Monday, March 31, 2014

Who can find a virtuous and capable wife ? She is more precious than rubies .

STEP 9 - Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

After all the crap you put her through you better do everything you can to make it right. My first wife took off I couldn't blame her I did not like me either. Even after you have sobered up you have to change your entire perspective and attitude. Personally I believe when you have run over someone for so long you lose your respect for them .So now your sober you still put down your wife and take advantage. Men you have to put this in a new perspective she did not stay with you through all the bull because she had no where else to go she stayed because she is the only one in the world that stuck by you when you entire life was coming apart because she loved you . She has more than earned your love and respect , now give it uncodtionally and without limit . Give her steps 5 8 9 and 10 sincerely ! You cant take back all the wrong you did but you can sure as hell make sure you dont ever put her through it again.

Ephesians 5 v 28 - So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

Smartphone App Could Help People in Recovery Cut Down on Drinking
By Join Together Staff | March 27, 2014 | 5 Comments | Filed in Alcohol, Prevention & Treatment

A smartphone app may help people in recovery from alcohol abuse to cut down on “risky drinking”—having more than three or four alcoholic drinks in a two-hour period, a new study finds.

Using the app also increased the chance that people recovering from alcohol abuse would totally abstain from drinking, Reuters reports. The app has guided relaxation techniques. It sends an alert when a person is near a bar or other place that could be risky to their recovery. The app includes a “panic” button that connects with a person’s supporters and other app users, and has games to help distract from cravings.

Only one in four people recovering from alcohol abuse abstains from drinking in the first year of recovery, according to study author David Gustafson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He reported his findings in JAMA Psychiatry.

The study included 349 adults leaving rehabilitation centers for alcoholism. One group received normal post-rehabilitation treatment, while the other group received normal treatment plus a smartphone with the app, called the Addiction-Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (A-CHESS). They were able to use the app for eight months.

The researchers asked participants to report how many days within the past month they engaged in risky drinking. After one year, participants who didn’t use the app reported an average of three days of risky drinking in the past month, compared with about one day for those who had the app.

About 52 percent of those who had the app didn’t drink at all one year later, compared with 40 percent of those who didn’t have the app. According to Gustafson, the app is being used by more than a dozen treatment agencies, as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Zohydro Maker Assembles Oversight Board Designed to Spot Misuse of Drug
By Join Together Staff | March 27, 2014 | 2 Comments | Filed in Prescription Drugs & Prevention

The manufacturer of the recently approved pure hydrocodone drug Zohydro ER (extended release) announced it will assemble an oversight board designed to spot misuse of the drug, the Associated Press reports.

The outside group will consist of seven medical, addiction and law enforcement specialists, according to Stephen Farr, President and Director of Zogenix. The panel will look at data from sources including prescribing statistics, law enforcement records and addiction center reports. “We will be monitoring patients, prescribers, pharmacists, supply chains and abusers, so all the populations that would potentially touch our product,” Farr told the AP.

Five out of the seven experts on the panel have previously received consulting payments from Zogenix, the article notes.

Zohydro is designed to be released over time, and can be crushed and snorted by people seeking a strong, quick high. It was approved for patients with pain that requires daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment that cannot be treated with other drugs. In December 2012, a panel of experts assembled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted against recommending approval of Zohydro ER. The panel cited concerns over the potential for addiction. In the 11-2 vote against approval, the panel said that while Zogenix had met narrow targets for safety and efficacy, the painkiller could be used by people addicted to other opioids, including oxycodone.

The FDA’s decision to approve Zohydro has been criticized by some legislators and public health groups. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg has received letters protesting the decision from 28 state attorneys general and four senators, among others. Law enforcement agencies and addiction experts predict approval of the drug will lead to an increase in overdose deaths.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Pride ends in humiliation
while humility brings honor.

STEP 3 - Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we 
understood Him. 

The Proverb is right you know. No what do you mean no its not. Does this response sound familiar .No matter what you try to say to those still out there , you will always hear the same old excuses. Pride leads to denial which in turn lead most to a premature death or a wasted life in a jail cell . Do you really want to get sober and live life to your full potential then steps one through three are the only way. There came a point where I was so broken and desperate death seemed a pure joy but I was too much of a coward to commit the heinous act . Admitting you have made a mess of your life knowing GOD is the only one who can help is where I discovered humility. Once pride loses its grip your once closed ears and shut eyes will begin to open . True humility and recovery begins when you shut your mouth open your ears hold out your hand and accept GODS help and the help offered by everyone around you !

Ecclesiastes 7:8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.

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Friday, March 28, 2014


Anyone who steals from his father and mother
and says, “What’s wrong with that?”
is no better than a murderer.

STEP 6 - Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character .

Harsh you say well taking something that does not belongs too you is harsh selfish and mean . There are two types of steals the little and the big ! Both are wrong and they are sin and if we don't step six this behavior than our prayers will be hindered . With that said lets look at the two types . Big steal is the obvious one , like back in the day when you went into the store and went shopping and skipped the cashier on the way out . I want to focus on the little steal , come on now you know what I am talking about ! This is the one where its just you and God and your at work ! The boss comes too you and asks you too work late ,you finish your work twenty minutes early . The following day you tell your boss you worked to five thirty when you only worked to five ten. You figured what the hell I need the money. This is certainly a defect of character one I had struggled with for most of my life. Its the little steals that will hinder your prayers and growth in recovery .Their are a million little steals such as a pen from work ,someone drops money on the floor in the store ,the cashier hands you extra money and the list goes on . You are not who you used to be anymore and it can be the little steals that could be holding you back. Next time you are faced with the little steal do the right thing and you will begin to feel good in a way you never felt before.

Ephesians 4:28 - Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,
but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.

