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January 26, 2016                   Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 3., No.24
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It’s Gonna Be Alright   VIDEO
Ray Charles’ Daughter Leading Drug Awareness Campaign  VIDEO    

The daughter of legendary musician Ray Charles has been in the Austin area this week on a mission to help those battling drug addiction. Sheila Raye Charles is leading the Raye of Hope Recovery Crusade across Texas and 15 other states raising awareness and education about drug abuse. Charles visited the Travis County Jail earlier this week…


The Road Less Traveled
Now See Recovery – and Not Just Addiction – on the Small Screen 

In the beginning of 2015, I wrote a post titled “Can We Actually Talk About Recovery This Year?” where I highlighted the enormous disparity between the amount of addiction we see in our news, media and entertainment, and the amount of recovery we see. ..Premiering Monday, Jan. 25 on Freeform (the new name for ABC Family), Recovery Road is a long overdue show that will finally give faces and voices — and a primetime slot — to the struggles of millions of Americans whose story is too seldom told, but too often told through the lens of stigma, shame, embarrassment and otherness. To briefly explain why this is such a groundbreaking and important show…

Improvements VIDEO
New Drug Guidelines Could Save Patients From Addiction VIDEO    

The plan recommends three new guidelines for prescribing opiates:
– Consider non-opioid treatment options when possible.
– Limit the amount of opioids used to treat acute pain when appropriate.
– Expand prescribing guidelines for emergency departments and acute care facilities.
Brooks says if these guidelines were in place when he became addicted, he may not have been exposed as easily to the drugs. “It prevents that seed of addiction that is planted when there’s extra drugs in that cabinet,” he said.

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How Much Coffee is Too Much?      

Portlanders love their morning coffee. And their mid-day coffee. And their mid-afternoon coffee, too. But is our obsessive consumption of coffee crossing the line? In a 2014 study, researchers found that drinking one to five cups of coffee per day was associated with fewer incidences of death from cardiovascular disease … But drinking six cups or more can cause problems with blood pressure and sleep because of all the caffeine.

“Life is Dukkha” the Buddha
 Warning About Common Pain Drugs     

The Therapeutics Initiative’s latest bulletin for British Columbia’s prescribing physicians and pharmacists focuses on four drugs – gabapentin, pregabalin, duloxetine, venlafaxine – that are popular for treating such conditions as peripheral neuropathy, post-shingles pain, fibromyalgia and chronic back pain. “Patients suffer a lot, but our drug treatments are not very effective. They often cause more harm than good. Increasing evidence suggests that drugs have relatively little useful role for most patients with chronic pain.

Essay by Michelle Woo
“The Moment I Realized I Was An Alcoholic”: What Does Rock Bottom Really Look Like?     

Kris had just woken up after passing out and falling flat on his face. He was at a graduation party for his best friend’s little sister, and all the people he grew up with were there. He’d been drinking his usual-Jägermeister poured into an empty Monster Energy can. It was 11 o’clock in the morning.

Celebrity Profile: Walking the Walk
Acclaimed Youth Motivator, Comedian and Keynote Speaker Michael Pritchard     

Michael Pritchard began his career on both the comedy stage and as a juvenile counselor in San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center. In 1980, he won first place in the San Francisco International Stand-Up Comedy Competition as well as winning the prestigious California Probation Officer of the Year. Michael’s offers from Hollywood rolled in including a guest appearance on an Emmy Award winning episode of  “Taxi.” His sensational standup comedy billed him with Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Dana Carvey and Whoopi Goldberg…

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MEDIA: New Series To Watch
Recovery Road’s Jessica Sula Battles the Complicated Beast of Addiction in New Freeform Drama     

Freeform is deepening its drama bench with Recovery Road, a new series that centers 17-year old Maddie (Jessica Sula) as she’s forced to go to school during the day and live in an adult sober-living house at night after her excessive drinking goes too far … Sula spoke to about taking on such a serious subject for the series and what Maddie’s battle for sobriety looks like in the first season.

New Zealand Zeal
Brain Implants Treat Addiction     

Led by neurosurgeon Prof. Dirk De Ridder, the study involves three Otago alcoholics – soon to be four – who have had the permanent implants to treat their addiction. The implants affect the part of the brain that controls cravings. Prof. De Ridder said the alcoholics had consumed alcohol since the procedure, but they had not abused alcohol.

And Way More Expensive
Gambling Addiction: In Some Ways, Harder to Beat than Drug Misuse     

Like Melissa, gambling addicts don’t really think through the ramifications of taking money. “I was just borrowing it,” she says, shaking her head at her own stupidity. “I was going to take the money to the casino and win it all back and pay off the credit card and nobody was ever going to know the difference.”… Every dime she made and every cent she won went straight into the slot machines. When she was too far in debt to borrow any more money in her own name, she stole from her employer.


