Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February 17, 2015                                                                                                       Volume 2., No. 26 
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He Will Be Missed   VIDEO
David Carr's Final Truth About Addiction: "You Never Really Beat It"  VIDEO    
"I can think of this time in the '80s when Carr was with the Twin Cities Reader and he was interviewing a crack addict," Arnold continued. "Then all of sudden wewere smoking crack with this crack addict. Here was a reporter, smoking crack with a crack addict" for a story about crack addiction.
There's A Drug For Addiction   VIDEO 
Heroin Medicine Can Keep Addicts
From Getting High
It`s a shot that stops heroin in its tracks. The way it works may sound unbelievable. It's a medicine that keeps the drug users mind from being altered. Even many users don`t believe it. The medicine is called Vivitrol.  It`s a monthly shot that costs more than a thousand dollars a pop.  It acts as a blocker inside your brain, to keep you from getting buzzed on alcohol and heroin.
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Side Effects May Include...Laughter  VIDEO
John Oliver Goes After Big Pharma's Relationship with Doctors    VIDEO
John Oliver's entire segment on Big Pharma and its obscene marketing schemes to doctors and patients ran well over 17 minutes, but this is the very end and a perfect summation of everything he talked about. What a brilliant parody of those ubiquitous pharma ads. Speaking of those, you haven't lived until you've seen the Cialis ad that markets for BPH and erectile dysfunction in the same ad. Multitasker, that one.
Children Are Dying   
Teen Drug War Morphs to Shock
and Education
Want to silence an assembly of 500 high school students in Pennsylvania? Play the 911 tape of a mother finding her 17-year-old son dead from a prescription overdose. The audio was played during an anti-drug assembly to bring the reality closer to home for students on the frontlines of the new war against drugs. DARE has been replaced with gripping images and audio of parents losing their kids. Friends losing friends. Siblings burying siblings.
Twelve Promises: Rewards of Recovery

Brandi's Wish     
Michael Botticelli Scores Post as
New Drug Czar  
Botticelli has been sober since 1988. His path to sobriety came after a series of incidents including a serious drunk driving accident where he awoke handcuffed to a hospital bed and a financial collapse that left him facing eviction. He came to D.C. in 2012 to be then-czar Gil Kerlikowske's deputy after working at the MA Department of Public Health. He travels the country, meeting with state and local officials and a group he calls "my peeps," people with substance abuse issues.
Breaking Point   
Breaking Point: With Darren Kavinoky  
It may seem incredible to those who have not dealt with addiction, but for the addict, choosing between what's behind door number one - jails, institutions, or death - and what's behind door number two - a life of recovery, free from the grips of their addiction - isn't always an easy decision to make. Addiction is the only disease where you can never, ever get enough of exactly what you don't want in your life. It leaves those who suffer blind to the reality of their situation, in the throes of a craving that commands sufferers to feed it, just as a drowning man craves air.
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Detox With Dignity Now  
 Everything We Know About Drugs is Wrong
'Chasing the Scream,' by Johann Hari    
"Chasing the Scream" begins with mini-­profiles of three Americans Hari views as archetypes for the modern-day war on drugs: Harry Anslinger, the commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from 1930 to 1962; Arnold Rothstein, a Jewish gangster in New York City in the 1920s; and Billie Holiday, the transcendent jazz singer who died in 1959 in a hospital room that had recently been raided by Anslinger's agents. The second half of "Chasing the Scream" is largely made up of Hari's attempts to identify the causes of and most effective treatments for drug addiction.
And As Expensive   
Love Is Like Cocaine: The Terrifying Neuroscience Of Romance   
Excerpted from "On Romantic Love: Simple Truths about a Complex Emotion."
On popular websites, we read headlines such as "Scientists are finding that love really is a chemical addiction between people." Love, of course, is not literally a chemical addiction. It's a drive perhaps, or a feeling or an emotion, but not a chemical addiction or even a chemical state. Nonetheless, romantic love, often has a distinct physiological, bodily, and chemical profile. When you fall in love, your body chemicals go haywire. CONTINUED @ 
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Compassion Not Incarceration
Portugal Cuts Addiction Rates by Connecting Drug Users With Communities Instead of Jailing Them    
In Rat Park, all the rats obviously tried both water bottles, because they didn't know what was in them. But what happened next was startling. The rats with good lives didn't like the drugged water. They mostly shunned it, consuming less than a quarter of the drugs the isolated rats used. None of them died. While all the rats who were alone and unhappy became heavy users, none of the rats who had a happy environment did.
New Dating App For Pot Heads Only
Todd Mitchem  was inspired after noticing that even living in a state where marijuana is legal, people still judge you and often dismiss you the minute they find out you smoke marijuana. That's because the stigma that marijuana users face is ever present. They're often referred to as burnouts and potheads as if that was the only thing that defines them. Mitchem points out that you can use anti-depressants and no one calls you an anti-depressant head but if you smoke pot, you're automatically a pot-head.
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Fast Track To Death
Scientists Discover How Meth Causes Cells To Age Rapidly And Then Die    
Researchers used test rats and mice on their experiments to discover that the acceleration caused by meth within each cell involves a specific protein, known as nuclear factor kappa beta. When affected by meth, this protein triggers the rapid production of the lipid molecule ceramide that regulates energy and nutrients within a cell. With the dramatic increase of ceramide, every aspect of the cell's metabolism speeds up until it is dead.
AMA Approved   
Doctor Admits Taking Thousands In Kickbacks From Pharmaceutical Co.   
A Chicago doctor has pleaded guilty to accepting $600,000 from a pharmaceutical company as a reward for prescribing high-risk anti-psychotic drugs to elderly and mentally ill patients. Michael Reinstein was treated to luxurious cruises around Miami and more than $100,000 in speaking fees paid for by drug firm IVAX for at least four years after he started handing out their product Clozaril in 2003. At least three of his thousands of patients died as a result of the treatment.  Clorazil, a form of clozapine, is known as a 'last resort' treatment for schizophrenia or suicidal tendencies.

