Emergency Call

More middle school girls are inflicting self-pain. Experts say it might be smartphones

November 21, 2017 – Self-harming behaviors like ingesting poisons, cutting and overdosing on drugs are strong indicators of suicide — the second-leading cause of death among people between 10 and 24 years old in 2015 …Twenge points to smartphones, which crossed the 50 percent threshold of ownership in late 2012, around the same time when teen depression and suicide began to rise… CONTINUED @ WashingtonPost.com


“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

November 28, 2017 • Vol. 5., No. 18
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Catching Up VIDEO

How opioid epidemic is impacting the African American community VIDEO

November 21, 2017 – n the first six months of this year, the number of black overdoses upticked to 23 percent. But the vast majority of overdoses remained white. Why? Among the reasons, according to the National Institute of Health, is that doctors are less likely to prescribe opioid painkillers to blacks than whites, for the same ailments.  CONTINUED @ 10TV.com


American Death March VIDEO

Saving Lives in the ‘Overdose Capital of America’ VIDEO

Nov. 22, 2017 – Heroin(e) is a powerful film that follows the stories of three women in Huntington, West Virginia, who are battling the opioid crisis on its front lines. Drug addiction is so common in Huntington, the “overdose capital of America,” that it’s weaved into the fabric of everyday life. CONTINUED @ BillMoyers.com


Finally, Rigorous Honesty from an Attorney

I am a Lawyer in Recovery, and I Refuse to be Anonymous

November 22, 2017 – I will proudly tell my story to anyone who will listen. I will hold myself out as a recovering alcoholic to everyone I know. I will be honest when asked about having a drink, explaining I do not drink because I’m a recovering alcoholic. I will identify myself in public so that the still-suffering alcoholic may come across me and want to hear more about the promises of sobriety. CONTINUED @ AboveTheLaw.com


Expert Conversation AUDIO

Understanding America’s Opioid Crisis – 48 minute AUDIO

Nov. 23, 2017 – Some 77 million Americans are personally affected in some way by the opioid epidemic, and at least 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. During this special episode, The Takeaway dives deep into the crisis. Here’s what you’ll find: CONTINUED @ WNYC.org


Morphine Malpractice NPR AUDIO

Should Hospitals Be Punished For Post-Surgical Patients’ Opioid Addiction? NPR AUDIO

Nov. 26, 2017 – “I had every single symptom in the book,” Herzog says. “And there was no recognition by these really professional, senior, seasoned doctors at Boston’s finest hospitals that I was going through withdrawal.” … Herzog’s story is one doctors are hearing more and more. “We have many clinicians prescribing opioids without any understanding of opioid withdrawal symptoms,” says Dr. Andrew Kolodny… CONTINUED @ NPR.org


Thank God for Alcoholics Anonymous

Happiness is Other People

Oct. 27, 2017 – Nearly half of all meals eaten in this country are now eaten alone. Teenagers and young millennials are spending less time just “hanging out” with their friends than any generation in recent history, replacing real-world interaction with smartphones … the average American now spends less than four minutes a day “hosting and attending social events,”… CONTINUED @ NYTimes.com


TeleVision Intervenes

New Season of A&E’s ‘Intervention’ looks at opioid Addiction

Nov. 27, 2017 – A&E starts a new season of docuseries Intervention  with a two-hour premiere Tuesday, Jan. 2. The season will follow interconnected stories of addicts and their families suffering from opioid addiction. Living in the affluent Atlanta suburbs known as “The Heroin Triangle,” the families highlight the desperate need for support. CONTINUED @ Broadcasting

Ya Think?

Half of U.S. cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior

Nov. 22, 2917 – These are risks that are not inherited, and mostly the result of behavior that can be changed, like…not eating enough fruits and vegetables, drinking alcohol and, most importantly, smoking…  CONTINUED @ CBSNews.com 


Very Successfully

Big Pharma Is Feeding Heroin Addiction

November 21, 2017 – Pharmaceutical companies made billions promoting the aggressive prescribing of opioids. Now they’ll make billions from treating the consequences of overprescription … Analysts estimate that the follow-on opioid market is worth at least $3 billion a year. CONTINUED @ HuffingtonPost.com




Pain Relief?

Self-inflicted injuries surge among tween and early teen girls

Nov. 21, 2017 – Emergency room visits for non-fatal, self-inflicted injuries surged in recent years among US girls and young women, especially those between the ages of 10 and 14 … Young people have higher rates of nonfatal self-inflicted injuries, according to Mercado. CONTINUED @ WTVR.com 


Choice or No Choice

…study finds drug-assisted treatment is more effective than detox

Nov. 20, 2017 – New research suggests you can do it the way most treatment-seeking addicts in the state do — by undergoing a medically-supervised “detoxification” that’s difficult, expensive and highly prone to failure. CONTINUED @ LATimes.com

More from Gabor

Psychological Link Between Trauma And Work Addiction

November 9, 2017 – …Maté was an infant when the Nazis invaded Hungary, and his family’s flight from Budapest took what he considers to be a lifelong toll on him. In the light of the Holocaust, his mother… CONTINUED @ ThriveGlobal.com 