STEP 4 -Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Who are you listening too . I have a brother in recovery who has been out there in active addiction thirty plus years . He is in his mid fifties and it saddens me that he cant seem to get free. One of his biggest downfalls is he gets most of his advice from people on the street he just met. Sure he talks to me  a lot and also other brothers with a lot of clean time but he prefers too listen to the advice of people who try to keep him stuck right where he is. Step four is designed too help you reflect and analyze everything and everyone in your life. You have to really think about who is in your life and ask yourself the question do they really care about me or are they trying to keep me trapped. Are they building you up or tearing you down. Quite a few people I was around back in my addictive state tore me down and they made me feel helpless and worthless .I used because they used and I used to feel better but it was just a vicious self destructive LIE . In order to control or be controlled you have to destroy all confidence , self esteem and joy and that is what most people did including myself . Manipulation is a tool used too destroy and control to get what you want . Even after you find sobriety there are going to be people who are not good for you ! Sometimes its best to find someone you don't know to help you sift through your relationships .Such as a counselor , sponsor or someone here on Face book . You can be completely honest and anonymous just personal inbox message someone. Remember there are plenty of people from your life you left behind and you left them behind for a reason , pray for them but never go back because HELL is waiting for you to just do that.

Galatians 5:1-26 - Stand fast therefore in the liberty where with Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Four Loko Maker Agrees to Limits on Marketing to Young People
By Join Together Staff | March 26, 2014 | Leave a comment | Filed in Alcohol, Marketing And Media, Prevention & Youth

The maker of the flavored malt beverage Four Loko agreed this week to sharply limit its marketing to young people, Reuters reports. The company is making changes to its marketing in response to allegations by 19 U.S. state attorneys general and the city of San Francisco that it improperly marketed its product to young people and encouraged them to abuse alcohol.

The company, Phusion Projects LLC, will not promote binge drinking or other misuses of alcohol, and will accept limits on marketing that are designed to prevent people under 21 from purchasing alcoholic products.

Phusion said it will not promote its products on school or college property, except at licensed retailers. The company will not use models or actors under 25, or who appear to be under 21, in its ads. Phusion will also pay $400,000 to the regulators, the article notes.

“This is an important step toward ending the irresponsible marketing of alcohol to young people,” San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement. “I’m grateful that we were able to get this industry leader on the same page with consumer protection offices in San Francisco and 19 states. The result will be better informed consumers and a safer, healthier marketplace.”

Last year, Phusion agreed to put an “alcohol facts panel” on the back of cans containing more than two servings of alcohol, to settle the Federal Trade Commission’s charges of deceptive marketing. The panels disclose the alcohol by volume, and the number of servings in the can. Phusion also agreed to redesign cans with more than two-and-a-half servings of alcohol so they can be resealed. This design will encourage drinkers not to consume the entire can in one sitting.

Four Loko originally contained caffeine and alcohol. Following warnings by the Food and Drug Administration, Phusion Projects removed caffeine from the drink.

Role of Alcohol in Traffic Deaths Substantially Underreported: Study
By Join Together Staff | March 26, 2014 | Leave a comment | Filed in Alcohol & Research

A new study concludes the role of alcohol in traffic deaths in the United States may be significantly underreported on death certificates.

Researchers found that just over 3 percent of the 450,000 death certificates for people who died in traffic accidents between 1999 to 2009 listed alcohol as a contributing cause. Based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the researchers found 21 percent of those deaths involved people who were legally drunk, according to MedicalXpress.

The findings are published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

It is important to have a clear idea of alcohol’s role in young people’s deaths, according to researcher Ralph Hingson of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Knowing how many people die in alcohol-related crashes will help researchers study the effects of policies designed to reduce alcohol-related deaths, he said. “You want to know how big the problem is, and if we can track it,” Hingson said in a news release. “Is it going up, or going down? And what policy measures are working?”

Some states, including Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, and New Jersey, rarely listed alcohol on death certificates. Other states, including Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota, listed alcohol more frequently.

Alcohol may be left off death certificates because coroners or medical examiners don’t want to wait to get blood-alcohol test results back before filing a death certificate, the researchers said. While death certificates usually must be filed within three to five days, toxicology results may take longer.
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Recovery Movement Endorsed by United Nations

Posted by Office of National Drug Control Policy Staff on March 25, 2014 at 04:18 PM EDT (click here for official announcement)

A resolution on the importance of recovery proposed by the United States at the 57th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was approved on March 21st in Vienna, Austria. This resolution marks the first time in the more than 50-year history of the global anti-drug regime that the concept of recovery was formally accepted and supported by United Nations Member States.

Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli said: "This is a historic moment. For too long, the recovery movement has gone without a voice in the global conversation about drug policy. Talking about recovery, exchanging experiences and programs, and sharing successes at international forums like the Commission on Narcotic Drugs is a critical part of a public health approach to preventing and treating substance use disorders and reducing the global drug problem. The resolution codifies the commitment of countries to decrease the stigma associated with substance use disorders and to address them like other chronic health conditions."

Mr. Botticelli further noted his appreciation for the support for the resolution provided by many nations, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and also for the assistance and advice provided by the many American and international non-governmental organizations that were present in Vienna for the CND.

The resolution, entitled Supporting Recovery from Substance Use Disorders, recognizes that substance use disorders can result in chronic relapsing conditions and that recovery support initiatives help to prevent relapse, facilitate re-entry into treatment when needed, and promote long-term recovery outcomes. The resolution also calls for an end to stigma, marginalization, and discrimination against those in recovery; promotes international exchanges on best practices related to recovery support initiatives; and encourages the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to disseminate globally information about evidence-based recovery support initiatives. The resolution, which was co-sponsored by a number of countries, was approved at the UNODC meeting on Friday, March 21, 2014. 
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


If you set a trap for others,
you will get caught in it yourself.
If you roll a boulder down on others,
it will crush you instead.

STEP 6 - Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. 

