September 26, 2017

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New York on Saturday, Sept. 30 – 5pm
New Yorkers! contact Writers In Treatment for Free Tix

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“Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock”
– Sigmund Freud


September 26, 2017 • Vol. 5., No. 9
Information for the Treatment Industry & Recovery Community

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A Lot to Chew On
Margaret Cho Opens Up About Her Addiction, Relapse, Childhood Sexual Abuse & “King of Offensive” Donald Trump

September 23, 2017 – When her friends finally staged an intervention for her, Cho, thinking she was going to a party, brought along a bottle of wine. She then did what any addict would do — she drank the entire bottle over the course of the intervention … “I went away for a year and a half. It was good but that is not necessarily the path anyone would want to take. CONTINUED @ YourTango.com

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Beauty’s Only Skin Deep

Women and Opioids: Inside the Deadliest Drug Epidemic in American History

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 – Thirty-one women will lose their lives to opioids today. This special report details how the crisis is impacting all of us—and what it will take to end it … “I’m sober and alive and loving life!” she tells me on the phone. “It feels like a dream. I don’t wanna ever not feel like I feel right now.” She talks about getting a job and becoming a drug counselor. Her enthusiasm is so promising and yet, after months of reporting on the drug epidemic… CONTINUED @ Glamour.com

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The Mothership

Addiction and recovery: 30-plus years of meetings and sobriety

Sept. 19, 2017 – Yes, “rehab” is now part of our vocabulary. Also, “in-patient,” “out-patient,” “day at a time,” “clean and sober.” But they usually refer to the early – difficult, often dramatic – days of recovery. Also today, there is a growing movement within the recovery community for people with long-term sobriety to go public with their stories in an effort to remove the stigma associated with addiction. CONTINUED @ RecordOnline.com

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Only Six?

Six Pharmaceutical Drugs that Immediately Destroy Your Health

September 18, 2017 – It used to be illegal for pharmaceutical companies to push legal drugs onto people, but now with the rise in drug advertisements the number of people using them has snowballed … Many people don’t know about the dangers of taking prescription medications. The truth is they can cause short and long term health problems. But for some reason, people ignore the extensive list of side effects that every medicine and vaccine contain. CONTINUED @ TodayAmericans.info

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Old Man Lying by the Side of the Road

Aging and Addicted to Opioids

Summer 2017 – “Taking these painkillers was very pleasant,” Mitchell admits. “The pain would return slowly, but I would take an OxyContin, and then five minutes later, everything was great again. It was a comforting feeling that would wash over my body with every heartbeat. I felt confident, secure — and happy.” … While the prevailing picture of an opioid addict may be a street-involved person living in a place like Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a prescription from a family doctor can mark the beginning of a downward spiral into addiction. CONTINUED @ UTNE.com

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Are You Buying It?

Russell Brand blames addiction on capitalism…

Sept. 25, 2017 – Mr Brand – a former heroin addict – described drug abuse as “amplified consumerism” as he claimed the problem would be better under socialism…The performer then added: “Addiction is just amplified consumerism, the idea that you can make yourself feel better just by buying something.”Addiction is an amplification of consumerism, and consumerism is the creed of our time.” CONTINUED @ TheSunUK

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Doing a 180

How Gucci Mane Kicked a $500-a-Day Drug Habit and Turned His Life Around

Sept. 20, 2017 – It’s been 16 months since Gucci Mane left federal prison with a newfound vigor that included a 90 pound weight loss fueled by cold turkey sobriety and a strict exercise regimen … In the book, Mane blames addiction for many of his transgressions: For years, the rapper drank prescription cough syrup (“lean”), often from sunup to sundown. CONTINUED @ Time.com

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Just In Case VIDEO

Americans normies are hoarding a ‘massive’ black market supply of opioids VIDEO

Sept. 13, 2017 – There are as many as 200 million opioid prescriptions written each year. As many as 92 percent of patients don’t use their entire prescription…This rogue supply of painkiller is alarming, given the latest data on addiction deaths:..”They become a source for illicit use. Other adults use them, and children and adolescents can find them when they’re exploring,” he said. CONTINUED @ CNBC.com

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Heartbreaking & Shameful VIDEO

Mother of Opioid Overdose Victim Warns of Unregulated Sober Houses VIDEO

September 19, 2017 – FALMOUTH (CBS) While going through his things, his mom was devastated when she read through his journal … In an entry dated just a few weeks before his death, Caleb wrote: “My housemate Pat just overdosed in the bathroom I use every day. What kind of sober house am I living in? This is a freaking joke. I have no idea who to talk to about this.” … “Some people just open it up, call it a sober home and collect a couple hundred dollars a week from each person,” he said. CONTINUED @ Boston.CBSLocal.com

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Industry at a Crossroads?