Beat the Odds VIDEO

Woman who beat drug addiction “blossomed into beautiful leader” VIDEO

Nov. 24, 2017 – A mother beat the odds, beating drug addiction, and now manages a business … This is the busy season in the candle business. “We are in 11 retailers throughout central Indiana… CONTINUED @ WTHR.com

It’s What Freud Dreamt About VIDEO

Puppies play pivotal role in addiction recovery program VIDEO

Nov. 20, 2017 – Ruth Ann Rigby, who has worked with Capstone for about four years, said after she decided to become sober nearly 20 years ago, she decided to help people overcome their addictions. CONTINUED @ WAPT.com 


Reduce the Stigma

Series on addiction filming in Worcester

Nov. 20, 2017 – “7 Hills” is a series about second chances, new beginnings and redemption. The series deals with talented young people facing the reality of drug addiction and the deep-rooted pain it can cause everyone involved. CONTINUED @ Telegram.com



Long May They Live

New Jersey provides $5M to help pregnant women recover from opioid addiction

November 23, 2017 – A grandmother holds her 49-day-old grand-baby boy being treated for neonatal drug withdrawal after his mother took opioids during pregnancy… CONTINUED @ WHYY.org 


How Hard Is It? NPR AUDIO 

Asking About Opioids: A Treatment Plan Can Make All The Difference NPR AUDIO

November 22, 2017 – Dr. Terry Horton, chief of addiction medicine and medical director of Project Engage at Christiana Care Health System, testified about opioid addiction before a U.S. Senate committee in May. CONTINUED @ NPR.org



Tropical Oasis

Footprints in the Sand

You don’t have to be an alcoholic or addict to have problems with drugs and alcohol. In fact, 97% of people who drink and use never develop alcoholism or addiction. 3% however—and that’s millions of people—have all kinds of problems. Some are easily solved, others are severe and life threatening. CONTINUED @ AddictionRecoveryeBulletin.org


More Beds the Better

Treatment center earns planners’ support

Nov. 22, 2017 – The McShin Foundation of Richmond, Virginia, seeks special permit approval to operate a 28-day, overnight recovery program … Parents … spoke movingly about family members’ and friends’ battles to overcome addiction… CONTINUED @ FauquierNow.com





Addiction Affects Family Too – But There’s Free Help

Nov. 25, 2017 – Al-Anon helped her better understand what her loved one was going through with their addiction. Baber said, “That has helped me to realize that it wasn’t really necessarily really a choice that he was making, but it was something that he really had little control over.” CONTINUED @ NWAHomePage.com 


Why Not? Because…

Telemedicine For Addiction Treatment? 

November. 24, 2017 – “I’m in a good place, you know?” she says. “I’m not doing nothing I shouldn’t be doing. I’m not lying to nobody. I’m not sneaking around. Plus, I have a baby. I’m really busy!” To get her insurer to cover her addiction medicine, Hall has to prove she’s in counseling. CONTINUED @ WABE.org



God Listens VIDEO

AMA Music Director Shares Testimony: ‘There’s Nothing Worse Than a Drunk Christian’ VIDEO

Nov. 25 2017 – There’s nothing worse than a drunk Christian,” music director and composer Edgar Struble told “The Lucas Miles Show” in an interview posted after the AMAs earlier this month… CONTINUED @ ChristianPost.com 


Educate AND Motivate

Changing face of New York’s addiction counselors

November 24, 2017 – In New York, addiction counselors must be credentialed by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and starting next year, the agency is requiring all counselors to have — at minimum — an associate degree. CONTINUED @ TimesUnion.com



Paws When Agitated

…Six counselors and a therapy dog help Denver students beat drug addiction

November 26, 2017 – “Trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression; we make sure that the treatment we offer takes care of the whole child.” CONTINUED @ DenverPost.com 

How About Big Pharma Too?

Dealer ordered to pay overdose victim’s funeral costs

November 24, 2017 – …in prison Monday and ordered Chandler to pay $9,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to drug distribution. CONTINUED @ NYPost.com



One Day at a Time VIDEO

Tony H. talks alcoholism VIDEO

Timeless 2011 – Hopkins is fascinated by human behavior, I love this bit from Inside the Actors Studio. CONTINUED @ The Actor’s Studio


Driving Off the Cliff

Opioid crisis arrives on auto’s assembly line

Nov. 27, 2017 – “It’s not alcohol, it’s not marijuana now. You’re dealing with meth, you’re dealing with the opioids, you’re dealing with the heroin,” … “They’re bringing the pills into the workplace,” says Jodi Debbrecht Switalski, a former district court judge and prosecutor in Michigan…  CONTINUED @ AutoNews.com


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Truth Be Told

Timbaland Opens UP about OXY Addiction

Nov. 25, 2017 – I remember Jay-Z told me one time, ‘Don’t do no more interviews’ – because I was saying crazy s**t.” CONTINUED @ BET


Solitude Studies

A Voice from Prison with a Solution

11/27/17 – Lawrence Hartman is nearing the end of a 10-year prison term on fraud charges. He is scheduled to be released in January 2021. CONTINUED @ Forbes








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