Back in the day running wild and evil in my addiction this was my way of life. If you crossed me I would spend countless days plotting and scheming ways to cause your demise. It was so bad it consumed my every waking moment . My plans for revenge always failed and my life situation always seemed to get worse. In the insanity of it all , I continued too blame others for my messed up life and that would reinforce my anger and resentment. The traps I set for others always blew up in my face , some call it karma but God says it different. You reap what you sow and what goes around comes around . It is not your job to make people pay when they piss you off .Steps one through five taught me to let go and let God .This is His world and we are His creation put all of your troubles in His hands and let Him deal with those who burned you.

Romans 12:19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.

Emergency Departments Prescribing More Opioid Painkillers
By Join Together Staff | March 25, 2014 | Leave a comment | Filed in Healthcare & Prescription Drugs

Emergency departments are prescribing more opioid painkillers than in previous years for problems such as headaches or low back pain, a new study concludes. Many of these patients could be treated with over-the-counter painkillers, experts say.

The study found emergency department doctors in the United States wrote 49 percent more prescriptions for opioids in 2010, compared with 2001, HealthDay reports. During that time, there was only a small increase in the percentage of pain-related visits, the researchers report in Academic Emergency Medicine.

The survey found in 2001, about 21 percent of emergency department visits involved a narcotic painkiller prescription. By 2010, that had increased to 31 percent. Opioids were prescribed for a range of conditions, including pain in the back, stomach, joints or muscles; headaches; and toothaches.

“In many cases, naproxen, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen are the best choices,” Dr. Ryan Stanton, a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians, told HealthDay. He said the findings are “reflective of the growing use of opiates across the board, not just in emergency medicine.” He added that a short-term prescription for opioids is appropriate for conditions such as broken bones or severe pain caused by kidney stones.

The researchers, from George Washington University, say emergency departments may be prescribing more opioids in an attempt to better treat patients’ pain. They also can feel pressure to make patients happy, according to researcher Dr. Jesse Pines.

“Emergency department providers are often caught in a difficult position because some have their pay incentivized based on how patients report their satisfaction with their experience. The intention is always to provide appropriate pain relief, but many patients have come to expect opioids,” Dr. Pines said in a news release. “When patients in pain want opioids, but don’t get them — which is common — they may report a poor experience.”

Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes Can be Poisonous, But Isn’t Regulated

Join Together Staff | March 25, 2014 | Leave a comment | Filed in Tobacco

Liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes can be poisonous, but is not regulated by federal authorities, The New York Times reports.

The liquid is extracted from tobacco and mixed with flavorings, colorings and chemicals. Tiny amounts, either ingested or absorbed through the skin, can cause seizures and vomiting. It can even be deadly, the newspaper notes.

These e-liquids are sold legally in stores and online. People keep them in small bottles to refill their e-cigarettes. Children may be attracted by the liquids’ bright colors and flavors such as bubble gum, cherry or chocolate. “It’s not a matter of if a child will be seriously poisoned or killed—It’s a matter of when,” said Lee Cantrell, Director of the San Diego Division of the California Poison Control System. Dr. Cantrell said e-liquids are much more dangerous than tobacco, because the liquid is more quickly absorbed.

The number of calls to poison control centers linked to e-liquids rose to 1,351 last year—a 300 percent jump from the previous year. That number is likely to double this year, according to information from the National Poison Data System.

Many people who use the liquids don’t realize the risks, according to Ashley Webb, director of the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center at Kosair Children’s Hospital.

Most e-liquids contain between 1.8 percent and 2.4 percent nicotine. These levels can cause sickness in children, but are unlikely to be lethal. E-liquids containing higher nicotine concentrations, from 7.2 to 10 percent, are widely available online. A lethal dose at such levels would take “less than a tablespoon,” Dr. Cantrell said. “Not just a kid. One tablespoon could kill an adult.”

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


A person without self-control
is like a city with broken-down walls.

STEP 5 - Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

This is a completely different post from what I wanted to originally share. Most of my posts are shared from personal experience and struggles with my recovery. This morning I got up at four thirty and worked on the orginal post for an hour and  wouldn't you know it , I lost it into the internet Abyss. I tried everything to find it ! I clenched my fist and I was gonna give the monitor a beating it would never forget .It gets better I got up so early to do a side job before my day job and the voices in my head were trying to convince that the guy I worked for was a control freak and he was lying to me to get me to do the work faster . All the while I am losing all self control throwing around every curse word too man . My wife comes down from our bedroom sees the way I am behaving and asks whats wrong with you and I tell her I am full of rage and I want to punch the computer it took my post and I cant find it . The car I use for the side job wont start so that's it BOOOOMMMM ! Luckily I managed to crawl back to saneville and pull myself together before there was a body count ! I have not felt like this in forever and I am sure there is a lesson here I will have to examine this through the eyes of step five and keep in mind the warning from the Proverb.

Proverbs 16:32
Better a patient person than a warrior, those with self-control than those who take a city.

Monday, March 24, 2014


Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall;
don’t be happy when they stumble.
For the Lord will be displeased with you
and will turn his anger away from them.

Step 11 - Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

I wonder sometimes how many times I still struggle with this one . I mean how can you not go dancing in the streets when someone you cant stand gets caught up in it , and life is beating the tar out of them. Something amazing happens to your own personal growth in recovery when you exercise humility in this one. Finding joy in the midst of someones misery is the old way of doing life and I no longer entertain evil in any form or through step eleven I will at least try. You are definitely gonna need Gods power for this one ! Havent we hurt God enough living our lives as addicts !

