Wednesday, June 29, 2016



​Hello,

I found myself on your site, joseph-recoveryconnections.blogspot.com, specifically on the post " Walgreens Agrees to Pay $80 Million in Prescription Painkiller Settlement" and found it exceptionally helpful and well thought out. I’d like to thank you for the time and effort that you obviously put into it.




Like you, I also work very hard to develop high quality resources to share on similar, important topics. In fact, I’d like to share one with you. One of our newest posts "How Bay Area Doctors Are Helping Create Heroin Addicts" discusses the controversial idea that doctors in the bay area are linked to heroin addiction due to over-prescribing pain medications. Let me know what you think about this post.




I look forward to hearing from you!




Thank you for your time,

Nicole C.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. - Psalm 121:7 - 8 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm121:7-8&version=NIV

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

“Congrats are in order for my firstborn, and I’m proud to oblige. Having braved the crucible of addiction (and pleased the court), his ongoing commitment to recovery continues to inspire and amaze.” —Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. congratulating his son Indio on his sobriety and the release of his band's new single.

Read more about Robert Downey Jr. and his road to recovery.
Addiction is a family affair. Whether you are a father who has struggled with addiction or a son or daughter who is supporting Dad's recovery, dealing with the aftermath of addiction can be tough. Father’s Day can mean many things to many people. On this Father's Day — June 19 — take some time to enjoy your new life with your family. You can’t forget or change the past, but you can move forward, stronger and healthier from having dealt with it.
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I Hope There's a Heaven

How Greg Kayko, the single father of two young children, learned the value of being prepared to Dodge and Question rather than always trying to Answer

From Convict to Rabbi:
Rabbi Mark Borovitz Is the Holy Thief

Rabbi Mark Borovitz talks about the spiritual malaise in our country and how we need to recognize that each individual matters. What this means for addicts is that we need to treat the human being, not the disease.

Adolescent Alcohol Exposure

A new study from Binghamton University shows alcohol exposure during adolescence leads to chronic stress vulnerability.
Renew provides relevant and engaging information and resources to help individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and their loved ones create and embrace a healthy lifestyle.
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

British “Chemsex” Case Highlights Dangers of Sex Under Influence of Psychoactive Drugs - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

British “Chemsex” Case Highlights Dangers of Sex Under Influence of Psychoactive Drugs - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: A case of “chemsex” in the news in Britain highlights the dangers of intentional sex under the influence of psychoactive drugs, mostly among men who have sex with men. The case involves a London lawyer who supplied his boyfriend with a cocktail of drugs, which he overdosed on, according to CNN.

Naloxone Rescue Before Prince’s Death Highlights Challenge of Overdose Antidote - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Naloxone Rescue Before Prince’s Death Highlights Challenge of Overdose Antidote - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: The news that Prince was rescued from an overdose of the painkiller Percocet with the drug naloxone six days before he died underscores the challenge of using the life-saving tool, public health experts tell The Wall Street Journal.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Insurance Plans Not Covering Necessary Services for People with Addiction: Report - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Insurance Plans Not Covering Necessary Services for People with Addiction: Report - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: A new report finds insurance plans around the country are not covering the necessary services for people with addiction. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reviewed addiction benefits offered in the 2017 Essential Health Benefits benchmark plans and found more than two-thirds violate the Affordable Care Act.

FDA: Abuse or Misuse of Anti-Diarrhea Drug Can Cause Heart Problems and Death - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

FDA: Abuse or Misuse of Anti-Diarrhea Drug Can Cause Heart Problems and Death - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Tuesday that taking higher-than-recommended doses of the over-the-counter diarrhea drug loperamide (Imodium) can cause serious heart problems that can lead to death. There have been a growing number of reports of people using the drug to manage their opioid addiction or to get high.

DEA Increasingly Alarmed Over Illicit Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Drugs - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

DEA Increasingly Alarmed Over Illicit Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Drugs - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: The Drug Enforcement Administration has become increasingly alarmed over the proliferation of illicit fentanyl and other synthetic drugs, the acting head of the agency told a Senate committee Tuesday.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Senators: Allow Doctors to Treat 500 Patients at a Time With Buprenorphine - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Senators: Allow Doctors to Treat 500 Patients at a Time With Buprenorphine - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: A group of senators is urging the Department of Health and Human Services to raise the number of patients a doctor can treat with the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine to 500, The Huffington Post reports.

U.S. Efforts to Eliminate Cocaine in Colombia a Bad Return on Investment: Study - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

U.S. Efforts to Eliminate Cocaine in Colombia a Bad Return on Investment: Study - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: Two anti-cocaine efforts in Colombia, funded by American taxpayers, were not cost-effective, according to an analysis by two economists. The interventions “are inefficient and socially costly ways of reducing drug consumption,” they conclude.

Employers Struggle to Find Potential Employees Who Can Pass Drug Test - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Employers Struggle to Find Potential Employees Who Can Pass Drug Test - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: Employers report they are having difficulty finding workers who can pass a pre-employment drug test, The New York Times reports.

Prince’s Painkiller Addiction Hidden From His Closest Friends - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Prince’s Painkiller Addiction Hidden From His Closest Friends - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: Prince’s addiction to opioid painkillers, which has come to light since his death, was hidden from even some of his closest friends, The New York Times reports.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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“When he started using and doing the things that addicts do—lying and cheating and stealing and all these horrific things that I couldn’t understand—I was self-centered in a very common way. You know, 'How could Nic do this to me? How could he do this to Karen?' I knew he loved us. It didn’t make any sense. But when I read Tweak, I realized he wasn’t doing it to us; he was doing it to himself. [His actions] were a reaction of how much pain he was in.” —Author David Sheff on reclaiming his son from the depths of meth addiction—and his advice for parents

Read more in "To Hell & Back."
Addiction is a family and friends disease. It doesn’t just affect the one struggling. It affects everyone. When a child, spouse, parent, friend or another loved one is struggling with addiction, it can overwhelm you. Friends and family members of alcoholics and addicts also need support. They often feel confused, frustrated and helpless. At Renew, we have manyhelpful resources and articles about addiction support for friends and family as well as some guides to those tough questions you may be grappling with. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help.       
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9 Mistakes Family and Friends Make 

It takes a lot of strength for addicts to overcome addiction and remain sober. There are many things that can trigger relapse; therefore, it is vital not to make these nine mistakes during the recovering process.

Truth Is Discovered, Not Taught

Our greatest gift is what we hold inside, a power held inside by fear and false perception. Faith is the courage to get through fear.

RecoveryATX

Joseph Sanchez, president and co-founder of RecoveryATX, shares his personal mission statement, a defining moment in his recovery and his five-year vision.
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