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May 26, 2015                 Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 2., No. 40
POLITICS: 2016 Agenda Includes Combating Drug Epidemic    

Clinton will be back in New Hampshire on Friday for another small-business roundtable at a brewery in Hampton. Aides are anticipating that there, too, Clinton will comment on the state’s drug epidemic. Other candidates and potential candidates have already been confronted about the scourge, or to be in the process of drafting plans to combat the problem, such as Democrat Martin O’Malley and Republicans Rand Paul and Chris Christie.

The Possibilities Are Endless
Six Things I Learned During Two Years Without Alcohol    

I can’t believe no mind-altering substances have entered my body in two years! If you told me two years ago I would be sitting here writing this blog, I would have said, you’re crazy. Some days the gratitude is almost too much to bear and I just can’t believe I’ve been given this amazing second chance at life.

Quitting for Love
Fatboy Slim doesn’t want to be sobriety ‘poster boy’    

Norman Cook and his wife Zoe Ball were constantly out partying and drinking when they first started dating in the ’90s, but after ”30 good years”, the pair gave it up and are now sober, but Norman – who is more famously known as Fatboy Slim – insists he’s ”still fun”. Norman went on to reveal that he stopped drinking around the time that he and Zoe had their first son Woody, now 14, as he had stopped drinking after a ”raunchy three-day bender”, and he felt that if they weren’t both sober then their ”relationship wasn’t going to last”.


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Candidate running for London mayor confesses to alcoholism VIDEO 

In an animated video introducing himself and officially kicking off his bid to become London mayor, Massow states that he is gay, dyslexic and has struggled with alcoholism. The entrepreneur, who is said to be worth around £5m, also describes himself as “a businessman, and activist and a doer.”

Talk Is Not Cheap
Smartphone Obsession Can Stay Home With Screenless Device     

You probably spend more time with a smartphone than anything (or anyone) else: It goes to work with you, waits in line with you at the grocery store, joins you for dinner, and maybe ends up in your bed. And inevitably-as much as you might be addicted to glancing down every few minutes-you’re probably a little sick of it.

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Mother of heroin overdose victim tells Boston radio show DA too slow in investigating  AUDIO    

The mother of a University of Massachusetts student who died of a heroin overdose in 2013 was a guest on the WBUR Here & Now radio program along with one of the reporters who broke the story about her son who was a confidential informant.

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‘It was my fault dad drank to his grave’    

Calum Best has revealed he blamed himself for the booze benders that killed his football legend dad. Former Manchester United and Northern Ireland ace George died of multiple organ failure at the age of 59 in 2005. He was infamous for his love of women and alcohol, and had a liver transplant in 2002. Calum says: “As much of a great person as he was, I had a father who was an alcoholic, who was never there for me, and it affects me in the long term.

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Mother of heroin victim: ‘She was trying to get clean’    

Bailey Witzel loved her 1-year-old daughter Faith, and that was what led her to seek recovery for her addiction. “She had very high hopes,” said Bailey’s mother, Bobbi Blanton. “She did get to spend Mother’s Day with her daughter, her wish.” Witzel, 19, died early Thursday morning. She was one of nine reported overdoses in Marion County since Wednesday.

Troubled Man – A Man’s Man
Pastor, compared being gay to alcoholism, caught looking for sex on Grindr    

In comments to a 2014 op-ed by Pastor Dan Dickerson, Makela compared being gay to alcoholism. “I love people who have same sex attraction, and so does God,” he wrote. “The proof is in the sacrifice He made for all of us who sin …We don’t tell a person born with tendencies to abuse alcohol to keep on giving in to his innate desires because he can’t help it. We try to help him in his struggle.” Gay blog Queerty on Monday published screenshots of Makela soliciting sex from another man on Grindr. The pastor explained that he was “bicurious,” had two children and doesn’t “usually do evenings or overnights” because he has a girlfriend.

It Happens
$130,000 mismanaged at Des Moines drug treatment center    

A state audit shows the former director of a drug-treatment center in Des Moines mismanaged more than $130,000 intended for client benefits. The report released Wednesday says Mindy Williams, former executive director of Center for Behavioral Health in Des Moines, falsified receipts and other documentation when seeking reimbursements for incentive benefits issued to clients who do well in the program, including gas cards, gift cards and bus passes. Records showed it was unclear if clients received them.


