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April 19, 2016                   Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 3., No. 36
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Sobriety First  VIDEO
Robert Downey Jr. “Iron Man Pressure is Nothing Compared to Drug Addiction” VIDEO 

Robert Downey Jr will be reprising his role as Iron Man for the sixth time in Captain America: Civil War and he can feel the pressure. “Jesus Christ, you’re right. I should flip the f*** out right now, shouldn’t I?” he told from West Hollywood. “Everybody rises from the ashes many times in a lifetime and at the end of the day, pressure is just pressure,” he added. “If I’m thinking in any morose way about yesterday, I’m just inviting a depressive attitude. If I’m concentrating on the things that are ahead of me that I have to do or what’s expected of me, I’m just going to be anxious … The Iron Man actor further spoke on his recovery from drug addiction and said “It was only a couple of clicks back I was wondering how I was going to pay my rent or if I’d ever be in a functional relationship.”

Heroin Chic, Now Heroin Satire? VIDEO
SNL: Addiction Is No Laughing Matter VIDEO 

While scrolling through channels, Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ face popped up on our screen during her opening monologue, as she was hosting Saturday Night Live My husband and I both love her, so we stopped to watch. After her monologue, the show cut to their first skit of the night, a pre-recorded segment that was a mock advertisement for a product called “Heroin AM:” “For people who want to do heroin, but also be productive, there’s Heroin AM.”


Many People Forget They’re in Jersey
Nun Charged with DUI Blames Ambien, Can’t Recall Driving to N.J.     

A Philadelphia nun on trial on drunken-driving charges testified Wednesday that she was under the influence of a sedative and had no recollection of crashing her car into a building on a South Jersey highway … Another officer said Miller said she had two small glasses of wine several hours earlier. Police said a half-empty corked bottle of wine was in the backseat of her car.


Canadian Sunset
Increase in Overdose Deaths Prompts B.C. to Declare Public Nealth Emergency     

A public health emergency has been declared in British Columbia over a “significant” increase in drug-related overdoses and deaths. The announcement was made Thursday morning by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall. It is the first time he has exercised his emergency powers. Kendall said that overdose deaths have climbed steadily since 2010, reaching 474 in 2015, a 30 per cent increase over the 365 overdose fatalities in 2014.

Chantix to the Rescue
Sugar Addiction Is Like Any Other Drug Addiction     

Sugar consumption makes our brains produce more dopamine, which is a characteristic it shares with other addictive drugs. Dopamine controls the brain’s reward centers, which is why we crave these drugs…And it’s not just sugar that affects us like this. Artificial sweeteners could produce effects similar to those we obtained with table sugar.”

Too Much Cold Turkey?
450 Vietnamese Drug Addicts Escape Treatment Facility VIDEO     


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The Need To Be Cool
e-Cigarette Use Skyrocketing Among Teens

“Current e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014,” the CDC wrote in a press release last April, when the number of users jumped drastically from 660,000 to 2 million for high school students and from 120,000 to 450,000 middle school students.


Profile of a Renaissance Woman
Laura Silverman, Founder of The Sobriety Collective     

Laura Silverman is the founder of The Sobriety Collective, a resource and blog created to celebrate recovery, especially through creativity, in all its forms.  In 2007, at age 24, Laura pulled a 180 and went from insecure, anxious binge drinker to newly-minted sober 20-something. This scary (but, for her, absolutely necessary) step catapulted her into a journey of long-term recovery.  She believes in the raw power of storytelling.


Rigorous Honesty  VIDEO
‘Never felt better’: Mornings host David Campbell Celebrates Two Years Sober VIDEO 

‘2 years sober this week. Never felt better. Never felt more in control of my life,’ he said before signing off: ‘Stay strong. DC.’ Last year David revealed he had decided to give up drinking in order to be a good role model for his children; Leo, Betty and Billy … The star now enjoys a healthier lifestyle, maintaining a balanced diet and cutting out alcohol. He has been married to wife Lisa Hewitt since 2008 and the pair share three children.

…In All The Wrong Places  VIDEO
Office Worker Admits Her Addiction to Having SEX 10 Times a Day Has Cost Her a Job VIDEO     

She developed the problem in her early 20s after a break-up with a long term partner, and ended up travelling all over the country for casual rendezvous with both men and women. It led to her failing to turn up to work and her life ‘spiraled out of control’, sleeping with regular ‘friends with benefits’ and complete strangers … Miss Walton said a life-changing moment came in 2010 when she woke up hundreds of miles away from home and she realized she had a genuine problem and was not just ‘on the rebound’. She soon lost her job and went to see her doctor about the issue, but was only prescribed anti-anxiety medication…

Not the LA-Type Implants
‘Ladies who lunch’ Get Medical Implants to Beat Cravings for Wine     

Middle- aged Irish women, enslaved to nightly bottles of wine, are being treated for alcoholism with surgical implants that have traditionally been administered to heroin users … The implant, containing a drug called Naltrexone, lasts for three months and is administered during a 15-minute procedure under a local anaesthetic at a cost of €1,150. Dr Hugh Gallagher, a HSE GP co-ordinator in addiction service and head of the One Step Clinic, has said that the implants are being used by women in their 30s, 40s and 50s, who are the new major drug-dependency problem in Ireland.

