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May 31, 2016                   Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 3., No. 42
New York Times: Opinion
Addicted to a Treatment for Addiction   

April Hileman of Lebanon, Va., tried to overcome an addiction to opioids with Suboxone, which is supposed to help people wean themselves off drugs. Instead, she found herself addicted to Suboxone. But Suboxone can get you high if you inject it or snort it or take it in combination with benzodiazepines, a sometimes fatal blend. And Ms. Hileman, then 24, did all those things.

I’m in Tatters VIDEO
Harris Stratyner PhD interviewed by FOX 5 TV on subject of drug Shatter VIDEO     
The Artist’s Way
Isa Genzken Says She Became an Alcoholic After Her Divorce From Gerhard Richte 

The 67-year-old artist Isa Genzken, who works and lives in Berlin, has spoken openly about her alcoholism in a candid interview with the Sunday edition of the German daily Der Tagesspiegel, claiming she had started drinking after the difficult divorce from artist Gerhard Richter. “I begun to drink and drink-and behave very inappropriately-because of this disaster with my [ex] husband,” she told the paper…Three years later, Genzken is still sober. And for the past six months, she has been able to go about her daily routine without the assistance or supervision of a caretaker. She continues to receive medical treatment for her bipolar disorder.

Who Needs Rehab?
Drug-oozing implant to control addiction 

The first-of-a-kind device, Probuphine, arrives as communities across the U.S. grapple with a wave of addiction tied to opioids, highly-addictive drugs that include legal pain medications like OxyContin and illegal narcotics like heroin. 

Stop! In the Name of Love
Getting Married Lowers Your Risk Of Being An Alcoholic     

Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University in Sweden have concluded a study analyzing marital status and how it affects the risk for alcoholism. Their research adds to recent studies that show how marriage can lead to safer drinking habits, similar to the protective effect the 12-step program and sponsors have on people in Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Smart and Sober

How Jeff Daniels Got Sober, Again AUDIO

Jeff Daniels describes turning 50 as “a speed bump at 80 miles per hour.” His career got its second wind-and the Michigan-based actor abandoned more than a decade of sobriety. Daniels recently received a 2016 Tony nomination for best leading actor in a play for his work in “Blackbird.”

Drugs Are the Path to Sobriety
LSD, Apple & The Grateful Dead

“A lot of what gets called psychedelic culture is actually the result of what happens after people stop taking hallucinogens,” he continues. “Many of the so-called New Age practices like meditation, yoga, and more can be traced back to the counterculture. Apple unquestionably rose in some part from the psychedelic scene.” … Even though LSD was first made illegal in California in 1966 – followed by other U.S. states in later years – it continued to play a part in stimulating and provoking new ideas, by juxtaposing the counterculture with the mainstream, despite the onset of prohibition.

College Educated?
Study Says: Frat Bros Are Basically Immune to Alcohol Interventions 

The research-which analyzed 15 studies and combed through data from 6,000 fraternity and sorority members-suggests that frat bros drink so goddamn much not necessarily because they want to, but because they’ve evolved into intervention-immune mutants who can’t un-peer pressure themselves into making solid decisions.

If You Have to Ask … You Might Be!

New Yorkers ask Google if they’re alcoholics, if wine is gluten-free and who killed Biggie Smalls more often than people from other states

People in New York are trusting in the search engine to answer their burning questions, like who killed Biggie Smalls, how to determine if you’re an alcoholic or not – and if that wine is gluten-free.

What Goes Wrong
Better Off Alive-Is the Stigma More Dangerous Than the Condition?

As a recent alarming essay on a popular website reminded us, many still perceive someone with mental illness as evil, dangerous, and in some cases, better off dead. Over the past decade, the rate of suicides in the U.S. has increased to 12.1 per 100,000 people. Every day, approximately 105 Americans die by suicide.

1 Minute Tour of Coke’s Destructiveness VIDEO
Cocaine won’t just get you high – here’s what it does to your body & brain VIDEO 
MEDIA: GREAT book on Getting Sober
Pour Me: A Life by AA Gill review – from drunk to doyen of Fleet Street     

He shares with James a delight in his own similes; they are produced one after the other as if spotlit and accompanied by canned laughter. Lucian Freud, who once taught him art at the Slade, is described as “looking like a buzzard who’d eaten the cook”. A hirsute life model, meanwhile, gets this unspooling sentence: “His tight, drooping goat udder stomach hung over a dark, concertinaed penis, that crouched like a bald squab in a pubic nest, perched precariously on an immense scrotum like a drop of furry creosote caught in its infinitesimal descent to his knees.”

Sad Way to Go – Aren’t They All
Man found dead from apparent drug overdose at Junior’s Cheesecake     

Cops found the 59-year-old man inside a bathroom stall at the famed restaurant on Flatbush and Dekalb Avenues in Downtown Brooklyn at 4:40 a.m, cops said. A syringe was in his hand and another was on the toilet paper holder, police sources said. Police also found several pills at the scene.

Finally Makes the eBulletin
Mr. Trump on former Gov. WilliamWeld: ‘I don’t talk about his alcoholism’ 

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a shot at William Weld this weekend, calling the former Massachusetts governor an alcoholic, according to The New York Times … “I don’t talk about his alcoholism, so why would he talk about my foolishly perceived fascism?” he told the Times through a spokeswoman.

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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 & the general public.

