Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mar. 3, 2015              A Weekly Newsletter for the Treatment Industry & Recovery Community               Vol. 2., No. 28
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The Recovery Oscars! 
Joey Pants & Daniel Baldwin - Two of the Honorees at 6th Annual Experience, Strength and Hope Awards in Los Angeles. 
This year's honoree was actor and writer Joe Pantoliano, best known for his portrayal as Ralph Cifaretto on The Sopranos. Bob Forrest walked up to say hi to D.H. Peligro, the drummer from the Dead Kennedys. I've known Bob for years. "I've been to every one of these things. Sometimes there's only been 10 people. Look at this (indicating that the room was packed). Leonard has finally gotten it together," he said. All-in-all, an inspiring and amusing night, I thought,as I grabbed my gift bag and headed to the parking lot. CONTINUED @ 
What A Concept   
Teaching Kids How to Learn Without
Study Drugs
Work loads in high school can be extreme, causing some kids to think about cheating or taking study drugs. GSE senior lecturer Denise Pope comments on the problem and possible solutions, such as cutting homework load and ensuring kids get enough "play time, down time and family time. The question is do they really help normal people with learning," Goldsmith said, "There hasn't been any reason to study them because the risks are so significant." Those risks include depression, psychosis, mood swings, suicidal thoughts, seizures, decreased appetite and insomnia.
Isn't This Soberlink?
Researchers Combining Money With Breathalyzers To Combat Alcoholism    

That's where a new device, just on the market from a company in southern California comes in.  The device mixes a breathalyzer with a camera. "It's a remote breathalyzer that uses cell phone towers to transmit the results immediately to a central server where we can review it," said Koffarnus.
Does It Begin with a 'C'?   VIDEO     
Porn Dddiction Prevalent!
One man says he found his cure VIDEO
Jimmy Tarrant says he's living proof of the effect.  As a Baptist minister, he prayed for God to take the temptation away.  It didn't work.  He says only when he turned from porn to the grace of God, surrendered the addiction to higher power instead of trying to use willpower, did he begin to recover.  He says once he confessed, he found people, including his wife Connie, forgave him.
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Now I Really Can See Russia
Alaska Third State To Legalize-It    
On the day Alaska became the third state in the nation to legalize recreational pot use, folks in this party town best known as the finish line for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race seemed more interested in watching snowmobile contestants blast into the city than smoking a joint.
WARNING: Not  Before Yom Kippur   
Religious Leaders Aim High To Make Marijuana Kosher   
Orthodox Jews in New York might eventually be able to celebrate the high holidays - actually high - under doctors' orders.With collaboration from a Colorado drug firm and a Jewish group that offers kosher certification, cannabis could be available to Orthodox Jews by next year. The Orthodox Union, could offer certification to start selling legal, edible marijuana with a kosher stamp of approval, The Jewish Daily Forward reported on Monday.
Twelve Promises: Rewards of Recovery