BOSTON GLOBE REPORTS

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 – HYANNIS – The more than 1,000 people attending a national conference for the addiction treatment industry last weekend wore bright blue lanyards around their necks promoting Sovereign Health, a chain of treatment centers that was one of the event’s financial supporters — and was recently raided by federal agents. Many in the sprawling, $35 billion addiction treatment business are dismayed by revelations of unethical marketing, patient brokering, and shoddy care — all coming as the demand for quality treatment has never been higher amid a national opioid epidemic. Providers say they welcome a crackdown on shady operators but fear people in need will think they’ll be preyed on wherever they go. CONTINUED @ BostonGlobe.com

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Good for Street Dealers

CVS tightens restrictions on opioid prescriptions in bid to stanch epidemic

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 – Through its pharmacy benefit manager, CVS Caremark, which has 90 million plan members, the company will introduce three new policies, effective in February. First, patients new to opioids will only get seven days’ worth of medication… CONTINUED @ StatNews.com  

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In Case CVS is Closed

Agents made a record fentanyl bust in Queens and seized an amount large enough to kill 32 million people

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 – NEW YORK — Agents made a record fentanyl bust in Queens and seized an amount large enough to kill 32 million people. Officers seized nearly 270 pounds of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine worth $30 million during separate busts, law enforcement officials said Monday. They also arrested four people. CONTINUED @ Pix11.com

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Canada Has Heart

Ontario study to lift 6-month-sober rule for liver transplant patients

Sept. 18, 2017 – Faced with a widow’s legal challenge, Ontario will transplant livers into almost 100 alcoholic-liver-disease patients, as evidence suggests they do as well as otherCONTINUED @ NationalPost.com  

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No Stigma VIDEO

Miami County, Ohio, steps up recovery support services for drug addicts VIDEO

September 19th 2017 – County Public Health will also be on hand Tuesday to provide narcan training and kits that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose. CONTINUED @ Fox45Now.com

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Pusher Man Pushes Back

AGs subpoena big pharma over opioid overdose crisis

September 19, 2017 – Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and his counterparts in 39 other states have subpoenaed company records from Purdue Pharma and other major drug makers to determine whether the companies’ marketing and sales practices are worsening the nationwide overdose crisis. CONTINUED @ NewsTimes.com  

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Will Miracles Never Cease?

Republican Senator Introduces Medical Marijuana Research Bill and Presents the Drug as an Opioid Alternative

Sept. 18, 2017 – In a statement from his office, Orrin Hatch says that anti-drug crusades have blinded people away from possible benefits of medical marijuana. CONTINUED @ Civilized.life

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Save the Children VIDEO

Substance abuse reportedly affects one in three teens VIDEO

Sept. 19, 2017 – Jerry Moe, a nationally-recognized expert on childhood issues centered on substance, spoke in Rapid City. He is the national director of the Children’s Program at the Betty Ford Center… CONTINUED @ KotaTV.com  

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Boys Will Be Girls…

Rigid gender stereotypes tied to increased depression, violence and suicide in children

Sept 20, 2017 – ‘The myth that girls are weak and boys are strong was so globally pervasive we saw it play out over and over again in 15 countries and across five continents.’  CONTINUED @ MarketWatch.com

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Making a Living from Death

Physician assistant convicted of writing prescriptions without medical need

Sept. 19, 2017 – A federal jury on Monday found Kaitlyn Phuong Nguyen, 32, guilty of illegally distributing oxycodone, methadone and alprazolam in 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice said. In the trial, the jury heard evidence that 4 people died of drug overdoses after receiving prescriptions from Nguyen… CONTINUED @ OCRegister.com  

