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January 19, 2016                   Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 3., No.23
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Sober Times at Ridgemont High? VIDEO
‘Sober High Schools’ In New York VIDEO 

New York City now has its first so-called ‘sober high school’ where teenagers going through rehab can do so without the usual peer pressure. As CBS2’s Dana Tyler reported there is a push for more sober high schools. “The price of Newport Academy as a private school is right on par to almost all other private schools in Manhattan,” founder Jamison Monroe said. In addition to academics there is a focus on giving students the tools to stay off drugs and alcohol. There’s therapy, meditation, and yoga. Across the country there are about 35 public sober high schools but none in New York City. 

Saving You a Seat & Bringing the Sweets
Jodie Sweetin Inspires ‘Full House’ Fans to Beat Addiction     

Jodie Sweetin may be better known as Stephanie Tanner from the beloved series Full House. In the show, she played a sweet, but feisty young girl and the middle sister in the Tanner clan. But Sweetin’s real, adult life has been anything but perfect … The startling admission not only shines light on Sweetin’s own personal addictions with alcohol and crystal meth, but it also shines light on the fact that alcohol was served in excess to a minor at Bure’s wedding.

What Are The Options?
Is Being Sober Hurting My Career?     

There is no doubt that quitting drinking was good for my health (I lost weight, my skin improved, I had more energy) but I’ve started to wonder if it could actually be harmful to my career. Especially when it comes to impressing bosses and bonding with my co-workers … The recruitment website GlassDoor recently published a list of 13 British companies which give away free beer as a perk to their employees. US company made headlines a few years ago for installing a beer tap that workers could help themselves from at any time.

Art Imitates Life
Friends Actor Opens up about Alcoholism and Why He’s Not Joining Cast Reunion  

The actor, who played Chandler Bing in the beloved American sitcom, is performing The End of Longing, a play which he wrote and stars in… Talking about the themes of the play, Perry described it as “a darker version of Friends” and said that it’s a semi-autobiographical piece.”I play a drunk so it’s a slightly exaggerated form of myself but it’s not really me,” Perry said – but when fellow guest Miriam Margolyes asked whether Matthew really is an alcoholic, he revealed that he is.

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Steps In The Right Direction
Angel Program in Gloucester is Treating Addicts Instead of Incarcerating Them     

The negative results of overemphasis on law enforcement and a very poor integration into law of a solid medical understanding of addiction as a medical problem – abetted by the fact that addiction, seen as a medical problem, is a very complex and difficult issue to untangle, and which the latest research is only beginning to explain well – are very much with us today. 

Education Works   VIDEO
Brain Power Ingrains Drug Awareness into Lesson Plan VIDEO     

“Talk about what activities are controlled by the brain and then what we did was talk about PET scans and how each region of the brain is important for different functions,” DeAngelo said. “We talk about the nervous system and how the brain controls everything and how one thing is firing wrong in the brain and it can cause the different things.”


Heal Thyself, Not So Easy VIDEO
Wasted! – Alcoholic Therapist’s Battle With the Bottle VIDEO 

Vancouver Sun columnist and therapist Michael Pond was in end-stage alcoholism, constantly relapsing, detoxing and trying again. This is his story: An alcoholic therapist battling the bottle and a broken recovery system.

Idol No More, Busy Man
‘American Idol’ Contestant Elvie Shane Opens up about Overcoming Addiction 

As a young teenager, Shane got into drugs. He battled addiction for quite a few years, even getting arrested for drug use. But when he met his now-wife, Mandy, he decided to quit the drugs for good and to start a life with her and her then-five-year-old son. 

Truth Be Told
Stunning Discovery on Heroin Addiction and Painkillers     

A surprising new study indicates sheds light on the relationship between painkiller abuse and the use of the illegal drug heroin – or rather, the lack thereof. People who abuse opioid-based painkillers aren’t really more likely to turn to illicit drugs like heroin, according to a UPI report. While deaths from heroin have been skyrocketing in recent years, doubling according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, this new study indicates that you can’t blame painkillers for the rise.


Anonymity: A New Paradigm?
Living in Recovery: Not Anonymous Anymore     

Frasier, of Change Addiction Now, has a son in prison on various drug charges. Her national group was formed to bring the family’s voice to addiction and recovery. It runs primarily on social media and has 4,877 likes on its Facebook page … “We believe, speak out loud and proud, because what we seem to hear the most about is all the negative. Anonymity keeps people silent, so there’s a lot of misinformation,” she said.


