Tuesday, July 15, 2014  *  THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS  *  Vol. 1, No. 46
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The Most Dangerous Drug

Daniel Radcliffe Checks Himself Into Rehab! 

Daniel Radcliffe is preparing to check himself into rehab. The reason might not be the usual – as he will try quit smoking during his visit. “It will be a kind of residential treatment program, involving counselling, both individual and group, stress management, and herbal treatments to help withdrawal symptoms,” an insider tells. Dan has already tried hypnotherapy and e-cigarette without much success.


Murderous Reality VIDEO

Oxycontin and Other Opioids Cause 1 in 8 Deaths in Young Adults VIDEO

Use of opioids such as OxyContin and codeine is a leading cause of death in young adults, say researchers in Ontario who reviewed coroner reports from a period of nearly 20 years. Rates of opioid-related deaths are increasing rapidly in the province and are concentrated among the young – a substantial burden of disease, the researchers say in the journal Addiction.


Sobriety is hip, not a Soccer Match VIDEO

Rob Ford’s Sobriety Coach Kicks Protestor   VIDEO 

A CityNews video of the scene moments later shows a Toronto police officer – one of several that arrived after they were called to the corner of Eglinton Ave. and Westover Hill Rd. – accusing Marier of kicking a protester. “If you want me to help you out, you can’t be kicking him,” the officer can be heard saying to Marier, Ford’s sobriety coach. “I saw you kick him.” Marier is then seen walking away. He could not be reached for comment.


The Irony App

Smartphone Addiction App to the Rescue!

Nomophobia is the the fear of being without a mobile phone or being away from contact by mobile phone. While there doesn’t appear to be an equivalent to the nicotine patch for nomophobia, phobics can take heart knowing  a strict regime of weening away from constant contact with one’s mobile device will eventually see the addiction begin to fade.


Still Love Smoking?

Completely Legal Tobacco Still Leading Preventable Cause of Death 

To make matters worse, tobacco companies have changed cigarettes to make them even more addictive and attractive to children. According to areport by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, changes in design and more chemical additions are luring more young people into tobacco addiction. Smoking has been found to be a cause of a myriad of adverse health events, including diabetes, multiple types of cancer, erectile dysfunction and poor responses to medical treatment.  


Conversation with Author of Rum Maniacs: Alcoholic Insanity in Early America AUDIO

Delirium Tremens Changed Views on 19th Century Alcoholism AUDIO

Imagine watching a group of men mutilate the body of your mother.  This is what poet Edgar Allan Poe experienced as a hallucination brought on by alcohol-induced delirium tremens, DT’s.  On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with historian Matthew Osborn.


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Cheapest Anti-depressant in the World

Our Sugar Addiction Is Getting Worse

“The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day. Save for momentary gratification, nothing good comes from eating sugar,” Virgin says. “It wrecks your immune system, crashes your blood sugar to create fatigue and bloating, stores as fat and sets the stage for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.”


Time Will Tell

The Declining Efficacy  

of Naltrexone Pharmacotherapy for Alcohol Use Disorders

Naltrexone ESs have attenuated over time. Moderators that explain why effects have been decreasing remain to be determined. We examined whether these findings held when studies from 2004 to 2009 were taken into account, and whether single-site versus multicenter trials, the use of placebo run-in periods, and placebo group improvement accounted for variation in naltrexone effects and decreasing effects over time.


The Pleasure Principle Heats Up

Sex Addiction and Drug Addiction Linked in the Brain

The study provides evidence in the fierce debate over whether compulsive sexual behavior – also known as hypersexuality – should be considered a true mental-health disorder, and be included in the DSM-5, the American Psychological Association’s handbook of mental-health disorders.


The Other 1%   VIDEO

1 In Every 100 U.S. Adults Are In  

Prison Or Jail VIDEO 

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Timothy Heaphy told the House Judiciary Committee’s Over-Criminalization Task Force Friday that nearly one in every 100 adults in the U.S. is in prison or jail – a rate five to 10 times higher than western Europe and other democracies. – See more at: http://xrepublic.tv/node/9845#sthash.BNjYR4UU.dpuf


Nobody’s Perfect

Drug Clinic Employee Drove Client to Drug Deal

The assistant director of a Bridgeport drug treatment center is facing charges after police say he drove one of his clients to a drug deal. Emille Jones allegedly gave a woman money Monday and drove her to a spot so she could buy crack, according to the Connecticut Post.


