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Pain Meds On Prince When He Died CNN VIDEO     

                 Darren Kavinoky Esq. on CNN with Brooke Baldwin and Heather Hayes.

Real Reality Show
‘Reality Tour’ shows teens the harsh reality of drug addiction     

A “Reality Tour” program was hosted by the Kayla Peach Memorial Foundation… The tour, a program designed to prevent drug and alcohol addiction, takes parents and students through the stages of addiction, from first encounter to overdose, in short 30 minute segments. Throughout the tour, students hear from ex-addicts and law enforcement while being shown the effect that drug addiction has on one’s family, friends…

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Teens who see e-cig ads more likely to vape

Teens who see frequent ads for e-cigarettes are more likely to have picked one up and started vaping, a new study has found. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that middle and high school students exposed to e-cig ads – be it online, on TV, or printed in a store or magazine – were more likely to have vaped in the past 30 days than teens who weren’t. The more ads they saw, the more likely they were to have vaped.

What is Percocet?: An Addiction Expert Explains the Uses and Risks of the Popular Painkiller     

In this week’s cover story, sources confirm to PEOPLE that Prince had a history of using the prescription painkiller Percocet to treat ongoing pain. While powerful opiates such as this can help manage pain, they can also can be addictive and deadly, says an addiction expert … Drugs like Percocet – which is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone – are addicting because they can cause “severe euphoria” by stimulating specific “opiate” receptors in the brain, says Grinspoon, 50, who wrote about his opioid addiction and recovery in his memoir Free Refills.


Sharing and Daring VIDEO
Cover Model Adwoa Aboah Opens Up About Drug Addiction, Suicide Attempt VIDEO     

A top model has revealed her struggles with depression, addiction and self-hatred in a powerful new video. Adwoa Aboah, from London – who has starred on the cover of Italian Vogue … shared her experience while shedding her clothes as part of StyleLikeU’s video series…the 23-year-old explains that, as a child and as a teen, she wanted “to be like someone else”, noting that all the girls she saw around her were “blonde, white, blue-eyed, [and] sexy”.

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New York Times Essay
Look at the Real Gateways to Drug Addiction 

Deborah Peterson Small is executive director and founder of Break the Chains, Communities of Color and the War on Drugs. Previously, she was director of public policy for the Drug Policy Alliance.

The science on marijuana is settled. The assertions that continue to be made linking marijuana use to serious drug addiction by officials like Michele Leonhart, the former administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, are contradicted by facts … The majority of people who use marijuana (and most illicit drugs) do so in nonproblematic ways. Legalizing it protects their ability to do so without fear of punishment. And for those who develop a substance dependency, marijuana regulation will generate revenue to support drug treatment for those who need and want it.

Bring Back The Drug Dealers
Sober Home Invasion     

Hundreds are moving into Palm Beach County’s suburbs, where residents say they’re bringing needles, trash and lots of lights and sirens. Joe Onimus walks around the house with a 9mm handgun tucked in his waistband – protection, he says, after a shouting match with people in the waterfront mansion two doors down in Boynton Beach. The mansion is one of three sober homes on a cul-de-sac his frustrated neighbors call “Rehab Drive.”


With No Harmful Side Effects
Mindfulness Therapy Works for Recurrent Depression     

“It is about choice for patients and adding another choice for people at high risk of depressive relapse to stay well in the long-term,” Kuyken told Reuters Health in an email. “When mindfulness is combined with cognitive therapy, one of the things we see is people being trained to regard their thoughts as just thoughts and not to get ensnared by them,” said Richard Davidson, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study.

Humanizing Addiction VIDEO
The Woman Whose Addiction Story Shook Obama Now Has A Bill In Her Name VIDEO  

On Wednesday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced Jessie’s Law, a bill named after Jessica Grubb and designed to try to prevent the circumstances that led to her death from occurring elsewhere. The legislation seeks to make it harder for physicians to unknowingly prescribe large quantities of opioid medication to recovering addicts. It does so by expanding the universe of people who can provide consent for a patient’s substance abuse records to be disclosed to their physicians.

Great Buddy Movie One Day
The Radio Host and the Homeless Addict 

Sunday after Sunday, around 8 a.m., even in the fiercest heat and cold, Nowak had passed the panhandler on the way to host his gardening and environment show on WCPT radio. He usually gave the guy a couple of dollars before pulling onto the Kennedy Expressway ramp and heading north. They encountered each other so often that they eventually traded names – Mike, Nic – and occasionally talked a little…

Chocolate for Sale – Sweet & Raw

Washington Post Essay
There’s nothing I can do to prevent my child from becoming an addict. Here’s why that’s okay     

As a recovered alcoholic and drug addict who grew up in an alcoholic home, my greatest fear is that my daughter will turn out like me. I think a lot about how to stop her from walking down a path that seems predestined.My paternal grandmother died of cirrhosis when my father was just a boy … I’ve heard, she was the stereotypical, neglectful drunk. But my father is different… a kind of control over his drinking that I was never able to, which is why I found myself in rehab at age 26, while he’s never even contemplated quitting in his 60+ years.