The Wisdom by Dr. Tian Dayton
The Invisible Children: It’s COA Awareness Week So Listen Up!!!!!! 

Great strides have been made in bringing the shame of addiction out of the shadows and getting America and the world to believe in recovery. However, the biggest, little secret remains the countless kids who are being hurt each and every day who don’t get talked about, funded, donated to or brought out of the shadows nearly enough. Those children whose lives are hamstrung by having one parent struggling with being an addict and the other parent struggling…

Euros Can’t Buy Sobriety
All The Money in the World Could Not Cure his Drug Addiction, says Hans Rausing’s sister     

Unlimited money and world-class treatments are not enough to cure drug addiction, says the sister of Tetra Pak heir Hans Rausing in a rare interview. A member of one of Britain’s richest families, Sigrid Rausing has spoken of her sadness at watching her brother relapse into heroin abuse. Talking today on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, she said despite seeking advice from professionals all over the world, the family could do little to help Hans.

MEDIA: UK Memoir
One Woman’s Journey Back From Booze  

It’s also the driving force behind her new memoir, The Outrun, in which Litptrot unflinchingly recounts her descent into dipsomania and subsequent recovery on a remote Scottish island … Alcoholism is a big word, and one which means different things to different people. We bandy it about as an ironic joke, or whisper it, concerned. We don’t utter it at all, when perhaps we should. Even now, five years sober, with a book about her drinking and subsequent rehabilitation just published, I sense the word is not an easy one for either of us to say.

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Progress Not Protection
Where Addiction Treatment Programs Are Taking Shape     

These law enforcement agencies are offering addicts referrals to treatment programs, either in lieu of arrest, as in Gloucester, Mass., or through direct outreach, according to the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative: CLICK FOR LIST

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2016 Experience, Strength & Hope Awards – Honoring MACKENZIE PHILLIPS

Ed Begley Jr. HOST
Comedian, Alonzo Bodden HEADLINER
Bob Forrest, Spoken Word
Elizabeth Edwards, Singer

Tuesday, February 16, 2016   

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049   
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Catered Networking Reception: 5:30-7:30 
Show: 7:30-9:00 

Rob Petrie Comes Clean  VIDEOS
Dick Van Dyke Says His Shyness Led to Alcoholism: A Drink Loosened Me Up  VIDEOS       

Dick Van Dyke is getting quite candid on Oprah: Where Are They Now?with how he came to struggle with alcohol abuse. “I was very shy – with strangers – I couldn’t talk to people,” the 90-year-old entertainment legend admits in ET’s exclusive first look at his OWN interview. “And I found if I had a drink, it would loosen me up.

Save The Children
Her Mom Drank During Pregnancy. At 43, This is What Her Life is Like Now 

Fetal alcohol syndrome was discovered and named for the first time in 1973, the same year Karli was born. Kathy, still struggling with alcoholism and a later addiction to heroin, didn’t realize Karli was disabled until she started showing a severe lack of progress as a teenager in high school. According to the Post, Karli “couldn’t tell time or ride a bicycle, and she couldn’t understand money or abstract math concepts.”

Show Me The Benjamins, Franklin
Why Addiction Is Suddenly a Hot Investment in Philly    

When King of Prussia developer Brian O’Neill convinced a New York private equity firm to back his fledgling Recovery Centers of America, he capitalized on one key trend: The long stigmatized field of addiction treatment has become one of health care’s hottest investment sectors … Experts said 8 percent to 10 percent of the U.S. adult population, roughly 20 million to 25 million people, are addicts or alcoholics. Yet 90 percent of them don’t get help. The annual economic cost of addiction is roughly $700 billion, including higher health costs, crime, and lost productivity…

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More Than Two-Stepping
Parashakti’s Freedom Through Dance 

…spiritual director at Breathe Life Healing Center, a treatment center for addictions. Her work includes guiding people to listen to the voice of the inner heart, one that may be all-to-quiet, one that we may not know how to hear…Her time in the Israeli military was even spent in the entertainment corps, serving through dance.After completing military service, Parashakti pursued dance at Santa Monica College with a goal of becoming a dance therapist.


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Double Down, Louder  VIDEO
Lights, Music in Casinos Interact with Brain Like Drug Addiction  VIDEO    

Scientists at the University of British Columbia found rats were more likely to engage in risky, gambling-like behavior with bright lights and loud sounds – and were less likely when a specific dopamine receptor was blocked in their brain…” Anyone who’s ever designed a casino game or played a gambling game will tell you that of course sound and light cues keep you more engaged, but now we can show it scientifically,” said Dr. Catharine Winstanley in the Department of Psychology…


Scientists Being Blunt
Marijuana Use May Not Lower IQ in Teens, New Analysis Says    

But an adolescent at risk for smoking pot “is probably going to show this IQ drop regardless of whether he or she is actually smoking marijuana,” said Isen, a lecturer in psychology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The study was released Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Some prior research has led to suggestions that the developing adolescent brain is particularly vulnerable to harm from marijuana.