Stock Holders Celebrate Heroin Epidemic

American Addiction Centers files for a $75 million IPO

The Brentwood, TN-based company, which was founded in 2004 and booked $116 million in revenue for the 12 months ended March 31, 2014, plans to list on the NYSE under the symbolAAC. American Addiction Centers, which operates six inpatient substance abuse treatment centers across the U.S., filed on Friday with the SEC to raise $75 million in initial public offering.


With a Little Help From My Friends

Mothers Find a Helping Hand in Sobriety Coaches

Blame the rigors of being an urban mother. “Raising kids is stressful to begin with,” said Mary Karr, the best-selling writer who lives in Greenwich Village, who related her grueling recovery in her 2009 memoir “Lit: A Memoir.” “The new supermoms have to be thin and rich and successful, so there’s all this extra stress,” she said. “It’s loathsome.” Patty Powers, a recovery coach and a former addict, listening to a client in Central Park. Some clients require that she identify herself as something else. “My mom clients are the most terrified of being found out,” she said.


No Alcohol – No Risk  AUDIO

A Little Alcohol May NOT Be Good for Your Heart AUDIO

A new study challenges the widelyheld belief that light drinking of alcohol may be good for your heart. The results suggest that cutting alcohol intake – even for light-to-moderate drinkers – benefits heart health. “However, we now have evidence some of these studies suffer from limitations that may affect the validity of their findings.”


Tennessee Makes Taliban Look Progressive

Proud New Mom to be Charged with ‘Drug Assault’ on Her Newborn  

A 26-year-old woman has become the first to be charged under controversial new laws that make it illegal to take drugs while pregnant, after both her and her baby tested positive for methamphetamine. Mallory Loyola was arrested as she was discharged from hospital on Tuesday, having welcomed her daughter last Sunday, later admitting to police she smoked meth just days before giving birth.


Hitting Bottom Line

National Conspiracy Involving Prescription Painkiller/Heroin Epidemic by FDA
by Marianne Skolek, Salem-News Investigative Reporter

Drug companies mounted a campaign encouraging patients, including the elderly, to ask their doctors for the painkillers to treat common conditions such as back pain, arthritis and headaches. The results are toxic. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that the number of first-time abusers of prescription opioids increased from 628,000 in 1990 to 2.4 million in 2004.


To Life To Life L’chaim

Recovering Alcoholics and the Kombucha Debate 

But where does that leave my friend? She may be fine with kombucha, but that doesn’t mean the rest of her AA group should be. Though she is proud of the progress she has made and doesn’t feel the need to bathe herself in guilt over an occasional bottle of fermented tea, one would hope that part of the personal growth experienced at AA would lead to an enhanced empathy for others.  



Telling It Like It Was

Kesha Opens Up About Rehab, Eating Disorders, Sexism in Candid Essay

Ever since the day she checked in, there’s been much speculation surrounding Kesha’s widely publicized rehab stint at the start of 2014. But now, the glitter-loving pop diva herself is finally speaking out directly on the matter. The “We R Who We R” singer has opened up about her experience in a candid, refreshingly honest essay for the August issue of Elle UK to address the rumors behind her stay, the details of her 2-month treatment and the pressure she faces in the industry – especially as a female pop star.


See How Many You Have

This Years’ Top  

Ten Addictions

Sexual addiction, for better or worse, has added itself to the top ten addictions of 2014. When most people think of addictions they think about alcohol abuse, illegal drug usage and the allure of nicotine. Unfortunately, there are many others as well. Some may appear surprising at first, but others will come as no shock.


Compassionate Consultations

‘People First’ Approach Important for Addiction Treatment 

The choice of words when discussing those afflicted with the disease of addiction creates a distinction that can make a difference, recovery experts agree. Just as the language a society uses to refer to people with intellectual or physical disabilities shapes whether they are viewed accurately or are inappropriately defined by their maladies, the same holds true for those who suffer from addiction.