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For Everything
Antidepressants aren’t just for depression anymore

In a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. on Tuesday, researchers reported that close to three in 10 antidepressant prescriptions written between 2006 and 2015 by general practitioners in Quebec, Canada, were for conditions for which the medications have not been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

The Beard’s Back  AUDIO
Fresh Air Weekend: Marc Maron On Sobriety AUDIO     

…and Managing His ‘Uncomfortable’ Comfort Zone: The comic recently played out his own fictional relapse on his IFC show, Maron. He says relapse is “a very real fear of mine. I’m glad it happened in fiction and not in real life.”

Coke Can Still Kill
HBO Producer Arrested in Chelsea Overdose Death of Long Island Doctor 

MANHATTAN – An HBO producer was arrested Tuesday night in connection to the overdose death of a Long Island dermatologist after a night of partying with the television exec, authorities said. Dr. Kiersten Cerveny, 38, was found unconscious and half-naked in the doorway of 223 W. 16 Street on Oct. 4, 2015 after spending the evening with producer Marc Henry Johnson, 51, and his cocaine dealer James “Pepsi” Holder, 60, the NYPD said. She was pronounced dead at Lenox Health Hospital later. The cause was determined to be a cocaine overdose, authorities said. 

Kids? or Us? VIDEO
Warning Signs That Your Kid Might Be Addicted to His Phone VIDEO     

Some parents are concerned that their kids are spending too much time on their phones, between social media, music, texting and gaming. (P.S. you have to watch 15 sec. commercial first)

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Save a Life
CVS Health Expands Access To Opioid Overdose Treatment     

The company’s program to combat the opioid epidemic will thus operate in a total of 30 states by August and make the life-saving drug accessible to patients without an individual prescription … Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy said, “Expanding access to the overdose-reversal drug naloxone is a critical part of our national strategy to stop the prescription drug and heroin overdose epidemic – along with effective prevention, treatment, and enforcement.”

Re-Animator AUDIO
As Lethal Heroin Overdose Numbers Rise, Families Find Solace in Organ Donation AUDIO     

Organ banks around the country have noted an increasing number of organs becoming available from donors who have died of overdoses. The New England Organ Bank notes that in 2010 there were eight overdose victims donated organs in the region; in 2015 there were 54. Nationally, 848 organs became available from overdose victims in 2015. Here & Now’s Robin Young discusses the issue with Alexandra Glazier, president of the New England Organ Bank and Eileen Grugan, a Philadelphia mother whose son donated organs after dying of overdose in 2011.

Follow Up on Throwing Up
We Asked Frat Bros About the Study That Says They Can’t Stop Drinking     

…lead researcher on the report, told VICE that the nature of fraternities in particular (the study also evaluated sorority members, but they only made up 18 percent of the participants) likely makes it difficult for frat bros to quit drinking-largely because booze is a constant inside frats-and the impact goes further than a bad hangover. “Excessive college drinking is associated with a range of academic, physical, psychological alcohol-related consequences such as property damage, personal injury, memory loss, sexual assault, and expulsion.”

Hold the Tobasco or: Naltrexone Ad?



People Who Love Spicy Food Are More Likely To Be Alcoholics     

A study led by South Korea’s Busan National University discovered why spicy food enthusiasts are more prone to suffer from alcoholism. Professor Kim, a psychiatry professor who hosted the study, found that not only are these habits connected but a drug called Naltrexone can stop this temptation altogether. Naltroxene is administered to curb alcohol addiction, and its effects are transferable to people that prefer their food peppery.

Wake Up Call  VIDEO
The Block’s Suzi Taylor says her past addiction to sleeping pills Stilnox is to blame VIDEO

Suzi Taylor made headlines for all the wrong reasons while appearing on The Block last year. Now, nearly a year on, the 44-year-old has opened up about the dark demons she fought off-camera. Speaking to the Herald Sun the reality television star revealed she was battling an addiction to sleeping pills, Stilnox, while on the show.

Corporate Malfeasance?
Drug treatment center employee offered addict sex, drugs, lawsuit says     

Schwartz died at 32 of a heroin overdose on March 27, 2015, in the basement of his mother’s Jefferson County home. The suit, filed on behalf of Schwartz’s estate and his mother, names the Assisted Recovery Centers of America LLC, or ARCA Midwest, as well as former employee Sheryl Castro, other staff and ARCA officials. ARCA has outpatient facilities in St. Louis and Town and Country.

HEALTH TIP: It’s Genius
Surprise Benefits of Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep fights off colds. * Sleep keeps your appetite hormones in check. * Sleep helps prevent migraines. * Sleep fights obesity – and more…

Almost Dying Goes High Tech
App For Heroin Users Alerts Your Friends You May Have Overdosed     

A quick scan of the Google Play and the Apple app store shows a smattering of apps designed to help people addicted to heroin or other drugs. Those apps provide tips on how to help loved ones who are addicted to drugs and counseling for users trying to quit. The Remote Egg Timer is one of the first “harm reduction” apps that appears to cater to the typical behavior of a heroin user. “If a timer is allowed to run down without user intervention an SMS message will be sent to a trusted contact…”

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A Look Back
The Go-Go’s Recall the Debauched Days

According to band lore, one of The Go-Go’s’ first shows prompted a review as concise as it was disgusted: “The Go-Go’s are to music what botulism is to tuna.” The group was all but incompetent at the time of its first gig, at a Los Angeles club in May 1978, but the three founding members – bassist Margot Olavarria; guitarist Jane Wiedlin, then known as Jane Drano; and singer Belinda Carlisle – had fun with their bratty songs…
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