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More Americans overdose on prescription drugs than heroin and cocaine combined    

The Drug Enforcement Agency recently wrapped up part of its largest-ever prescription drug trafficking investigation. In the same week, the agency finished its biggest heroin bust ever in the state of New York. Both kinds of drugs have killed more and more people in the United States each year for most of the 21st century.

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Assumptions   VIDEO
MTV’s Jesse Camp Sets The Record Straight About His Drug Use VIDEO    

After beating out 5,000 other contestants in 1998’s “Wanna Be A VJ” competition, an 18-year-old Jesse Camp became a high-profile “video jockey” on MTV, which was still riding high during the peak of its cultural relevance. But his eccentric look, dry sense of humor and distinctively high-pitched voice made viewers wonder if he was under the influence as he introduced their favorite videos.

Breaking Bindles
‘Home-brewed morphine’ made possible    

“In principle, anyone with access to the yeast strain and basic skills in fermentation would be able to grow morphine producing yeast using a a home-brew kit for beer-making,” reads a comment piece in Nature journal. It calls for tight controls on such genetically modified yeasts. Prof. Paul Freemont, one of the directors of the Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation at Imperial College London, said: “Making opioids that can be used in an illegal sense makes this an important story.

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Flavor Flav arrested for DUI and drug possession     

Flav was pulled over by Highway Patrol officers who then arrested him for DUI, possession of marijuana, having an open container of alcohol in the car, having a suspended registration, having a suspended license, and speeding. Basically, he did almost every bad thing you can do in a car without hitting somebody or something. They probably don’t give out awards for that sort of thing, but if they do, he’s totally in the running.

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Family of Origin
 Man stole $62,000 meant for son’s treatment   

David G. Derosa diverted the money for his own personal purposes, Monroe County detectives office said. He was charged with six counts of theft and receiving stolen property. Blue Cross-Blue Shield sent six checks totaling $62,700 to Derosa to be forwarded to the Better Day center in Scottsdale, Ariz., which treated his son from July to December 2014, detectives said. Derosa cashed some checks or deposited others into his personal account at Tobyhanna Federal Credit Union, detectives said.

Stretching Away From Drinking
12-Step Yoga: Helping Addicts Heal    

Two months into sobriety, Brian Hyman decided to do a 30-day yoga challenge. Hyman had been practicing and teaching yoga on and off, but he’d never felt it was more than just exercise.  Two weeks into the challenge, Hyman experienced a change. Starting to feel the clarity of his newfound life without alcohol, he felt there was a bigger purpose behind the practice. Today, Hyman is five years sober and still active in the addiction recovery community. Hyman now teaches yoga at Cliffside Malibu, an addiction recovery facility in Southern California.


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Addicts going to overseas rehabs    

REHAB tourism is on the rise as drug-addicted Aussies head to cheap Asian destinations usually reserved for ­holiday-makers. Drug users are checking in at “luxury” resort-style rehab centres in Thailand and Bali because of waiting lists in ­Australia. A private bed at an Asian facility costs about $12,000 a month – compared with Australian private clinics which charge between $15,000 and $135,000 a month. But there are warnings addicts could put themselves at risk overseas because of easy access to drugs in countries with tough legal penalties.

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Crossroads  VIDEO
Eric Clapton’s ailing half-brother, dreams of duet from Vancouver’s Downtown VIDEO    

On a sun-baked afternoon in the heart of Canada’s poorest neighbourhood, one-time Vancouver musician Fast Eddie Fryer slowly crosses Hastings Street to discuss his deteriorating health, his passion for guitars and his famous half-brother, rock legend Eric Clapton. It is a death march of sorts as the severely hunched Fryer – cane in his left hand – feebly crosses the busy street to help set the record straight on having bloodlines with a rock icon and his own “end-stage” cirrhosis of the liver.


Feeding His Disease
Customer robbed bank: Blames addiction    
Investigators said Worrills visited the bank that morning to try to withdraw money, but his account was overdrawn. He returned about 3 p.m., wearing no mask or other disguise, went to the same teller he’d spoke to earlier, and handed her a note that said “Give me the money. I got a gun.” He got away with $3,764. Worrills, 47, told Land he owed his drug dealers money, and felt he had to pay them off. He robbed the bank because “I didn’t know what else to do,” he told Land.



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