Friday, August 15, 2014  *  THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS  *  Vol. 1, No. 50
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Violation in the First Degree!

Shameless CBS Newsman’s Personal Report on Robin Williams at AA Meetings 

Because AA is a 12-step recovery program bound by anonymity, not only is there no way to fact check what the source claimed about Williams, but the very matter of anonymity and Williams’ privacy was violated. Further compounding the issues, the source actually works for CBS.  The interviewee, Dean Kendrick, works as a news photographer for San Francisco CBS-affiliate KPIX-5. Information from Kendrick’s interview was featured not only on KPIX’s website but also on national CBS News’sThis Morning.


Waves of Laughter Never Stopped … Until

Late Night  

Tributes to Robin  

Late night television hosts Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien and Seth Meyers paid tribute to Robin Williams, the comedian and actor who died on Monday of suicide. O’Brien, who found out the news during Tuesday night’s program, put together another tribute to remember Williams for Wednesday’s program. O’Brien shared his own special memory with Williams and then rolled a series of clips of Williams’ visits to the program.


The Best of Robin 

150 Greatest  

Robin Williams Jokes   

Here’s a list of 150 of his best jokes and one-liners, mainly sourced from his incredible stand-up career. Some come from his brilliant Reddit AMA. Some are political, some are offensive, some are about sex, drugs and rock and roll. They’re all funny. We hope one or two of them make you laugh at this very sad time.


Coming To America?

Internet De-Addiction Centres Now Go  

Main Stream

Compulsive Internet Usage (CIU) has been described as a psychological problemby several countries including USA; and Indians are slowly waking up to this menace. Also termed as IAD or Internet Addiction Disorder, such psychological case was first proposed as a satirical hoax in 1995, which soon took shape of serious research. Persons who are affected by this strange disorder spend large amount of time on the Internet, without any definitive aim.


Celebrity Sobriety   VIDEO 

Eminem Speaks On Drug Addiction On ‘The Monster Tour’ VIDEO

Eminem and Rihanna’s “The Monster Tour” was in Pasedena, California yesterday (August 7th), and during Em’s set he addressed his addiction problems to the audience. Em addressed his problems in between songs and expressed how his fans helped him through his addiction. “This song I want to dedicate to anyone who ever lost anyone to addiction,” Eminem said, according to Billboard. “I could not have gotten through it without you.”  


This Must Be In England

AA Seminar Open  

to Public

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) wll be holding a short seminar open to the public in Hastings on Wednesday, September 24. Paul Myles  has talked in both the Scottish and Welsh parliaments on behalf of AA and there are four NATs who are appointed to give balance to the AA board and enable the public to gain a better understanding of the organisation. The seminar will be about the work the organisation does in the Hastings and Rother.  


Why So Many Writers Drink So Much VIDEO

Connecting Strength and Vulnerability of the Creative Brain  VIDEO 

Why have so many creative minds suffered from mental illness? Nancy Andreasen, Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa, has devoted decades of study to the physical differences in the brains of writers and other highly accomplished individuals. Produced in partnership with The Atlantic magazine, Judy Woodruff visits Andreasen to explore her work.


All-Natural Brain Power Drainer 

More Teens Are Seeking Help For Marijuana Addiction

“Millions of Americans have tried marijuana, but most are not regular users [and] few marijuana users become dependent on it,” the report says. “Although [some] marijuana users develop dependence, they appear to be less likely to do so than users of other drugs (including alcohol and nicotine), and marijuana dependence appears to be less severe than dependence on other drugs.”


50 Shades of Grey Matter

What Drives Cybersex Addiction Among Female Internet Pornography Users? 

Women who visit Internet pornography sites are at risk of developing cybersex addiction. A comparison of the tendency toward cybersex addiction among heterosexual women who do or do not use Internet pornography and factors predictive of developing cybersex addiction are described in a new study.


Serving the Very Young

Alcohol In Womb  

Slows Baby’s Brain

Women who drink alcohol during pregnancy slow the development of their children’s brains well into their teenage years, affecting their ability to concentrate, research suggests. In the first study of its kind, researchers found that children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) showed weaker brain activation during mental tasks than their unaffected counterparts.


