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February 9, 2016                   Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 3., No. 26
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Obama On Drugs
Obama Drug Treatment: President Will Ask For $1 Billion Dollars    

President Obama will be seeking $1 billion from Congress in order to implement a drug treatment program that will focus on treating people who are addicted to opioids. Drug treatment facilities are now realizing that the protocols they had used in the past are not the best method to treat patients who suffer from opioid drug addiction. Drug treatment programs are now understanding that the use of medications to help with addiction has a better success rate than cold turkey.

Thumper to Thumbs Down
Before I Left AA, I was a Big Book Thumper 

I thought I knew everything when I was six months sober. It’s a cliché, I know, but it had to do with hitting the Pacific Group in West LA weekly and hanging out at AA halls in the San Fernando Valley on a regular basis. Since I’d been a zealous step-working member of AA for two-and-a-half years and then crashed into a bottom..

Psychiatrist’s Opinion – NY Times
Can Shame Be Useful?     

The nation’s drug czar, Michael Botticelli, has led a well-intentioned campaign to eradicate feelings of shame in addicted people by, in part, likening addiction to cancer, a disease outside of people’s control. But in fact, the experience of shame – the feeling that one has failed to live up to one’s own standards – can play a positive role in recovery from addiction, as well as from other kinds of destructive habits.@ 

From Horror to Hero VIDEO
Inspiring Those Suffering and Recovering from Alcohol Addiction VIDEO     

“Growing up my Mom drank, when I was young I used to, I hated it and growing up in Fairbanks, the bars stay open til 4 or 5 in the morning and they would take off for the weekends and I used to say I”m never going to drink when I grow-up, never,” said Jacqueline Morris who is a Participant in the Day 001: Voices of Recovery Project. However, at the age of thirteen Morris began drinking, in Junior High, she was raped three times after drinking with older guys…More @ 

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Forget To Not Smoke Pot
What Long-Term Marijuana Use May Do to Your Memory     

Those who smoke marijuana every day for many years are the most likely to experience the greatest drop in thinking skills, suggested Wayne Hall, author of an accompanying editorial. Hall is director and inaugural chair of the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research at the University of Queensland in Herston, Australia. “The study did not measure use precisely, but the pattern of cannabis use that most often produces these type of effects is daily use over a decade or more…CONTINUED @ 

Rigorous Honesty?
3 Reasons Why I Am Out of the Closet About My Recovery     

Every single day in the United States, approximately 350 people – 350 sons, daughters, partners, mothers, fathers, friends, neighbors – die as a result of substance use disorder. 1/3 of families in our country are impacted in some way by addiction. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we make solutions for finding recovery available and accessible to anybody in need of them. The beautiful thing …

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Looking Within
Scientists Uncover Neural Pathway Responsible for Opioid Withdrawal     

In addition to the desire to experience a “high,” one of the obstacles drug addicts encounter is the difficulty of overcoming a myriad of harsh withdrawal symptoms including anxiety, depression, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. When people learn to associate the loss of drug use with the pain of withdrawal, it can create an urge to use that is as strong as the “high” itself, making it even more difficult to quit.

Not Worth The Weight  VIDEO
640lb Food Addict To Undergo Life-Saving Surgery to Stop Her From Eating Herself to Death  VIDEO     

On Wednesday night’s episode of TLC reality series My 600lb Life, Houston-based weight loss surgeon Dr. Younan Nowzaradan told Dottie Perkins 34, from Oxford, Mississippi, that she needed to lose 40lbs before qualifying for life-saving weight loss surgery that would eventually help her shed 121lbs. However, when her 12-year-old son Daniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy, was rushed to the hospital because he was having trouble breathing, the stress of the situation triggered Dottie’s pattern of emotional eating.

Family Afterward VIDEO
Michael Jackson’s Daughter Reveals She’s Struggling with Addiction VIDEO 

Paris Jackson has revealed she is struggling with addiction as she hit out at fans on Instagram. The daughter of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson- who died in 2009 – hit out at the “ridiculous” expectations people had for her father, and insisted she is under similar pressure. Commenting on an Instagram photo, the 17-year-old ranted: “This if f***ing ridiculous. I am expected to literally sit on my ass all day replying to comments people leave me (positive and negative)?

