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December 8, 2015                   Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 3., No. 17
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James Taylor’s Powerful Story about DNA and Addiction: Must Watch  VIDEO    

James Taylor, American singer-songwriter, says what some of us know all too well: Addiction is a genetic disease. To people who have an inborn weakness for alcoholism and drug use lurking in their genetic code, the pull of addiction is often beyond an urge, it is a destiny. In an interview on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN, Taylor speaks about his addiction to heroin…

For Whom The Bell Tolls…
Scott Weiland’s Family: ‘Don’t Glorify This Tragedy’     

A letter from late singer’s ex-wife, Mary Weiland, on behalf of his two children. December 3rd, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died. It is the official day the public will use to mourn him, and it was the last day he could be propped up in front of a microphone for the financial benefit or enjoyment of others.

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Diamond-Studded Recovery
How the (Very) Rich Do Rehab     
Talking ’bout My Generation
Prescription Drugs Are Quietly Killing My Generation     

“We did runners from restaurants, stole from shops for fun, and drove around wasted. Doing Valium for long periods of time takes your anxiety down so much that you don’t give a shit about anything. You also don’t remember anything. Twenty-four hours will roll into an hour. Time goes by without you feeling it.”


Old Habits Die Hard
Silent Epidemic: Seniors and Addiction     

Addiction to prescription painkillers among seniors is growing, says Dr. Joseph Garbely, medical director of Caron Treatment Centers, which opened a 10-bed senior inpatient unit in Pennsylvania earlier this year. “The problem is certainly ubiquitous, and often missed, to be honest,” Garbely says. “Caretakers oftentimes miss the signs and symptoms of a substance-use disorder.


A Parent’s Dream
Marijuana breathalyzer test could be coming soon     

A marijuana breathalyzer will begin clinical trials early next year, the Oakland, California- based Hound Labs Inc. announced this week. “The idea is that law enforcement will have one device out on the road to test for both THC and alcohol,” said Hound Labs CEO and founder Dr. Mike Lynn, an emergency room physician at Highland Hospital, in Oakland.

Forget ‘fighting demons’. We must learn how to talk properly about alcoholism     

My dad was an alcoholic – and what every child of someone with this disease learns is that we can’t change things for our parents. But we can for our children. Like all children of alcoholics, I learned the sheer, choking agony of worry: is he OK? Is he safe? Is he on a floor? Is he eating? Am I doing enough? Am I a good son? Am I obeying the commandment to honour your mother and father? The guilt: why aren’t I there to look after him?

Her Heart on Her Sleeve
Granny will celebrate 75th birthday by getting tattoo for Recovery charity 

The chairman of a charity for recovering alcoholics will celebrate her birthday by getting a tattoo of the organisation’s logo on her arm. Mrs Chiswell, a grandmother of three, has been supporting the charity since it became operational three years ago. The charity has a residential programme in the city and half-way house for recovering alcoholics, relies on grants and donations to keep running, so Mrs Chiswell decided to get the tattoo in return for donations.

Vacations Can Be Permanent
Heroin in pill form, warns Florida attorney general     

People were surprised when I told them the pill I was holding in my hand looked a lot like heroin in pill form. Documented seizures in Florida prompted a warning from the Florida Attorney General’s Office and law enforcement. “They package it like that so you no longer have to keep it in a plastic baggie, no longer is it in powder form. It’s very easy to transport, it’s easier to disguise…


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Shelter helping women recover from drug addiction VIDEO     

“I was homeless. Lost my children. Lost everything,” Howard said. “I walked in off the streets. I was wanting help. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. ” Howard says she saw the sign for Safe Haven and that led her to the shelter. A place she says has been vital for her as she’s now been clean for more than 30 days.

Hollywood TV
‘Vanderpump Rules’: Scheana Promises Fun Times Ahead Despite Shay’s Addiction

“[My husband’s painkiller addiction] wasn’t something that I was super excited about filming, like my wedding or pretty much everything else that I had filmed. …People don’t understand his addiction was filmed last Christmas. He’s been sober for a year now. I’m really proud of him for kicking what was such a difficult habit.


Good Question
If Prescription Drug Addiction Is a Disease, Why Does the Law Make It So Hard to Get Treatment?     

In 1990, Emily vomited over the course of three straight days. She couldn’t sleep. She felt cold. She felt fe­ver­ish. She felt ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain throughout her body… And soon enough, she began pop­ping pills when she could find them, but that proved dif­fi­cult in Michigan, so she turned to drink­ing al­co­hol and tak­ing diet pills in ex­cess in­stead.


What About Up State?
De Blasio launching effort to reduce painkiller overdose deaths on Staten Island     

“Drug addiction is a problem that strikes families of all shapes and sizes. Mayor de Blasio and the first lady want to help families protect their loved ones who suffer from addiction,” …spokeswoman Karen Hinton said. “Monday’s announcement will offer some hope for those dealing with the disease of drug addiction.”

Whose Fault is it?
Heroin addiction ‘isn’t necessarily the individual’s fault     

“It is a disease. It’s not necessarily a character flaw,” said state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Lycoming, a member of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. Those are key findings of the center’s latest report on Pennsylvania’s crisis involving addition to opioid drugs, which include heroin and prescription painkillers such as oxycontin and Vicodin. The center is a bipartisan group that includes both House and Senate members.