Colossians 3:12

And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;

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Writing a Letter to Your Child with a Drug or Alcohol Problem

Monday, April 19th, 2010
In response to Ron Grover’s recent post, there’s been a lot of discussion about the benefits of writing a letter to a son or daughter struggling with a drug or alcohol problem.
And I think there’s something in it for both the parent and the child.
For a parent, a letter allows a chance to express feelings that they may not be able to say in person. The simple act of sitting down and writing can often be cathartic. There’s something about capturing and sharing the dizzying array of feelings we walk around with – the frustrations, anger, disappointment, hope and love — to your teen or young adult in the written word.
Maybe because of our fast-paced digital world the old-fashioned, ink-on-paper way of communicating is intimate, a true expression of the heart and mind.
And obviously there’s something unique for the recipient too. A  fresh  way to get through to a child. Somehow it’s different than an email or text – or even a conversation.
What do you think about reaching out to your child with a written letter?  Have you done this before, and if so, what phrases or words have struck a chord?  Would you recommend letter-writing to other parents looking to get through to their child with a drug or alcohol problem? Also, what about sending an email or a text – do you think this packs the same emotional punch?
If you’ve already written a letter to your child, please feel free to share the letter here as well as any tips you have with others in our community.
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Writing a Letter to Your Child with a Drug or Alcohol Problem

Monday, April 19th, 2010
In response to Ron Grover’s recent post, there’s been a lot of discussion about the benefits of writing a letter to a son or daughter struggling with a drug or alcohol problem.
And I think there’s something in it for both the parent and the child.
For a parent, a letter allows a chance to express feelings that they may not be able to say in person. The simple act of sitting down and writing can often be cathartic. There’s something about capturing and sharing the dizzying array of feelings we walk around with – the frustrations, anger, disappointment, hope and love — to your teen or young adult in the written word.
Maybe because of our fast-paced digital world the old-fashioned, ink-on-paper way of communicating is intimate, a true expression of the heart and mind.
And obviously there’s something unique for the recipient too. A  fresh  way to get through to a child. Somehow it’s different than an email or text – or even a conversation.
What do you think about reaching out to your child with a written letter?  Have you done this before, and if so, what phrases or words have struck a chord?  Would you recommend letter-writing to other parents looking to get through to their child with a drug or alcohol problem? Also, what about sending an email or a text – do you think this packs the same emotional punch?
If you’ve already written a letter to your child, please feel free to share the letter here as well as any tips you have with others in our community.
- See more at:

« return to blog home

Writing a Letter to Your Child with a Drug or Alcohol Problem

Monday, April 19th, 2010
In response to Ron Grover’s recent post, there’s been a lot of discussion about the benefits of writing a letter to a son or daughter struggling with a drug or alcohol problem.
And I think there’s something in it for both the parent and the child.
For a parent, a letter allows a chance to express feelings that they may not be able to say in person. The simple act of sitting down and writing can often be cathartic. There’s something about capturing and sharing the dizzying array of feelings we walk around with – the frustrations, anger, disappointment, hope and love — to your teen or young adult in the written word.
Maybe because of our fast-paced digital world the old-fashioned, ink-on-paper way of communicating is intimate, a true expression of the heart and mind.
And obviously there’s something unique for the recipient too. A  fresh  way to get through to a child. Somehow it’s different than an email or text – or even a conversation.
What do you think about reaching out to your child with a written letter?  Have you done this before, and if so, what phrases or words have struck a chord?  Would you recommend letter-writing to other parents looking to get through to their child with a drug or alcohol problem? Also, what about sending an email or a text – do you think this packs the same emotional punch?
If you’ve already written a letter to your child, please feel free to share the letter here as well as any tips you have with others in our community.
- See more at:

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Sunday, March 23, 2014


Don’t waste your breath on fools,
for they will despise the wisest advice.

STEP 12 - Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Lets be honest with ourselves fools is a harsh word . When I was out there that is what I was the King of if there were such a thing . The word fools is harsh but very true. The reality is there are some in active addiction who will not get out . They will be consumed and be succumbed by their destructive ways and know matter what we do to lead them out that is where they will stay and eventually die. Twelve stepping is an honor and a privilege but it also can be gut wrenching and heart breaking when we lose someone. Never take it personal ,when you lose one ,always remember your battling one of the most destructive forces on earth and it is GODs call on who survives and who doesn't ! God knows the countless hours you have worked the tears you have shed and God especially knows your heart and when your time comes you will receive your reward.

John 15:12 - "This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.

Needle exchange in Baltimore City. Photo via

A new bill being pondered in the Maryland General Assembly would offer free needles to heroin users. The bill has already made it through the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland General Assembly, with supporters arguing that providing unlimited needles will greatly reduce HIV rates. If approved, roughly $250,000 of taxpayer money would go toward the project.

But Republican Delegate Michael Hough has found it outrageous that the bill has any support. “My constituents work very hard for their taxpayer dollars that they pay to the state, and they expect it to go to things like roads and schools, not to facilitating and subsidizing illegal drug use,” he said. "Heroin is a major epidemic. Kids are dying left and right. In fact, fatalities from heroin overdoses are up 54 percent across the state, and I just find it completely ridiculous and irresponsible that state lawmakers would vote to subsidize illegal behavior and vote to give people free needles [for] a drug that's killing people."

The harm reduction approach, which has been adopted for years in Vancouver, B.C., has shown promising results. A 15-year study published last June showed that the city’s efforts reduced illegal drug use and improved public safety. Almost 40 percent of users reported sharing needles in 1996; that number dropped to 1.7 percent in 2011. The percentage of users who accessed methadone treatment also jumped from 12 to 54 percent during that time period.

Meanwhile, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in 2011 that Insite, Canada’s first legal supervised injection site, could remain open, but new federal legislation will make it much harder for similar sites to open in the future.

Saturday, March 22, 2014


Don’t befriend angry people
or associate with hot-tempered people,

STEP 4 - Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Being around angry people is like walking through a mine field . I don't know about you but I hate being in a place where I don't feel safe. Angry people can cause shame , fear , and guilt. Three triggers that can push the one with the most clean time over the edge. The Proverb is a warning trying to tell us we need to leave those people behind but that is easier said than done. Anger is a cancer and it will eat you alive especially if you find yourself on the receiving end of someones anger. Pray for the person who is angry and if you can get away from them that is a surefire way of getting peace in your life . When working step four you might discover that your the reason everyone is angry if that's the case , refer to steps five through ten to remove the anger and tension which will in effect bring forgiveness , love , and peace .

