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April 28, 2015              Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                Vol. 2., No. 36
Talking Heads   VIDEO
‘Drugs Over Dinner’ Tackles Addiction With Engaged Conversation VIDEO     

Jamison Monroe, the organization’s co-founder and also the founder of teen rehabilitation center Newport Academy, told HuffPost Live on Friday that the group seeks to shed the stigma from drug discourse, a hazard that “prevent[s] people from having a conversation, but also from getting treatment.” While currently three years sober, Christina Huffington, a member of the organization, told HuffPost Live that she wished she’d had the resources Drugs Over Dinner provides while she was battling addiction.

Star Comes Clean
Shia LaBeouf Opens Up About
His Stint in Rehab    

The actor talked about his recovery from alcohol at the Tribeca Film Festival last week. Actor Shia LaBeouf opened up about last year’s stint in rehab at the Tribeca Film Festival last week, at a screening of Love True, a documentary he produced.

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Street Smart
Coronation Street  star Kevin Kennedy: ‘We beat alcoholism and rebuilt our lives’    

As Curly Watts he was a happy, bumbling supermarket worker, loved by millions of Coronation Street viewers. Actor Kevin Kennedy seemed to have an idyllic life – earning a fortune and holidaying the Caribbean. But behind the scenes, Kevin, 53, was battling a secret alcohol addiction, having his first drink when he woke up and steadily drinking throughout the day, even turning to cocaine to enable him to carry on boozing into the early hours.

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Knows His Job
Michael Botticelli Is a Drug Czar Who Knows Addiction Firsthand    

Six recovering substance abusers sat in an inner-city treatment center, sharing their stories. When Michael’s turn came around, he spoke of his former drug of choice, alcohol, and mentioned the night years ago when he drove drunk on the Massachusetts Turnpike, caused an accident and was arrested before passing out.

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More Than a Cable Show
Interventions: Historical Perspective by Rebecca Flood     

In the 1900s, there were high mortality rates from what was then called alcoholism. In the 1930s, psychiatry defined uncontrolled drinking as an emotional/ psychological problem. Then in 1956, the American Medical Association for the first time recognissed alcoholism as a permanent and fatal disease with defined symptoms. In the 1960s, Dr Vernon Johnson studied 200 recovered alcoholics with an attempt to figure out why they chose to quit.


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Potent ‘Spice’ Drug Fuels Rise in Visits to Emergency Room    

A sharp rise in visits to emergency rooms and calls to poison control centers nationwide has some health officials fearing that more potent and dangerous variations of a popular drug known as spice have reached the nation’s streets, resulting in several deaths.

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MEDIA: Film Review by Gary Enos
New Documentary Assails Addiction Treatment Industry    

“The Business of Recovery,” which was shown in March at the Phoenix Film Festival and will be featured twice next week at the Newport Beach Film Festival, features interviews with treatment center executives, research experts, and addicts and their family members who sought to navigate what they often saw as an uncaring and money-driven treatment system.

Friends of Bill to the Rescue  

Stagecoach Performers Staying Sober at Alcohol-heavy Festival    

Most were crew members and support staff, and all routinely participate in 12-step recovery programs. Some, as they shared with each other, have been sober only for a few weeks, others have lived without alcohol for more than 30 years. Some knew each other, others arrived as strangers. “I don’t know you people,” said one man relatively young in his sobriety, “but I feel like I know you because we all have this in common.”

Making A Point
Clueless National Institute on Drug Abuse Leader Should Step Down    

In a special presentation for the press, Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) shared breathlessly that her institute was working on a “vaccine” for drug addiction. As a reporter who covers addiction/alcoholism and has members of both demographics in my family, I let out a gasp. You have to be pretty removed from the world of substance dependence to think a “vaccine” would do anything but make money for vaccine makers.


CPAs The New ‘BUD’ Counters   VIDEO
America’s New Breed of Cannabis CPAs  VIDEO    

With so many “cannabusinesses” springing up, NBC News asks, who will do their accounting? CPA Jim Marty started an accounting firm in 2013 solely to service companies that work in the legalized marijuana industry. Marty’s firm Bridge West CPAs may be the pre-eminent accounting firm serving the cannabis industry in the United States and internationally.

