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October 6, 2015                   Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 3., No. 8
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Silence Is Not Golden
Touched by addiction, thousands pack the DC mall to say enough is enough

The list of speakers at the rally, believed to be the first of its kind, included U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy; Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; William Cope Moyers and syndicated talk-show host and surgeon Mehmet Oz. Sheryl Crow, the Fray, Steven Tyler  were among the performers.

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Drinking For Two?
Health Alert: Alcohol & Pregnancy VIDEO     

A new report released Thursday, Sept. 24, has new concerns about women and alcohol, especially in pregnancy.   While one in 10 pregnant women in the United States ages 18 to 44 reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days, the concern was that a third of them reported. They reported binge drinking in the past 30 days while pregnant.   Binge drinking is defined as four or more alcoholic beverages on one occasion.

Unintentional Walk

...fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series,” Sabathia said. “It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player.”


When Home is Hell
Renowned Expert Reveals Three Things Children Need to Recover From a Parent’s Alcoholism  VIDEO     

In a newly released Al-Anon podcast interview, the National Director of Children’s Programs at the Betty Ford Center discusses how Al-Anon and Alateen can help families and children affected by a loved one’s drinking. “What we know is that one out of every four children in the United States, today, is growing up in a family and they love someone who suffers from the disease of alcoholism,” said Jerry Moe.

Kaley Cuoco Dumped Ryan Sweeting Over Alleged Addiction To Pain Killers    

Kaley Cuoco, 29, has made their relationship seem perfect on the surface, but behind closed doors, her now-ex, Ryan Sweeting, 28, has reportedly been battling a bad addiction to pain killers and alcohol. In their 21 months of marriage, the tennis player has allegedly been unable to kick the habit, and that’s what led his wife to file for divorce…

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Quitting cigs helps alcoholics stay sober     

Most people with alcohol use disorder smoke cigarettes, but those who continue to smoke after they quit drinking are more likely to relapse within three years, according to a large study of recovering alcoholics. Treatment for alcohol dependence often does not focus on smoking and nicotine addiction, partially because of a view that it does not matter long-term and because it is often considered “too difficult” a request while patients are working to stop drinking.


Ask A Junkie
Does heroin really kill? A look at the science of overdoses.    

Heroin depresses the nervous system, so if you take too much, then you’ll stop breathing and die. Simple…The trouble with this story is that it is actually rather hard to overdose on simple heroin, particularly for experienced users. In fact, addicts are known to be capable of tolerating staggering quantities of pure heroin, dozens of times the average street dose in some experiments.

More Discipline, Less Daiquiris
Girls Who Mature Early Dramatically Increase Risk of Alcohol Abuse When Parental Supervision is Lax 

Inadequate supervision by parents during early adolescence forecasts a host of behavior problems, including problem drinking. The risk of alcohol abuse arising from inadequate parental supervision is particularly high for girls who reach puberty early Early maturing girls are at risk for a host of physical and psychological adjustment difficulties.

Proud To Share The Message. VIDEO
There is Hope After Addiction VIDEO     

Ivana Grahovac, a former model, became addicted to heroin, served jail time and entered treatment. She has been in recovery for nearly ten years and is the Executive Director of Transforming Youth Recovery, a nonprofit founded by Stacie Mathewson.

Essay of the Week
12-Step Recovery Is Without Defense by Buster Ross   

Victor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning,” a story of his experience surviving as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during World War II, demonstrates beautifully how personal responsibility is the one thing that cannot be taken from us. Recovery, at its best, is all about the ability to take responsibility for our actions no mater what is happening, and in so doing free ourselves of resentment, dishonesty, fear, and selfishness.

Painful  to Watch
What Led Actor Nicholas Brendon To Walk Off Dr. Phil’s Show?   VIDEO   

Brendon explains the dangerous combination that he believes led to his string of arrests – sleeping pills and alcohol. “That combination, for me, was very deadly,” he says. “When you do those two things, you just black out and obviously, a rage exists, because I would trash hotel rooms. I truly was insane. There was no rational thinking in it at all.”

Better Than Narcotics 
Bob Lobel: Medical marijuana saved me from addiction  

Boston sportscasting icon Bob Lobel is one of the hundreds of patients in Massachusetts who say they have found an effective substitute for opioids by using medicinal marijuana.
The 71-year-old longtime television reporter and anchor has dealt with chronic pain for years, the result of numerous surgeries…


Another Addiction Survivor 
Steve Coogan Opens Up About Drug Addiction In Autobiography  

Comedian Steve Coogan has opened up about his dark past with drugs in new autobiography Easily Distracted. In an extract from the book published by The Guardian, Coogan reveals how he became hooked on cocaine in the 90s, before finally facing up to his  addiction…Now Coogan doesn’t take drugs or drink anymore, but the comedian says he will always be a recovering addict. ‘I don’t take drugs or drink any more, but I am in no denial about my past.                              CONTINUED @

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Taking It To The Streets

In Washington D.C., a new generation rises up in fight against addiction VIDEO

UNITE to Face Addiction was organized by Greg Williams, who founded the nonprofit Facing Addiction and made the documentary “Anonymous People.” It was part concert and part political. “Today is the day when the silence ends,” Williams told the crowd…“By our silence, we let others define us,” read one shirt. “Visual, valuable, vocal,” was printed on another. The event’s invocation was done by leaders of churches, mosques and a Buddhist temple.

