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50 Loving Sentiments We Should Say More Often to Loved Ones
Make a choice to consciously nurture your relationships with verbal communications of love. Be kind and sincere. Ask open-ended questions with an open heart. Listen empathically and non- defensively. Remember, there are no conditions, no strings, no expectations, and no manipulations. Simply, love to love.
For more than 80 years, 12- step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous have helped millions give up drinking for good. But today, more and more experts are calling for a change in how doctors and specialists approach the treatment of alcohol addiction.
Over the last 10 years, novel psychoactive substances – NPSs or ‘legal highs’ – have become increasingly available to those looking to abuse them. Not only are they advertised and sold widely on the internet and head shops but they are also sold as “safe” and “legal” alternatives to illicit drugs.
Classical musicians with drug and drink problems have been brought together for a one-off performance for a Channel 4 documentary in an effort to help them turn their lives around. “It’s not often that we get a glimpse into the world of middle-class addiction and we’re enormously grateful to all the people who took part in this film for sharing their stories with us in such an honest, fearless and compassionate way. It’s an incredibly moving watch.”
‘Lethal Epidemic’ As Hookah Pipes More Dangerous Than Smoking 40 Cigarettes
A new study found 18% of high school seniors have reported engaging in behavior researchers describe as ‘equivalent to smoking 10-40 cigarettes in a single sitting, and then kissing everybody as well’. Researchers say the students are unaware of the potential health risks – and believe new, small hookah ‘pens’ similar to e-cigarettes could lead to major health problems.
Berkeley Pushes for Cancer Warning Stickers on Cell Phones
Berkeley, CA, undaunted by abandoned efforts in San Francisco, is attempting to become the first city in the nation to require retailers to put stickers on cell phone packaging warning people that the devices may emit cancer-causing radiation.
Soon There Will Be Those Planes at the Beach Dropping Samples
Yelp for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
“I realized that these dispensaries could use internet marketing,” says Justin Hartfield, CEO of Weedmaps.com. “I was like, wait a minute. Yelp doesn’t have any dispensaries. Why don’t I make a portal for dispensaries? I could optimize it myself, get the No. 1 on Google.
Iron Man 4: Tony Stark Battles Post-Ultron Trauma and Alcoholism
One of the many theories and rumours regarding the plot of the fourth Iron Man movie gives a very dark, yet suitable end to Tony Stark’s character. The rumoured plot is based on the Marvel comic book ‘Demon in a Bottle’ storyline in which Stark unsuccessfully battles alcoholism. The future of Iron Man 4 is quite uncertain. Robert Downey Jr. has made the beloved superhero character his own, but whether or not the superstar will reprise his role for the sixth time in Iron Man 4 remains to be seen.
The Least Successful “Disease Treatment” in the World
Addiction and Recovery Research – Time for Change
SMMGP has a great downloadable presentation on addiction treatment research. By Jim Orford, it’s a couple of years old now, but it has not lost any of its relevance. I’ve been writing on the problem of lack of addiction research generally and a definite near absence on recovery research. Orford is a Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Birmingham. He sets out some of the problems with existing research – why it ‘fails’.
Here to comment on the history of meth epidemics is Nicholas Parsons, assistant professor of sociology at Eastern Connecticut University and author of Meth Mania. The book is about the social and cultural history of methamphetamine in the United States. There are two main themes the book takes up.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he “was born an alcoholic and will die an alcoholic”, but is that just a convenient excuse for his behaviour? “This nature versus nurture debate is a bit of a red herring. Addiction is a combination of genetics and environment and psychology. There is a genetic basis for almost every addiction, but of course genetics on its own doesn’t explain why someone goes on to become addicted.
It’s difficult to know just how many people are addicted to marijuana. According to a study endorsed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 9 percent of people who use marijuana will become abusers. “When we look at the criteria for addiction, it has a lot to do with people tempering their behavior,” explained Carl Hart, an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University and author of High Price.