The Nature of Addiction
Fatal overdose in sober home troubles family, service providers     

Joshua Lumbert died March 23, less than 2 miles from his family’s home. His overdose occurred during a rash of fatal overdoses, leading his mother to believe deadly fentanyl had been in the local heroin supply. But her son did not die in a flop house, a car or a public bathroom. He died while staying in a sober home called Vidal House. Just a few days earlier, Lumbert, 32, paid $180 for his first week at what was supposed to a safe environment devoid of drugs and alcohol, with mandatory drug testing…

Officer Saving Life
Man Revived by Police Officer after Overdose

Police found the 33-year-old, whose name has not been released, after responding to a report of an unresponsive man behind the wheel of a running vehicle…At the scene, police said the man was not breathing “after an apparent overdose.” An officer was able revive the man and he was taken from the scene to Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. The man was listed in stable condition Friday, police said.

Bill W.’s Friend, Carl Jung
20 Quotes By Carl Jung That Will Help You To Better Understand Yourself     

“Carl Jung was one of the creators of modern depth psychology, which seeks to facilitate a conversation with the unconscious energies which move through each of us. He contributed many ideas which continue to inform contemporary life: complex, archetype, persona, shadow … dream interpretation, individuation, and many other ideas. He had a deep appreciation of our creative life and considered spirituality a central part of the human journey.”


CLUE: Cells Were Extremely Clean
Phoenix Woman Arrested for Passing Meth to Inmates     

Authorities say a Phoenix woman passed methamphetamine to four inmates by spraying a liquid form of it on paper. Maricopa County Sheriff’s detectives said Friday that 30-year-old Natasha Geach has been arrested on drug-related charges. Detectives say they received information earlier this week that paperwork was being used to transport a spray form of meth.


Researchers Discover What Makes Some  Drug Addicts More Likely to Relapse Than Others 

Chronic pain is undoubtedly debilitating, but the core of the problem stems from the fact that the pain medications are highly addictive. The most common treatment for those with opioid addiction is methadone, but relapse is common, with nearly half of the patients (46 percent) continuing to use opioids after the methadone treatment. “Since opioid disorder is chronic, remitting and relapsing, we wanted to find those factors that led to longer abstinence from illicit opioids,” said Leen Naji, a student at the School of Medicine and first author of the paper…

And Hurry Please
State to UCSD: Help Find Ways To Detect Stoned Drivers     

They can administer a field sobriety test, which requires drivers to perform certain physical and mental tasks including standing on one leg and counting backward. That evaluation method has proven to be very useful in identifying people who have been drinking alcohol, but scientists said it doesn’t always reveal whether a person is high on pot.

More Good News?
World-first New Treatment for Alcohol Addictions     

An FDA-approved beta blocker could be the answer in treating alcohol addiction, researchers report. Alcohol addiction causes almost 3.8 percent of deaths worldwide, authors say … Neuroscientist Professor Selena Bartlett from QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation said the drug, pindolol, is an inexpensive approach for treating alcohol dependence once the human clinical trials are conducted.

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Oh, The Wreckage  VIDEO
Johnny Manziel and Friends Trash $4.5M House, do $32K in Damages VIDEO     

Manziel desperately needs to get his life in order, at least according to those close to him, and that probably wasn’t going to happen in L.A. The New York Post’s Emily Smith reports that Manziel and a friend rented a house in West Hollywood last week, promptly threw “two all-night ragers” and when it was over, “allegedly caused $32,000 in damage” to the $4.5 million property. Then there’s this: It’s claimed Manziel and his group left the house strewn with booze and drugs, broke an expensive glass table and a bathroom door, and left wine stains and cigarette burns on carpets.


New Yorkers! Take Note – April 20th
Queen Silvia of Sweden to Attend “Shattering The Myths” Premiere in New York City!     

180 high school students from the High School of Economics & Finance will interact with top U.S. scientific experts and inspiring guest speakers to help “shatter the myths” about alcohol and substance abuse, and pledge to stay drug-free. The event will be held at the High School of Economics & Finance, 100 Trinity Place, New York, NY 10006 on Wednesday, April 20 from 8.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. Immediately following the event there will be a media debrief.


The Truth
Mass. Mother Earns Praise for Death Notice Bluntness     

A Massachusetts mother’s blunt yet heartfelt tribute after her daughter died from a heroin overdose is spreading around the world via social media and earning praise for its brutal honesty. Kathleen Errico found her daughter, 23-year-old Kelsey Endicott, dead in her bed on April 2. She had been clean for 10 months. Instead of dealing in euphemisms in the death notice, the Haverhill woman came right out and said her daughter “passed away from an accidental overdose.”