Songs of Innocence  VIDEO
JoJo Releases Emotional Acoustic Version of Addiction-Inspired Single  VIDEO     

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Life on Life’s Terms
Carol Burnett on Her Daughter’s Drug Addiction: ‘It Was Hell’     

Carol Burnett is remembering one of her most challenging times as a mother. “When my older daughter Carriewas a teenager, she got into drugs,” the star of The Carol Burnett Show tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue. “I’m happy to say she got off drugs, but during those three years it was hell.”


Scoring a Comeback
Jay Williams Opens Up About Drug Addiction    

In a new memoir, the three-time Duke All-American and number two pick in the 2002 draft says he became addicted to prescription drugs after a horrific crash left him unable to play. The baller – who played as a starter for the team in the 2002-03 season – writes in “Life Is Not An Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention” that he got hooked on OxyContin while recovering in hospital.

Bottom Line From Bottoms And Death
Booze Barons Profit Off Alcoholics and Binge Drinkers VIDEO     

Health researchers call them problem drinkers, but to the liquor industry they are “super consumers”. New Zealand’s alcohol industry is profiting massively by supplying binge drinkers , new research says. Dr Sally Casswell, a public health researcher at Massey University, says 40 per cent of all alcohol sold in New Zealand is consumed in a “heavy drinking” session – more than eight full-strength drinks for a man and six for a woman. New Zealand’s booze profits are also thought to be massively reliant on sales to problem drinkers…

Pipe Dreaming?
Can You Be Addicted to Sleep?     

The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry … This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.” Essentially, you keep doing something over and over again no matter how bad it is for you.


It Takes a Village  VIDEO
“Recovery is the Solution”  VIDEO     

The 1907 Club brought in prominent community organizer John Shinholser to lead the discussion. Shinholser is the co-founder of the McShin Foundation — an addiction recovery center in Richmond, Virginia…”Quite often it’s volunteer organizations that are the vanguard of innovation in communities and we have a highly passionate and motivated group of people here and we believe recovery should essentially be by people in recovery for people in recovery,” said Kaymen.

Recovery Is Possible
Heather Leavitt adjusts to Sober Life after Prison     

“When you look fear in the face, what you get back are gifts.” So says Heather Leavitt, freshly paroled from the New Hampshire Women’s Prison in Goffstown and starting to reassemble her life, piece by piece, at a 90-day sober house called Serenity in Manchester. As reported in November in Seacoast Sunday, Leavitt is a recovering heroin addict and alcoholic who said an abusive home, an addiction to prescription medication after a domestic violence-related injury and a series of wrong choices, led her to the point of turning herself in on several warrants in the summer of 2014.

TV Worth Watching
Recovery Road Star: Freeform Drama Will Change the Way You See Addiction     

“When I first started reading the script, I thought, ‘Come on, she’s just a kid. All kids go out and drink and party, that’s just what they do,'” star Jessica Sula, who plays Maddie, tells TVLine. “But the dangerous thing about it – and the scary thing, once you read about the statistics of teen addiction – is the normality of that, which leads to abuse, which leads to addiction.”

Dry From Arizona by Gretchyn Kaylor
AA: Not Just for Hollywood 

Hi, I’m Gretchyn and I’m in the same boat.” I butchered the widely known mantra. “We’re not a cult,” was one of the first phrases to console me as I took a seat in the Campus Health Service meeting room, very much after hours at 9:25 on Friday night. The meeting began with a short prayer, which happened to be one of the pre-written Christian prayers I actually liked: the serenity prayer. So I hesitantly joined in. Afterward, another young woman introduced herself as an alcoholic and began…

Floridians Rejoice
TIME TO ROCK-N-ROLL SOBER STYLE – Love of Recovery Music Festival 

South Florida Rockers Unite To Fight Addiction at the 5th Annual – Love of Recovery Music Festival – February 13, 2016 11AM – 11:00PM – Venue LOCATION: The Concert Green @ CB Smith Park 900 N Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines, Florida, 33028. IT’S FREE – Enjoy Music, Recovery Speakers, Arts and Crafts Exhibitors, Food Vendors, Recovery Merchandise, Addiction Education, Evidenced Based Treatment Options, and Veteran Information.

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REEL Recovery Film Festival

is a social, educational, networking and recovery forum showcasing first-time filmmakers and experienced professionals who make films about addiction and recovery. Our audience is treatment professionals, people in recovery, members of the entertainment industry, media representatives, educated moviegoers and the general public


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