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The Pills are Everywhere

How the Opioid Crisis Claims Its Youngest Victims

SEPT. 20, 2017 – Eighty-seven children died of opioid intoxication in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up from just 16 in 1999. By comparison, gunshot wounds kill four or five times as many children each year. Unlike infants born with addiction, these children are coming across heroin and other drugs in the days and years after birth. CONTINUED @ NYTimes.com

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Life after addiction: survey examines recovery in Canada

September 19, 2017- The survey also demonstrated that recovery led to dramatic improvements in productivity and quality of life for the respondents….”The primary barrier [to recovery] was stigma. The second barrier was access. People reported finding difficulty getting help when they finally wanted help.” CONTINUED @ CBC.ca  

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Struck Clean VIDEO

Recovering from addiction, man says faith saved his life VIDEO

Sept. 19, 2017 – Today, he writes slam poetry, which is his way of telling his story to others battling addiction …“It gives me an opportunity to help give that same hope and self worth to other individuals, and that’s so important, because that’s what keeps me sober,” said LamenCONTINUED @ TWCNews.com

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Booze Kills Everywhere, Just the Same

Death of a chronic alcoholic: ‘This can never happen again’

Sept. 23, 2017 – Neil Jones died after what the coroner called an “appalling” failure of care by the Canterbury District Health Board in 2013. Dr Richard Gearry discharged Neil Jones, despite him being yellow from jaundice and defecating in his clothes, thinking he was “looking for a free ride”. Neil Jones was a big man who worked out and took pride in his appearance. In the end stages of liver failure after years of alcoholism, he was as “yellow as a Minion”. CONTINUED @ Stuff.co.nz  

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Things You Should Know

(AATA) American Addiction Treatment Association Hosting “Special Investigations Unit (SIU)” Seminar Featuring Nelson Hardiman

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 – “Increased attention on fraud within the addiction treatment industry puts a spotlight on all providers. Audits are now commonplace. And the complexity of addiction treatment regulations can lead even the most well-intentioned professionals to unwittingly fall short of meeting compliance standards. CONTINUED @ PRWeb.com

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Then What?

New fingertip test can tell within seconds if someone has taken cocaine

Sept. 23, 2017 – “This is a real breakthrough in our work to bring a real-time, non-invasive drug-testing method to the market. It will give a definitive result in minutes, which can’t be faked.” CONTINUED @ TheSun.co.uk   

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Repotican?

Why Medical Marijuana Research Is Gaining Support From the GOP

Sept. 22, 2017 – Some Utah residents are working overtime to get medical marijuana on the state’s ballot next year. They seem to have just gotten a surprising new Republican ally in their effort – Senator Orrin Hatch. CONTINUED @ RollingStone.com

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Can’t Hurt

Aaron Carter Enters Facility to ‘’Improve His Health”

Sept 22, 2017 – Not only did the singer total his car in a “terrible” accident, he also appeared on an episode of The Doctors in which it was revealed he’d been taking a mixture of benzodiazepines with opiates. CONTINUED @ EOnline.com  

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Standing Tall

Ric Flair Talked About How The Pro Wrestling Lifestyle Fueled His Alcoholism

Sept. 23, 2017 – Not long after declaring that he would never drink again, The Nature Boy opened up about the roots of his alcoholism during a phone interview with Dan Le Batard on ESPN Radio:… CONTINUED @ UPROXX.com

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Wizard of Weed

Dr. Oz Says Medical Marijuana Could Help Solve Opioid Addiction

Sept. 19, 2017 – “People think it’s a gateway drug to narcotics. It may be the exit drug to get us out of the narcotic epidemic.” Oz also criticized marijuana’s current status under federal law. “We’re not allowed to study it because it’s a Schedule I drug, and I personally believe it could help.” CONTINUED @ Forbes.com  

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Harness Power

Event helps with addiction battle; hang off U.S. Bank for a cause

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 – Harness the courage and rappel 270 feet for Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity … This is an awesome community event that appeals to the general public, not just those in recovery.” Free to attend. For more information, search Fall into Fort on Facebook or call River Sober Living at 208-576-9527. CONTINUED @ IdahoStatesman.com

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VIDEO INTERVIEW

Video Interview Editor/Publisher

Q: What are your thoughts on the heroin epidemic?

