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December 15, 2015                   Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 3., No. 18
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Michael Botticelli on 60 Minutes VIDEO
A New Direction On Drugs VIDEO     

After forty years and a trillion dollars, the nation has little to show for its war on drugs. Prisons are beyond crowded and there’s a new outbreak in the heroin epidemic. If it’s time for a change, it would be hard to find a leader more different than Michael Botticelli.

The Royal Share
Kate Middleton ‘touched’ by story of recovering alcoholic mother     

Anna Elston, 43, told how her three young sons were taken into care at the height of her drinking more than eight years ago but today she trains volunteers to give empowering talks to teenagers. Kate met Ms Elston when she gave an inspiring speech about her life story, the day after she and fellow graduates received their foundation or degree certificates in addiction counselling.

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ADHD diagnosis skyrockets among American kids    

ADHD rates have risen significantly in recent years, especially among certain groups of American kids, new research suggests. About 12 percent of children and teens in the United States had an ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) diagnosis in 2011, a number that’s shot up by 43 percent since 2003, according to a large national study based on parental reports of an ADHD diagnosis.

Playng the Field
Mike Pettine Says He Didn’t Realize How Bad Johnny Manziel’s  Problem Was     

Johnny Manziel will get the start for Cleveland against the 49ers on Sunday, and the job is his for the remainder of the season if he can hang on to it. Of course, that’s what we thought three weeks ago, before some bye-week partying put him back on the bench. Head coach Mike Pettine said today the team didn’t realize just how much Manziel’s drinking would affect the Browns when they made the call to draft him.

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By Dr. Tian Dayton
Daily Affirmations for the Holidays     

Some of my happiest holiday moments aren’t necessarily the big events or the parties or even the holiday itself. They are the spaces in between. Walking down a decorated street hearing holiday music wafting on the air, a lit outdoor Christmas tree that I didn’t expect to see, wrapping presents while listening to holiday music or cooking and getting ready to welcome people.

Home Grown Terror
2015 New Hampshire overdose deaths double to top 400      

Critics including the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit that opposes the so-called war on drugs, argue that the drug courts are ineffective, expensive and don’t keep offenders out of jail as much as supporters claim. In a 2011 report, the organization said the courts have made the criminal justice system more punitive to addicts, not less.

California Here We Come
California To Revamp Addiction Treatment For Medicaid Recipients    

California is overhauling its substance abuse treatment system for low-income people, embarking on a massive experiment to create a smoother path for addicts from detox through recovery…’This was a long time coming. It’s a win/win for people with substance use issues and their families.’ Keith Lewis, executive director of Horizon Services.

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The secret ingredient in music that cures drug addiction     

It is a known fact that for the youth of today, music and drugs seem to go hand in hand. This notion has been built over time due to the influence of media, and the faulty mindset that for successful art, one needs those ‘transcended senses’. DJ Roshan Mansukhani, addresses this issue by explaining how music can be used instead as a therapy to wean away the youth from drugs and alcohol.

Reefer Madness
In Sacramento, Snoop Dogg mum on new marijuana measure     

Five years ago, Snoop Dogg recorded a public service announcement urging people to vote for the marijuana legalization measure on California’s ballot. “Prop. 19?” said Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus. “You know how I stand on that. Very high.” On Thursday night, in a very smoky room, Snoop held a “meet and greet” with supporters…


Only If You Want It?
Governor LePage is wrong: Drug treatment works    

“Does treatment work, Mr. Governor?” “Not with heroin,” LePage answered. He said a majority of addicts wash out of state treatment programs, so the money spent is largely wasted. “Treatment is fine,” he said. “Some people are willing to be treated and some aren’t. We cannot force people to be treated. … You have to want it.”

Going To Any Lengths
Former Neighbours star Eliza Szonert battled drug addiction and spent time in Thai rehab 

Former Neighbours star Eliza Szonert spent 8 weeks in an expensive drug rehabilitation clinic in Thailand before she dramatically snatched her son from her ex-partner in Kuala Lumpur,  The former starlet…sought help at the high-end rehab centre The Cabin Chiang Mai, a popular facility among celebrities and corporate types…

Addiction to Being In Action
Gambling addiction led to $279K theft, brings prison and shame     

A gambling addiction led a former worker at IGA Abrasives LLC in Grand Rapids to steal $279,000 from his employer…” …Mr. Hudson’s main significant issue is his addiction to gambling,” Stroba wrote. “As he has described it, he would bet on most anything, anywhere, anytime.

Hartford Courant  Newspaper Series VIDEO
Portraits Of Addiction VIDEO     

For Father Of 4, Painkillers Paved The Path To Heroin – For Star Athlete, Heroin Was Unbeatable Opponent – “Dear Heroin – You Became My Best Friend.”… As Deaths Increase, Heroin Continues To Be Scourge Of State, Nation – Medical Director Charts Tragic Path From Opioids To Autopsy

It Works If It Works
Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Helps Treat Cocaine Addiction     

Early results suggest that repetitive transcranial magnetic brain stimulation  reduces both substance use and cravings in cocaine addicts, offering hope of a novel medical treatment for patients with this addiction … The team recruited 32 cocaine-addicted patients who were seeking treatment for their addiction…

Still True 5 Years Later (psst, it’s satire)
AA Destroying The Social Lives Of Thousands Of Once-Fun Americans     

In The Know panelists discuss how Alcoholics Anonymous wreaks havoc on the friendships of Americans by turning the ‘life of the party’ into a sanctimonious bore.