Coming Clean in the Media VIDEO

Amber Valletta, “How I Live with Addiction Everyday” VIDEO

Amber Valletta is a fashion icon who has graced countless magazine covers over the course of her modeling career and worked with the most prestigious names in Fashion. After moving to Los Angeles, Amber found success as an actress, and has transitioned seamlessly between modeling and acting over the last 10 years.


Who Isn’t?

Know Someone Addicted to Their Cell Phone? 

“Mobile addictions will be on the rise and an issue as we continue with technology. We probably will see more of a rise in it.” One psychologist suggests every now and then you should do a digital detox to bring back that balance for that personal, face to face contact with people.


Who Sends Who To Treatment?

Few Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Are Referred by Employers  

In 2011, 9.8 million adults who were employed full time had a substance use problem. Most employers offer employee assistance programs (EAPs) or other workplace resources to help employees with various problems including alcohol and drug abuse.


Brave New Babies

Babies on Psychiatric Drugs: Crime with No Punishment
by Jon Rappoport

“For the most vulnerable foster children, those less than 1 year old, foster children were nearly twice as likely to be prescribed a psychiatric drug compared to non-foster children.” The truth is, one baby, on psychiatric drugs is a crime. Meanwhile, major media outlets waffle and wobble about the crime, experts in journals debate the crime, no one in the mainstream calls it a crime, the Department of Justice does nothing, and the pharmaceutical companies make billions.


Moving In the Right Direction

White House Releases 2014 National War on Addiction Strategy

It discourages the use of words like “addict” and “substance abuser”, noting that such stigmatizing words may make people less willing to seek treatment, but continues to embrace arresting and criminalizing people who use drugs despite evidence that fear of arrest is a  reason why people with substance disorders don’t seek help.


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Media: Anne O’Neil’s Memoir

New Memoir Looks at Relationship Between Grief, Alcoholism and Recovery 

Sufi poet Ghalib said, “Held back, unvoiced, grief bruises the heart.” This is the story of a heart bruised for many years and the hurt around that. After her father dies of liver cancer, the author finally awakens and steps into a spiritual (and sober) life, including healing – from grief, from despair, from decades of inauthentic living. This hopeful story illustrates what is possible when grief is honored and transcended.


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Conversation with Rob Lowe – Overcoming Addiction plus

Diane talks with Rob Lowe about his latest autobiography titled, “Love Life,” and his career in film and television.



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SuperBowl Ads Don’t Cost Millions for Nothing

TV Ads Spur Kids  

to Drink

There is a “robust relationship” between youth’s brand-specific exposure to alcohol advertising on television and their consumption of those same alcohol brands during the past month, according to a study posted online for Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.


Fellow Traveler Offers Support

Mel Gibson Defends  

Shia LaBeouf  

Mel Gibson has spoken in defence of Shia LaBeouf, who is reportedly receiving treatment for his addiction to alcohol. The announcement that Shia was seeking help to overcome his addiction came just days after he made headlines when he was arrested for disorderly conduct in New York, after reportedly disturbing a performance of ‘Cabaret’ on Broadway with his erratic behaviour.


Brother, Can You Spare a Dime … Bag?

People’s Republic of Berkeley Plans to Give Free Pot to the Poor

Earlier this month, Berkeley’s City Council voted unanimously for an ordinance that would provide free medical marijuana to patients with low incomes. If the ordinance passes its second reading in August, marijuana dispensaries will have to set aside 2 percent of their product – which must be of equivalent quality to the marijuana they’re selling at market prices – and give it free to city residents with incomes below $32,000.


Alcohol Industry Lobbyists Very Impressed

Arizona Ranked in Top Five for Alcohol-Related Deaths

Arizona was tied for the fourth-highest rate of alcohol-related deaths among its working-age population from 2006 to 2010, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. The June report said 13.4 percent of all deaths to working-age residents were attributable to alcohol.


Face Of Evil

Mother Kills Six Babies to Stay  

High on Speed? 

A Utah woman has told authorities she killed six of her newborns because she was a drug addict and did not want the responsibility of raising them. It is the first time police have revealed the motive behind Megan Huntsman’s killings, which shocked the nation.Huntsman, 39, was heavily addicted to methamphetamine – known as meth – when she strangled or suffocated the infants between 1996 and 2006, Mr Roberts told the AP news agency.



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