October 24, 2017

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“One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor” – Paul Simon


October 24, 2017 • Vol. 5., No. 13
Information for the Treatment Industry & Recovery Community

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Behind the Eight Ball

8 Most Addictive Substances On the Planet

10/4/17 – Ranking them on their addictive qualities can be difficult though, since people react differently to distinct substances. Despite that fact, a group of addiction experts that includes specialists from the Royal College of Psychiatrists as well as scientists, chemists, and pharmacologists took a stab at it. CONTINUED @ Providr.com

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No One to the Rescue

Blindsided Trump officials scrambling to develop opioid plan

Oct. 20, 2017 – It’s unclear to officials when Trump’s promised emergency declaration will be formally announced or how it will be carried out … Trump’s off-script statement stunned top agency officials, who said there is no consensus on how to implement an emergency declaration for the drug epidemic … Trump had previously promised an emergency declaration in August… CONTINUED @ Politico.com

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Eating Away

Memoir of Growing Up Fat Forces France to Look in the Mirror

10/21/17 – “To be fat in France is to be a loser,” Ms. Deydier said. So no one, least of all Ms. Deydier, expected “On Ne Naît Pas Grosse” (“One Is Not Born Fat”) to become a media sensation. Using her life as a case in point, bolstered by scientific studies, Ms. Deydier exposes in 150 pages the many ways the obese in France face censure, as well as frequent insensitivity from the medical profession.  CONTINUED @ NewYorkTimes

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Greg Williams at CareTalks – 14min. VIDEO

CONTINUED @ AddictionRecoveryEbulletin.org

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Death for Sale – USA is Buying

Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions from OxyContin VIDEO

Oct. 19, 2017 – Calls are growing to look at the major pharmaceutical companies who fueled the opioid crisis. A new investigation by  Esquire  magazine reveals how the Sackler family, owners of the company that invented OxyContin, downplayed the risks of the drug’s addiction and exploited doctors’ confusion over the drug’s strength.  LISTEN @ DemocracyNow.org

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Not Sovereign Health

Addiction recovery center searched by multiple federal agencies

October 18, 2017 –  Agents from the FBI, IRS, and DEA showed up at a recovery center in Whitehall Wednesday morning to search the business. Investigators surrounded Braking Point Recovery Center… CONTINUED @ ABCNews.com

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Human Trafficking?

6 more arrested by Sober Home Task Force on patient brokering

Oct. 19, 2017 – According to Detective Nicole Lucas’s Facebook page the following people were arrested on patient brokering charges: Sean O’Hara; Scott Gillis; Bradley Vercosa; Bronwyn Finnegan; Michael Martin; and Toni Lucca. Since late October, the Sober Home Task Force has arrested 41 people. MORE@PalmBeach

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MEDIA: NYT Book Review

One Nation Overdosed: How Children Cope With a Parent’s Addiction NBC VIDEO

Oct. 16, 2017 – My favorite is a quote that Mr. Brand attributed to Oscar Wilde, in loopy script that stretches from Mr. Brand’s shoulder to his wrist: “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh. Otherwise they’ll kill you.” CONTINUED @ NYTimes.com 

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High School, Not HIGH School

McShin Academy expanding to St. Joseph’s Villa

Oct. 18. 2017 – Two Lakeside-area nonprofits are partnering to create what is believed to be the first recovery high school in Virginia. The McShin Academy will be a joint effort of the McShin Foundation and St. Joseph’s Villa. CONTINUED @ HenricoCitizen.com

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MusiCares MAP Fund

Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl Donate to Unique Addiction Recovery Fund

October 18, 2017 – Chris Cornell, Elton John, Dave Grohl, Iggy Pop and former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic are among the high-profile musicians who donated personal items used to create a unique line of timepieces … which benefits the Recording Academy’s MusiCares MAP Fund, dedicated to addiction recovery treatment. CONTINUED @ RollingStone.com 

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Carrying the Message

‘Jackass’ Star Brandon Novak Talks Addiction, Hope and Recovery

October 18th, 2017 – From the highest highs, including sponsorship deals, hit movies and a bestselling autobiography, to the lowest lows, including stints in prison, rehab, and homelessness on the streets of Baltimore, Brandon Novak has lived a life that defies easy description. CONTINUED @ BrookdaleCC.edu

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Just Like in the ’80s

Cocaine use is rife in restaurant trade, says Gordon Ramsay

Oct. 9, 2017 – The celebrity chef described the drug as the “hospitality industry’s dirty little secret” and said that when he tested the toilets in his 31 restaurants around the world for traces of cocaine he discovered it in all but one. CONTINUED @ TheGuardian.com 

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Snakes on a Plane

Demi Lovato used to ‘sneak cocaine on planes’ while promoting sober living

Oct. 19, 2017 – Demi Lovato has admitted that she didn’t always practice what she preached after revealing she was still using drugs while promoting her sobriety several years ago. CONTINUED @ YahooNews.com

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Wall Street Rehab – Money for Nothing?

