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Two years later, his family doctor switched him to Adderall and added sleeping pills because, as he explained, “If you put a child on speed during the day, you need something to calm down at the end of the day.” While in high school, a series of personal setbacks accelerated Poulos’s use of drugs and alcohol. Within a few months, his stepfather, a commercial fisherman, was lost at sea, his grandfather died, and a close friend was killed in a fight…To help him cope with the grief, his doctor prescribed Xanax, then Klonopin, and Poulos began consuming large quantities of those substances as well, along with alcohol.

Celebrity Recovery
John Goodman on Sobriety, and Shooting a Suppository Out His A**  AUDIO     

Actor John Goodman returned to the Stern Show on Monday to talk to Howard about his new film “10 Cloverfield Lane.” From there the two enjoyed a riveting, wide-ranging conversation which spanned not only his upcoming projects, but also the actor’s rectal health, sobriety, and an awkward Kristin Wiig encounter.


Nobody’s Perfect
Former Addiction Treatment Center Director Faces Drug Charge     

The former director of the state chemical dependency treatment center has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from his arrest at a Butte bar…The state Board of Medical Examiners suspended Catalanello’s medical license in October after receiving reports that he appeared to be using some sort of an intoxicant.


Politics as Usual
Senate Bill Addresses Opioid Addiction 

“This is a life or death issue,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican and one of the bill’s authors, said over the weekend. “These are not just numbers. Behind every statistic and behind every headline is a life that has been lost.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compiled statistics showing that more than 47,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2014.


Miami Herald OP-ED by Fred Menachem
As A Nation, Addiction is Destroying our Souls 

The state of Florida has the opportunity to send a clear message to the substance-abuse treatment industry with the passage of HB 823, co-sponsored by Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton…We must support progressive legislation, increased funding and regulatory agencies that have real authority to police, investigate and prosecute those that would take advantage and put our loved ones who are already at risk of dying into further jeopardy.


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NYT Takes Bite Out of Treatment Centers
Centers to Treat Eating Disorders Are Growing, and Raising Concerns     

Their websites show peaceful scenes – young women relaxing by the ocean or caring for horses in emerald pastures – and boast of their chefs and other amenities…But the advertising and the profusion of centers, which typically cost $1,000 a day but can run much higher, is raising concerns among some eating disorders experts, who worry that some programs may be taking advantage of vulnerable patients and their families.

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Women’s Drug Addiction Program has New Leader     

Alpha Home, which provides drug and alcohol treatment for women, has named Angela White as its new CEO. White, who is originally from England, has been a life coach and has corporate experience that includes finance, information technology, training, programming and operations for companies across the globe, according to an announcement Wednesday.

Children Will Listen
“Let’s end the charade of alcohol advertising” 

The Alcohol Advertising Review Board (AARB) has called for legislation to remove all alcohol advertising from public transport and transit stops in an attempt to protect children from exposure to alcohol promotion.The report from the board found that self-regulation of alcohol advertising is ineffective…

Joint Agreement
Sanders, Clinton, Trump and Kasich (who?) Keep Confronting Marijuana 

“I never have smoked it. I think it certainly has to be a state – I have not smoked it – it’s got to be a state decision,” said Trump, who also repeated his support for medical marijuana in the interview…”When I was a young man I smoked marijuana twice and the result was I had a coughing fits,” Sanders said, “I coughed a whole lot, that was my response to marijuana.”… First, Clinton says she never smoked the reefer.

NYT Opinion
What to Do About Heroin Addiction    

To the Editor: Until they are ready for treatment and have access to it, people with an addiction to heroin will find a place to inject, whether it’s in a fast-food restaurant bathroom, a church basement, a public bus or an abandoned building. Making restrooms inaccessible will only push the problem elsewhere. HOWARD JOSEPHER, New York, The writer is president and chief executive of Exponents, which serves people affected by drug addiction, incarceration and H.I.V.-AIDS.

Clerks’ Actor Speaks Up
Actor Jason Mewes Comes Clean     

Mewes often discusses his five-year sobriety in his podcasts, which originally were created by Smith as an intervention effort. The podcasts keep Mewes accountable for his sobriety and keep him closely tied with his fans … “I have a blast every time,” he says. “A lot of people say really kind things. They pay attention to the podcasts and ask how long I’ve been sober.” In the podcasts, Mewes shares stories about his struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, which serves as a learning tool that encourages others struggling with addiction.

Feds commit $100M to Treat Drug Addiction 

“The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States today,” Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a statement Friday. The funding, which comes from grants under the Affordable Care Act, will help treatment providers hire about 800 people to work with nearly 124,000 new patients, according to HHS. Lawmakers on the state and federal level have mounted aggressive efforts to fight drug addiction this year, after record-high rates of overdoses nationwide.

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In Their Cups
What it’s really like to struggle with alcoholism, from 12 addicts     

Substance abuse is no joke. From pill poppers to cigarette smokers, we’ve seen several people admit how difficult it is to kick addictive habits. And while it’s a well-known fact that cigarettes are harmful to your health and prescription pills are supposed to be used only under medical circumstances, alcohol is a substance that is legal to anyone over 21.