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Ex-USC coach wants $30 million for firing over alcoholism     

Steve Sarkisian has sued the University of Southern California, alleging the school breached the football coach’s contract and discriminated against him on the basis of a disability by firing him this fall. Sarkisian’s complaint was filed Monday in Los Angeles County Court. Sarkisian’s lawyer, Alan Loewinsohn, told TMZ Sports that Sarkisian is seeking more than $30 million and at least the $12.6 million that was remaining on his contract.

Too Many, Too Young
Scott Weiland and addiction in the music business     

Although MusiCares focuses on helping people within the music community, Neil Portnow said the issue with addiction is far broader in scope. “It’s pretty clear in our country that we have a significant issue with addiction that isn’t relegated strictly to musicians or actors or dancers…

Ready To Light Up?
New clues to nicotine addiction     

One reason people find it hard to quit smoking is that each time they have a cigarette, feelings of craving, irritability and anxiety melt away. This is known as negative reward and is partly controlled by a region of the brain called the habenula.

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Love American Style
Couple Found Living In Walmart Attic with Hot Plate, Meth Lab & 42″ LED TV 

…we recovered 2 pounds of meth they had somehow produced on a hot plate. They also managed to get food, drinks, mini refrigerator, a big screen TV, surround sound system, bedroom set, hangers, clothes … I mean, if Walmart sells it they had it. These people were living good.

Is your water poisoned by people’s pills?    

Top scientist warns of ‘health timebomb’ caused by prescription drugs washed down drains. The ‘something’ is the broad range of medicines we ‘pass’ via the loo into the environment and, indirectly, into our drinking water – from heart drugs to depression and hormone pills. ‘We are being exposed to a growing number of chemicals, and mixtures of chemicals during our increasingly lengthy lives…’

Advice: Sobriety Can Start Anytime VIDEO
Overcoming two objections to alcoholism intervention over the Holidays VIDEO    

This is the time for holiday cheer and family memories and Norman Rockwell-esque Christmas scenes with smiling families gathered around a tree or a fire. Hopefully, not both. The reality for families of the 20 million adults in the U.S. challenged by addiction to alcohol or other drugs is more like the beginning of the Grinch tale, than the end.


More Than One Way…
The end of hitting rock bottom     

Caroline had been kicked out. She was calling from a 7-Eleven, she said, and entering heroin withdrawal … CRAFT takes aim at one of the most puzzling problems in addiction treatment: Of the 20 million people in the United States who suffer from a substance abuse disorder, 19 million of them – 95 percent – say they don’t need help…

The Business of Recovery
TOCCA LIFE HOLDINGS INC. Shorted Shares Increased By 66.67%     

TOCCA Life Coaching, Inc., provides structured sober living facilities, and illicit and prescribed drug monitoring. The company has a market cap of $13.50 million. The Firm offers clinical toxicology laboratory testing for its sober living facilities. It currently has negative earnings. The Company, along with providing halfway house, recovery residence, sober or transitional living experience, is also engaged in the 12 Step Program…


‘Ink Master’ tattoo artist died of heroin overdose     

Marshall, 41, was found dead Oct. 25 at the Holiday Inn Express….in Roselle, according to police. Marshall’s wife, Johanna, told TMZ that Marshall got the hotel room because he wasn’t feeling well enough to drive from his job at the Roselle Tattoo Co. to their home in Plainfield. The cause of death was intoxication from heroin and benzodiazepine…

Cooking Up Sobriety
After Rehab, an Addict Finds New Life in the Kitchen    

It was rehab, plain and simple, that taught her to look at herself honestly during personal crises rather than turn to drugs and alcohol. Rehab enabled her to live a life that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible if she was on drugs – one that allowed her to pursue her passion for cooking.


It’s All In Your head
Brain Stimulation Technique Might Treat Addiction    

A very small study of cocaine addicts showed the treatments helped 70 percent of them lose their cravings for the drug, the team reports in the journal Neuro-psychopharmacology. Some have stayed free of the drug for a year.

Tech Intervention
West Virginian Men in red revealed; new app for drug addiction     

“The app itself uses the location function of your smartphone to locate you first and then identify the resources that exist in your immediate area,” Goodwin explained. The app titled The Call WV is available for both Apple and Android smartphones. The website:

How Many More?  VIDEO
Eliot man dies from heroin overdose while waiting for treatment  VIDEO    
High Tea? VIDEO
Some Kombucha Teas Register as Alcoholic Drinks VIDEO    

Kombucha tea, with its vinegary after taste, has made its way out of the natural food aisles and into the mainstream food sections. But as its popularity grows, so do questions about its alcohol content. Kombucha tea uses a fermentation process which its fans say creates lots of good, healthy bacteria. The government, on the other hand, says that same process, in some cases, is turning this tea, by law, into an alcoholic beverage.


Nightmares of Addiction VIDEO
Newborns Die After Going Home With Moms Fighting Drug Addiction VIDEO     

High on methamphetamine, Xanax and the methadone prescribed to help her kick a heroin habit, 20-year-old Tory Schlier told police that she was “fuzzy” about what happened to her baby boy. Police weren’t. In an affidavit, the officer who went to Schlier’s house on October 17, 2014, said the mother had fallen asleep on Brayden, “causing him to asphyxiate.”

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