Proverbs 14:29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

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How I Quit Suboxone
A doctor prescribed me suboxone to help free me of my heroin addiction. I was addicted to that cure for eight years—longer than I used heroin. Then I found a way out.


By Dillon Murphy


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I was on prescribed opiates longer than I used heroin. For almost four years I was a regular snorter of “china white” and smoker of “black tar” while on the West Coast. When I decided to stop the heroin in 2002, I was on methadone for two years and then moved to Suboxone for almost eight. Convinced I had an “opiate deficiency” by a doctor at Beth Israel in New York, I felt doomed to be on the drug for the rest of my life. Fortunately, I was wrong.

I wrote a piece for this very online magazine called “Addicted to Suboxone” that was published almost a year ago. When I wrote it I saw no way out. Neither my new doctor nor my old one at Beth Israel had given me much hope in the getting off the damn thing department. Well, I did what I had to and I got off. It wasn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination. It was a long, ugly, painful process that I did on my own in the middle of nowhere. I don’t recommend it but it worked for me.

If you are alone in a cabin in the woods and you are getting off Suboxone, do not have any loaded weapons in the place.

Before I tell you how I did it I want to be clear that as much as I recommend getting off the shit and staying sober I do not, cannot, recommend doing it my way. If you have a doctor that will work with you, do that. If you can be in a hospital, under a doctor’s supervision, do that. If you can afford a rehab, by all means, do that. Only if you have run out of options and your friend has a cabin in a remote part of Wyoming should you even consider what I had to do.

It was critical to get out of New York City. The place was going to kill me and I was allowing it to. The place I was living in in Brooklyn was about as healthy for me as living in a crack house. The heroin was long gone but the booze and finally the cocaine were going to break me like a King Cobra breaks all the bones in one’s body before it swallows you whole. I knew that death was knocking at my door and I most definitely did not want to let it in. I begged and begged until, at last, my friend gave in and allowed me to stay at his place in Wyoming. I borrowed money for a plane ticket and in July of 2013, got the hell out of Brooklyn.

I did not intend to get off the Suboxone when I got out there. I had the intention of getting off/away from the cocaine and to try that sad little game that apparently a lot of alcoholics play in which I drank only beer. Man, did I drink a lot of beer. It wasn’t until I got back and started working the program that I stopped all that entirely, but that’s another story.

My doctor in NYC loaded me up with a fresh batch of sixty strips of Suboxone to last the two months I thought I would be there. At that point I was managing on one strip a day and had no idea I would be there for six long, long months. It turns out, most of the people I care about were relieved to see me go and weren’t exactly counting the days until I got back. I had made a real mess of things in the throes of my sickness, and I was lucky that I had anybody that cared about me at all. These are the things I got to dwell on in the middle of nowhere. Good times were ahead. By good, I mean bad. Really, really bad.

The town I was in has a population of about 900 in the summer and roughly 600 in the winter. Out of respect for the six or seven people that didn’t want to shoot me, I won’t name the town. I will tell you that a lot of local folks like to call my hometown “Jew York” and it seems like all of them like to drop the n word like it's okay to drop the n word. These are the facts. This was a very, very small town in the land that Dick Cheney popped his zits on. The town is a pit-stop to the bigger towns that are eighty miles in either direction. That’s right, eighty miles to the nearest hospital, decent restaurant or anything else that we take for granted in any city. If there were any drugs, I sure as hell wasn’t looking.

I need to reiterate that the way I got off Suboxone is not something I recommend. It was out of necessity. I had no choice, plain and simple. Turns out it was one of the best things I have ever done for myself and I am glad I lived through it because during most of it I thought I wouldn’t. It is as bad as getting off any opiate. The physical withdrawal, the psychological terror … all that. Add being in the middle of nowhere and alone to the mix—well, blowing my brains out seemed like it might just be easier. That’s another thing I need to stress, if you are alone in a cabin in the woods and you are getting off Suboxone, do not have any loaded weapons in the place. Everyone has a gun in Wyoming. Everyone. No matter how liberal or peaceful or whatever you are, it is a necessity. There are wolves and bears and all sorts of very real, very wild animals that will eat your dog before they come after you. So, get the guns out of the house if you can, because you might just use one no matter how awful you think they are. And if a wolf comes to the door … stay very still.

After a month, I got the message loud and clear that I was going to be there for a lot longer than I had hoped. I started to taper down from one strip of Suboxone to a half a strip. Upon learning that I was not going to be back by Thanksgiving I tried to take half a strip every other day. It didn’t quite work out that way and by New Year’s eve when the night sky turns a deep dark black at exactly 5:45pm, I was out. I was desperate and terrified. I tried to see a doctor out there but the closest one that prescribed the stuff was over two hundred miles away and I just could not afford either the gas, the appointment, nor (if he had prescribed it) the Suboxone itself. Plus, I did not want to get on the road while in withdrawal. Not good for me or any of the other drivers on the highway. In a panic I contacted my doctor in NYC and he very reluctantly wrote me a prescription for twenty strips. The pharmacy would ship it the eighty miles to the town post office. After five terrible days, it arrived.

I went through the hard physical part of it in those five days. Not all of it but enough to know that if I could go cold turkey, even with the promise of strips on the way, I could get off it entirely. That’s when I knew I could do it. That’s when I decided I would.

I took those twenty strips and I cut them into quarters. Then, I cut those quarters in half. Try and do all the cutting of the strips as early in the process as you can. My hands were shaking a lot of the time and I wanted to be around scissors not so much. By the time I got out of there in mid–January I had saved one last half a quarter of a strip for the plane ride back to New York. (A friend paid for the ticket.)

I just knew that I couldn’t be doing all those things one does during the physical sickness (hint—it involves all orifices) at an airport let alone in midair. Best to spread out the remainder of whatever little bit you have left and use them on days where you have to be among the public. Fortunately, in Wyoming, those days are few and far between.