The Opioid Addict on the Trading Floor

October 19, 2017 … he opened a luxury sober-living home in a mansion in Darien, Connecticut … A bedroom there costs $12,500 a month with a roommate, or $15,500 without one. CONTINUED @ Bloomberg.com 

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Let Them Suffer … more

Oklahoma to Slash Mental Health, Drug Abuse Programs

Oct. 18, 2017 – The director of the agency that provides mental health and substance abuse services says outpatient programs to 189,000 Oklahomans will be eliminated on Nov. 1 due to a state budget gap that’s forcing a $75 million cut to the agency’s budget. CONTINUED @USNews

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Made in Japan

New treatments to help beat smoking, alcoholism

Oct. 19, 2017, TOKYO – New treatments to help quit smoking and overcome alcoholism are set to be made available in Japan … Nalmefene, affects secretions in the brain and reduces the desire to drink. The drugs currently on the market work in a more direct, and sometimes distressing, way, such as by making a patient feel nauseous when they consume alcohol. CONTINUED @ Asia.Nikkei.com 

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Little Orphan Annies?

Joe Manchin on Drug Abuse Epidemic: ‘We Have People Talking About Orphanages Again’

October 19, 2017 – Manchin said treating addicts as criminals “never cured anybody.” He said addiction is an ailment that requires treatment centers and education, beginning with pre-K … “An important factor in our long-term success requires securing our borders,” Jeff Sessions said.CONTINUED @ CNSNews.com

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Addicted to Power

Harvey Weinstein finishes sex addiction rehab in ONE WEEK after ‘sleeping in sessions’

Oct. 21, 2017 – The 65-year-old had been attending an outpatient facility in an undisclosed location after being accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women. Shortly after after his week-long session, a representative confirmed the producer would be spending more time in therapy. CONTINUED @ TheSun.co.uk 

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Mine Neither

The Hills’ Jason Wahler: ‘Lauren Conrad Had Nothing to Do with My Alcoholism or Addiction’

Oct. 20, 2017 – Jason Wahler has an encouraging message for those who struggle with addiction: “recovery is possible.” A former addict, the Laguna Beach and Hills alum previously struggled with substance abuse but is now over seven years sober and is dedicating his life to raising awareness about addiction. CONTINUED @ People.com

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Combination Shot

Link between Adolescent Pot Smoking and Psychosis Strengthens

October 20, 2017 – Research presented at a Berlin psychiatric conference shows teenage cannabis use hastens onset of schizophrenia in vulnerable individuals. CONTINUED @ScientificAmerican

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Telegraph UK – Victoria Lambert

Are alcoholics born or made?

Oct. 20, 2017 – UK Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (UK-COGA), alcoholism is about 50-60 per cent heritable. Well-known names including Charlie Sheen, Demi Moore, Kelly Osbourne and Calum Best have suffered from addiction issues…  CONTINUED @ Telegraph.co.uk

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Seek and Ye Shall Find

People struggling with addiction find help and hope at Salvation Army

Oct. 20, 2017 – “Right now we have beds available and it’s very frustrating to us, because we know that there are men and women, who need help … “The Salvation Army is a place for new beginnings. There is a place to start a new and this is the place”… CONTINUED @ WXYZ.com 

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New York Progress

Homeless substance abusers will get help from recovering addicts under Cuomo initiative

Oct. 21, 2017 – New York State officials believe the peer advocates — who are people in recovery from substance use disorder and who have expertise in addiction services — can be instrumental because they can engage people who are not ready to talk to professional or clinical staffCONTINUED @ NYDailyNews.com

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As Much As You Can

How To Express Love When Addiction Gets in the Way, From a Mom

Oct. 12, 2017 – by Barbara Lodge. I am a mother of an adult child who struggles with addiction. I am a voice of pain, a voice of love, a voice of hope, a voice of fear. There is one thing I know: our children, even our adult children, need our love — no matter how lost they are, no matter how unloveable they feel, a parent’s love can be lifesaving. CONTINUED @ RyanHampton.org 

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Religious Injection Site

Citing the Bible, an Indiana county just halted a lifesaving needle exchange program

Oct. 20, 2017 – Before he cast his vote, Fish quoted the Bible — specifically, 2 Chronicles 7. It says, “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their landCONTINUED @ Vox.com

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Where is Oversight ?

