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March 8, 2016                   Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 3., No. 30
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Awareness Attention Action VIDEO
Homes Don Black Balloons In Memory Of Drug Overdose Victims  VIDEO     

Erin Tremblay along with her family and friends say the black balloons they hang today are in memory of her husband all those who have died of drug addictions. They call it Black Balloon Day. Last year on this day Erin’s husband Greg died of a drug overdose. We are raising awareness for drug overdose. Its’ for everyone who has suffered from it and people who are still struggling with it. We are asking people to hand a black balloon outside their house,” organizer Lauren Hurley said. It’s a simple gesture that has gone viral. More than 40 thousand people are now participating across the world.

Anthony Bourdain Talks Writing, Drug Addiction and Living a Charmed Life 

In a new interview with, Bourdain talks about life before – and after – becoming famous, the writing process, and drug addiction:
On his former drug addiction: “All I can tell you is this: I got off of heroin in the 1980s … There are a lot of guys that didn’t get that far.”
On living a “charmed life”: “I should’ve died in my 20s. I became successful in my 40s. I became a dad in my 50s. I feel like I’ve stolen a car – a really nice car – and I keep looking in the rearview mirror for flashing lights.

Tunnel of Love

Robin Williams Tunnel: It’s Official

Several months after legislation to change the name of the rainbow-arched Waldo tunnel connecting the Golden Gate bridge to Marin County. the newly re-dubbed Robin Williams tunnel finally got official… Many thought that the tunnel’s rainbow border was a natural reminder of his character Mork from “Mork & Mindy,” who wore multi-colored suspenders on the show.

MEDIA: Book Recommendation
If You Want To Read Another Book About Addiction, Read This One!     

If there is one book on your recovery booklist for 2016, I’d recommend William (Bill) Borchert’s newest jewel, How I Became My Father…A DRUNK.  It’s a well-written, heartfelt story about the unfolding drama of generational addiction and recovery and the influential role of the family.  It’s a great read not just for students and young adults who are struggling with addiction, but also for their families and extended families who can support them in recovery. The book is engaging, entertaining, and offers hope. Borchert is an excellent writer.

Sharing a Win
Curly Sue’s Alisan Porter Opens Up About Joining The Voice After Battling Alcoholism 

“It’s amazing and every day I work hard to not go backwards and keep moving forwards, and I just feel very blessed to be here and be doing what I love,”… It’s a long time coming for Porter, who in 2014 revealed on her blog that she once struggled with alcoholism and had been sober for seven years.


Hard to Take
Ecstasy Overdose Caused Death of UCLA student Who Went to Rave     

As Los Angeles County officials consider new rules on raves Tuesday, the coroner has determined that an Ecstasy overdose caused the death of an 18-year-old UCLA student who attended a rave at the county fairgrounds in Pomona last summer. Tracy Nguyen, of West Covina, was about to enter her second year at UCLA when she died from the overdose Aug. 1.

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Can Films Cure Alcoholism…?     

Unlike the majority of his colleagues, a French psychiatrist is using films to cure his patients of alcoholism. Dr. Henry Gomez doesn’t believe that films that show people drinking alcohol have a negative impact on the viewer’s own drinking habits.


Reefer Causes Madness  VIDEO
High-Potency Marijuana Product Shattering Lives  VIDEO     

It goes by a lot of different names, like shatter, wax or 710. Turn those numbers upside down and you get oil, a concentrated form of marijuana oil. “You become very incoherent,” said Joshua Campbell, recovering addict. “You can’t really function; you’re just supremely stoned.” “It just goes straight to your head,” said Ricky Meas, also a recovering addict. “It’s like the next level of being high.” It all comes down to the levels of THC, which is the compound in marijuana that causes someone to become high.

Internet Insanity
Olympic Star Nick Willis’ Struggle with Porn Addiction     

Kiwi Olympics poster boy Nick Willis turned to his wife to help him beat his obsession with porn. Her support is helping him to break free. He has now learned pornography is not healthy. “My eyes have now become truly open to the lies of pornography, that it is a completely fake distortion of sex and women. It is not sexy nor appealing. I am no longer duped by a false reality.”

Jack Pot
Federal Study Will Pay You $3,000 Per Week to Consume Cannabis     

The United States National Research Center (NRC) has been commissioned by the National Institute of Drug Abuse(NIDA) to conduct comprehensive research evaluating the effects of cannabis on the human body. The research, which will take part in seven facilities across the nation, is intended to determine whether or not cannabis can be used to relieve stress and stress-related disorders, while allowing consumers of the plant to maintain normal function in their lives.