Like Hunter Worried About Bukowski
Even Charlie Sheen is Worried About QB Johnny Manziel VIDEO     

You know Johnny Football is in serious trouble if Charlie Sheen is worried about him. The notorious Hollywood badboy, who revealed late last year that he is HIV positive, took to Twitter to reach out and express concern for Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel. “@JManziel2 it’s time 2 refocus all of your energy on health & football!” Sheen tweeted on Saturday morning. “it’s never 2 late 2 get a fresh start!”

So Who Will ?
Ted Cruz Lost This Man’s Vote Because He Won’t Do Enough About Drug Addiction 

Michael DeLeon called out questions to Cruz on whether he would order a federal, mandatory prescription drug monitoring program and if he would consider restricting how much pharmaceutical companies can market their products on television to unsuspecting consumers. Many cheered the question, but Cruz declined on both counts, citing the constitutional rights of big pharmaceutical companies.


I Object
One-third of America’s Lawyers May be Drunk or Depressed     

Think you’re going to get someone sober and level-headed if you need a lawyer? Think again. High-pressure careers have always been associated with an elevated risk of both unhealthy living habits and depression. However, new evidence suggests that among the American legal community, drinking problems and depression are worryingly common.


Like No One Saw This Coming
Woody Harrelson Applies For Marijuana Dispensary     

Actor and marijuana advocate Woody Harrelson was one of nearly 60 applicants to apply to open one of Hawaii’s first medical marijuana dispensaries. Video game entrepreneur Henk Rogers also applied for a license under his company, Blue Planet Foundation, which advocates for energy independence across the state. Rogers, 61, is famous for discovering the video game “Tetris”.


12 Steps to the Street?
Survey 45% Rise in Costa Mesa Homeless    

Francis said City Hall believes that dropouts from sober-living facilities and the effects of Proposition 47, a measure passed by California voters in 2014 to reduce some crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, have contributed to the uptick. Costa Mesa is a regional hub of the sober-living and rehabilitation industry, home to more than one-fourth of all state-licensed facilities in Orange County and to at least 100 more homes where residents live in drug- and alcohol-free settings.

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Filling Beds, Not Cells
Governor Unveils New Tool to Guide New Yorkers to Addiction Treatment    

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched a new web-based service that will help connect New Yorkers struggling with addiction to treatment. The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services’ Bed Availability Dashboardapplication collects bed availability from State-certified alcohol and substance use disorder treatment providers daily and makes it available in real-time on the agency’s website. 


Attraction Not Coercion
Alcohol Education Program for Supermodel Stephanie Seymour     

A drunken driving charge filed against supermodel Stephanie Seymour stemming from crash last month will be dropped if she completes an alcohol education program, a judge ruled Tuesday. The former Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated model appeared in court Tuesday in Stamford, Connecticut, to answer to the DUI charge.

Even the Feds Are Fed Up VIDEO
‘Chasing the Dragon’: FBI film aims to reach kids before drug addiction does  VIDEO    

All abused prescription painkillers, a common trait that has them appearing in a new documentary, “Chasing the Dragon,” produced at the behest of FBI director James Comey. The searing film featuring testimony from overdose survivors is part of a revamped effort by the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration to address a health crisis that they say has quietly destroyed countless lives and kills tens of thousands of people each year.

Street Legal, Just As Addictive
Over The Counter Drugs More Addictive Than Perceived     

According to a study published in the Journal of Public Health, one fifth of the United Kingdom population has misused a non-prescription medicine (NPM) at some point in their lives. The results were drawn from a national survey distributed to 1,000 random adults, aged 18 and over.

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A New York State of Mind VIDEO
Friends of Recovery Call for Funding to Help Recovering Addicts VIDEO      

The group is called Friends of Recovery, and their message was simple: You will not spend money more wisely than when you help someone beat drug addiction and help them stay off the street, out of the hospital, or jail.
No government money should go towards this. It’s self-inflicted. Why should the tax payers pay for there stupidly. I know we pay anyways because tax payers pay for jail/prison. Should idiots get a free ride?