Because They’re Smarter?
9 Reasons Why Women Should Drink Less Alcohol Than Men     

The National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that women end up with higher amounts of alcohol in their blood and become more impaired than men after drinking equal amounts of alcohol. But that’s not all. Here are nine reasons why women should drink less alcohol than men.

Didn’t Bill Cosby Advertise Jello?
Teens Who Do Jell-O Shots More Likely to Binge Drink     

About 20 percent of underage drinkers in the United States consume alcoholic Jell-O shots, and these youth are also more likely to engage in binge drinking and other risky behaviors, a new study finds … Questions about Jell-O shot consumption should become a standard part of surveys that monitor alcohol consumption among U.S. youth, the researchers said.


This Too Might Pass
11 things people don’t tell you about growing up with an alcoholic parent     

My name is Ashley, and I am the child of an addict. As a kid, I cried when our family dinner reservation shrunk from four to three after a man with glassy eyes stumbled through the door. I didn’t guzzle the vodka, but I felt the heartbreak of missed birthdays. I feel like I should weigh 500 pounds from all the “I’m sorry” chocolate donuts. I had to grow up quicker, but it made me into the person I am today.

One More Solution to Try
Addiction Aftercare Treatment Needs A Makeover     

By Lauren Stahl – As a grateful recovery addict and alcoholic, having spent time at a residential treatment facility and also, as the founder of a company that is revolutionizing the way aftercare support at treatment facilities is done, I’ve learned a thing or two…At Sparkite, we are innovating to make aftercare treatment a reality and relevant. But, more is needed. We need to start planting the seeds of recovery, strength, and hope in children and young adults.

California on Dope
‘Norco’ fentanyl overdose deaths rise to 14; problem spreads to Bay Area     

Fourteen people in the Sacramento area have fatally overdosed on a pill disguised as a popular painkiller, and now the drug has turned up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bay Area hospitals have treated seven patients who ingested what they thought was the painkiller Norco in recent weeks, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patients all survived, though at least some experienced nausea, vomiting and difficulty breathing.

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Don’t Mess with Childhood
Alcoholic Root Beer is Dumb     

Alcoholic root beer like suddenly having alcoholic Big League Chew or alcoholic baseball cards or alcoholic cupcakes, and I know what you’re thinking – yeah, actually people are already doing alcoholic cupcakes. You’re right, that was a poor example. But someone took black licorice and made Jagermeister out of it, and what happened? A bunch of people slept in parking lots and stole historical items from bars and woke up with construction equipment exploding in their brains. Nothing good, is what I’m saying.

Pawn Stars and Cops?
Reality Star Jason Wahler Dishes on Sobriety and His Latest Venture     

Jason Wahler was once a bad boy of  MTV’S “The Hills” and “Laguna Beach,” but has since completely turned his life around.  Wahler struggled with addiction and at least six arrests, however these days, he is nearly 6 years sober and has launched a sober living home.  We had a chance to ask Jason a number of questions to shed light on his new plans, but we also tried to get a little dirt from behind the camera!  Check out the interview below:

CBS News Wants to Know…
Could marijuana help treat painkiller and heroin addiction?     

The growing number of patients who claim marijuana has helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates. Many are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics such as heroin, and as an alternative to painkillers. It’s a tempting sell in New England, hard hit by the painkiller and heroin crisis. But there’s a problem: There is very little research showing marijuana works as a treatment for such addictions.

MEDIA: Brilliant BBC
How medical worker who reduced viewers to tears in Louis Theroux’s heartbreaking documentary has rebuilt his life VIDEO     

A young alcoholic shown drinking himself to death on Louis Theroux’s latest documentary has been sober for six months and is holding down a job, MailOnline can reveal today. The plight of Joe Walker, 32, reduced viewers to tears as he was shown walking out of hospital, covered in blood, to buy vodka after being told his alcoholism would kill him.

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Love Without Limits
3 Codependent Traits That Breed Anger and Resentment 

A hallmark of codependency is when seeking approval becomes more important than self-care. Over time this creates a pattern of control. Melody Beattie, author of Codependent No More, defines a codependent as: “Someone who has let another person’s behavior affect him or her, and who is obsessed with controlling that person’s behavior.” This article focuses on three common traits of codependency: control, people pleasing and the lie of being “fine.” Here you’ll learn how to transform these traits into relationship assets.

So Pay Them More
Addiction Centers Struggle to Attract Workers 

Recovery centers around the U.S. say they have long struggled to attract and retain workers, given the low pay, the stigma attached to addiction, and the high burnout from dealing with difficult patients. Many counselors leave the field after only a few years. Yet clinics now must not only replace those workers, but fill an expected surge of new positions in the coming years to meet rising demand for addiction treatment…

Seems Simple Enough
New £3 pill to ‘cure’ alcoholism can stop binge boozing     

A pill to cure alcoholism and stop binge drinking could be on the horizon – costing just £3. The scientific breakthrough comes after successful experiments on mice showed blocking a route in the brain reduced their appetite for alcohol. It is hoped the same will apply to humans, raising hopes a behaviour that threatens to spiral out of control in Britain can be halted.