Heath Advisory VIDEO
Warning Signs of Suicide VIDEO     

Utah is ranked 7th in the nation, but this isn’t a good thing. We’re talking about suicide. It’s something that doesn’t discriminate, affecting both men and women of all ages. If you’re concerned for a loved one, keep an eye out for some of the warning signs…Red flags can also be more secretive behaviors like drugs, alcohol, or self-harm. Additional risk factors include mental health issues such as depression or severe anxiety.One in fifteen adults have had serious thoughts of suicide…

Historical VIDEO
‘Just Say No’ Nancy Reagan  VIDEO     

Nancy Reagan worked with a New York advertising firm to shape the campaign and used popular culture to propel her message. In 1983, she played herself in an episode of the popular sitcom Diff’rent Strokes. Diminutive star Gary Coleman portrayed a reporter for the school newspaper who discovered drugs being sold on campus, and she came to the school to offer support for anti-drug efforts.

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Booze bracelets effective at keeping repeat drink-drivers sober     

Alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelets for drink-drivers and domestic violence abusers are being considered by police and substance-abuse experts as part of a scheme that would force repeat offenders to stay sober. Supporters say abstinence orders for offenders with serial alcohol-related convictions would improve public health and safety and reduce crime, particularly among young men whose drinking poses a risk to the community.d-alcohol levels.

Gonna Take A Miracle
Lee Daniels Honors Patti LaBelle’s Role in His Sobriety at BET Honors     

Lee Daniels may have been celebrated at the 2016 BET Honors, but in his eyes, the real honor for his sobriety goes to Patti Labelle. USA Today reports the “Empire” co-creator had nothing but love and props to give to the music icon as he highlighted their friendship and how influential she was in bringing him into a drug-free mind state. “La, that I’m even here with you tonight, when you were responsible for me getting off drugs…

Now It’s Front Page News
Heroin Epidemic Increasingly Seeps Into Public View 

In Philadelphia last spring, a man riding a city bus at rush hour injected heroin into his hand, in full view of other passengers, including one who captured the scene on video.
– In Cincinnati, a woman died in January after she and her husband overdosed in their baby’s room at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The husband was found unconscious with a gun in his pocket, a syringe in his arm and needles strewn around the sink…

It’s a Disease – Take a Pill – Adios AA

Most people (including physicians and alcoholics) are unaware of the FDA-approved medications to fight alcoholism, despite the fact that the US government calls them the ‘standard of care for the treatment of alcoholism.’ Instead of medical treatment, the vast majority of doctors send treatment-seeking alcoholics toAlcoholics Anonymous-based 12-step programs which result in a dismal failure rate estimated at 90 percent. A Prescription for Alcoholics Medications for Alcoholism’ by author Linda Burlison is the first book ever published about FDA-approved medications for alcoholism.

TV Worth Watching? VIDEO
Recovery Road: Why You Should Be Watching Freeform’s Addiction Drama VIDEO 

Shows about addiction are inherently frustrating. Such a circuitous process centered around incremental personal progress and devastating setbacks doesn’t always make for the best television. Not only can it be hard to watch characters you grow to love self-destruct, especially if they’re aware of what they’re doing and show no signs of wanting to get better, addiction is a lifelong trouble that doesn’t always have an end point.

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Our mission: To inform, share and discuss, across multiple media platforms, the story of addiction and the road to recovery. Clean and Sober Radio, with real people with real stories about their addiction and their road to recovery is dedicated to promoting a lifetime free of alcohol and drugs. 


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Number of Teen Runaway Reports Increasing at San Diego Rehab Center NBC VIDEO    

“It’s just inexcusable; this kind of outrageous increase in the number of runaways in this facility has gone unresolved,” said Grimm. “There are lots of things that contribute to this, things such as staff not being qualified to address the issues for which children are admitted to the facility, staff not trained well enough programs and treatments that don’t meet the needs of the children there.”

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What is Dopamine’s Role in Alcoholism? It’s Complicated…     

Like many other neurochemicals, dopamine plays multiple roles in the brain and body. Among the brain’s multiple dopamine pathways, a prominent one is involved in reward-motivated behavior; deficiencies in dopamine are associated with a number of conditions including addiction, depression and psychological and neurological disorders. Dopamine’s importance and prevalence in multiple brain functions makes it challenging to study, and its role in addictive behavior is unclear.

Soul Improvement
Sobriety Made Jason Isbell A Better Musician     

The star turned his back on drink and drugs in 2012 following an intervention and he insists kicking his bad habits has allowed him to focus on his work and hit the road. “I hadn’t been onstage sober until about four years ago,” Isbell tells “That took some getting used to. But we just did three weeks in Europe, played a cruise and started this tour two days later. If this was 10 years ago, I would be exhausted.”


Quit Drinking – Get Hot
‘I met the woman of my dreams’: Joe Manganiello Conquers Alcohol Addiction, Marries Sofia Vergara     

  ‘I think addicts are born wired a certain way. But alcohol was not the issue for me – the issues were all internal. ‘The drink just helped me to quell all the ill feelings I could remember having since I was a child. I was an addict before I ever picked up a drink.’

