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April 12, 2016                   Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 3., No. 35
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Better Late Than Never  AUDIO
Olympic Champion Greg Louganis Gets His Wheaties Box NPR AUDIO     

In his competitive diving career, four-time Olympic diving gold medalist and five-time world champion Greg Louganis has been all over the world. Now he’ll be in one place that’s eluded him for years: your kitchen table.Wheaties announced that Louganis – who is openly gay, HIV-positive, and in recovery- along with two other former Olympians, hurdler Edwin Moses and swimmer Janet Evans, will be featured on the cereal boxes as part of the revamped “legends” series.

Parenthood: American Style
Mothers Will Not Be Silenced By Stigma and Shame 

Mothers across the globe have a special bond, and we share our frustrations, outrage and tears. Our families have been torn apart by punitive prohibitionist drug war policies that have decimated the lives of our loved ones and robbed us… Our families are the casualties of the drug war … Comment: “My youngest is serving a 30 year mm. He will be 62 and I will be long dead when he is released.”

Canada in the Vanguard
Treating Addiction with Hydromorphone Saves Lives and Money     

“I really hope the government is willing to listen to the evidence. I really hope some people stop playing to the fear of what it means. This treatment is for those we are leaving behind, the poorest, the most vulnerable.” Researchers also point to other benefits from the trial, showing participants were much less likely to get involved in crime because they no longer had to scramble to pay for heroin. They also spent less time in emergency wards and were not as costly to the criminal justice system.

Keep It Not So Simple
Review: ‘Unbroken Brain’ takes a look at addiction     

In “Unbroken Brain,” science writer Maia Szalavitz, a high school student in the Reagan years, describes her own drug odyssey – LSD, cocaine, heroin – and her first steps toward successful recovery at age 23 in 1988. Since then, understanding addiction and treatment has been her life’s work. She’s now regarded as a leading authority, with articles in Time, The New York Times, Psychology Today and other major publications.


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Out of Network Now
Controversial Addiction Doctor Gives Up License     

… Friedman himself said the allegations pertain to “sex with patients for drugs …” A controversial doctor who was a pioneer in prescribing Vivitrol – a non-addictive medication to keep people off opiates and alcohol – has voluntarily agreed to stop practicing medicine following accusations he traded drugs for sex with patients … Friedman himself said the allegations pertain to “sex with patients for drugs…” Dr. Robert Friedman, of Hyannis Family Medical Care, said he turned over his medical license Monday after receiving a call from the state Board of Registration in Medicine…

There Is Hope? Or: You Might Die?
Rebranding Recovery by Bringing a New Message to People Struggling with Addiction 

The judging panel is filled with numerous influential voices in the addiction recovery community, including:
– Chris Henderson, lead guitarist of Three Doors Down
– Justin Luke Riley, president and CEO of Young People in Recovery
– Anne Fletcher, NYT best-selling author, author of Inside Rehab, award-winning medical writer…
– Maia Szalavitz, neuroscience journalist writing for publications such as VICE and TIME, and author of Unbroken Brain
– Patty Powers, nationally recognized certified recovery coach, recovery coach for A&E TV Series “Relapse”

Chocolate for Sale – Sweet & Raw

Legally Dangerous
Alcohol Awareness Month: Here’s Way to Detect Signs of Alcoholism     

“April is Alcohol Awareness Month, which was founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. According to the council’s website, this month was created to “address the nation’s No. 1 public health problem” through social media, awareness campaigns, programs and events.” … Alcoholism is among the most underrated problems in the United States. To increase public awareness and understanding more about alcoholism and issues linked to alcohol abuse…

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REVOLTING, But It’s a Disease, Right?
Mom, Grandma Charged in Teen’s Heroin Overdose     

The mother and grandmother of a teen who died from a suspected heroin overdose were charged in his death after authorities say they think the mom and her son had used the drug together, the AP reports. Syringes, illegal drugs, and drug paraphernalia were found in the Ohio hotel room where Andrew Frye…

Human Interest – A Jewish Alcoholic?
Archbishop of Canterbury’s Dad was Churchill’s secretary, Not Jewish alcoholic 

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has discovered that he is the illegitimate son of a one-time private secretary to Winston Churchill – and not the child of an alcoholic Jewish whisky salesman as he had previously believed … Welby had previously believed that his father was Gavin Welby, the son of German Jewish immigrants to the UK, and believed he had relatives who perished in the Holocaust.

Real Life Imitates Art
Chemistry Instructor is Recovering from Methamphetamine & Gambling Addiction 

The 39-year-old had been turning to meth to escape his problems. Burned there, he next turned to another addiction for escape – gambling. “It was a struggle,” Rudine said. “I had quite a lot of things going wrong in my life. Nothing was working out. “I was in AA, but I never really did the 12 steps. I didn’t have the tools when things got hard again.”


