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September 29, 2015                   Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                   Vol. 3., No. 7
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Crossing the Line
Pee Scams, Kickbacks, And Overdoses Plague South Florida Rehabs    

In Florida, she fell into a trap familiar to many addicts: a constant cycle between chemical detox, 28-day programs, halfway houses, and relapses. Halfway There was an abstinence-only program that forced residents to attend daily 12-step meetings – no methadone or suboxone allowed. Their blog said: “Suboxone allows people to avoid experiencing the full effects of withdrawal so they don’t ever adjust their bodies and their brains to a drug free life.”

Do No Harm?
Kansas Doctor, Wife Face New Sentencing in Overdose Deaths    

The Kansas physician and his wife were convicted of a shocking crime: running a moneymaking conspiracy at a clinic prosecutors have linked to 68 drug overdose deaths…”Unfortunately, little has changed since Dr. Schneider made headlines in Haysville,” Wall said. “Local doctors still look the other way and do everything to protect bad doctors.”


Good Move VIDEO
CVS to expand sale of opioid overdose treatment drug  VIDEO     

CVS is expanding its sale of a drug that reverses opioid overdoses., Opioids include heroin and legal prescription pain medications such as oxycodone (vicodin),  which are highly addictive and commonly abused., The drug naloxone is already available as narcan without a prescription at CVS stores in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. CVS is expanding its availability to 12 more states…


Heroin On The TV
The Dr. Oz Show Explores America’s Heroin Epidemic with White House Director Of National Drug Control Policy Michael Bottacelli     

Dr. Oz also welcomes recently widowed mother Eva Holland, who sparked a media frenzy when after losing her husband to a heroin overdose four weeks ago, she posted a picture with her children beside her husband’s open casket at the wake. Holland appears in the show to further express her intention in posting the picture, to eliminate the shame and stigma that surrounds addiction and to send the message that her husband was someone who struggled with a fatal disease rather than a bad person.

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In The Outfields of the Lord
Baseball great Darryl Strawberry talks about addiction and recovery     

Darryl Strawberry, who played for the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees, spoke in Crookston as part of the alcohol and drugs awareness month on campus. Fred Wood, chancellor of Minnesota-Crookston, introduced Strawberry by saying that while academics are important, it’s also important to learn from the life experiences of others.


Vigilance and Love
Rosie O’Donnell saves her estranged wife after pill overdose     

It was Rosie to the rescue. The estranged wife of Rosie O’Donnell allegedly overdosed on some pills – but was saved by her quick-thinking ex.Michelle Rounds, a former IT consultant who married O’Donnell in 2012, took too many pills Tuesday after threatening to end her life…

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Clues or Clueless
How a Teen’s Bedroom Can Reveal Drug and Alcohol Abuse     

It looks like a typical teenage bedroom:..Except no real-life teen lives here – and the computer mouse has a secret compartment for hiding pills, the water bottles are filled with alcohol, and the key ring can be transformed into a marijuana pipe. This mockup of a teen’s bedroom is actually an innovative exhibit inside the Hanover Mall outside Boston…

One Rally At a Time VIDEO
Hope For Recovery shows drug addicts they aren’t alone VIDEO     

Tom Coderre hasn’t touched drugs or alcohol since 2003. He wants to give addicts the courage they need to get help. “There are millions of Americans that are in recovery today from addiction and their voices need to be heard,” Coderre said. Community members enjoyed live music, played games, and celebrated people in recovery.  David Fine has been in recovery for 38 years….The rally provided resources for those battling drug addiction and help for families of addicts.

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Meth can cause permanent brain damage 

Of the smorgasbord of illegal drugs floating around Montana, “methamphetamine is the worst,” said Billings Clinic neurologist Dr. Mary Gaddy. There are others not far behind in their destructive powers, but methamphetamine is the easiest drug to get addicted to and the hardest to shake. “Don’t ever try it,” said Gaddy, who has seen the consequences. “It’s like the Garden of Eden. Don’t eat the apple.” Meth’s allure is just as tragically powerful as that forbidden fruit, patients have told her over the years.


Substance abuse and alcoholism continue to plague the legal community     

While less than 10 percent of the general population struggles with drug abuse or alcohol addiction, close to 20 percent of lawyers abuse drugs or alcohol, putting their clients at risk of ultimately suffering the consequences. Over 25 percent of lawyers who have faced disciplinary actions…many of whom compromised their clients cases through incidences of neglect, malpractice and phantom settlements.

Drinking In Literature
Booze as muse: writers and alcohol, from Ernest Hemingway to Patricia Highsmith 

Alcohol has played a central role in the creative lives of some of the most famous authors of the last few centuries. Lewis Hyde notes…that four of the six Americans who have won the Nobel Prize for Literature were alcoholics, namely William Faulkner, Eugene O’Neill, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck… F. Scott Fitzgerald poignantly wrote that “first you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you”.

If It Works … NPR AUDIO
Club Drug Ketamine Gains Traction As A Treatment For Depression NPR AUDIO     

A mind-altering drug called ketamine is changing the way some doctors treat depression. Encouraged by research showing that ketamine can relieve even the worst depression in a matter of hours, these doctors are giving the drug to some of their toughest patients. And they’re doing this even though ketamine lacks approval from the Food and Drug Administration for treating depression.

Right or Wrong
The Black Activists Who Helped Launch the Drug War     

Over the last few years, as mainstream concern with the war on drugs and mass incarceration has grown, a relatively straightforward narrative has taken hold: White people, engaged in a backlash against the advances of the civil-rights era, imposed the carceral state on black people. That’s the story told by Michelle Alexander in her seminal book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, as well as by any number of other academics and public intellectuals.