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Decisions Are Made
Death Follows Sudden Discharges from Fargo Rehab     

Six recovering drug addicts were abruptly discharged from a state-funded residential treatment program late last month – a decision that baffled some former staff who claim it was a breach of ethics. A day after leaving the Sharehouse facility in south Fargo, one of the six patients was found dead from an apparent overdose. He was considered mentally unstable and was one of two men deemed a high risk to dangerously relapse…



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Robert Downey, Jr.’s Favorite Role As Proud Dad VIDEO     

Having braved the crucible of addiction (and pleased the court), his ongoing commitment to recovery continues to inspire and amaze… As long as we can remember, Indio has been a musician at heart. In the last several years … I’ve witnessed their dedication, consistency, and determination to grow as artists. I’ve also made it my business to be of as little help as possible, as nepotism usually does more harm than good…

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An Addict, Now Clean, Discusses Needle Exchanges And ‘Hope After Heroin’ AUDIO  

As a teenager, Mitchell imagined heroin to be glamorous, but she found it wasn’t once she became an addict. She tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that the drug ruined her health and her self-esteem. She lived in an alley, shot drugs into the bottom of her feet, sold her body for money and was jailed several times. She was also featured in a 1999 documentary about addicts called Black Tar Heroin.

Kids Are Dying VIDEO
Former Miss USA Speaks to Teens & prisoners About Heroin Deaths VIDEO     

Former Miss USA Tara Conner spoke candidly about drug addiction and recovery on Monday to several Richmond residents, including young recovering addicts and inmates. Conner talked to inmates at the Henrico County jail and to several teens and young adults at the McShin Foundation, Virginia’s leading non-profit, full service recovery center.

We Are a Movement
Raider’s J’Marcus Webb Credits Success to Over Two Years Sobriety     

Today, Raiders offensive lineman J’Marcus Webb celebrated 25 months sober. He posted a short video on his facebook page with these words: “25 months of sobriety has made such a huge difference in my life. No drinking is one of my keys to my success. It’s allowed me to speak to my soul without any interference. Whatever speaks to your soul – hang on to it!!” 

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There IS Help Available
The Real Issue With Porn Addiction Is The Difficulty In Recognizing It     

Porn isn’t something you inhale and exhale or consume through a bottle at your local bar. But it can have the same stronghold on your mental and emotional facilities and is just as accessible. We should be concerned about porn addiction because technology has made it one of the easier vices to get our hands on. Gambling requires a partner willing to make a wager. Alcohol requires money. Drugs require someone with the know-how to create them. Porn can be accessed with the touch of a finger.

Boys To Men
AfterParty Heroes: The Masterminds Behind In The Rooms

We first introduced AfterParty readers to Kenny Pomerance and Ron Tannebaum from In The Rooms in April of 2013. Since that time, the online recovery community they created has grown exponentially. Then, there were 271,248 members and now, there are about 400,000. They’re sporting 140,000 Facebook fans and facilitating 118 online meetings a week.

Not Even in a Whisper
Eight Unhelpful Things to Say to an Alcoholic     

It’s painful to see someone you love struggle with alcohol addiction. And it’s easy to get angry about how their behaviour is affecting the people around them. But if you want to help, you need to know the right things to say. Newsbeat asked three recovering alcoholics to explain what didn’t help them, and what they wish their families had said.

Dross Into Gold
Father starts nonprofit after son’s death from heroin use     

Joseph Engle – whose 19-year-old son Reese died in 2011 due to the use of the drug – runs a nonprofit called There is No Hero in Heroin Foundation to provide scholarships for residents seeking to move into sober living homes to help them regain control of their lives. Since he started his organization in June 2013, it has provided financial assistance for 16 people, he said. “After they get out of detox, we offer them money for sober living…

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Detroit Red Wing Darren McCarty: Marijuana Saved Me From My Alcoholism AUDIO    

Former Detroit Red Wing Darren McCarty has been fighting a well documented battle against alcoholism for most of his adult life. After years of rehab and falling off the wagon, McCarty knew alcohol was winning.  Something would have to drastically change or he would be facing a death sentence. That is when McCarty began to use medical marijuana to treat his alcohol addiction.

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Time For Leading Organizations On Substance Use Disorder To Remove The Word “Abuse” From Their Names     

Not only does our language need to be adjusted within the discourse of our individual conversations; it needs to be modified in the names of the very institutions charged with leading the way. As renowned addiction recovery author William L. White has written, “Of all the words that have entered the addiction/treatment vocabulary, “abuse” is one of the most ill-chosen.” … Shortly following the implementation of a 2013 federal rule requiring the word “retardation” be replaced with “intellectual disabilities.”

Code Officers Kept Busy with Sober Home Complaints     

…code enforcement officers kept busy responding to more than 100 complaints connected to the sober-living industry in 2015, according to a report that will be presented Monday to the Planning Commission. Teams handled 117 cases and processed more than 50 applications from sober-living companies seeking permits to operate in residential neighborhoods, according to the report filed by Fidel Gamboa, the city’s acting neighborhood improvement manager.

The Most Dangerous Game
Quitting smoking? New research shows most effective way     

If you’re planning on kicking your cigarette habit, going “cold turkey” is the best option, new research published today in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine reports. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), half of all smokers who keep smoking will end up dying from a smoking-related illness … The results showed that at week four, 39 percent of the gradual quitters had stayed off tobacco, compared to 49 percent of the “cold turkey” group.

Alcoholism in Music

The song is “The Bottle”, being performed live, and features clips of drunkies and the economically depressed NYC of the late 1970’s.  CLASSIC Often d.j.s will drop a needle on “The Bottle” at a climactic moment in a party, driving the crowd wild, and even while dancing along I’ve been struck by the irony of half-drunk people raving it up to what is a essentially a biting sermon about the ravages of alcohol.

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