BUSCHEL: I don’t know if it’s an epidemic. According to the dictionary, it’s not. The definition of “epidemic” is not something that people do to themselves. It’s a disease that spreads from one person to another through contact. So I wouldn’t call it an epidemic. That’s a misnomer. It is a crisis. It is a national disgrace. It is a profound sickness in America that so many people are in so much pain that they’d rather die than face reality on a daily basis. That’s a tragedy. I mean I think it goes hand-in-hand with the downfall of … the American Dream is now finally over.

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Stick with the Winners

EXECUTIVE CORNER – John Shinholser

Serves as the President of The McShin Foundation , which was founded in 2004… John has motivated thousands of people to improve their lives. John is a United States Marine Corps veteran.

Q. If you are in recovery, what was your DOC and when did you discontinue its use?
A. Alcohol, pot, acid.
Q. What is your current hobby?
A. Work.
Q. What is your favorite Band/composer/musical artist?
A. Rolling Stones.
Q. What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken?
A. Sex.
Q. Who do you prefer to read for mysteries?

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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 recoveryCONTINUED @ HazeldenBettyFord.org

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Use It or Lose It

Revolutionary technology gains traction HAYVER

Sept.25, 2017 – One of the most promising technologies tackling Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) in the United States received a major vote of confidence earlier this month when recovery industry leader Hope Homes Recovery Services adopted HAYVER Corporation’s Digital Continuing Care Monitoring Platform. Hope Homes, with programs in Atlanta, Nashville, and Charlotte, is widely considered to be one of the best facilities of its type in the U.S. Hope Homes was created in 1996 in response to Sanders’ observation that there was a lack of affordable and safe homes for men and women in early recoveryCONTINUED @ PRWeb.com

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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… CONTINUED @ REELRecoveryFilmFestival

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Be a Sponsor in 2017

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Oct. 20-26, 2017. Laemmle NoHo, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. For more information, please call: (818) 762-0461
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Vaped or Vapid?

Major new health warning for e-cigarette users

Sept. 20, 2017 – The study found that even non-smokers could experience increased adrenaline levels in their heart after ‘vaping’ on a single electronic cigarette containing nicotine … Many believe that the tar, not the nicotine, is what leads to increased cancer and heart attack risks…” So, we asked the question, are e-cigarettes safe?” CONTINUED @ DevonLive.com

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America Exports Obesity VIDEO

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food VIDEO

Sept. 16, 2017 – “To put it in stark terms: The diet is killing us.” … As she dropped off variety packs of Chandelle pudding, Kit-Kats and Mucilon infant cereal, there was something striking about her customers: Many were visibly overweight, even small children … Mrs. da Silva, who herself weighs more than 200 pounds, recently discovered that she had high blood pressure, a condition she acknowledges is probably tied to her weakness for fried chicken and the Coca-Cola she drinks with every meal, breakfast included … a morbidly obese man, died the previous week. “He ate a piece of cake and died in his sleep,” she said … Across the world, more people are now obese than underweight. CONTINUED @ NYTimes.com

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Music Can Do Anything VIDEO

SUBLIME documentary details how addiction ravaged the band after Bradley Nowell’s death

Sept. 19, 2017 – The Long Way Back, a new Sublime documentary, details how drug addiction ravaged the California ska-punk band after frontman Bradley Nowell’s 1996 death from a heroin overdose. The film premieres October 20, at the REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium AND on October 17th via VOD platforms, including iTunes and Amazon … The doc’s gripping trailer, premiering at Rolling Stone, highlights how Nowell’s drug abuse and tragic death affected his family, bandmates and Sublime’s hard-partying entourage, including childhood friend Todd “Z-Man” Zalkins. “It was sex, drugs and rock and roll,”… CONTINUED @ RollingStone.com
See Trailer Here
Buy Tickets Here

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Robert Bly Would Be Proud

WELCOME TO THE MEN’S GROUP at REEL Recovery Film Festival Oct. 21 @ 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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Call 818-762-0461 for your complimentary tickets, courtesy of Luminance Recovery.

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