Next Monday, Albuquerque, NM VIDEO
Author, Sam Quinones Hopes to Raise Overdose Awareness in Albuquerque VIDEO 

In 2014, about 540 New Mexicans died of a drug overdose, primarily from heroin or prescription pain pills. New Mexico has the second-highest drug overdose rate in the country. Community leaders that spoke with Action 7 News say awareness is key, and that’s why renowned author Sam Quinones is coming to Albuquerque. He’ll be speaking at the African American Performing Arts Cnt. Monday night about “Dreamland.”

Haunting & Hopeful VIDEO
LDS Church’s Stirring New Video on Addiction Recovery VIDEO     

The series, titled “12 Steps to Change” and released in conjunction with National Addiction Recovery Month (September), is just the beginning when it comes to addiction recovery resources made available by the Church, and is part of a continuing effort to aid families and individuals impacted by weight of addiction.


Synthetic Opiate Makers Stay Ahead of US Drug Laws as Overdose Cases Rise     

Adolphe Joseph, 34, is serving a 10-year prison sentence for smuggling fentanyl – an opiate 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. But he has not been charged for the nearly three pounds of a synthetic opiate more than 10,000 times as powerful as morphine investigators found in his South Florida home last Fall. Nor will he be, say prosecutors. W-18 is one of thousands of synthetic opiates that’s not scheduled as a controlled substance…

It’s a Family Affair  

It’s Alcohol Awareness Month: So What Does It Do to Your Insides to Live With an Alcoholic? by Dr. Tian Dayton     

As the addict becomes ever more taxing to live with, those living with the addict become ever more taxed. No one escapes the pain and long term affects of addiction. Besides the addict at least can sober up, they can “leave the disease of addiction behind them.” Lucky them, it seems so clear. Leaving the post traumatic stress that comes from living with the addict behind can be more of an uphill battle.

Film Review: “One More Time”  VIDEO
Dysfunctional Dad Christopher Walken and Alcoholic Amber Heard by Dorri Olds VIDEO 

In “One More Time,” a comedy drama that won Official Selection at Tribeca Film Festival 2015, beautiful, burned-out wannabe rock star Jude (Amber Heard) lives a pitiable life of one-night stands. Although loaded with inherited musical talent, she’s only good at drinking … With no money, and no motivation, she slinks back to live with her father Paul Lombard (Christopher Walken), a faded Sinatra-ish crooner who lives in the “poor” section of the Hamptons.





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When One Door Closes…
Solid Landings Behavioral Health to Close Dozens of Sober-living Facilities     

The company will immediately close 15 sober-living homes under what city officials called a “landmark” settlement agreement announced during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Eighteen other homes that Solid Landings operates will be closed over the next two to three years. The company has also agreed to drop its lawsuits against Costa Mesa. One filed last year in Orange County Superior Court challenged the city’s denial for Solid Landings to host group counseling sessions in a local office building.

Medicine for the Disease  VIDEO
Rethinking Using Medication in Opioid Addiction Treatment VIDEO     

The use of medication in treatment conflicts with the 12-step and Narcotics Anonymous philosophy of addiction recovery, which is based on abstinence, experts said. For many, experts said, simple abstinence doesn’t work … “The medication has tremendous effect, but it is most impactful when it is prescribed with the necessary counseling and social supports,” he said.

A House is Not a Home
Addiction Epidemic Fuels Runaway Demand for ‘Sober Homes’     

The nation’s epidemic of addiction to painkillers and heroin is fueling runaway demand for a once-obscure form of housing known as “sober homes,” where recovering addicts live together in a supervised, substance-free setting to ease their transition back to independence. The facilities are rarely run by credentialed professionals and are only lightly regulated – a situation that has prompted at least five states to pass or consider legislation to impose basic rules on how they operate. Some homes have been accused of tolerating drug use and participating in insurance fraud.


Progress, Not Punishment
California Lawmaker Calls For Supervised Use Of Heroin To Curb Overdoses  

Democratic assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman proposed allowing the use of controlled substances in healthcare centers that can provide the necessary medical intervention. “Addiction is a health care issue, and I think it’s high time we started treating it as a public health issue, versus a criminal issue,” says Eggman in an Associated Press report, highlighting the bill as a step toward addressing…

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A Shot of Investigation  VIDEO
Is Vivitrol a cure for drug addiction? VIDEO 

After years of opioid addiction, Pearson ended up receiving treatment at LifeCore Recovery in London. LifeCore specializes in using Vivitrol, a treatment drug that is not a narcotic. “I haven’t had any cravings or thoughts of using, but I also remember what it was like to walk through that hell,” Pearson recalled of his detox from eight years on Suboxone and other opiates. Dr. Stephen Lamb treats addiction from an office in Lexington. He’s been prescribing Suboxone, a popular treatment drug that contains a narcotic to help ward off the need for patients to get high, since 2003…Pearson said it’s God that’s kept him sober, but the Vivitrol is comfort that he won’t fall back to his old ways.