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Another Point of View VIDEO
What Drug Czar Botticelli Got Wrong On ’60 Minutes’ VIDEO    

If you watched 60 Minutes last night, you likely got the impression that Michael Botticelli, the nation’s Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, is an immensely appealing, well-spoken government official. Known as the Drug Czar, he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate and took office in February. Unfortunately, he’s wrong about the way addiction works.

Who Wasn’t?
I was a respectable, high-functioning junkie    

Here, Jane Ridley meets Jennifer Matesa, 51, of Pittsburgh, an author of three books, including “The Recovering Body: Physical and Spiritual Fitness for Living Clean and Sober,” and the blog, who tells her very personal story of addiction and rehabilitation…Soon, I was illegally doctoring dates on my prescriptions so I could get my fix sooner…

Lesson by Jamison Monroe
The Adolescent Brain on Meditation     

Those of us in the field of mental health and addiction recovery have known for years-through personal experience and observation-that mindfulness practice is an incredibly powerful tool for healing. Now science is backing that up, unquestionably … According to Harvard Medical School, “Qualitative data collection reveals that adolescents are less anxious and sleep better after doing yoga; in addition, their self-awareness and ease in their body increase, and their worldview begins to shift toward a more positive alignment.”

A is for Adderall
College students say prescription stimulants easy to find on campus    

Seven out of 10 college students say it is somewhat or very easy to obtain controlled stimulants without a prescription, according to a new survey conducted on eight U.S. campuses. About 18 percent of undergraduates reported misusing prescription stimulants such as Adderall, the 2015 College Prescription Drug Study (CPDS) found.

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Medicated Childhood
The Business of ADHD    

… the makers of Adderall have presented what I consider to be … the most disingenuous, elaborate campaign I’ve ever experienced … Adderall has passed Ritalin in terms of trade medication written for ADHD. I’ve been offered $100 if I will sit and listen to someone talk about ADHD, funded by Adderall, for 15 minutes on the telephone, and then fill out a five-minute questionnaire….

It’s a Wonderful Town
New York City Makes Overdose Reversal Drug Available Without A Prescription     

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that naloxone, the drug that can counter the effects of a heroin overdose, will now be sold without a prescription in pharmacies across the city. The move is part of a broader effort across the country to increase access to the medication, especially in areas hardest-hit by the opioid epidemic.

And Last Month
Bankruptcy After Settling With U.S.     

Millennium Health LLC filed for bankruptcy after settling federal claims that it improperly billed the government for running urine tests on dead people and checking senior citizens for angel dust. The prepackaged reorganization plan filed Tuesday in Delaware already has the support of key lenders. Under the proposal, Millennium, the largest U.S. drug-testing lab,  will pay $256 million to settle the government claims while eliminating $1.2 billion in debt from its balance sheet.

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Attraction and Promotion
Could Magnets Help Treat Drug Addiction? 

Shortly thereafter, a newspaper in Bonci’s small hometown in northeastern Italy published an article about the work. A man whose son struggled with cocaine addiction and suicidal thoughts saw the article and wondered, could this be something that could work in humans? He went to talk to a researcher at the University of Padua in Italy, who agreed the work sounded promising.

The Willie Nelson House?
Courts forcing marijuana users to get drug treatment they probably don’t need     

“Many cannabis consumers are being forced by cops, courts and corrections officers to undergo drug treatment that they themselves don’t feel they actually need…” Keith Humphries, a researcher and addiction specialist with Stanford University, said … that “being addicted to [marijuana] is generally less impairing than being addicted to heroin/cocaine, so people have relatively less interest in attending treatment on their own.”

The Rush Gene?
Researchers identify gene possibly linked with methamphetamine addiction     

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine have for the first time identified a gene that is casually associated with the behavioral stimulant response to the drug methamphetamine. The gene, known as heterogeneous nuclear…

The New Deal
AAC Holdings (AAC) to Acquire Solutions Recovery in $13M Deal     

“We have a strong presence in Las Vegas with our out-of-network Desert Hope inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities. With the addition of Solutions Recovery’s in-network inpatient and outpatient centers, we will be able to meet the needs of a broader spectrum of clients in one of our highest demand markets,” said Michael Cartwright, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AAC Holdings.

Home Run  VIDEO
Ex-baseball star Darryl Strawberry opens treatment center VIDEO     

Many people know the 6-foot-6 inch former right fielder Darryl Strawberry for a series of blunders outside his usual role as a standout Major League Baseball player. For a time, Strawberry was in the public eye for all the wrong reasons, dogged by a well-chronicled struggle with drugs.

Dying for more Energy?
Nutritionist speaks out against energy drinks as more heart attack cases emerge 

Yesterday, Martin Bowling, 28, of Little Wakering, warned the public against energy drink consumption following his suffered a heart attack drinking two litres of the caffeine and sugar-rich drinks in one night…She said: “It is worrying that people this young are having heart attacks but it is clear that it is the young people who go for these drinks.

The Smoking Gun
Families confront doctor convicted of murder in overdose deaths     

“During which office visit did you no longer see my son as a person and only as a deposit into your bank account?,” asked Verlene Crawford, the mother of Naythan Kenney, who overdosed on Sept. 20, 2008. “Did you ever look in the mirror and were sickened by what you saw?”

New York to connect with 39 states in drug epidemic fight     

New York will join 39 other states in a prescription drug data sharing network aimed at stopping abuse, the governor’s office announced Monday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York State agreed to join the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Prescription Monitoring Program – InterConnect…

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