I need to mention the Importance of a medication called Clonidine. It is a blood pressure pill used to help alleviate some of the symptoms of withdrawal. In particular the “Dear GOD, it feels like a Mexican drug cartel is tearing off my flesh!!!!! Make IT STOP” sensation. When my doctor could no longer call in Suboxone he took it upon himself to call in Clonidine. I am grateful he did. It does not offer a free ride by any stretch of the imagination but it will calm you down just a teeny, tiny bit. You will be happy to have it next to your very sweat stained mattress.

When I got back I immediately saw my doctor. I told him what I had done and how I had done it. Much to my surprise, he encouraged me to stay off it. “You have made it through the tough part,” he said. “Now, you are going to feel like you are jet-lagged for about a month.” Well if jet-lagged feels like trudging through the thickest molasses they make and then it’s somehow set on fire then I was jet–motherfucking–lagged alright. Lagged for at least thirty days.

Yes, it was a drag. But, I was off the stuff for the first time in almost a decade. I managed to crawl my way to meetings and start working the program. I am around people again. Sure some of them might think and act like the folks I met out there. Some of them might even want to shoot me. But there are others, with similar experiences, strength and hopes. I am not alone. I am alive. There’s bacon and eggs for breakfast lunch and dinner 24 hours a day, for crying out loud!

I was terrified of the sickness. I thought it was too overwhelming for this body to take. Yet I overwhelmed this body with drugs and alcohol for years. The things our body can take while we are abusing it are never as bad as the things it will put us through when it’s cleaning itself up. I don’t know if that’s a fact. I only know it’s true for me.

Bring on the zombie apocalypse.

Dillon Murphy is a pseudonym for a comedian in New York. He last wrote about how he would never be able to quit his suboxone addiction in May last year. Today, St. Patrick's Day, he has 65 days clean and sober.

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UnVaping: A New Ban Treats E-Cigs the Same as Tobacco. Are They?
Even though science has yet to pass judgement on e-cigarettes, states have started restricting vaping like smoking.

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By Sarah Peters


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Electronic cigarette smokers will soon find themselves cast outside with the tobacco smokers when an ordinance approved by Los Angeles city council members goes into effect. Lawmakers voted February 4th to include e-cigarettes under the same set of restrictions that prohibit tobacco products from restaurants, workplaces, bars and other shared areas like parks and beaches. Vaping stores and lounges are exempt. The ordinance, which received Mayor Eric Garcetti's signature, will go into effect April 19th.

While the vote by councilmembers was unanimous, the arguments for and against the ban were less clear-cut.

Science has yet to endorse a definitive winner in the debate over whether or not vaping is a safe health practice—and has less information still on whether or not second-hand vaping poses significant health risks. Both sides agree that no one has all the information yet, not even the Federal Food and Drug Administration, which has been investigating e-cigarettes for about two years without issuing a set of regulations.

The right thing to do in the absence of certainty is to protect the public’s health, because many thousands of lives could be lost while you’re trying to figure something out.

“The problem with e-cigarettes is that the rise in these cigarettes has been so rapid and the popularity has spread like wildfire, that there has not been enough time for all the scientific evidence to be available at the level that usually, at a scientific perspective, is required,” said Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, an associate professor at the USC Keck School of Medicine.

Due to lack of regulation, there is no one set standard for e-cigarette production. As such, e-cigarettes vary widely in what ingredients they contain, the potency of those ingredients and their effectiveness. All this variation has lead to some scientific studies contradicting other scientific studies.

“It’s not that we don’t have scientific evidence, it’s that we don’t have the level of certainty that is usually required from a scientific perspective,” Baezconde-Garbanati continued. “However, we do have very sound scientific studies that are linking these cigarettes and the aerosol emissions, that contain a variety of harmful chemicals, to [health risks].”

The liquid cartridges and vapor contain chemicals that are shown to cause eye and throat irritation and damage to the respiratory track, among other potential issues, she said.

In the last few years, there have also been emergency room reports of nicotine poisoning in children as a result of contact with the e-liquid or vapor, she added.

“This is not the same vapor that comes from your teakettle,” Baezconde-Garbanati said.


E-cigarettes have risen in popularity due much in part to the claims of manufacturers that they are a healthy alternative to combustible cigarettes, featuring no tar or tobacco, less nicotine and don’t emit smoke.

“Safer does not mean safe,” said Director of Los Angeles County Department of Public HealthJonathan Fielding at the council meeting. “Although they are less harmful than cigarettes, some e-cigarettes may present health risks.”

Studies of the e-liquid and the vapor produced through the atomizing process show that some e-cigarettes contain not just nicotine, but also chemicals, heavy metals and food additives, he said.

Toxins such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acrolein; metals such as tin, silver, iron, nickel aluminum, sodium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, lead, potassium and silicate nanoparticles; and carcinogenic compounds found in tobacco and tobacco smoke have all been found in e-cigarettes, according to information provided by Baezconde-Garbanati.

The propylene glycol and glycerin found standard in e-cigarettes and used to create the vapor have both been approved by the FDA for ingestion, but little is known about the effects of repeat or long-term inhaling, Fielding said.

“Since many of these chemicals are efficiently absorbed into the bloodstream from the lungs, they present health risks to the users as well as the nonusers exposed to the vapor,” Fielding said. “Second-hand vapor contains particulate matter that may trigger asthma and make the eyes, nose and respiratory track irritated. People in enclosed spaces simply should not be subjected to these risks.”


The discussion around e-cigarettes and their impact on public health doesn’t revolve solely around their chemical composition. Proponents of the ban on e-cigarettes point to use among adolescents, which has risen significantly over the last several years.

In a survey of middle school and high school students, use of e-cigarettes doubled from 4.7 percent in 2011 to 10.0 percent in 2012, according to information collected by the National Youth and Tobacco Survey and published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Additionally, the survey found that more than 75 percent of those who reported having used an e-cigarette had also smoked a traditional cigarette, prompting concern from health officials that e-cigarettes can act as an introduction to combustible cigarettes and result in dual use of both products.