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Even Beer
Lower IQ Linked to Increased Drinking in Young Adult Men    
It turns out that there may be a link between lower IQ and increased drinking among young adult men. While previous research has suggested a link between intelligence and health outcomes, this latest study shows that poor IQ does have something to do with riskier drinking. "In two studies where the CAGE questionnaire-a method of screening for alcoholism-was used, a higher cognitive ability was found to be associated with a higher risk for drinking problems.
Crash Course   AUDIO   
Drunkorexia: Swapping Meals For Drinks AUDIO   
A new phenomenon seems to combine these two common problems of undergraduate life into a bigger issue, and one that has its own name: "drunkorexia." There's little scientific research on drunkorexia, but some say they see it happening among college students. "Drunkorexia basically means somebody is using inappropriate eating disorder behavior, such as restricting or binge eating, in order to compensate for binge drinking later on."
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Drunk Abroad
Korean Households Spend Record Amount on Alcohol in 2014    
South Koreans spent the most in over 10 years on alcoholic beverages in 2014, mainly on beer and soju, statistics agency said Monday, while demand for cigarettes fell, most likely from the price increase. Data provided by Statistics Korea said local households spent an average of 11,267 won (US$10.16) monthly to buy alcoholic beverages. This represents a 4.8 percent increase from the year before. The result from the survey conducted on households with two or more members is the highest tallied since the office started taking related data in 2003.
Not On The Curriculum 
12 at Wesleyan University Are Hospitalized for Drug Overdoses   
By the time the ambulances were through, 10 Wesleyan students and two guests had been admitted to hospitals for possible overdoses on Molly, a club drug also known, sometimes in different forms, as MDMA or Ecstasy, and which has been linked to a number of overdoses and deaths in recent years.
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City of Malibu Sues, Demands Passages Rehab Shut Down    
"Passages Malibu describes itself as the 'number one rehab in the world' whose 'flagship drug and alcohol treatment center is in Malibu, California on a 10-acre property that features a breathtaking Pacific Ocean view, tranquil setting, and palatial estates that house [its] residential and treatment facilities. Yet, despite Passages Malibu's promotion of its operations in the City of Malibu as a comprehensive, sprawling, singular rehab center, and despite evidence supporting this characterization, the California Department of Health Care Services outright refused to regulate Passages."
Follow The Money   
CDC: Deaths Soared as Narcotic Painkillers Grew Popular   
The CDC has called prescription painkiller abuse an epidemic. In 2012, 16,007 people died i from overdoses involving opioid painkillers, triple the number who died in 1999, a 5% decrease from 2011 when 16,917 people died, the CDC reported last year. In September, Attorney General Eric Holder expanded a prescription drug return program that allows hospitals and pharmacies to accept excess drugs, including narcotic pain relievers.
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Amber Portwood on Her Drug Addiction: I Took Drugs "24 Hours" VIDEO    
Fans got a chance to catch up with Teen Mom's Amber Portwood during her recent Getting To Know special on MTV, and let's just say this girl opened up and then some about her past. Amber is on the record as saying that she was high for almost all of Teen Mom, and she explained to her family and producers how she started doing drugs after giving birth to her daughter Leah on MTV's 16 and Pregnant.
Too Many Kids Dying   
Mother of Son who Died of Overdose Calls for More Narcan Awareness   
Twin Cities: State lawmakers passed a law last year expanding access to a key anti-overdose drug. While the law has been credited with saving lives, now there is growing concern that the drug's distribution remains too limited - and that not enough people know about it. Nothing brought that fact home for drug-treatment advocates more than two recent overdoses north of the Twin Cities.
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Like GPS for Your Soul
Overcoming Addiction With an App    
Can a game installed on your smartphone help you to overcome an addiction? Soon this will be a possibility. Marloes Postel, a lecturer at the University of Twente, observed the need for easily accessible care for people with addictions. This has led to the development of an app version of an existing computer course used for training the brain to break free from acquired patterns of thought.
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Is A 'Sobriety Pill' In Our Future? VIDEO   
Imagine, then, if problem drinkers could be given a pill that makes them less likely to drink, less intoxicated if they do drink and more capable of enduring the potentially life-threatening alcohol withdrawal syndrome that emerges shortly after going "cold-turkey". Recent research exploring interactions between the neuropeptide oxytocin and alcohol gives some grounds for hope that such a pill might one day exist.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver  VIDEO
Marketing Drugs to Doctors   VIDEO  
Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing drugs to doctors. We have a few issues with that. Poignant, funny and disturbing!
Sober Love Hormone ? VIDEO   
Love Hormone Has Sobering Effect VIDEO   
The findings could pave the way for the development of drugs that help treat alcoholism in humans. "We found that oxytocin blocks alcohol's intoxicating effects and it prevents alcohol from acting at the sites in the brain that are involved in alcohol's intoxicating effects," says team member Dr Michael Bowen, from the University of Sydney's School of Psychology. The findings, reported today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, were quite "serendipitous" says Bowen.
Keep Your Shirt On Next Time VIDEO
Russell Brand Attacks the Sex and Porn Industry VIDEO
Brand, who has previously come under fire for his string of sexual encounters, has now decided to take on the sex juggernaut that is the porn industry - calling it 'corrupt'. Not because viewers see 'too much' but because people are shown 'too little'. He also lashed out at soft porn film 50 Shades Of Grey. Could this be the first time we actually agree with Brand (despite his lack of clothes)?

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