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August 25, 2015                   Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 3., No. 2
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With A Little Help From My Friends
Matthew Perry Talks Sobriety: ‘I’m an Award-Winning Alcoholic’     

“I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my life and a lot of wonderful accolades,” he said, “but the best thing about me is that if an alcoholic comes up to me and says, ‘Will you help me stop drinking?’ I will say, ‘Yes. I know how to do that.'” Perry admitted that kind of one-on-one interaction can be key for people struggling with addiction.


Who Needs Disneyland
FDA Approves OxyContin Use for Children as Young as 11    

Physicians have been prescribing OxyContin to children for some time but without the safety and efficacy data. The FDA does not regulate the practice of medicine, which means drugs such of OxyContin may be prescribed for off-label use to children once a caregiver has provided consent. 


Telling It Like It Was VIDEO
Macklemore Opens Up About Addiction, Says Fatherhood Changed Him VIDEO    

According to Macklemore, after his now-wife, Tricia Davis, missed her period, he prayed that she wasn’t pregnant. “I got down on my knees and I prayed, just like, ‘God, I’m not ready for this right now. I’m not ready to be a father like I can’t even get sober.'” Macklemore’s full interview with MTV can be seen here.


From Lines  to Columns
Recovering Writer Goes To NY Daily News After Serving Hard Time     

Keri Blakinger made national headlines in 2010 after she was arrested with heroin while a student at Cornell University. Five years later, she is moving out of Ithaca after completing a recovery that has also earned national press. Blakinger will be leaving The Ithaca Times to write for the New York Daily News. See related: Released from prison after $50K heroin bust, Cornell student gets clean, writes book.

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Sharing The Good News
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation & Phoenix House Announce Clinical Initiatives Agreement     

Phoenix House operates more than 120 programs that provide an array of behavioral health services across 10 states and the District of Columbia. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation offers treatment services at 16 locations across the nation. The goal of the collaboration is to combine the best practices of the two organizations to enrich their ability to offer effective treatment services to more individuals across broad population demographics.


Capitol Idea!!!
Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow to sing at DC rally on addiction    

Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow and Joe Walsh from the Eagles will perform in a concert being planned for the National Mall in October to draw attention to the problem of addiction. Organizers announced Monday that a new organization called Facing Addiction will stage the rally on Oct. 4. The group plans to launch a campaign urging people to confront the nation’s health problem of addiction to alcohol and other drugs.


Keeping It Simple
AA has proved its effectiveness for decades     

I am a grateful member of AA. I am a recovering alcoholic and was greatly helped by AA in my first 10 years of sobriety… Its sole purpose is to offer a recovery program for alcoholics, their spouses and children. It is not affiliated with any pharmaceutical company, church, faith, political party or treatment center. It is a stand-alone, independent program offered free to all who ask. 


Teach Your Children Well
Seven Drug Addiction Truths You Wish Your Children Knew     

It’s difficult to put the words “children” and “drug addiction” in the same sentence, but doing so is crucial. If we want to protect our kids from substance abuse, we need to educate them. In order to make smart life choices, teenagers – and even kids younger than 13 – need to know the reasons why they should avoid dangerous substances. Pay close attention to these seven eye-opening facts about underage substance abuse – and make sure you share them with your kids, reports


It Goes To Your Head
How ONE beer really affects Your Body    

There is plenty of literature about consuming alcoholic in moderation and the dangers of binge drinking, but now a new infographic has detailed the exact effects just one beer can have on your body – revealing that just a few sips can cause you to lose your inhibitions and leave you feeling dizzy. And in addition to the more obvious symptoms…

American Nightmare NPR AUDIO
Ravages Of Heroin Addiction Haunt Whole Towns  NPR AUDIO     

“I said, ‘If you leave with that person, you’re probably going to die tonight.’ And I was being sarcastic … by no means did I mean it. “And she left. And at 8 o’clock the next morning I woke up to a phone call that she had died. She had overdosed, after seven months of sobriety.”

What It Was Like
Recovering drug and alcohol addicts to share stories on stage 

“The cry went out, something like, ‘Dear God, if you’re up there and you’re real and you hear me and you help me get well, I promise you: One day at a time, all the days that you grant me, for the rest of my life, I promise I will do my best to love and help your children in 12-step recovery.’ “If you would have asked me 26 years ago if I would have the life that I have today, I would have said, ‘Things like this don’t happen for people like me,'” Scotchie said.


MEDIA: New Book Available
Author offers addiction alternative     

Elks said she wrote the book with adults in mind. “I wrote the book for mothers, fathers, husbands and wives,” Elks said. “The book is written for them, because when the parent learns the lesson, it ends up the child gets better. Maybe they can learn from my experience.” Perhaps before it’s too late.

Please, NO More Brownies On Duty   VIDEO
Cops Eating Marijuana Candy  VIDEO     

An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that a controversial surveillance video allegedly showing three police officers eating marijuana-infused candy and mocking a disabled woman during a May dispensary raid can be used in an internal investigation by the Santa Ana Police Department.

Too Much
Oxycodone overdose killed Mooresville commissioner     

Mooresville Town Commissioner Mac Herring died from an overdose of oxycodone, a pain killer, according to autopsy results released Thursday by the North Carolina Medical Examiner. The medical examiner officially listed “oxycodone toxicity” as the cause of death of Herring, 52, on May 19. Sheriff Coy Reid told the Tribune on Thursday that investigators do not know whether the drug was ingested accidentally or intentionally.