Oct. 3rd – End The Madness
Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow to sing at DC rally on addiction    

Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow and Joe Walsh from the Eagles will perform in a concert being planned for the National Mall in October to draw attention to the problem of addiction. Organizers announced Monday that a new organization called Facing Addiction will stage the rally on Oct. 4. The group plans to launch a campaign urging people to confront the nation’s health problem of addiction to alcohol and other drugs.




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The Good Doctor Speaks (LA Oct. 29 See Below)
Drug expert Dr. Gabor Maté, on  opiate addiction VIDEO    

Maté told the audience of about 150 people that even many medical providers only treat the opiate addiction, but don’t address the underlying cause. At the same time, he said advocates of expanding law enforcement to fight addiction are on the wrong track. Maté said the “war on drugs” has failed, and that countries that have decriminalized drugs have less of an addiction problem.


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So Make It A Double
New study finds majority of Americans who drink excessively are not alcoholics    

A new study has found that the vast majority of those individuals who drink excessively are not alcoholics. According to new government data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine out of 10 excessive drinkers are actually not dependent on alcohol. The study, released on Wednesday,is one of the first national, multi-year looks at alcoholism among people who are considered excessive drinkers. It debunks the assumption that most excessive drinkers are dependent and rely upon alcohol.

Taking Action
Chris Christie: drug addiction is ‘a disease, not a moral failing’ VIDEO     

The governor also announced that the state will launch a “Recovery Coaches” program to connect addicts with treatment professionals, counselors and support services in the immediate aftermath of an overdose. Everybody has made mistakes in their lives and nobody tries a drug thinking they’re going to become an addict, the governor said, but it happens and those people need help.

Films Can Save Lives   VIDEO
How Amy Winehouse is Helping Save Thai Youth From Drug Addiction VIDEO    

College students and youth group members joined with nearly one hundred occupants of a Bangkok-area juvenile detention center recently for a screening of Amy, the recently-released documentary about Winehouse, her career, and her struggles with alcohol and drugs….The documentary, which was released earlier this year, has received widespread acclaim, although members of Winehouse’s family have criticized it as being untruthful and willfully ambiguous about parts of the singer’s life.



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UK Gossip News
Celebrity Big Brother: Chloe Jasmine’s mum talks about daughter’s alcoholism    

Chloe and Stevi last night were seen arguing again and Chloe ended the night curled up in the garden following Janice’s eviction when Big Brother provided booze to the celebs. Her mum Denise said this week: “I don’t want to say too much about it because it’s Chloe’s business, but if she went out and had a sip she’d have to continue drinking.


Macy’s Anyone?
Men’s Wearhouse founder George Zimmer supports marijuana legalization     

George Zimmer, the founder of Men’s Wearhouse…delivered a speech in favor of marijuana legalization, . His love of pot is well documented. He told CNBC that he has been smoking regularly for 50 years, joking, “As you can see, it’s really impacted me in a negative way.”

‘Pill mill,’ crash may be linked    

A doctor who owns two Houston-area pain management clinics has been charged with operating what prosecutors call illegal “pill mills” that supplied addictive drugs to patients, including the retiree charged in a fatal crash last weekend that killed a family of four in Montgomery County.

Has She Met Don Draper?
Addiction portrayal in TV: ‘Olivia Pope drinks way too much wine’     

“Olivia Pope drinks way too much wine.” That’s the diagnosis of Kerry Washington’s character on ABC’s “Scandal,” according to Dr. John Franklin of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Franklin said that while the depiction of Pope’s excessive drinking seems realistic, “Scandal” will also need to follow through with the negative aspects of the habit to be completely truthful.

Black Belt Al-Anon?
Kristina Rihanoff: ‘I saved my mum from an overdose’     

Strictly Come Dancing’s Kristina Rihanoff has revealed how she saved her mum from taking her own life. Kristina Rihanoff’s life might appear to be a dazzle of sparkles and sequins onstage, but in reality her past is much darker. In her new autobiography Dancing out of Darkness, the 38-year-old spoke out about her difficult childhood. She revealed that her mother struggled with alcohol and depression after she lost her job and went through a divorce.

Good News for Meth Heads
Brain May Repair Itself When Meth Users Quit    

A new study involving the stimulant methamphetamineadds more credence to the notion that it’s never too late to stop doing drugs. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found that methamphetamine-related brain abnormalities are partially or completely reversed in users who steer clear of the substance for at least a year.

In His Own Way
AfterPartyHero: The Man Helping People Heal Through The Arts     

Leonard Buschel has been sober for more than 20 years, though he says he’s found a new drug of choice. “If I don’t see a movie in theaters every 10 days, I physically feel the jones,” he says. “Films are the great culmination, I think, of all the art forms. Where else do you get to see architecture, music, costumes, acting, playwriting, camera angles? It’s really transformative for me.”

You Can’t Handle The Truth
Don’t get drunk: advice college kids may not get from doctor 

Government researchers say “deplorably” few college students are warned by doctors about the danger from alcohol and drugs or encouraged to reduce drinking or substance use. Their survey suggests that most doctors ask college students and other young adults about alcohol or drug use at regularly scheduled visits. But many doctors don’t go much beyond that initial question.


A Difference Dance
LGBT Addiction Is Not the Same as Straight Addiction by Manny Rodriguez 

The executive director of La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center tells us why queer people suffering from addiction need specialized help. Addiction within the LGBT community is real – and rampant…Compared to heterosexuals, LGBT patients have higher rates of substance abuse, lower levels of abstinence from alcohol and drug use, and a greater likelihood to continue heavy drinking for a longer period of time.

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