October 24, 2017
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
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
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
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
Not Sovereign Health
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
One Nation Overdosed: How Children Cope With a Parent’s Addiction NBC VIDEO
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
MusiCares MAP Fund
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
Just Like in the ’80s
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
Wall Street Rehab – Money for Nothing?
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
Made in Japan
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
Addicted to Power
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
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
Seek and Ye Shall Find
New York Progress
Homeless substance abusers will get help from recovering addicts under Cuomo initiative
As Much As You Can
Religious Injection Site
Citing the Bible, an Indiana county just halted a lifesaving needle exchange program
Where is Oversight ?
People are Dying
Why Changing drug addiction stigma is so important
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
Stick with the Winners!
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…
3 MORE DAYS IN L.A.
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.
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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