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And It’s Not TV
The Real ‘Gateway Drug’ is 100% Legal    

New research out this month in the Journal of School Health could shed some light on this question. A team of researchers from Texas A&M and the University of Florida examined data from from 2,800 U.S. 12th graders interviewed for the Monitoring the Future study, an annual federal survey of teen drug use. They wanted to establish which substances teens typically used first.

Last Call … for Nine Months
NO Amount of Alcohol in Pregnancy Is Safe: ‘There’s too much that is unknown’  

‘These children are out there in the mainstream populations not performing well, but nobody is sure why.
‘It is important for us to help these study communities understand particular concerns of child development.’
Through his research – and exposure to children with PFAS – the scientist determined that any amount of alcohol is dangerous for pregnant mothers. Dr May said: ‘There is no safe level of alcohol to consume while you are pregnant.’

Who Knew?  VIDEO
Cocaine Can Cause Brain to Eat Itself      VIDEO     

A mouse study found that the drug can trigger out-of-control ”autophagy” – a process by which cells literally digest themselves. When it is properly regulated, autophagy provides a valuable clean-up service – getting rid of unwanted debris that is dissolved away by enzymes within cell ”pockets”. The scientists carried out post-mortems which showed clear signs of autophagy-induced cell death in the brains of mice given high doses of cocaine.CONTINUED @  

MEDIA: Film Screening
Screening of Wahlberg Produced Addiction Film Draws Big Crowd    

The Brockton police department free screening of “If Only” hosted by the City of Brockton’s mayor William Carpenter on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 at the War Memorial Building. The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and Millennium Health presented “If Only” a short film intended fir teens, parents and adults to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse and to start a conversation that encourages the safe use… The film was introduced executive producer Jim Walhberg…

Sponsors Include: Breathe LA, Hotel California, His House/New Creation, Epiphany Treatment Florida, Cycles Of Change…


No Court Card for AA
Superior Court Judge Rita J. Miller Dismissed Murder Lawsuit Filed Against Alcoholics Anonymous World Services    

Mendez hoped that the lawsuit brought against AA would force them to change their policy with regards to anonymity for criminals who attend their meetings. “We filed this lawsuit because my daughter’s death could have been prevented by AA,” Mendez said. “We don’t want any money. I want to clarify this. We just want people to know what’s going on at AA.” Weeks before the murder, a friend of Brada called the police because Earl had allegedly beat her.

Try Anything
Implant To Treat Opioid Addiction Gets Green Light from FDA    

Four tiny, implantable rods that steadily ooze drugs could help some patients kick opioid addictions, an advisory committee for the Food and Drug Administration concluded Tuesday. With a 12 to 5 vote, the committee of medical experts recommended that the regulatory agency approve the implantable device for use-and the agency often…

INTERVIEW – Author/Filmmaker AUDIO
Documentary WASTED- Alcohol Addiction by Maureen Palmer AUDIO     

Maureen Palmer of Vancouver-based Bountiful Films has produced a very intimate documentary on alcoholism called “Wasted”.  It’s more intimate than anything she’s done before as it focuses on her partner in life, Mike Pond … In the film, they together discover new evidence that addiction does indeed have a strong genetic base. They also found out that the standard recourse for recovering from the affliction, Alcoholics Anonymous, works for only about a third of those who try it.

Keep Coming Back NPR AUDIO
91 Percent of People Who Overdose on Opioids are Able to Get Another Prescription NPR AUDIO      

The very first challenges President Obama raised in the his final State of the Union address last night were criminal justice reform, and helping people who are battling prescription drug abuse. What has been the response to this finding? “We’ve been shocked at the level of response. We thought it would be met with some interest, but we’ve been overwhelmed with responses from media but also from policymakers on state and national levels who are interested in seeing what we can do to fix this.”

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Children’s Cough Syrup Recalled: Overdose Risk    

The recall includes two batches of children’s guaifenesin grape liquid (100mg/5 mL) and three batches of children’s guaifenesin DM cherry liquid (100mg guaifenesin and 5mg dextrometh-orphan HBr/ 5 ml) sold in 4 oz. bottles with the dosage cup in a box. The medicine is being sold nationwide under a variety of brand names, including Rite-Aid, Dollar General, CVS and Kroger.

