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Tuesday, June 7, 2016                   Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 3., No. 43
Go West … Southwest
Sunspire Health Expands Addiction Treatment Services in Southern California 

Sunspire delivers improved patient outcomes by offering a full continuum of care and personalized treatment plans in intimate settings in residential and outpatient facilities nationwide. The integrated plans are supported by medication-assisted treatment (MAT) – the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, as appropriate. Sunspire Health is headquartered in Lyndhurst, New Jersey and currently includes 10 licensed residential treatment centers located in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, South Carolina and Texas.

Johnny B. Good
‘Family Affair’ child star Johnny Whitaker survived addiction, now helping others 

FOX411: Tell us about your work with prisons.
Johnny Whitaker: I’m doing a documentary on the Portuguese drug policy. Portugal has taken the drug problem out of the Ministry of Justice and put it where I believe it belongs, in the Ministry of Health. So a year ago I was working at the California State Prison Lancaster as a counselor helping inmates, we call students, return to real life and prepare them for that. We were in the prison doing that and seeing the way in which our prisons treat inmates and the way the United States prison industrial complex works which is inhumane and unfair…


Progressive Baltimore
City Council To Consider Sweet Drink Warning Label Bill     

On Tuesday, the Baltimore City Council’s Health Committee holds a hearing on a bill that would require health warning labels be placed on sugar sweetened beverages sold in the city. The bill would also require labels on restaurant menus, advertisements and in stores that sell these products. Robi Rawl, executive director of Sugar Free Kids Maryland, says the labels would be similar to those on cigarette packets.

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Would You Pour This Into Your Child?  VIDEO
What Diet Coke does to your body in just one hour VIDEO     

Niraj Naik, who runs a blog called the The Renegade Pharmacist , claimed the low calorie fizzy drink rots teeth, encourages the body to pile on fat and even mimics the effects of cocaine. He has drawn up a timeline detailing the effects of swigging a can of Diet Coke, which is marketed as a healthy alternative to full-fat, sugar-packed Coke. The pharmacist’s warning comes after he released an infographic about the dangers of Coke, which quickly went viral across the world.

Oh Lord’s Prayer
Priest in drunken brawl with police seeking help for alcoholism     

Ashamed and remorseful parish priest Fr Gareth Jones told the Recorder of his relief that his dark secret was out after he was fined for a drunken, foul mouthed brawl with police … Fr Jones, who is vicar of St Mary the Virgin, High Road, Ilford, revealed he remembered nothing of the attack on May 20 in which he kicked out and verbally abused police officers trying to restrain him and attacked a paramedic.


Back in the Winner’s Circle
Hall of Famer Jockey Kent Desormeaux Fights Alcoholism: ‘I Will Put My Body In Motion And Stay Busy’     

Desormeaux will return to New York in time to ride Exaggerator in the Belmont Stakes, and will likely be aboard the son of Curlin for his scheduled workout on Tuesday morning. Despite only eight days spent in a rehab facility in Utah, a representative will accompany the jockey across the country for the next 20 days, keeping him on track.

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MEDIA: Film Review
“Almost Holy” a wholly fascinating look at drug addiction in the Ukraine     

“Almost Holy,” a dark look at another aspect of the fall of the Soviet Union, is the sort of documentary that is almost too wild to believe … The methods are more than unorthodox. Mokhnenko has forcibly abducted drug-addicted children living on the streets. He’s engaged in vigilante justice, as he implores one man, “Sasha, don’t make me sin.”

Dead is Dead
Prince: Just the Beginning of Probe     

Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg saw Prince April 7 and April 20 – the day before his death – according to the warrant. Schulenberg’s attorney, Amy Conners, said the doctor was interviewed by investigators April 21, right after Prince’s death, but has had “no further requests from investigators” since. She declined to comment further. Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California addiction specialist, was asked by Prince’s representatives on April 20 to help the singer.


Criminal No Matter Where He Lived
Sex assaults on kids gets sober-living resident 250 years in prison     

A sober-living resident was sentenced Friday to 250 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting a girl and boy, ages 4 and 5, in Anaheim … Thomas Austin Farmer, 44, was convicted Jan. 19 of multiple felony counts of sexually assaulting the children from June 2013 through April 2014, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown … Farmer, who would also take the children out to buy toys, would bring the girl and boy over to the sober living home he lived in and helped manage so he could sexually assault them there, Brown said.

Baltimore Ravens lineman pushing Marijuana on the NFL     

Eugene Monroe made up his mind, his conviction steeled by obsessive research. He would advocate publicly for medical marijuana use in the NFL. He knew he would create consternation inside a powerful, conservative institution. He understood it might jeopardize his career as a Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman. And the first skeptic he faced was his wife, Nureya.