“[Tobacco companies] glamorize the use of e-cigarettes with celebrity spokespeople and other marketing strategies,” Fielding said. “This enhances the use of these cigarettes as a gateway to traditional cigarette use, particularly among the most impressionable [populations] which are our youth.”

While marketed as a smoking cessation device, research shows that most people use e-cigarettes and combustible cigarettes in tandem, oft times leading to an even longer period of traditional cigarette use before the person quits, Fielding said.

E-cigarette manufacturers have marketed dual use of the products as an acceptable practice, he said.

“This threatens to undermine decades of work to protect the public by re-normalizing smoking,” Fielding said. “This societal norm has helped keep children from beginning smoking and helped adults make quit attempts.”


Opponents of restrictions on e-cigarettes reject the idea that the electronic devices will somehow revive combustible cigarette culture.

“E-cigarettes do not re-normalize smoking; they normalize not smoking,” said Jeff Stier, a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, at the council meeting.

Many smokers have seen success quitting with help from e-cigarettes and putting vapers in with the smoking crowd could threaten those successes, he said.

“[As an example], you have a smoker who has quit smoking,” Stier said. “They’re at a bar and they want to use their vapor product and that is good news for public health. Without an amendment that would exempt bars, this law would require former smokers, which to me are champions, to go outside with the smokers—that’s nonsense.”

Stier asked that the city council move slowly in its actions because there may be unintended consequences of overly broad regulations.

“The precautionary principal applies to regulations as well,” Stier said. “Regulations should be narrowly tailored to achieve a public health goal and they shouldn’t do more harm than good.”

Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona is among those who are concerned that banning e-cigarettes could do more harm than good.

"A well-intentioned but scientifically unsupported effort like the current proposal could greatly impede the effort to defeat tobacco smoking," said Carmona in a letter he penned for the Los Angeles Daily News. "This regulation, if passed, would disincentivize smokers from switching to e-cigarettes, since many initially switch for reasons of convenience. It would also send the unintended message to smokers that e-cigarettes are as dangerous as tobacco smoking, with the result that many will simply continue to smoke their current toxic products."

Carmona disclosed that he recently joined the board of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based e-cigarette maker NJOY in the letter.


More than 40 cities within California already have varying ordinances that prohibit vaping in places such as restaurants, bars, parks, and at public events, according to the American Lung Association.

Culver City, Hawthorne, Baldwin Park, South Pasadena and Inglewood are a just a few of the cities in addition to Los Angeles which already bar vaping from some indoor and outdoor areas, as shown in agraph created by the California chapter of the association.

Once the ordinance goes into effect, Los Angeles joins New York and Chicago as a growing group of major cities that are placing regulations on e-cigarettes, an industry with sales that exceeded $1.5 billion last year, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Those sales are only expected to grow as the continued popularity of e-cigarettes rise.

That rising popularity is the reason why lawmakers need to act now, even though the FDA has not yet issued a set of regulations, Baezconde-Garbanati said.

“The problem is that although there may be potential for harm reduction in the sense that many people may quit [smoking by] using an e-cigarette, at the same time, the potential exposure of the aerosol is harmful enough that it is a major concern to the public health community,” Baezconde-Garbanati said.

Although scientist have yet to conclusively determine just how dangerous e-cigarettes are, enough studies have shown that some level of danger does indeed exist and thus warrants caution on the side of health officials, she explained.

“Therefore, the right thing to do in the absence of certainty is to protect the public’s health, because many thousands of lives could be lost while you’re trying to figure something out,” Baezconde-Garbanati said.

While the long-term effects of e-cigarettes remain unknown, about 500,000 tobacco-related deaths occur in the U.S. each year, according to the American Lung Association.

Sarah Peters is a regular contributor to The Fix. She last wrote about apps for recovery.

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Brain Restoration: ‘Too Good To Be True’ for Addiction and Disease?

Could megadoses of energy-giving NAD—which allegedly relieves withdrawal symptoms, flushes out stored drugs in the body and replenishes balance in the brain—really be the cure-all for addiction as well as many other diseases and mental health disorders?


When Paul decided again it was time to do something about his drug addiction, he knew the usual routes wouldn’t work. While using a variety of substances for at least two-thirds of his life – injecting heroin in the last 20 years of it - he also became a veteran of just about every traditional rehab/detox program in the book. Twelve to be exact; with no permanent results or positive outcomes to speak of.

Hearing the remarkable claims from a Brain Restoration Therapy outpatient clinic immediately sent him into skeptic mode: This is too good to be true. How can I kick drugs with just an infusion of some concoction? What about withdrawal? Side effects? And, if it really works, will it last? Sounded far too simple for this jaded, somewhat cynical, pushing-60 drug addict.

Figuring he had nothing to lose, he called and arranged a free consultation. After listening to details of their success rate and impressed with assertions of little or no withdrawal symptoms, he signed up for the treatment - albeit with some reluctance. His wife’s divorce threat had something to do with enrolling, but it was more about life hitting bottom one more time.

Groggily arriving at the crack of 9 am the next day, a warmly friendly nurse in navy blue scrubs hooked him up to an IV. Told that all he needed to do was relax, he settled into the oversize leather lounge chair. If nothing else he’d be able to listen to music, watch a few videos, and read a bit, he thought. Observing the slow drip of clear liquid entering his veins, he listlessly wondered what he would do next if this latest treatment failed.

At the end of the first eight-hour treatment, Paul says he already felt different. He couldn’t quite explain it, he recalls, but his mind was clearer. He felt energized. More alive. And definitely more present.

Returning daily for nine more treatments, he noticed a growing list of undeniable and rather dramatic changes. His outlook was more positive and he was optimistically able to imagine a future for himself, one he’d stopped envisioning years ago. His mind was as sharp as it had been prior to years of drug use.