Walk Alive to a Meeting  VIDEO
Fear the Walking Dead Is a Show About Addiction VIDEO  

Fear the Walking Dead at its cold, zombified heart is a show about addiction, as one of its brightest characters, Nick Clark (played by Frank Dillane), is a hopeless heroin addict. And as we watch Nick stumble around from place to place, lying, cheating, stealing, walking, doing anything in pursuit of the next fix, it’s hard not to think of that primitive brain stem lighting up in search of the next bit of stimulation…Strand comes to trust Nick not in spite of his being a drug addict but because of it. “I look at you and I see someone who knows the meaning of necessity,” Strand tells Nick. “Well, I’m an addict,” he replies. “No, you’re a heroin addict. That’s the gold standard. Don’t sell yourself short.”

Cheap, Legal and More Fatal
Treating Sugar Addiction Like Drug Abuse

With obesity rates on the rise worldwide and excess sugar consumption considered a direct contributor, the search has been on for treatments to reverse the trend. Now a world-first study led by QUT may have the answer. Neuroscientist Professor Selena Bartlett from QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation said the study, which has just been published by an international research journal…

Anonymous Programs Cause Deaths?
War on Drugs is Useless, AA Undermines Treatment  

…”chronic, relapsing brain disease” and yet the prescription is unscientific, like AA. You argue this bolsters the moralistic and law enforcement approaches. Can you elaborate on how these frameworks are all connected? 
Imagine I’m trying to argue that the medical condition I have is a disease. But, everybody who has that medical condition can be locked up for having that medical condition, and, if they’re not locked up, they are sent to treatment that involves prayer and restitution.

Poor Choice
Marijuana Use May Be a One-Way Ticket to Socioeconomic Problems     

Long-term marijuana use is bad news, study shows
Arguably the only thing holding marijuana back from taking a step to the next level is Congress. And the only thing holding Congress back from considering marijuana for nationwide approval is the absence of a clear and concise group of studies suggesting marijuana is safe for long-term users.

What A Concept
NY Health department: Treat Smoking as an Addiction    

Public health officials in New York state say the health care community needs to change the way it looks at smoking and treat it as an addiction rather than a bad habit. The state’s Department of Health on Friday said it’s launching a new campaign encouraging doctors and other health care providers to recommend medication and counseling to smokers looking to quit.


Human Interest: Did She SayYes?
Man On Methamphetamine Stuck on Cliff After Marriage Proposal 

A man who had to be rescued when he climbed a California cliff to propose to his girlfriend via cellphone videolater was acting erratically and was found to be high on methamphetamine, authorities said Friday. Morro Bay Fire Chief Steve Knuckles said that 27-year-old Michael Banks was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine.

Carrying the Message
Telling the Story of Bill W. Was One Thing, But My Dad’s Was the Hardest Of All     

When I wrote the movie My Name Is Bill W., starring James Woods, James Garner and JoBeth Williams, my goal was to let the world know how the program of Alcoholics Anonymous has and continues to save millions of lives all over the world … When I wrote the book The Lois Wilson Story: When Love Is Not Enough, my goal was to bring the supportive program of Al-Anon Family Groups to the attention of suffering spouses and others affected by the disease of alcoholism … But my newest book, How I Became My Father … A Drunk, is one I never intended to write for two basic reasons.

Trust … the Process
 Law Gives AA Sponsors Same Protection as Doctors, Attorneys in Civil Court 

The new law seeks to protect the confidential nature of the sponsor-addict relationship. It gives legal protection to individuals who are in treatment for alcohol or drug addiction and their program sponsors, meaning sponsors can no longer be called on to testify in future civil proceedings. This new rule does not apply to criminal proceedings.

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A Good Night’s Sleep Helps Keep You Healthy 

“People who sleep five or fewer hours on average are at substantially increased risk for both colds whether head or chest or other infections, compared to people who sleep seven to eight hours on average,”… And for other infections – including flu, ear infections and pneumonia – short sleepers had more than 80 percent higher odds of having an infection in the past month compared to those sleeping seven or eight hours, the study said.


West Virginia Opens 1st In-Jail Treatment for Inmates    

The 28-bed Residential Substance Abuse Treatment unit opened Monday at the Southwestern Regional Jail in Logan County for male inmates who have been sentenced to the Division of Corrections (DOC). “This 28-bed treatment unit will provide a badly needed tool to assist inmates with substance abuse addictions prepare for their eventual return to society, and hopefully serve as a blueprint for additional jail-based units in the near future,” said Commissioner of Corrections Jim Rubenstein.

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