Lessons for Families
5 Things I Learned While Watching My Brother Lose His Battle With Addiction     

Losing a loved one has to be one of the hardest things a person can go through. For me, there was an undeniable amount of regret that came with my brother’s passing. He’d been abusing prescription drugs for a few years, but it was something that I always thought would get better. Never did I once consider the possibility that he would die from his addiction.

Go Make a Movie
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 & the general public.


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Leonard Buschel  

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Good Night Sweet Prince!
Prince’s Cause of Death: Opioid Overdose 

After weeks of speculation, law enforcement officials confirmed Thursday that Prince died of an opioid overdose, according to the Associated Press. In a report released by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, the singer died of an accidental Fentanyl overdose.

Another Good  Reason to Quit  VIDEO
Smoking weed can make your teeth fall out: VIDEO     

Regular cannabis use can make teeth fall out by their thirties, a new study has found. Smoking marijuana for up to 20 years was found to cause gum disease – the leading cause of tooth loss. The study of more than 1,000 people found using the illegal drug for as long as 20 years was linked with the condition. Known medically as periodontal disease, it is a common condition where gums become sore and swollen.

Motown Mentor
A sober Royce da 5’9″ reaches new levels 

Mayor Mike Duggan presented him with a Detroit Certificate of Appreciation … But champagne won’t be popped to celebrate: His recent successes come as a result of him putting down the bottle three years ago. Before fully embracing sobriety, drinking had cost him his family and his freedom. Royce said he began drinking in social environments like parties and clubs. While everyone else stopped as the nights wound down, he kept drinking until about 5 a.m. At his worst, he was downing a liter of Patron tequila every day.

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New Beds in New Jersey
New facility opens its first location in N.J. 

Recovery Centers of America hosted an open house Thursday to commemorate their first treatment facility in New Jersey. The center is one of many facilities expanding along the East Coast in coming years. RCA at Lighthouse provides opiate and alcohol treatment to adults with inpatient and outpatient programs as well as using a “neighborhood model” that focuses on centralized, community based recovery.  With the recent heroin epidemic hitting New Jersey, local officials believe that opening more facilities in the state is needed now more than ever.

Dream On
‘Deaths of despair’ drag life expectancy lower for whites     

Rising drug and alcohol overdoses, suicides, and disease from chronic alcoholism – labeled “deaths of despair” by one expert – are cutting the lives of white Americans short by nearly a half a year on average … The work was a reaction to recent research that suggested drug overdoses and suicides have caused alarming increases in death rates for middle-aged white Americans. The new report, which did not perform the same analysis for blacks and Hispanics…


Surrendered to Win
Alisan Porter Wins ‘The Voice’, Ends Battle with Alcoholism     

The 34-year-old singer-actress did not even imagine while auditioning for “The Voice” show that she will able to make it. She could not believe her ears when she heard that the host Carson Daly called her name while calling out the name of the reality show’s winner … The “Parenthood” star revealed how her life turned to a scary one as she was struggling with alcoholism in her early adult years following the success as a child star when she appeared in the rom-com flick, “Curly Sue”.


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From ‘Blackout’ Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance AUDIO     

There’s a saying about drunks – that men wake up in jail cells, women wake up in strangers’ beds. That incredibly broad, possibly sexist generalization actually rang true for writer Sarah Hepola during her drinking days, when she considered alcohol the fuel of all adventure…Her memoir, “Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank To Forget,” comes out next week in paperback. It’s the story of how drinking fit in with and distorted her idea of being an empowered woman.

MEDIA: Book Review
Larry Hagman’s daughter: My famous dad was an alcoholic druggie     

In her shocking new memoir, “The Eternal Party: Understanding My Dad, Larry Hagman, the TV Star America Loved to Hate,” written with Elizabeth Kaye, Hagman’s daughter Kristina reveals that her father was an irresponsible alcoholic and druggie. A perpetually broke pothead and LSD-enthusiast who begged his daughter to take the drug with him, he compromised his children’s safety to tragic effect, including, she writes, an attempted sexual assault by actor Dennis Hopper.


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Ben Levenson @ Origins Behavioral Healthcare
Opinion: Drug, alcohol addiction is treated the wrong way    

With celebrity deaths like Prince, Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger, all connected to drug overdoses, it often raises questions about drug addiction. Ben Levenson, the co-founder of Origins Behavioral Healthcare, says celebrities are not more susceptible to addiction. However, he says they are more likely to face challenges when it comes to recovery from addiction.

Best App Ever ?
Can an App Detect a Heroin Overdose?    

While there is a need for harm reduction technology, and people affected by the current crisis welcome such innovative solutions, it isn’t met without criticism. When I asked Oelerich if he thought about the counter-arguments against harm-reduction, that it “enables” drug use, he said, “If people are going to keep using heroin, then making it harder isn’t a great strategy.” 

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