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October 4, 2016                   Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 4., No. 9
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How We Got Here: Treating Addiction In 28 Days NPR AUDIO 

As far as I know, there’s nothing magical about 28 days,” says Kimberly Johnson, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at SAMHSA, the federal agency that studies treatment services … Marvin Ventrell, executive director of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, has studied the model’s history. He says the month-long standard comes from the notion that when “someone is suffering from addiction – and in the days that this began, we’re pretty much talking about alcoholism – it made sense to people that it took about four weeks to stabilize somebody.”

War on Those with a Disease VIDEO
President Rodrigo Duterte Compares Himself to Hitler VIDEO  

Duterte said, “Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. Now there is 3 million, what is it, 3 million drug addicts (in the Philippines), there are. “I’d be happy to slaughter them. At least if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have (me). You know my victims, I would like (them) to be all criminals, to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition.”

Free from the Cage of Addiction VIDEO
Nicolas Cage cuts a quirky figure as he joins recovering alcoholic son Weston VIDEO  

His son Weston had a tough time in his early twenties, resulting in a dependence on alcohol and several arrests. And Nicolas Cage was proudly supporting clean and sober Weston, 25, at the premiere of Dog Eat Dog, held at The Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday. The 52-year-old actor and his eldest son bore a striking resemblance as they walked the red carpet together, enjoying some quality family time. 

Opinion by John Shinholser
Addicts do recover and we should say it out loud

If we do nothing, if we live in the shadows, if we secretly hoard our recovery, then we will keep getting what we are getting: an over-crowed industrial prison complex, a runaway zealous criminal justice system, and the continued exploitation of those with this treatable mental illness … For those of you making money on the pain and suffering of our mentally ill citizens, those of you knowingly and willingly taking advantage of the “war on drugs,” creating and cashing in on an endless supply of cottage industries within this made-up war, to you and your cronies, I warn that there must be a special place in hell.


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Stories Heal  VIDEO
Counselor shares his story on addiction recovery to help others with substance abuse VIDEO  

Julian Correa is a licensed chemical dependency counselor at Emergence Health Network who says he used his experience as a former drug addict to change people’s lives … The FBI and DEA created the documentary “Chasing Dragons: The Life of An Opiate Addict” to demonstrate the increasing danger of drug and alcohol abuse in the community.

Walking Down the Isle Can Be Dangerous
2-minute PSA about Shoplifting Addiction  VIDEO

Where are you in the 5 stages of change?
1. I don’t have a problem (pre-contemplation)
2. I may have a problem but I can solve it myself (contemplation)
3. I have a problem and I am looking into getting help (investigation)
4. I know I have a problem and I’m receiving help (implementation)
5. I am staying on track with the help I’ve received (maintenance)
(6.) Relapse?

Opioid addicts get second chance in Denver Jail  

DENVER – The spread of the opioid epidemic isn’t slowing down and often leads those caught up in it behind bars. The City and County of Denver announced Thursday that opioid-dependent detainees at the Denver Jail will have the option to seek treatment. Inmates can undergo methadone treatment in a controlled environment under a new program made available to participants in drug court who fail to comply with court orders. 

Marketing Vaccinations
The ads say ‘Get your flu shot today,’ but it may be wiser to wait  

The pharmacy chain pitches started in August: Come in and get your flu shot. Convenience is touted. So are incentives: CVS offers a 20-percent-off shopping pass for everyone who gets a shot … But some experts say the marketing may be overtaking medical wisdom since it’s unclear how long the immunity imparted by the vaccine lasts, particularly in older people … To develop vaccines, manufacturers and scientists study what’s circulating in the Southern Hemisphere during its winter, which is our summer. Then – based on that evidence – forecast what flu strains might circulate here to make vaccines that are generally delivered in late July.


Booze Awareness Classes?
Some High Schools Cancel Dances Over Concerns About Alcohol Use  

Administrators also worry about potential liability and growth of binge-drinking among young people … Students returning to Walpole High School ready for the pep rally and football games also got some surprising back-to-class news: The school had canceled most dances because some students were showing up drunk or hiding tiny bottles of alcohol.

American Justice?
Pregnant addict tests limits of Alabama’s harsh drug laws

A 21-year-old woman has spurred a stand-off this week between health experts and prosecutors over the care and punishment of pregnant addicts, who face prosecution more often in Alabama than any other state.The case also raises questions about the limits of a chemical endangerment law initially designed to safeguard young children from home-based meth labs as a tool to protect unborn children.

Even Behind Bars
Florida guard arrested for trying to sneak meth into prison

OCALA, FL – A state corrections officer has been arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle methamphetamine, a cellphone and other items into a north Florida prison. The Ocala Star-Banner reports ( ) that prison guard David Allen Gale was caught with the items during an employee search while entering the Marion Correctional Institution, a men’s prison.