Legal Amends
Attorney General Sues Treatment Center    

A drug treatment center is accused of illegally profiting off patients seeking medicine for opiate addiction by charging­ them cash for services covered by insurance, according to a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Maura Healey. “(The Center for Psychiatric Medicine) engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices … by charging MassHealth patients cash for Suboxone treatment instead of billing their treatment to MassHealth for reimbursement.”

Men From Mars, Addicts From Space VIDEO
Here’s The First Step To Breaking Your Addiction For GOOD   VIDEO    

In today’s age of technology and social media, it’s plausible that we’re all addicted to something. What people don’t realize is how you can stop your obsessions from eventually wrecking your life. To shed some light on this, we took this question to our experts. Authors John Gray and Charles J. Orlando, Relationship Help Doctor Rhoberta Shaler, Shannon Rios Paulsen LMFT, and Jennifer Maddox LCSW discuss ways that you can you can actively fight this feeling.

Exercising Their Rights
Utah Prison Inmates In Addiction Program to Run 5K    

Utah State Prison inmates participating in an addiction recovery program will run in a 5-kilometer race next week. Prison officials said Thursday the 72 male inmates have been training for several months to run the 5K race, which will be held at the Draper prison’s Promontory Facility on April 28. Authorities say the run was organized under the Addict II Athlete program, which is designed a support group for people facing stress and addiction.

OPINION from Newsweek

OPINION from Newsweek

    Marijuana Is Not a Gateway Drug     

According to studies by the ACLU, nearly half of all drug arrests were for marijuana possession, and the majority of those arrested were African-American. In some states, African-Americans were more than eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites. Crime has not increased in states that have legalized marijuana; it’s actually gone down. Surprisingly, opiate overdose deaths have gone down as well.


Because We Love Danny

Saturday, May 16, 2015  

The 2nd Annual Comedy Benefit, “Laugh for Recovery” which is YPR-NJ’s major fundraiser is slated for 6:30PM May 16, at the Old Bridge Knights of Columbus (61 Pine Street, Old Bridge, NJ). Last year’s event was a great success, and this year’s Comedy Benefit will be even better.

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Icing On The Cake   VIDEO
Bizarre Foods’ Host Talks About Drug, Alcohol Addiction: I Was “Homeless for 11 Months VIDEO    

Bizarre Foods fans can often find host Andrew Zimmern noshing on bull testicles, pig brains, and agonizingly spicy dishes, but there’s one item he’ll never indulge in again – alcohol. “January, 28, 1992 I had my last drink. I was a mess for a very, very long time – active drug addict, alcoholic, homeless for 11 months on the streets of New York,” Zimmern, 53, said. “I got sober, stayed sober, and my life changed. It’s a miracle. There’s not a day that goes by that doesn’t start with me being grateful for that.”

Parent Buries Child
Father’s honest obituary after daughter’s heroin overdose    

“I’m not looking for sympathy but I want people to know that our lives are made up of the choices we make and for some death is a matter of choice too. My daughter Molly Parks made many good choices in her too short life and she made some bad choices. She tried to fight addiction in her own way and last night her fight came to an end in a bathroom of a restaurant with a needle of heroin…”

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Must Be All The Rehabs
Americans Are Drinking More – A Lot More    

Heavy drinking is on the rise in many parts of the U.S. – up more than 17 percent since 2005, researchers reported Thursday. And rates are rising faster among women than among men. But there’s a big difference county by county, the statistics show. In some counties, more than a third of the residents are binge drinkers and more than 20 percent are heavy drinkers. Heavy drinkers are setting themselves up for liver disease and many forms of cancer, while binge drinkers can see not only health effects but damage to their jobs, marriages and friendships – not to mention the risk of vehicle accidents.

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Moderation Isn’t Moderate Enough
Drinking Only 1 or 2 Drinks a Day Linked to Liver Disease    

According to the World Health Organization’s Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health, around 6% of global deaths are caused by drinking alcohol, the majority from alcoholic cirrhosis – scarring of the liver as a result of continuous, long-term liver damage. Half of all cases of cirrhosis are caused by alcohol.