Exploitation TV Returns For High Ratings?

LMN Orders New Season of ‘Intervention’

The series, to be produced by the original producers GRB Entertainment, profiles people whose uncontrollable addiction to drugs, alcohol or compulsive behavior has brought them to the brink and follows them as they are presented with the life-changing opportunity of an intervention and rehab.”


Unplugged? Unlikely!

Author Cuts Off Internet, Hides Cellphone To Write Book About Tech Addiction 

The closest to epiphany that I got was realizing how deep that addiction and compulsion really is. (“If you’re looking at Facebook every 30 seconds you aren’t managing the same kind of thinking and the same kind of critique that you can manage with longer pieces of attention. In those moments of absence we find a way to develop a richer interior life,” he says.


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Addiction/Recovery eBulletin 

Let’s Test Politicians for Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Maine’s Governor  

Gives Finger to Underprivileged  

Maine Governor Paul LePage announced Wednesday that the state will begin enforcing a 2011 law requiring people convicted of drug-related felonies to pass a drug test in order to receive welfare benefits. “Maine people expect their tax dollars to be spent supporting the most vulnerable citizens – children, the elderly and the disabled.”


MEDIA: Book Review

Writing From The Front Lines Of Alcoholism 

She talked to the Gazette about the book, which recounts the dynamics of co-dependency in dealing with her husband Terry’s alcoholism, from its earliest beginnings to the progression of his disease through all its stages. 


Good News for Fans of Sobriety Lifestyle 








Don’t Mock It Till You Try It

5 Summer Non-Alcoholic Mocktails 

If you are going tee-total this summer, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to indulge in the joy of a sophisticated and refreshing cocktail with friends. To savour the minty freshness of a mojito or smooth summer flavours of a pina colada without the blurry head in the morning make your tipple a mocktail.


Sea Sick or Seagrams Sick?

168 Units Of Alcohol: Just An Average Week  

On A Cruise Ship 

An average cruise passenger consumes 42 bottles of beer, 16 cocktails, seven bottles of wine, 16 shots of whisky and two glasses of champagne on a single voyage. That works out at around 168 units a week, according to the drinkaware website’s unit calculator – eight times the recommended allowance for men (21 units), and 12 times in excess of the recommended consumption levels for women (14 units).


The Enemy Within

Sex, Cocaine And Epic Binge Drinking

‘Many of my friends had cast what morals they had ever had to the winds,’ he explained. ‘There were parties night after night where revellers tried to forget the daily casualty lists.’ Indeed, many perceived alcohol – and its resulting recklessness – an even greater threat to Britain than a German invasion. On February 28, 1915, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer Lloyd George told a Bangor audience: ‘Drink is doing more damage in the war than all the German submarines put together.’


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Robin Williams In Early Stages of Parkinson’s    VIDEO  

“Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.”There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, which is a nervous system disorder involving a loss of brain cells that produce dopamine and control movement. Symptoms include muscle rigidity, tremors and changes in speech and gait.


No Ordinary Madness  

Robin Williams: A Link Between Genius,  

Mental Illness?    

It is a conundrum that has puzzled mankind since at least Plato and Aristotle. Why do so many creative people throughout history – so many great artists and geniuses such as Robin Williams – seem to be touched by what the ancient Greek thinkers called “divine madness”?



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Treatment Works!

The U.S. Addiction Rehab Industry

Drug, alcohol and other addiction rehab in the United States is big business – $35 billion this year. There are now 14,000+ treatment facilities and growing. A total of 2.5 million persons received treatment, but many more need it and facilities are filled to capacity. This new report examines the nature of the business, types of rehab, reasons for the renewed growth of addiction rehab services since the Great Recession, national receipts/growth from 1983-2013, 2014 and 2018 forecasts..


The Battle for Our Young

HBO Documentary Examines Ethics Of Video Game Design, Addiction

Love Child, a documentary about the 2010 death and the culture surrounding it, started airing on HBO this week. Director Valerie Veatch, also the director behind HBO’s ME the Zoo, told Polygon that her documentary isn’t meant to be an attack on the game industry, but instead a way to spark an important dialogue.