Painkillers Kill More People Than Heroin, Cocaine VIDEO
Law enforcement is calling prescription drug abuse an epidemic. Painkillers are killing more people each year more than heroin and cocaine combined. The Police Department holds events where Charlotte residents can properly dispose of powerful painkillers. “Operation Medicine Drop” yielded over 100 pounds of medicine at their last event.
The Best Addiction Treatment Ever for Doctors, Dentists, Lawyers and Pilots. Why Not You?
Addiction to alcohol or other drugs is not easy to recover from. However there are many pathways to recovery, including through treatment. One group of patients does far better than most other groups. In fact their results are so impressive that many commentators have urged us to learn from what’s different about their treatment.
My favorite AA slogan, and you’ll hear it in meetings taking place around the world, is “Keep it simple.” Ironically, some of the most intelligent people I’ve met over the years in recovery are the same people who seem to struggle most with staying sober.
Billy Graham: With God’s Guidance, You Can Overcome Drug Addiction
Jesus’ promise is for you: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).”In addition, God wants to guide you to obtain practical help to fight this problem. Look for a church which seeks to follow Christ; its pastor should know what treatment programs are available in your area.
The center is part of a growing wing of addiction treatment that rejects the AA model of strict abstinence as the sole form of recovery for alcohol and drug users. It uses a suite of techniques that provide a hands-on approach to emotional and behavioral problems, rather than having abusers forever swear off the substance.
Hampshire Rehab Center Has 90 Percent Success Rate
“We have a 90 percent success in Hampshire County,” Ours said. That means the people enrolled in the center have done well and have finished the program. “People are not failing drug tests, not consuming alcohol,” Ours said. Clients are referred to the center by the circuit and magistrate courts and in some cases from child protective services.
Mutant Worms That Cannot Get Drunk Could Help Alcoholics
The worms used in the study displaying clear signs of being drunk, slowing their crawling and wriggling less. The intoxicated worms also stop laying eggs, which build up in their body and can be counted. The next stage is to test the modified BK channel in mice, as worms fail to display other effects of alcohol such as craving, tolerance and withdrawal symptoms.
A recent study found that when people drink alcohol with energy drinks they have a stronger desire to keep drinking compared to people who drank vodka mixed with soda.The alcohol-energy drink imbibers had a stronger desire to continue drinking compared to the group just drinking vodka and soda, writes Time.
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Native American Speaks Out
Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Are Treatable Diseases
by im Giago Founder, Native American Journalists Association
A body is found behind the ice cream parlor on W. Main Street, just around the corner from the office of the Native Sun News and the first thing that goes through the minds of all of our employees as they report to work and see the yellow tape roping off the area is: I wonder if it is an Indian. The number one contributor to nearly all of these gruesome and deadly events is alcohol and drugs.
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Steven Tyler Considers Doctors Drug Dealers
Dr. Mehmet Oz spoke to Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler about his 40-year drug addiction on the July 18 episode of the Dr. Oz Show. On a previous episode, Dr. Oz discussed how prescription drugs have become a gateway to heroin addiction, especially among suburban moms, so Tyler’s harsh comment isn’t totally without merit.
Star Wars Actor Paul Grant Snapped Snorting Cocaine, Drinking Expired Beer VIDEO
The 4ft 4in-tall actor who appeared in Star Wars, Harry Potter and a series of Hollywood hits has told how he blew all his cash on drink, drugs and prostitutes. He admitted: ‘I need help. I’ve been on cocaine and it has just got worse. I’m drinking and smoking what I can get. I need Help.”
At Purdue’s direction, May and Mark Radcliffe, as well as others, marketed OxyContin with the 2:1 lies to federal healthcare institutions in West Virginia, Virginia, California, Illinois and Georgia, according to the suit, and, as a result of Purdue’s fraudulent marketing efforts, sales of the drug skyrocketed. The plaintiffs claim Purdue represented that one milligram of OxyContin would give the same pain relief as two milligrams.
Husband’s Job at Betty Ford Center Brings Woman Back to Redlands
The clinic “deserves the very best leaders who can continue and build upon the great legacy left by our former First Lady, who sought to help others live their best possible life,” said Mark Mishek, president and CEO of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation which oversees the center.