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There Is A Solution
There's A Growing Epidemic Throughout The Country.. The Epidemic We're Talking About Is Drug Abuse    
Whether it's because of movies or what we see on tv, there's a stereotype for someone who abuses drugs, but in our investigation, we learned there is no 'one' type of person'. In fact, we met four people for our stories, all of them are employed and are celebrating drug-free milestones every day. Jason Howington is beating the odds. "I was running around older guys that was using and I wanted to try it and after i tried it was downhill from there," says Jason, who is in recovery. That was when he was just 13 years old. Drug use of all kinds eventually landed him in prison for nearly five years.
Obituary: Philly Boy Achieved His Dream   
Editor/Publisher, Bruce Huberman,
Dies at 62
What would the "The Gazette Guy" say on his passing with regard to the 12 Step Gazette? He would say, "Ughhh just let it go!" His response would not be for his lack of caring or passion for his creation but for the reason that no- body would do anything the way he would! On behalf of the staff and his friends and family I can say, "we will miss him terribly and there will never be another person like him." With the support from many loyal readers and supporters we are proud to announce that the 12 Step Gazette will move for- ward and Bruce "The Gazette Guy" Huberman's legacy will live on. The fol- lowing are just a few tributes/memories from those close to Bruce "The Gazette Guy" Huberman.
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The Wisdom To Know The Difference VIDEO
REEL Recovery Film Festival's Audience Favorite Award    
@ 6th Annual Experience, Strength & Hope Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 26, Skirball Cultural Center 5:30-7:30Catered Reception  SHOW 7:30-9:30
Branching Out   
Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services Acquired by Private Investor Group   
Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services has been acquired from Constellation Behavioral Health by a small group of private investors including current Founder & Executive Director, Scott Sowle. Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services, which operates gender-specific, substance abuse and behavioral health residential and outpatient treatment programs in northern California, had been wholly owned by Constellation Behavioral Health, which also operates Alta Mira Recovery Programs.

It's Almost Never Too Late  AUDIO
Older Adults And Alchoholism: It's Never Too Late To Seek Treatment AUDIO    
Alcohol ages the older person more rapidly. Alcohol plus a fall can speed a downward spiral even more quickly, leading to premature disability and death. But older adults are also more likely to follow recommended treatment programs than those younger. It is never too late to seek help. It is not kind to ignore the signs of alcoholism in the older adult.
Love Is Letting Go   
End That Addictive Relationship,
Once and For All
...that means plan out everything- from what you're going to tell the other person, to how to marshal the support of friends or family or a professional, to what you'll do on the lonely nights ahead when you feel weak and want another hit (think of it as relapse prevention), to how to get back on the wagon if you do relapse (i.e. how to end things all over again rather than simply fall back into old routines.)

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