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No More Jagged Little Pills
Alanis Morissette On Eating Disorders and Sobriety with Food?     

Alanis Morissette never made a secret of her wilder years or of the fact that she developed eating disorders and depression because of them. Now 41, the singer has spoken to Women’s Health. This isn’t the first time that Alanis goes public with her story with eating disorders to raise awareness on them. In the past, she’s done countless interviews on the topic and took part in a variety of events to bring more attention to the importance of spotting the signs of an eating disorder and providing the appropriate treatment.

Last Call
Famous cocktail pioneer found dead at NYC home after suspected drug overdose 

A cocktail pioneer who opened one of New York’s most stylish bars and revolutionized the drinks industry in the city has been found dead from a suspected drug overdose. Sasha Petraske, 42, the founder of the speakeasy Milk & Honey, was discovered lifeless by his wife, journalist Georgette Moger, in Hudson on Friday. A source with knowledge of the investigation told Daily Mail Online early indications suggest he died from an overdose.

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Looking For Signs
Can a Childhood Test Predict Future Addiction?    

The test they administered is now known as the Adverse Childhood Experiences test, or ACE test. It’s a simple-to-take but powerful diagnostic tool that generates a 0-10 score, which can offer significant insights into your risk for a number of high-risk behaviors, including addiction-as well as your risk for other serious physical and mental illnesses.

Health Warning On Bottles?
Light Drinking Can Cause Cancer    

A new study suggests that drinking just one glass of wine or one bottler of beer per day can lead to the development of various cancers. Alcoholic beverages have been linked to liver cancer, larynx cancer, oesophageal cancer and colorectal cancer in the past, however previous studies have found that only excessive drinking can increase someone’s risk of developing the disease.

Pharmaceutical Messiah?
Does AA treatment have it all wrong?     

It’s been a long time since I saw “Rio Bravo”, which also starred John Wayne as a county sheriff. But I remember that Dean Martin was a quick draw and a crack shot, provided that he first drank another kind of shot, or two. But when he tried to lay off the booze, his hands shook and he couldn’t hit a bottle off a horse railing with his six-shooter from 20 feet away. Accordingly, he was a huge liability as Wayne’s deputy.

Health Warning
Is early breast cancer overtreated?     

It raises the question of whether we are being overly aggressive with our treatment of DCIS, said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. “Unfortunately, this is something repeated over and over in medicine.” Doctors treat aggressively, then over the next 40, 50, 80 years find out that we didn’t need to be nearly as aggressive.”

Seeing The Light
Stephanie Pratt: ‘Addiction developed instantly’    

In her book, Stephanie reveals she developed a crystal meth addiction as a teenager after feeling “the weight of trying to be perfect,” she told the magazine. “I was 14 or 15 [when I first smoked it],” she wrote in the book. “I was on the extreme level and addiction developed instantly. [I smoked] probably four times before school, then at snack…probably 12 or 13 times a day.”

Wall Street Is Good
Treatment Center Investment & Valuation Retreat     

The first event of its kind, the Treatment Center Investment & Valuation Retreat will bring together owners and senior executives from the addiction treatment and recovery community to meet with key members of the investment and financial community for an exclusive two-day educational, business, and networking event.

Riding That Train, High on … Dry Wine
60-Ounce Cocktails @ Union Station DC

A candy shop that is under construction in Union Station. Washington DC, is looking to get permission to sell 60-ounce cocktails in goblets and other alcoholic beverages. The “tavern, candy and retail store” is planning to sell alcoholic drinks, along with ice cream and juice, among other items. Las Vegas-based Sugar Factory has applied for a liquor license for its forthcoming location on the first floor of the train station.

There Is A Solution
Alcohol Kills 20 people a week in Scotland 

“There is no doubt that a key factor in alcohol-related harm is affordability. This is why minimum unit pricing is such an important part of our package of measures to tackle the availability of cheap, high-strength alcohol that causes so much damage in our communities.

Better Than An Arrest   VIDEO
Too much to drink? Apps, devices could help VIDEO     

The difference between a relaxed, happy night out and a groggy, painful bout of drunkenness can be just a few alcoholic drinks. But how do drinkers know when they’re overdoing it?  Research has shown that people aren’t very good at estimating how much they drink. Keeping a mental tally of how much you’ve put down, or even knowing what constitutes a “drink” can be confusing. Cue your smartphone.

Treatment To Follow?
‘Desperate’ alcoholic jailed for ten months     

A man who ripped out the hot water tank from his flat caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a flat below…Defense counsel Nicola Coulter told the court Farren was drunk and in desperation he pawned the hot water tank to buy more alcohol. She said the 25-year-old has an addiction to alcohol and at the time of the offense was in a ‘cycle of drink and drugs he couldn’t see a way out of’.


Family Affair
Talking about addiction, Jeb Bush gets personal    

His daughter, Noelle, was arrested in 2002 at the age of 24 for trying to fill a false prescription and was sentenced 10 days in jail for contempt of court after she was found with crack cocaine in a drug rehabilitation center. It was a painful time for the family, as Bush was governor of Florida and Noelle’s addiction was thrust into the full public spotlight. Her uncle, George W. Bush, was also president at the time.


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