From 2013 Excellent VIDEO
Transcending addiction and redefining recovery: Jacki Hillios at TED   VIDEO    

Published on Oct 30, 2013
Why are some able to transcend their addiction while others are not? What do people really need to escape the shame of their addiction and achieve sustained recovery? Jacki’s talk focuses on answering these questions and demonstrates how resilience of the human spirit intersects with social contextual factors to set the stage for those struggling with addiction to choose a pathway to health.

Music with a side of the Serenity Prayer
Motown’s Kem Talks New Tour, Sobriety & ‘Singing Women Out of Their Wigs’    

Having wrapped the second leg of Charlie Wilson’s successful 44-city Forever Charlie Tour in June, Motown’s Kem is ramping up for a third run — this time, his own headlining tour. Chilling out before his upcoming performance at the Arizona Jazz Fest on Oct. 25, Kem chats about giving R&B a shot in the arm, celebrating 25 years of sobriety and being able to sing women out of their wigs.


And Less Addictive
A neuroscientist reveals 4 rituals that will make you a happier person    

UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life. Here’s what you and I can learn from the people who really have answers: The most important question to ask when you feel down. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like your brain wants you to be happy. You may feel guilty or shameful. Why?

S p a c i e r
N.H. Revises Licensing Requirements for Drug Treatment Centers     

The N.H. Department of Health and Human Services is making changes to its licensing requirements for inpatient drug and alcohol treatment centers in order to address a statewide shortage of beds. Under the change, treatment providers will now be able to house two adults in rooms that are 120 square feet rather than the 160 square footage in the current rules.

Addiction to Poison 
AGs call on FDA to ensure warnings on liquid nicotine     

The letter asked the agency to work quickly to stop the growing number of cases of liquid nicotine poisoning among children. The attorneys general cited a survey in which nearly 9 out of 10 adults backed FDA requirements for child-resistant packaging for e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine refills. Without appropriate regulation, the letter said, public health threats resulting from exposure to nicotine will continue to rise.





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I’ll Buy That
The 7 seven warning signs you might be a shopping addict    

For the first time ever researchers have developed a scale, based on “core addiction elements” used for diagnosing other addictions, to diagnose shopping addicts – commonly referred to as “shop-a-holics”. The University of Bergen researchers argue that modern technology has made shopping so accessible that the possibility of becoming addicted has been massively enhanced…

MEDIA: Book Recommendation
Wounds of the Father: A True Story of Child Abuse, Betrayal, and Redemption 

In the bestselling tradition of Smashed and Glass Castle, this raw, eye-opening memoir tells the powerful story of Elizabeth Garrison’s fractured childhood, descent into teenage drug addiction, and struggle to overcome nearly insurmountable odds. Elizabeth invites the reader behind the closed doors of a picture-perfect Christian family to reveal…

Jails, Institutions, or the Serenity Prayer
How Treatment Courts Can Reduce Crime  

And, yet, millions of people are still going to prison. The U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population but almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners. It costs over $80 billion per year to maintain this level of lockdown-why is the U.S. paying a fortune to lock up people at nearly seven times the rate of China?

 National Headlines, but not at the rally 
4 presidential hopefuls on how to tackle drug addiction VIDEO    

Several 2016 presidential contenders have shared personal stories and offered ideas about how the U.S. should deal with drug addiction. Here’s what they’re saying.

Climate Change 

In the past decade, the wealthy seaside enclave of Malibu has been dubbed the “Rehab Riviera” and the “Lourdes of Luxury Rehab.” People from all over the world come to the city’s rehabs, often because of the free publicity generated by famous patients like Lindsay Lohan, Robert Downey Jr., and Charlie Sheen. These luxe facilities have many opponents in the mainstream rehab community, who view their exorbitant fees, lack of medical staff, and coddling of patients as unethical and ineffective.

Who Is Asking Why?
Addiction activist: ‘Our kids are sick’    

WASHINGTON-“I’ve been waiting 13 years for this day, for the silence to end,” Charlotte Wethington said Sunday, as she stood in a pulsing crowd gathered on the National Mall.
The Northern Kentucky mother, whose son Casey died 13 years ago of a heroin overdose, was one of thousands of people who overtook a big swath of grass, tucked between the U.S. Capitol and the White House, to call on policymakers in Washington to confront the scourge of addiction…“Our kids are sick, and they need help,” said Cindy Koumoutzis, a North Canton resident and a leader of OhioCAN…

Horror Story
Heroin deaths in Lancaster County on pace for ‘100 percent increase over last year’  

The number of heroin deaths is surging in Lancaster County despite a renewed focus on treating addicts and the widespread use of a drug that can reverse overdoses.
The death toll from heroin in the first nine months of 2015 has already surpassed the total for all of last year and is likely to double as addicts are being turned away from detox centers that are at full capacity/

It’s a Family Affair
Patrick Kennedy Memoir Takes Hard Look at Family, Addiction   VIDEO

A new book by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, youngest son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, openly discusses… The 48-year-old spoke ahead of the release of his memoir A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction. The book, Patrick said, is meant to show that hiding addiction or mental illness could be just as harmful as the disease itself.  Now nearly five years sober, Patrick says he wants the cycle of silence broken. 


Drug abuse and addiction are medical problems, not criminal ones 

Thanks to the groundbreaking work of Dr. Nora Volkow of NIDA, the world’s research now points to the fact that drug addiction is a disease of the human brain. Through the use of imaging to map the toxic effects of drugs on the brain, Volkow and her colleagues have documented changes in dopamine systems as well as functionality of frontal brain areas involved in motivation, pleasure, drive and judgment…how can criminal penalties lie?


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