of a drug addict, “You gotta be strong, you gotta pray. In my particular case, my daughter’s been drug-free for a long while. And I’m really proud of her. And we stay connected with her.” “It is a huge problem,” he added later about drug addiction. “We need a comprehensive strategy to deal with it. But from a personal level, it’s just– you gotta love your children with your heart and soul, doesn’t matter their age. Addiction is a dangerous thing. It’s scary.

OPINION by Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D.
People are Dying en Masse from Our Approach to Addiction    

“Without irony, The New York Times has characterized Dr. Volkow as a “general in the drug war.”  But, with results like these, wouldn’t a general be relieved of her command in any other type of war?… In the meantime, perhaps the White House might at least change its website to be a bit more modest, rather than claiming that “Groundbreaking discoveries about the brain have revolutionized our understanding of drug addiction, enabling us to respond effectively to the problem.”

Driving is Not a Video Game
Bill Would Allow 18-year-olds to Drink in New Hampshire    

I think it’s ridiculous,” Sawyer said. “Any study will show you that the number of fatalities and tragedies based on alcohol consumption by people in that age group goes up when they’re allowed to drink … In my opinion, if we allow a law like this, we will see increasing instances of fatalities and tragedies.” One state representative who the bill directly applies to is Rep. Rio Tilton, 19, who represents Seabrook and Hampton Falls in District 20. He said he would be hesitant to change drinking laws at all.

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So Many Meds To Chose From
Drug Approvals at 19-Year High     

But despite the rosy statistics and the prospect for further progress in 2016, the pharmaceuticals industry faces challenges, with increased political focus on drug pricing having punctured both biotech and specialty pharma valuations in recent months. The prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming U.S. president could further undermine confidence in the sector’s 2016 profitability, given her pledge to rein in drug costs.

Go Make a Movie
REEL Recovery Film Festival

is a social, educational, networking and recovery forum showcasing first-time filmmakers and experienced professionals who make films about addiction and recovery. Our audience is treatment professionals, people in recovery, members of the entertainment industry, media representatives, educated moviegoers and the general public.

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Addiction/Recovery eBulletin Publisher & Editor:  
Leonard Buschel  

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Sad Loss
From Addiction Battles to Chart-Topping Success: Natalie Cole’s Life in the Spotlight

With a father like jazz legend Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole was always going to have an extraordinary life. The nine-time Grammy-award-winning singer, who died on Thursday at 65 due to complications from ongoing health issues, had a life of extreme ups and downs, from decades-long battles with addiction to chart-topping success.

No More Vanilla
CHS Announces Annual Best/Worst Sex List for 2015    

Alexandra Katehakis and Center for Healthy Sex (CHS) have released their Annual Best/Worst Sex List for 2015. It’s been a wild year for sex! It seems like sexuality is the one field with even more of an ideological divide than politics. This year there is greater tolerance than ever to the many sexuality identifications and definitions, thanks to sex therapists and activists who collectively demand greater agency, access and protections.

Working in the Trenches  VIDEO
Addiction Counselor Missing After Fire at Arvada Substance Abuse Clinic VIDEO     

ARVADA, Colo. – One person is missing after a fire at a substance abuse clinic in Arvada Saturday, firefighters announced Sunday. The fire started at the Creative Treatment Options behavioral health care clinic at around 10 a.m…”John Rutter is still missing,” officials with Creative Treatment Options said on Facebook.

Stay Clean, Before You Get Clean
As Heroin Rises, Calls for Florida to Establish a Needle Exchange    

The study found that 95 percent of users dump their used needles onto the street, and the number found on the street in Miami is eight times higher than in San Francisco, where there is a needle-exchange program. “The research

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Denver Bronco
Former NFL Players Call for Medical Marijuana to be Taken Off Banned List     

To hurry players back from injury, a cocktail of pain pills and anti-inflammatory injections are typically dispensed. Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Percocet, Toradol, Celebrex, Vioxx (before it was recalled for increasing the long-term risk of heart attacks and strokes) and so on. The widespread use of highly potent prescription pain drugs, some argue, has allowed the NFL to become the multibillion-dollar industry that it is today, but at a price.

No Comment
Judge Dismisses DUI Charge After Woman Claims Her Body Brews Alcohol    

A judge in Hamburg, New York, dismissed a woman’s DUI charge after being presented with evidence that she suffers from “auto-brewery syndrome,” according to the Associated Press. Police accordingly told The Buffalo News that she “weaving all over the road,” and “exhibited glassy-bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. She also blew a blood alcohol level more than four times the legal limit…She blew .40,…

A Different Kind of Bowl
Fighting Addiction:  The Power of Sound 

On a cold, damp night, behind the Franklin Cares building on Route 23, a group of about 20 people gathered with candles and stood in a small circle. They listened in silence as 48 names were read aloud. The names hung heavy in the thick air before vanishing quickly into the darkness. Solemn faces, illuminated by candlelight, would wince when a familiar name was heard. On this Monday evening in December, the group had gathered for a vigil to remember those whose lives were lost to heroin and opiate overdoses or those who had taken their own lives.

The Unified Field
Year End Letter from National Association of Treatment Providers     

…we are writing to report on the state of NAATP and to advise you of some important NAATP activity. As you know, NAATP underwent a leadership change this year. We have made a new commitment to enhanced operations and activity on behalf of our members and the addiction provider field. Change can be a very good thing and this process has created a new energy and enthusiasm among Board and Staff…
The NAATP Staff Marvin Ventrell, JD – Executive Director,  Katie Strand, CMP – Director of Operations,  Mark Dunn – Policy Representative,  Jessica Swan, NCAC – Outcomes Manager

Political Eight Ball
Carly Fiorina: We Must Tackle the Addiction Crisis     

This is a battle that we must fight. There are things that we can and must do. We must invest more in mental health and in the treatment of drug addiction. We shouldn’t be criminalizing addiction. If you’re criminalizing drug abuse, you’re not treating it. In New Hampshire alone, 85% of state prisoners have a substance abuse problem. These men and women need help.

Save a Life, Stop a Habit
Both Dems and Republicans Want to Raise Smoking Age to 21     

“What was interesting was that support to increase the legal age was basically the same between Republicans, Democrats and Independent voters,” said CEO of MBQF Consulting Mike Noble in a press release sent to The Daily Caller News Foundation. Hawaii became the first state to boost tobacco and e-cigarette purchasing age to 21, with the law taking effect Jan. 1.

 

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Onward
The Philharmonic Orchestra Welcomes 2016 With Laughter and Sobriety     

…As with last year’s concert, there were several minutes of sobriety and reflection in memory of personalities who made their departure in 2015, including Kurt Masur, David Willcocks, B.B. King, Jonah Lomu and Lee Kuan Yew. The aptly moving accompanying music was Estonian composer Arvo Part’s Cantus In Memoriam Of Benjamin Britten, which consisted of a series of descending scales built on a cantus firmus in A minor.

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Loved To Loathed
Leonard’s Year End Film List of 2015      

I’ve seen most of these in a theater, not at home. Based on personal reaction, opinion, enjoyability and gut feelings. Not a critic’s critique. A LOVED to LOATHED list, nor Best and Worst.  All titles are linked. Thank GOD for foreign films; without them it would be like living in an America with no New York or California. Feedback welcome. Films are my ‘drug of choice’.

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