But the Only Thing Streaming is…
Leaving Las Vegas   VIDEO 

Beer Bottles Unlock Free Online Movies  VIDEO

Combining product purchases with free promotional gifts can sometimes be more hassle than it’s worth – often requiring consumers to enter a code online and hope someone else hasn’t already got there first. Now Dutch beer brand Grolsch wants to make enjoying a lager with a film easier, with it’s Movie Unlocker service that gives customers free access to on-demand video with a clink of their bottle.


Epic Transformation Retreat  

What’s Up Doc?

Dwight Gooden  

Celebrates Sobriety  

Dwight Gooden recalled the day his teammates on the New York Mets were celebrating their 1986 World Series win as “one of the worst days of my life.” The 49-year-old former sports star explained: “I was getting high in an apartment and missed the parade.” “I carry the guilt and embarrassment of missing birthdays and my kids’ activities,” he said. But today he has a sponsor and is in a 12-step recovery program. “I’m an addict, but not an active addict.”


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Seven Pounds of Fun and Unfathomability

Addiction Showcases The Brain’s Flexibility

Every day sees a new research article on addiction, be it cocaine, heroin,food or porn. Each one takes a specific angle on how addiction works in the brain. Perhaps it’s a disorder of reward, with drugs hijacking a natural system that is meant to respond to food, sex and friendship. Possibly addiction is a disorder of learning, where our brains learn bad habits and responses.  


Doubling Down

Mother With Online Gambling Addiction Stole Tens of Thousands To Pay $220k in Debts 

Carly Flockhart’s habit began after the drowning of her partner, William Reid, the father of her son. The tragedy prompted the mum to seek ‘solace in the excitement of online gambling’, according to a psychiatrist’s report. Sheriff David Sutherland ordered psychiatric reports on Flockhart, from Inverness, after she admitted taking £66,000 from cleaning equipment firm WC Supplies while she was company secretary.


Harm Reduction?

New York Festival  

Goers Must Watch Anti-Drugs Video Before Attending Event 

Attendees of New York’s Electric Zoo festival are this year required to watch an anti-drugs video before their wristband is activated. “The campaign is intended to make fans think about the potential negative consequences of ‘dropping’ Molly and to avoid those risk.” Last year two people overdosed and died at the festival.


New England Leads The Way

Massachusetts Governor Signs Measure Expanding Drug Treatment 

The measure is intended to make accessing treatment for drug addiction on par with other medical treatments, which experts see as a key step to reduce the rising rate of deaths by drug overdose. More than 16,000 people die in the United States each year from overdoses of prescription painkillers alone, with more succumbing to heroin and other illegal narcotics.


Sangria’s Not Enough?

Cocaine Found Aboard Spanish Navy Vessel

Authorities found 127 kilos of cocaine hidden aboard the Spanish navy’s training ship, the Juan Sebastian Elcano, after an investigation in which three sailors – two Spaniards and an Ecuadorian – were arrested last month, Spain’s Civil Guard said Wednesday.


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Beer Is So Plebeian

Atlanta Falcons Selling Alcohol Infused Cupcakes

The vendor is Atlanta bakery Delights by Dawn, who has pioneered the “Toxycake” which are alcohol soaked pastries. Flavors available on the company’s website include Chocolate Cherry Bourbon, White Almond Amaretto, and Lemon Honey Jack, and if you can’t make it out to the Georgia Dome, you can order a dozen of the booze filled treats for just under $40.


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Thanks For Sharing: Looking At Sex Addiction & Its Consequences

“Thanks for Sharing” clearly stands out, as a reflection of how our society discriminates and judges people. While we have grown sympathetic and less critical of addictions related to alcohol and drug abuse, we are yet to show the same understanding to those who struggle with sex addiction.


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French (Missed) Connection

France’s Legendary Police Hq Reels From Mystery Of The Missing Cocaine 

France’s equivalent to Scotland Yard – is mythique, or legendary. Home to the Police Judiciare, nicknamed les flics, the building flanking the river Seine at the heart of Paris has been the backdrop for films, novels and TV series broadcast around the world.



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