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Professor Presents Her Documentary Film, “My Name Was Bette: The Life and Death of an Alcoholic”     

Springfield College welcomed Professor of English at the Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Boston Campus, Sherri VandenAkker, as the screening of her documentary, “My Name Was Bette: The Life and Death of An Alcoholic” … The feature film dissected alcoholism, specifically in women, and chronicled the disease’s effect on VandenAkker’s late mother Bette.


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Will The Dangers Never Cease? VIDEO
Teen Badly Injured by Exploding e-cigarette VIDEO 

A teenage boy suffered serious injuries when an e-cigarette vaporizer he was holding blew up in his face. The 14-year-old, who spent five days in the hospital, was left with permanent injuries after his attorney said he was maimed and blinded by an exploding e-cigarette or vape pen, CBS New York reports.

Liberation Essay by Allison Rose Phelan
The Post-It Plan that Ended my Cycle of Abuse & Helped me Find Safe Love     

When we feel like we need love from people outside of us, we give ourselves permission to cry and fight about being mistreated. But at the end of the day, we put up with what we think we need and continue to take what we can get. We enable our situation to continue, rather than creating an inter-dependent exchange of love. We have the power to create a new story. We must not allow ourselves to offer anything but pure love to our partners and we must not accept anything less. When we gather our love from the source, the universe, we realize we are already loved.


Not A Pretty Picture
Ken Dixon: The Faces of Addiction    

If you don’t think prescription narcotics and heroin are killing 700 a year in Connecticut, start paying attention to the death notices in the newspaper. I look at the pictures of those 20-somethings, 30-somethings, 40-somethings who die “suddenly” and I wonder whether they expired from overdoses. It’s a rare family that admits their loved one died from an addiction, but I see that more and more in the newspapers’ death notices. Bravo, for telling it like it is, because if one addict can see the dead end of eternity waiting to greet their excesses, maybe there’s a life to be saved there.

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My Ex and I Were Alcoholics, Now I’m a Proud Single Mom 

At one of these meetings, I befriended two wonderful women who became like family, inviting my daughters and me to holiday dinners in homes where laughter took place. With support like that in our lives, I knew I had to stay sober for the sake of my daughter. I signed up for a graduate course, then another, and before long, I was accumulating credits for a graduate degree … Before long, the incessant crying slowed down, as all these things were helping me to heal. Four years after getting sober and separated, I earned my Master’s degree and my career blossomed. Somehow, in time, we learn to cope and heal, one blessed moment at a time.


Keeping Our Young Safer
Caron Foundation presents ‘Adolescents and the Myths of Addiction     

Otney leads the Adolescent Family Education Program at Caron Treatment Centers, where he has worked for 25 years. He talked about the progression of the disease of addiction and detailed the adolescent’s experience when using drugs and alcohol in an addictive way…There were many questions about what can be done about the drug epidemic in the area. He encouraged the pursuit of treatment instead of punishment, and treatment for the whole family – not just the individual that is addicted.


by Pastor Erick Kalenga
MATTERS OF FAITH: Drug addition may come from a need to bond 

“If God is not at the center of this drug and alcohol overdose issue, all our efforts are going to be in vain. I will challenge the church as a whole to stop being relativistic and get involved. Our law enforcement agencies are doing the best they can in addressing this issue, sometimes arresting the drug users, who in many cases, are the victims. It is time to engage with our drug addicts differently by addressing the bonding and belonging need, because what we have been doing for years now is not working. God bless.”


Staying Healthy Ain’t Easy
Ex-Trainer Says Pablo Sandoval Needs ‘Babysitter’, Compares Eating Problem To Alcoholism     

Banning loves Sandoval so much, he compared his eating problem to an addiction on par with alcoholism. “I care about him greatly,” he said. “But it’s a tough love. He needs to be smart enough to say there’s a problem. It’s like the alcoholic that won’t admit he’s an alcoholic: well, you can’t address that you’re an alcoholic if you don’t ever admit there’s a problem. He’s got to address that.”

Time Will Tell
Can We Prevent Addiction Using Vaccines?     

…We have tried to circumvent these issues by genetically modifying the liver of mice to produce and secrete sufficient quantities of antiaddictive monoclonal antibodies, but that work is still in its early stages. If successful, though, addiction vaccines would be a valuable aid to help addicts quit.

Four Dead in Ohio…
Fight to curb heroin addiction at center of Ohio Senate race     

Combating a raging national heroin epidemic seems to be one issue where Republicans and Democrats find agreement. They agree it’s bad and more needs to be done. But in what’s shaping up to be a tight U.S. Senate race this fall between incumbent Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, some partisan distinctions are creeping into the vexing issue and how to fix the scourge of unintentional overdose deaths that claimed more than 47,000 American lives in 2014 – more than die in car accidents or by gunshots.


After 17 times in treatment, this addict pins hope on new drug AUDIO

Liz Casper has been through drug treatment 17 times, by her count. At 34, she has spent more than a third of her life as a heroin addict, rotating between treatment programs and the streets of Minneapolis where she’s gotten the drug. She’s hoping a new medication she’s now taking might help her kick heroin for good..


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