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Wall Street Journal Article
The Great Recession May Have Worsened Drug Abuse, Especially Among White Men

“There is strong evidence that economic downturns lead to increases in substance-use disorders involving hallucinogens and prescription pain relievers,” said authors Christopher Carpenter, an economics professor at Vanderbilt University, Chandler McClellan, a health economist at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Daniel Rees, an economics professor at the University of Colorado Denver. “These effects are robust to a variety of specification choices and are concentrated among prime-age white males with low educational attainment.”


Terry Crews Making News VIDEO
Why Porn Addiction Is More Complicated Than You Think VIDEO     

After opening up about his battle with porn addiction in the past, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star and former football player revealed more about his journey to recovery in a series of Facebook videos. “For years my dirty little secret is that I was addicted to pornography … it really messed up my life in a lot of ways,” Crews explained, which culminated in a visit to rehab and therapy to help change his perceptions about masculinity and sexuality. Although Crews mentions that some say porn addiction doesn’t exist, his counter to that claim is, “if day turns into night and you’re still watching, you’ve probably got a problem.”

State Tries to Save Lives
21 to Smoke? California Assembly Approves Raising Smoking Age    

Breaking a political logjam, the state Assembly on Thursday approved a package of anti-tobacco bills, including measures that would raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 in California and ban the use of electronic cigarettes in restaurants, theaters and other public places where traditional smoking is prohibited. Lawmakers cited the health risks of tobacco in approving six bills and sending them to the state Senate, which had previously acted on the smoking-age and vaping bills but must now vote on minor amendments. Republicans said it was unfair…

Study finds potential for alcohol abuse can span across generations     

When a woman consumes alcohol during pregnancy, the effects on the fetus can be severe. A Binghamton University researcher, with the help of a $400,000 grant, is looking to see if the effects can reach future generations. Nicole Cameron, an assistant professor of psychology, is conducting research that focuses on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure. Her lab was the first to discover that alcohol use during pregnancy…


Downs, But Nod Out
Benzodiazepines: How to stay free of addiction 

“Most insomnia is due to stress in life or some sort of acute event like a death in the family. So normally it’s relatively short-lived and for most people sleep will just fix itself over time,” Associate Professor Ellen said. “And you can speed that along by what’s known as ‘sleep hygiene’. Things like sleeping in a place that’s quiet, going to sleep at set times, not having stimulants like cigarettes or alcohol before going to bed.” PLUS:  Four ways to avoid addiction…

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12th Step TV
‘American Horror Story’  Angela Bassett’s Character Will Be An ‘Alcoholic’?    

“I think I’m an alcoholic,” she said. “That’s all I know but I don’t know where, why, what made me so.” Bassett had alluded to this alcohol problem in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, where she also tipped off another actress returning for season 6: “[Executive producer Ryan Murphy] did tell me at the Golden Globes that I would imbibe a little bit too much and yet I was very intuitive also and maybe Sarah [Paulson] somehow was the boss of me,” Bassett said.

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.

7th Inning Sobriety
Yankees CC Sabathia Writes About His Battle With Alcoholism     

“I’ve played in sold out stadiums. I’ve undergone numerous surgeries. And I’ve even pitched in the World Series,” Sabathia wrote. “But nothing scared me more than saying these three words: ‘I need help.'” The 2007 Cy Young winner left the Yankees for treatment ahead of their loss to Houston in the one-game American League wild-card playoff last October. Sabathia wrote that he “accepted the reality” that he needed help … “I’d spent most of the weekend alone in my hotel room clearing out the minibar.”

  Images Matter VIDEO
New Videos To Help Fight Addiction; New Tool For Local Counselors VIDEO     

New York State has a new tool to help people struggling with addiction. The state launched a series of videos to tell New Yorkers about what addiction treatment services are available to them. The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services has released 10 videos to guide addiction victims in getting help. “Addiction is a disease that doesn’t just impact the individual, it impacts the family.” Patrice Wallace-Moore, CEO, Arms Acres Rehab Center in Carmel, NY said in the videos. It doesn’t discriminate!


Salvador Dali’s jazz musician great-nephew died of crystal meth overdose     

The lifeless body of Salvador Dali’s jazz musician great-nephew was found by his girlfriend after he took a drugs overdose, a coroner ruled. Slim Dali, 49, a descendant of the Spanish Surrealist, died of liver cirrhosis and an overdose of methamphetamine, which is also known as crystal meth.

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For Our Friends in the UK

The Scottish Recovery Consortium and the Scottish Recovery Walk Council 2016 are pleased to announce that Recovery Walk Scotland 2016 will take place in Falkirk on Saturday 17th September 2016. Kuladharini, Chief Executive of the SRC and part of the Walk Council said. ” This years walk organisation has got off to a tremendous start with the assembled forces on the walk council enthusiastically embracing the challenges and opportunities of fundraising, organisation and mobilisation of the biggest outdoor recovery event in Scotland…

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