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Death Along The L.I.E.   VIDEO
Fentanyl Deaths On Long Island Skyrocket  VIDEO    

(CBSNewYork) – Use of the dangerous drug fentanyl is on the rise on Long Island and causing a large amount of overdoses. Forty-two people have died from fentanyl-related overdoses in the past 15 months, the highest death rate Long Island has seen in a decade, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported. To give you a sense, it’s 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine and about 50 times more powerful than heroin,” said Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds.

Bad Science
Recommended treatments for hepatitis ‘fail to keep patients alive’    

Two key drugs recommended in international guidelines and used to treat alcoholic hepatitis are failing to increase patients’ survival and leave death rates among patients “alarmingly high”, researchers said on Wednesday. In a trial involving more than 1,000 patients, the generic medicines – prednisolone and pentoxifylline – were found to make no significant reduction in death rates over 28 days, over 90 days, or even over a year.


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Getting Carried Away   VIDEO
Rise of Women Binge Drinking   VIDEO    

The American Journal of Public Health looked at county by county data from coast to coast from 2005-2012 and also found more than a third of adults are drinking at dangerous levels. The study looked at adults over age 21, defining binge drinking as five drinks on one occasion for men and four drinks on one occasion for women. “But we are learning from the data that women are really catching up.” The outcome does not come as a surprise to Joseph Lee, MD, who serves as the youth medical director for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.


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Time to stop bashing heroin addicts    

Have you heard about the new sport on the Seacoast? It’s called “bash the heroin addict.” It’s easy to play. Anyone with access to social media via cellphone, tablet or computer can get in on the fun. Just troll the Internet for a report on one of the scores of heroin arrests in recent months and join the lynch mob.

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Grief, Mourning and Anger
‘Why did my boy die?’ Father sues over alcoholic son’s death after 6 hours in rehab 

THE father of an alcoholic who died in rehab is to sue the carers who were treating him. Frankie Hughes died after suffering a fit triggered by alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The 34-year-old had checked into a specialist unit run by Turning Point Scotland in a bid to quit the booze. But he suffered the fatal seizure just six hours after his arrival. Now his dad Frank has instigated legal action after two experts claimed the Glasgow-based organisation may have been to blame.

Casey Jones  Better Watch That Speed
Substance abuse a problem for America’s workforce    

Nearly one in 10 full-time workers in the United States has had a recent substance abuse problem, a new government study reveals. Analysis of data gathered between 2008 and 2012 from more than 111,500 adults with full-time jobs revealed that 9.5 percent of them had an alcohol or illicit-drug disorder in the previous year. “Substance use issues pose an enormous risk to the health, safety and productivity of American workers,” said Pamela Hyde, administrator of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Forbes Magazine  

 Inside The $35 Billion Addiction Industry    

The vast majority of addiction treatment is based either partially or entirely on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), but is there scientific evidence to support AA as a clinical treatment? Should addiction treatment centers make enormous profits by simply funneling substance abusers into the free fellowship of AA? Case in point, the  IPO last fall of  American Addiction Centers Holdings, Inc., which is really the first attempt at a publicly traded company exclusively for addiction treatment.

Wailing Without Whiskey
Non-Alcoholic Morning Parties are a Growing Trend in Tel Aviv    

While alcohol is usually the crutch people use to let loose, not a single drop was served. Instead, these bright-eyed, bushy-tailed partygoers flanked the bar for coffee, juice and shots of green tea. After all, it was just the start of the day, and most people were headed to work afterwards (except maybe for the one guy dressed in a blue bathrobe). This was the Tel Aviv launch of Daybreaker, an organized movement of monthly morning parties that began in New York and has spread rapidly to include Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and other major cities.


OPINION from Newsweek

Opiate Complex


Most states list deadly methadone as a ‘preferred drug’      

Methadone overdoses kill about 5,000 people every year, six times as many as in the late 1990s, when it was prescribed almost exclusively for use in hospitals and addiction clinics where it is tightly controlled. It is four times as likely to cause an overdose death as oxycodone, and more than twice as likely as morphine. In addition, experts say it is the most addictive of all opiates.


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