Writing for Recovery     

Writing my first book, Poetry Changes Lives in 2015, was a challenge; getting it published was a much bigger challenge. Publicising it this year is a greater challenge yet, because I am not strong on self- promotion and assertiveness generally. However all these events are the results of choices that I have made and I see them as part of the continuing process of my recovery,  that is based on continuing attempts at self-improvement.


MEDIA: Play Review
In ‘The White Chip,’ the Playwright Has Nowhere to Hide     

That middle stretch charts two stories, his ascendant career in American theater and the drinking that continued in spite of it. Or rather: his drinking, and the career that continued in spite of it. Plays he directed got great reviews all over the country even as he was boozing morning, noon, and night.

Rags to Riches to Rags  VIDEO
Once – Homeless Man with Smooth Voice is Back on the Airwaves  VIDEO     

When The Dispatch caught up with Williams in October 2014, he was living in an apartment with no furniture, didn’t have a car and couldn’t explain what happened to a $395,000 advance for his 2012 memoir. “I want them to know that I’ve been through struggles – and they have, too,” he said. “I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. That ‘one day at a time’ really means one second at a time.”


Meds Meds Meds
Few Doctors Are Willing, Able To Prescribe Powerful Anti-Addiction Drugs 

More than 900,000 U.S. physicians can write prescriptions for painkillers such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin. But because of a federal law, fewer than 32,000 doctors are authorized to prescribe buprenorphine to people who become addicted to those and other opioids. Most doctors with a license to prescribe buprenorphine seldom – if ever – use it.


Pie-ing for Attention  VIDEO
“Wipe the Face of Addiction” Campaign Changing Stigmas  VIDEO    

“I think we all have a friend or a family member that has either died or has had some serious problems with addiction, either drugs or alcohol. I think it is a great way to maybe trigger that thought in someone’s mind, like, ‘maybe I should say something to my friend who is having that problem,'” Brown says. Since Isaac’s passing, Eve has started a non-profit in honor of him, helping other struggling teens and adults recover from addiction. To learn more about the challenge, you can visit the “Wipe the Face of Addiction” website.


Health, Wellness. Fitness and Sobriety
‘Fit to Recover’ Celebrates its 1 Year Anniversary  VIDEO     

Recovering alcoholics and addicts gathered in salt lake for a big birthday bash. They’re celebrating the one year anniversary of ‘Fit to Recover’. A first of its kind gym and recovery center with one goal.  Long term sobriety. One year ago, the program took over a vacant warehouse on the near west side. Immediately recovering addicts began to see the benefit of exercise. It’s the brainchild of Ian Acker.


Only the Best for Hypocrites
Congressman Who Voted for Drug Testing ‘Poor People’ Busted for Cocaine     

Representative Trey Radel was a major proponent of Republican legislation to make food stamp recipients submit to drug tests before receiving assistance. The proposal for those on food stamps to urinate in cups to prove they’re not on drugs received widespread praise from Republicans. But only a month after he backed the proposal, police busted the Florida Republican on a charge of cocaine possession…That’s right, the Republican politician who wanted to drug test poor people – those tests incurring huge tax-payer expenses – was himself using drugs. “It’s really interesting it came on the heels of Republicans voting on everyone who had access to food stamps get drug tested,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said…”It’s like, what?”


Save-A-Life  VIDEO
As Heroin Overdoses Surge, So Does Treatment Training  VIDEO     

Narcan … basically kicks the heroin off of the opioid receptors in the brain and attaches to the receptors itself. But Narcan has no effects other than blocking opioids – it does not produce euphoria or cause sleepiness, so it is not addictive and you cannot overdose from too much of the drug. Narcan simply temporarily replaces the heroin on the opioid receptor and thus stops the opioid from reacting, enabling the victim to resume breathing.

Psychology Today … and Tomorrow
The Future of Mental Health Interview Series Day by Eric R. Maisel Ph.D.     

The Future of Mental Health Interview Series is in support of my new book The Future of Mental Health, Amazon’s No. 1 new release in mental health and No. 1 new release in psychiatry. Learn more about The Future of Mental Health here:  The Future of Mental Health: Deconstructing the Mental Disorder Paradigm. Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D.

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