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Caveat emptor
Important Considerations For Inpatient Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation  

While some patients may be reluctant to seek treatment, it’s important that, as their clinician, you highlight the many benefits of inpatient treatment and are able to describe the indicators of quality treatment. Once limited to support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, addiction treatment has advanced to include intensive options such as inpatient and residential drug and alcohol rehab. These have proven to be far more successful in contributing to sustained recovery, especially in those who have struggled with long-term addiction..


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Emily Blunt Talks About Her Latest Role As An Alcoholic, & It’s Eye Opening VIDEO  

To prepare for a raw and edgy role in the upcoming film The Girl on the Train, a recent interview revealed that Emily Blunt adopted a unique method to play a perpetually drunk heroin. And while the character’s story and her real life contrast on many levels, in the interview Emily Blunt talked about how motherhood opened her eyes and her heart to the heartbreaking reasons that led her character to alcoholism.

Monopoly and Influence
Is the DEA high? The agency’s emergency ban on kratom has to make you wonder what they’re smoking  

Kratom, which is related to coffee, has been used for therapeutic purposes across Indochina for centuries, and has become increasingly popular in the United States over the past several years for treating chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD and a variety of other ailments (veterans have been particularly vocal about the plant benefiting their lives and getting them off of a plethora of pharmaceuticals). Kratom has also been reported to help recovering opiate and heroin addicts, even though it can be mildly addictive itself if used on a daily basis – not unlike coffee.

Breaking Bank
Desperate parents sell their BLOOD after wife’s gambling addiction leaves them homeless

The couple, who have two daughters, became homeless due to their financial woes and are now living on Sierra’s mother’s sofa. To make ends meet, Sierra and her wife Kendra go to drastic measures to try and pay the bills, and Kendra finds it difficult to resist temptation to gamble. “I do not have a problem,” the defiant mother-of-two told Robert Irvine on his show.

Addicted to Profits
States sue maker of opioid treatment drug 

Complaint says Indivior engaged in anti-competitive behavior. Suboxone tablets have been an approved form of treatment since 2002. The tablet form of the drug lacked patent protection, but the FDA gave Indivior a seven-year “orphan drug” monopoly on Suboxone sales because the company was not expected to recoup its research and development costs. However, Schneiderman says the drug generated $2 billion in U.S. sales for Indivior by 2010. The complaint claims that when Individor’s exclusivity was set to expire seven years ago, it tried to prevent lower cost generic competition by initiating anti-competitive activities. 

ESSAY from Chicago
Sobriety After 15 Years: More Discovery Than Recovery  

I’m a grateful drunk who doesn’t drink (sobriety date 10/4/2001), a smoker who doesn’t smoke and a mom of boy/girl twins from IVF born 1/7/13. I’m grateful for the good the bad and the ugly. It’s great to be alive! … If I were to say I’m in discovery, it sounds too whimsical, too dreamlike, when really, that’s what it is.  I wouldn’t want to recover what I had before I got really sick in my alcoholism.  I want what I have now.  What I’ve worked for all these years and what grace has afforded me.  I want to keep discovering what lies ahead that I never dreamed possible.

Nurse Jackie Needed the Money
Hospital chain to pay $513mm to settle kickback claims

Texas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. and two of its Atlanta subsidiaries have agreed to pay more than $513 million to resolve criminal and civil claims accusing the chain of paying kickbacks to steer pregnant Medicaid patients to their hospitals. Under a settlement announced Monday, the Tenet subsidiaries that previously operated Atlanta Medical Center and North Fulton Medical Center agreed to plead guilty in federal court to conspiracy to defraud the government…


Love the One You’re With
David Crosby Reflects on Sobriety

By the eighties, Crosby became more well known for being a drug user and an outlaw than for his music. He said it took a prison sentence in 1986 to finally set him straight. (Crosby was busted for a number of crimes including a DUI, drug possession and weapons charges.) Currently touring for his latest solo album, Lighthouse, Crosby reflected on his near-fatal relationship with drugs that lasted for decades, and how jail finally saved his life.

Sliding NO Slipping
South Jersey Softball Teams Join Together for Addiction Awareness

“This is what recovery is about. The fellowship, supporting each other, having a good time.” Six teams comprised of people in recovery, members of the Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force, law enforcement personnel and others who work with addicts, came together to play and show solidarity with those still struggling with addiction. “This is what recovery is about,” said Glenn Meyers, playing with Steps for Recovery, an addiction treatment center in Levittown, Pennsylvania. “The fellowship, supporting each other, having a good time.”

Holy Shit
These States are Most Likely to Legalize Marijuana in Nov.

Known as Prop 64, the recreational marijuana initiative would establish a 15% sales tax at the retail level and a $9.25 per-ounce cultivation tax paid for by wholesalers. Additionally, it would allow households to grow up to six plants, allow the gifting of up to a quarter-ounce of cannabis (as long as it’s to a fellow adult aged 21 or older), and establish marijuana cafes that would allow for the consumption of cannabis outside of a person’s private residence.

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