Synthetic Opiate W-18 Hits Street-drug Market and is 10,000 Times Stronger than Morphine     

While in America, fentantyl killed 158 people last year just in New Hampshire alone, while heroin killed 32.
And in Massachusetts, 336 people died from fentanyl-related overdoses from October 2014 to October 2015 – up from 219 deaths the previous year, according New York Times. But with the second major seizure of W-18 within a year in Canada, W-18 is likely to be playing a prominent part in drug fatalities in the near future.

MEDIA: Stage Play Review
Chaos and Hope Collide in Stunning Addiction Play     

Written by Mark Jeary, who himself is a recovering alcoholic, the drama is scripted entirely from interviews with alcoholics, resulting in brutally honest accounts of chaos and risk with an optimistic edge. Mark, who is originally from London but now lives in Edinburgh, said: “Blackout is a verbatim piece inspired by conversations with people in recovery… “There was stories I couldn’t include because people wouldn’t believe them, like the woman who stayed with a murderer simply because there was vodka in the house. Blackout will be at Falkirk Town Hall on Saturday, May 7. Tickets, priced £12 and £10.50, are available by calling 01324 506850.


Who knew?
Drug Overdose Deaths Leading to More Organ Donors     

America’s epidemic of drug overdose deaths has produced a dramatic rise in the number of desperately needed organs for people on transplant waiting lists, statistics show. Nationally, the number of donors who died of overdoses rose by nearly 270 percent – from 230 to 848 – between 2006 and 2015, according to data gathered by the United Network for Organ Sharing, or UNOS…


The God Thing Explained – A Must Listen

is the author of several books, including My Name Is Bill, a biography of the co-founder of AA.

is a Buddhist dharma leader and writer. He’s the author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps.


Like Running Upstairs to a Meeting
Exercise May Help Treat Addiction     

Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles report exercise helps the brain add new dopamine receptors, which they said lowers desire for methamphetamine and makes it easier to recover from addiction. Methamphetamine use creates a rush of dopamine, a substance that naturally provides sensations of pleasure and satisfaction but also causes the drug’s approximately six-hour high, which results in a reduction in the number of dopamine receptors as the drug is used more and for longer periods of time.

Chyna Died of Accidental Overdose, Not Suicide 

Chyna’s close friend and manager, Anthony Anzaldo, believes the late wrestling star died of an accidental overdose. He explained to multiple news outlets Wednesday that he thought his client (née Joan Marie Laurer) had been improperly using Ambien and Valium before her death – and insisted she did not commit suicide. “She accidentally and unintentionally misused her legally prescribed medication over the course of 2-3 weeks,”…

Horror Story
Staten Island’s latest suspected overdose death tally is staggering     

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – More people have died on Staten Island this year due to suspected overdoses than homicides and car crashes combined. Since District Attorney Michael E. McMahon announced the historic Overdose Response Initiative on Feb. 24, there have been a staggering 23 suspected drug-related fatalities that have come to the attention of his office. That’s just over a span of nine weeks.

Getting Better All the Time
What’s the Link Between My Insomnia, My Alcoholism and My Recovery From Both? 

Counting sheep, listening to cassette tapes, heavy breathing, warm milk … I tried everything to cure my childhood insomnia. My mom gave me melatonin pills and they didn’t work, so I begged her for something stronger. It wasn’t until my twenties that I discovered that warm milk did work-if I spiked it with whiskey. Then I began skipping the milk. Starting around 10 years old, I dreaded bedtime. Alone in the dark with my anxiety-ridden mind, I would stare…


And in England This Week…
Woodford Green Rehab Remains Open Providing a ‘Fantastic’ Service for the Community     

The Broadway, Woodford Green, lost its contract from Redbridge Council to national provider Blenheim last year. It was supported by Russell Brand, an advocate of abstinent-based treatments, in a campaign to keep the 30-year-old service in the community. “We are by no means closed” said co-founder Fiona Dunwoodie. “If you want to stop, 1NE is the way to go. We are purely abstinent, no drugs, no harm reduction.


Clean and Sober and Proud
Recovery Awareness Campaign Launches In Blue Bell, PA     

On May 8, 1976, a group of 53 celebrities, government leaders, sports figures, physicians, and even an astronaut who walked on the moon spoke openly about the stigma of addiction. Each of them, including Dick Van Dyke and Buzz Aldrin, publicly proclaimed their status as recovered alcoholics at a carefully staged press event hosted by National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) in Washington, D.C., called “Operation Understanding.”… learn more about the campaign, investment opportunities, purchase tickets to the gala, and other ways to become involved and offer support throughout the year, please contact Melanie Boyd at 215.345.6644 or visit

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