Stigma Starts With Words
Language of Addiction Can Hurt 

Windia Rodriguez remembers the sting of the words hurled at her during a hospital stay a few years ago. “Crackhead.” “Addict.” Especially, she recalls the scorn in the voices that pronounced her “just an addict.” “They treated me like I was beyond hope,” Rodriguez said. But she found hope, and these days, free of drugs for four years, Rodriguez makes a point of adding two words to the standard salutation in her 12-step group. “I’m an addict,” she says, “in recovery.”

Less Dead In Ohio
CVS to make overdose drug naloxone prescription-free in Ohio    

Naloxone quickly reverses the effects of an overdose of heroin or other opioid drugs and U.S. law enforcement officials have embraced its use in the midst of an increase in opioid abuse. Naloxone is already available without a prescription in CVS Health stores in more than a dozen states.

For The Children VIDEO
Raising Awareness for Children of Alcoholics  VIDEO    

SCAN is raising awareness this month for children of alcoholics. On Tuesday, they held their monthly coalition meeting discussing several topics associated with this disease. We spoke with their guest speaker Frank Valley, an experienced master addiction counselor with starlite recovery center in Corpus Christi, which is the oldest drug treatment center in Texas…”Alcohol and drugs affect the family”, say Valley. “It’s a family disease, it’s not just about the alcoholic or addict. It’s all dysfunctional due to alcohol and drugs.”


Thumbs Down
Facebook Deletes Medical Marijuana Pages 

Medical marijuana is legal in 23 states including New Jersey, but the ubiquitous social media giant Facebook apparently doesn’t “like” it. Home pages run by three Garden State dispensaries and at least handful of others across the country have been deleted. The surprise move stunned dispensary owners and angered patients…

It’s Not Fiction   VIDEO
The Science Behind Addiction  VIDEO     

“There are Neurobiological changes in the circuits in the neurons themselves, these are the brain cells,” Dr Andrew Chambers said. “With repeated exposure to these drugs they get in the brain, they begin to rewire circuits that orient your motivation and in essence they create and they install motivations that are pathological.” For some people it takes only one hit, for others it takes more.

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Don’t Pollute Baby’s Ocean
CDC Warns Against Drinking Any Alcohol During Pregnancy 

The risk is real. Why take the chance?” The American Academy of Pediatrics last year said no amount of alcohol is safe at any point during a pregnancy. The organization noted the odds of a child’s developing FASD increase 12 times when a mother drinks during the first trimester, compared to not drinking at all.

Science Fiction?
Body Positivity FTW: Science Has Finally Called Bullshit On The BMI     

The Body Mass Index, much like counting calories, waist training and diet pills, has long been a highly contested fad of diet culture. Now, it seems like the science community has officially scrapped it as a method of measuring health, after almost half of people diagnosed as obese using BMI measurements are actually healthy, according to new research.


Getting Some Hot Licks In Heaven, R.I.P.
Dan Hicks, Influential Bay Area Singer and Band Leader, Dies at 74     

But after fighting alcoholism and becoming sober, he revived his career at the turn of the century, when he went back on tour. Hicks released “Beatin’ the Heat,” which received good reviews and had an all-star cast of guest spots, including Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones, Bette Midler and Brian Setzer. He entertained fans with a personality that friends and fellow musicians described as sardonic, sarcastic and deadpan. His lyrics could be humorous and wry. One of his better known songs, “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?”


All American Girl  VIDEO

The Most Striking Super Bowl Commercial Goes To Heroin  VIDEO 

The NCADA commercial is striking. It’s very memorable, and that’s exactly what the group was looking for when they paid good money to get the ad out into the public when so many eyeballs were tuning in. But a heroin commercial? That I did not exactly sign up for. But maybe that juxtaposition is exactly why this commercial was so striking.  

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Writing Down The Bone
My Top Five Female Recovery Memoirs By Regina Walker 

As a culture, we often judge women with addiction issues far more harshly than we do with men. Alcohol advertising often portrays men drinking as a bonding experience, while portraying women who drink as sexual predators or, at the very least, sexually objectified (“if she is going to get drunk, she is asking for it”). Though it’s difficult for anyone with a substance abuse issue to ask for help, it is that much more difficult…