The best part, he says, true to the claims, there were few or no withdrawal symptoms therefore no need for a replacement drug to get him through yet another grueling detox. He also realized he had no cravings, the primary cause of his continued bouts of relapse. His disbelief completely gone, he recalls, he concluded he was drug free.

But would it last?

Ann Rodgers, the Director of Brain Restoration Therapy, meets me at the door of the Center for Health and Wellbeing in San Diego, CA., where the clinic operates under medical supervision. It’s difficult to not get caught up in her animated explanation of the benefits of this program. “The treatment utilizes a megadose of NAD [Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide is a co-enzyme of niacin that is the key fuel for energy production in every cell of the body] in an IV form, and it’s clinically proven with a 90% no-craving statistic,” she excitedly offers.

Listening quietly as she rapidly fires glowing statistics in my direction, my skeptical mind revs into full gear. “With literally no reported side-effects," she says, “the protocol reduces withdrawal symptoms by 70-80% without using replacement drugs, and restores the patient's clarity and well-being to pre-use levels. Six to ten days of treatment is like a seven or eight month jump-start to recovery.” All this expounded with the tone of a bragging parent.

Rodgers tells me that although relatively new to America, NAD treatment has been successfully used in South Africa since 1961, with centers there reporting more than 22,000 people treated. [Rodgers could not provide any research report from South Africa to confirm this, only a report from individual clinicians who treated patients with NAD. Separately, I could not confirm the 22,000 figure.]

The first NAD clinic to open in the States was in Springfield, Louisiana, founded by psychotherapist Paula Mestayer, M.Ed, LPC, FAPA, along with her psychiatrist husband Richard. The couple discovered the treatment when their 16-year-old adopted daughter became addicted to alcohol and found her way into NAD treatment. Thrilled to see her positive results, they conducted their own research and in 2001, putting aside their cumulative years of treating addicts with therapy, they opened the Springfield Wellness Center on a private 500-acre estate. They claim to have treated more than 1,000 patients since then with NAD.

Springfield Wellness Center's ten day addiction detox, Mestayer asserts when I contact her, has been used successfully on people hooked on prescription drugs, alcohol, opiates, benzos, stimulants, cocaine, marijuana, suboxone, and methadone.

Mestayer noted in our interview that “like a thumb print, all brains are unique, so this protocol is more like an art than a science.” Each patient, she pointed out, responds differently to NAD, with one factor being their type of addiction. She therefore adjusts the dosage and prescribes booster NAD treatments when necessary, especially when a patient feels vulnerable or if any cravings return. “I always emphasize that there may be a period of time where they need maintenance, either by an occasional booster or other means of support. Some patients have gone nine years without needing a booster, but many do.” Mestayer generally prescribes oral NAD as a supplement to the IVs, on the grounds that the more NAD that builds up in an addict’s system, the less prone he or she is to succumbing to cravings

Mestayer emphasizes that the treatment is “not a cure, but rather maintenance,” and notes that it remains a mystery as to why NAD works more successfully on some addictions than others. “The highest success rate is on alcohol and opiate users,” she says. “The only failures are people who were using during the treatment or not committed to their maintenance.” Even so, she like Rodgers encourages all patients to seek therapy and support groups to address underlying psychological issues.

In California, I asked Rodgers if the treatment is just a substitute “high.” Rodgers countered with “it’s a state of well-being that allows the client to feel content with their life, so many don’t even consider going back to being an addict, no desire for that miserable life anymore. It’s as if they become themselves again, back to their natural state, seeing themselves as a different person, separate from being an addicted person. It’s not just a detox; it’s a total state of sobriety."

With only a handful of other U.S. clinics in existence, the technology has yet to become familiar to most of the recovery community. Even so, Ann Rodgers says she is certain that once knowledge of NAD spreads, it will be seen as a revolution in addiction treatment. “[Members of] the AA community have been resistant to it at first, but once they read the evidence and witness the results, they embrace it,” she claims.

Her San Diego clinic is modern, serenely comfortable and well-appointed. Located on the first floor of the larger health center, it’s been open for over three years and has treated nearly 40 patients. Rodgers recently opened another facility in Los Angeles, CA, at the Center for Optimum Health.


Dr. Janette Gray, a California licensed internist and a pioneer in combining allopathic and holistic medical approaches, is the center’s medical director. Board certified in Holistic Integrative Medicine, she worked for years in the prison system helping inmates get off drugs and has extensive experience with the agonies of drug withdrawal. “Seizures, nausea and vomiting, intense sweating and physical pain are standard, but that is greatly minimized with this program,” she tells me. “The most common withdrawal symptom is feeling a little bit flu-ish…[which] passes quickly.”

Gray rattles off to me a scientific explanation behind the BR treatment. The protocol, she says, employs a proprietary NAD formula administered by IV. NAD is an element that reacts with oxygen in the cell’s mitochondria in order to create energy for movement, breathing, heartbeat, blood pumping, digesting food, brain functions, and generally living life. It is available in low doses over the counter.

Studies have found that those with extremely low NAD levels (which can be present even at birth) are far more vulnerable to addiction as well as other diseases and to chronic physical conditions. There is a preponderance of low levels of NAD present in Western society as it is mostly lost in cooking and food processing. What little remains is broken down by stomach acid, degraded before it’s absorbed from the digestive tract.

When the clinic’s all-natural NAD is received directly through an IV, the nutrients bypass the stomach and go directly to the receptors in the brain, Gray tells me. According to Gray, this immediately produces palpable positive results as the nutrients bathe the brain in a continuous pool of natural and highly therapeutic co-enzymes.

Since NAD is a detoxifier, it takes days (rather than weeks or months), to flush out stored drugs from the body and its organs, replenish balance in the brain, and reverse damage. Results can be mental clarity, cognitive function increase, focus and concentration returns, more energy, better
mood, positive outlook. And this happens cold turkey.