Wednesday, August 23, 2017

August 22, 2017 • Vol. 5., No. 4
Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News
"Every strike out brings me closer to the next home run."Babe Ruth
‘Body Brokers’ Get Kickbacks to Lure People with Addictions to Bad Rehab NPR AUDIO
Aug. 15, 2017 - The first step for unscrupulous rehab centers: Recruiting clients who have good health insurance. That’s created a whole new industry — something called patient brokering or “body brokering.” … There are charges for all kinds of things — nutrition counseling, acupuncture and chiropractic care among them. But the big expenses were for testing — urine testing. “When they had charged $9,500 for five urinalyses,”... 
Scenes from a Scourge PHOTOS
Fentanyl linked to thousands of overdose deaths
Aug. 15, 2017 - An empty chair sits near train tracks in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, where opioid abusers have littered the ground with needles and other trash. Fentanyl was responsible for more than 400 overdose deaths in Philadelphia last year ... “It’s a new epidemic,” said Gutierrez, 42, who shoots up on the sidewalks here in Kensington by day and ducks into abandoned buildings at night as he copes with crippling addiction. He has watched his friends die and says, “If you catch a pure bag of fentanyl, that Narcan ain’t bringing you back.” 
Walk-In, Past Out VIDEO
Dearborn ‘pill mill’ raided VIDEO
August 18, 2017 - Dr. Mohammad Derani of West Bloomfield, allegedly prescribed more than 500,000 opioid pills since January. Investigators said roughly half of the pills ended up on the street. The pills were prescribed at the clinic and picked up elsewhere. Alwajed worked as an office assistant at the clinic … authorities found signed prescription pads that weren’t filled out and about $50,000 during the search warrant executed Thursday. 
More A.I.?
Android co-founder has plan to cure smartphone addiction
Aug. 19, 2017 - Rubin acknowledges the downsides to the smartphone revolution he helped unleash and says his new hardware company, Essential, is working on ways to solve the tendency to check one’s phone every five minutes. “We all lived happy lives before we had always-on Internet,” he says in an interview at Playground Global, his Palo Alto, CA, incubator. 
What Goes Around Comes Around
Big tobacco fuels nicotine replacement addiction
August 17, 2017 - Nicotine patches, lozenges, inhalers and gum have long been marketed as ways of helping addicts break the habit. But such products by themselves won’t do the job — something tobacco companies themselves have taken advantage of to boost their profits…
Are Rehabs Next?
Trump Moves to Impede Consumer Lawsuits Against Nursing Homes
Aug. 18, 2017 - Nursing homes generally welcomed the proposal, but other reaction has been overwhelmingly negative. The attorneys general of 16 states, led by Brian E. Frosh of Maryland and Xavier Becerra of California, strongly opposed the Trump admin. proposal.
You Bet
Adult gambling addiction tied to childhood trauma
AUGUST 17, 2017 - Men with gambling addictions are more likely ... to have endured childhood traumas like physical abuse or violence at home ... researchers say.
“This means that enhancing effective emotional regulation strategies among gamblers who report a history of childhood adversity may help gamblers utilize more-effective coping strategies and live a life free from their addictions,”…
On the Airwaves AUDIO
CEO offers potential solutions to drug rehab fraud AUDIO
August 17, 2017 - Andrew Burki is CEO of Life of Purpose, an addiction treatment center on the Florida Atlantic University Campus in Boca Raton. He’s been working with the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force to increase oversight and close loopholes exploited by unscrupulous operators.
Healing Through Creativity
Musician’s rap video about mom’s addiction nears 6 million Facebook views
August 17, 2017 - Mark Henriquez found an escape at the same time his mom slipped back into drugs. While she was out getting high, the then 11-year-old turned inward, listening to hip-hop in his room and drafting raps about his dreams of success.
Art from a Broken Heart
New Hampshire mom turns hearts broken by addiction into art
AUGUST 17, 2017 - Artist Anne Marie Zanfagna’s work is of a special sentimental value to many in her community. Her nonprofit, “Angels of Addictions,” gives oil paintings to people who have lost loved ones to drug addiction. Her 90 oil paintings of people who died from addiction-related causes are on exhibition…
Writing Down the Bones
Bestselling Author Helps New Generation of Recovery Writers Tell Their Stories
Aug. 14, 2017 - Anna David knows about the power of sharing your story, too. Anna is a New York Times bestselling author who’s written six books about addiction and recovery. Her first book, “reality fiction” novel Party Girl, drew heavily on her own experience getting sober in Los Angeles. 
He Passed
‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Star Paul Danan Opens Up About How His Sobriety Was ‘Tested’
August 18, 2017 - 
The former ‘Celebrity Love Island’ star was evicted from the show over the weekend, and admitted during his time as a housemate that he’d been tempted to drink alcohol by the experience, despite having been clean & sober since 2012. Since the eviction, he's spoken out about the temptation to drink in the house.
Free Diuretics?
Feds Say Bankrupt Drug Lab Paid Millions in Kickbacks
August 18, 2017 - A bankrupt drug testing lab with a checkered history has been linked to a large money laundering and pill mill operation in Tennessee.
Confirmatrix filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last November, just two days after its headquarters near Atlanta was raided by FBI agents. The company was founded by Khalid Satary...
Pill-mill owners paid bribes, kickbacks by drug-testing labs
Aug. 15, 2017 - Satary’s lab first came under federal scrutiny in 2014 for funneling $80,000 into the campaign coffers of former U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston using the names of its executives and employees. Kingston was running for U.S. Senate at the time. He lost but has since become an adviser to President Trump and a lobbyist for Syrian opposition.
Judging NOT Judgmental
‘He’s trying to save lives’: ex-addict judge on the frontline of opiate crisis
August 20, 2017 - Smith found a judge in Hannah, who knows what he’s dealing with. He is, he says, a grateful recovering addict 17 years clean from a dependence on marijuana and cocaine. It takes one to know one ... “I tell them the only difference between them and me is time.”
Takin' it to the Streets VIDEO
TransformationalTalks with “Curly” Kevin KennedyVIDEO
August 20, 2017 - A new Transformational Talks series! People sharing a lived experience of transformation. Kevin serves as director of Kennedy St recovery services, a social enterprise, a Brighton-based organization, offering various recovery programs and a professional advice & coaching service.
Like Milking Humans
Married couple facing charges in patient-brokering arrest
August 15, 2017 -Patient brokering occurs when substance-abuse treatment centers pay sober homes — where addicts live while getting clean — to steer clients,
Business is Business
Don’t blame addicts for America’s opioid crisis. Here are the culprits
August 9, 2017 - Of all the people Donald Trump could blame for the opioid epidemic, he chose the victims. .’
Where There's a Will, There's a Weight
Powerlifting is helping her beat her addiction
Aug. 19, 2017 - “Back then I had nothing to lose,” said Perez, 34. “Today I have everything to lose. Without powerlifting, I don’t know where I would be. Probably dead by now.” 
You Read That Right VIDEO
A Staten Island haven for pit bulls and recovering addicts VIDEO
August 18, 2017 - A new South Shore dog rescue aims to serve as a “second chance” for not just animals in need, but also recovering addicts. 
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NCAD: How to leverage a comprehensive treatment philosophy
August 21, 2017 - Reef Karim, DO, research scientist, assistant clinical professor at UCLA and director of Lumion Health, outlined the typical ingredients in a care plan and where each one fits in the overall treatment philosophy, while speaking at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders in Baltimore….“It’s our time to make our system more sophisticated and make our treatment programs more sophisticated,” he said. “We need to show the world that what we do works.” 
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