The Family seeks answers after Ohio woman dies during Arizona rehab stint

Oct. 18, 2017 – Her mother, Bobbie Moussa, of Galena, Ohio, received a call from Serenity Care Center, the detox facility, early that morning. She said she was never told her daughter was not breathing when. CONTINUED @ AZCentral

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People are Dying

Why Changing drug addiction stigma is so important

Oct. 18, 2017 – “I think it’s a massive epidemic. I think it’s the worst epidemic this country has ever seen,” Davis said. It’s an epidemic of drug abuse that Davis predicts will get worseCONTINUED @ Click2Houston

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New Rules

Early Transplant in Alcoholic Hepatitis Feasible

Oct. 12, 2017 – Selected patients with a failing liver owing to alcoholic hepatitis, but who have not been abstinent for several months, can still have “acceptable” short-term survival after transplant, a researcher said here. CONTINUED @ MedPage

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Hazelden Betty Ford 35th Anniversary

Celebrate 35th Nov. 3-5, 2017 – REGISTER NOW!

Recovery isn’t a solo venture. It’s meant to be shared and celebrated. Nobody understood this better than the First Lady Betty Ford, who found recovery at age 60, then made it her life’s work to help more people experience this new life in recovery. CONTINUED @ HazeldenBettyFord

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Stick with the Winners!

EXECUTIVE CORNER – PAUL MOEN

With 15 years experience in the treatment industry, Paul Moen incorporates the principles of his personal recovery into his professional role as CEO at Balboa Horizons. He values integrity, earning a reputation among his peers as an honest and reliable treatment professional. Never content to stay behind the scenes, Paul is involved in every aspect of treatment at Balboa Horizons, working hands-on…

Q. Which film have you watched the most?
A. Godfather II
Q. Who is your favorite celebrity in recovery?
A. Lois Wilson
Q. Do you believe leaders are made or born?
A. Born and made.
Q. How do you measure success?
A. If you get paid for doing something that you would do for Free.
Q. What is your favorite hotel or resort?
A. Ones next to warm bodies of salt water.
Q. If you had an extra million dollars, which charity would you donate it to?
A. Amnesty International

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3 MORE DAYS IN L.A.

Writers In Treatment presents the  9th Annual REEL Recovery Film Festival   & Symposium   the longest recovery event in the U.S, on October 20-26  Laemmle’s NoHo   This seven-day event is a celebration of film, the arts and recovery. It showcases filmmakers who make honest films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, treatment and sobriety. Slated for screening is an eclectic lineup of contemporary and classic films, documentaries and shorts from American and international, first-time filmmakers and industry veterans. There will be insightful conversations and engaging discussions with filmmakers and clinicians… READ PR HERE

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Wed., Oct. 25 – Double Feature

30th Anniversary screening: Less Than Zero and Barfly

LESS THAN ZERO (1987) A couple of standout performances – notably Robert Downey, Jr. and James Spader – and a killer soundtrack can’t quite elevate a somewhat superficial adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ story of drugged-out LA rich kids.

BARFLY (1987) Mickey Rourke gives a splendid performance as Charles Bukowski’s alter ego, the boozy, offbeat and eccentric writer, and he also brings the best out of Faye Dunaway as his unstable companion.

BUY TICKETS HERE

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SCREENING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 – Robert Bly Would Be Proud

WELCOME TO THE MEN’S GROUP at REEL Recovery Film Festival Oct. 26 @ Laemmle NoHo

AI attended the screening of Welcome to the Men’s Group at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation in Los Angeles … I had a vague idea of the film based on the trailer. It promised to be cutting-edge, but wow, Welcome to the Men’s Group was so much more than I had expected!…What makes this film particularly interesting is its diverse cast and roles. The complex archetypical male is portrayed by extreme characters, which I learned to love as the film played out. (call for complimentary tickets, courtesy of LUMINANCE Treatment.) CONTINUED @ AgendaMag.com
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