Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sept. 5, 2017 • Vol. 5., No. 6
INFORMATION for Treatment Industry & Recovery Living
The China White House?
Melania Tweets About Recovery Month, But Word's Aren't Going to Stop Addiction
Sept. 2, 2017 - by Ryan Hampton - Some people said that her $50,000 couture jacket was in poor taste, given the current economic conditions. Honestly, I don’t care what the First Lady wears. What I do care about is whether the recovery movement succeeds.
Mogul's Maneuvers in Massachusetts
Boston Globe Alleges “Turmoil” at Brian O’Neill’s Addiction Treatment Centers
Philadelphia magazine profiled O’Neill in 2006, at the peak of his multibillion-dollar real estate career. Writer Amy Korman described him as a “larger than life” developer with luxury yachts, a private jet (which he once used to give a ride to the Dalai Lama), a country club, a mansion in Newport, R.I. 
Steve Wicke, CEO of RCA at Devon, told the Daily Local News that the company is investing $43 million in the newly opened property. Plans are in the works for the center to grow from a 62-bed facility to a 248-bed facility, according to an RCA presentation. As of this past Friday, 16 patients were reportedly being treated there. 

RCA's Official Response HERE
Regurgitating Old News?
Will Smoking Pot Make Me Vomit Forever?
August 30, 2017 - By all accounts, DARE—the acronym for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, an anti-drug education program founded in 1983 and, for a time, taught in up to 75 percent of American middle and high schools—doesn’t work: Students who have undergone the program are just as likely to use drugs as those who have not, and may be even more likely to drink or smoke cigarettes. 
Write On!
How This NY Times Best-Selling Author Is Shifting The Addiction Narrative
AUG. 31, 2017 - At the intersection of storytelling and recovery, you meet Anna David ... As a six-time New York Times bestselling author, she also hosts the top recovery podcast, Recover Girl, where she’s hosted guests ranging from Moby to Dr. Drew to Marc Maron. She’s … on The Today Show, the CBS Morning Show, Dr. Drew and more, as well as having contributed a number of articles to The New York Times, Time and Cosmo. 
Stop calling food addictive
August 29, 2017 - Commercially sold cookies now share many of the same reward-giving properties as crystal meth. That’s because they contain highly palatable and highly profitable ingredients, often forms of sugar or salt. These are ... complex formulations engineered by food scientists to be irresistible.
Freak Proof?
Ecstasy Was Just Labelled a ‘Breakthrough Therapy’ For PTSD by The FDA
August 29, 20917 - “For the first time ever, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy will be evaluated in Phase 3 trials for possible prescription use, with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD leading the way,”...
Is That John Lieberman?
Internet addiction is sweeping America, affecting millions
Aug. 29, 2017 - Like alcohol and drugs, the internet provides a high, resulting in problematic overuse. For the first time, a study on internet addiction — focusing specifically on online gaming — is being funded by The National Institutes of Health to determine the best form of treatment. It kicks off this week.
They are Low Enough to Begin With
Former employees sue drug treatment center for failing to pay salaries
Aug. 28, 2017 - The West Virginia Division of Labor investigated New Beginnings and its owner, William Mucklow. The investigation was closed after Mucklow paid $24,000 he owed 13 of its former employees.
Relax, Don't Do It...
Drug addiction involves stress
August 29, 2017 - ‘If we can equip people to deal with stress in a healthy way, then we nip the problem in the bud,’ ... “Drug addiction is a behavioral issue. We don’t have bad people, we have bad behavior. Address the behavior.” ... “It’s not a criminal issue. It’s a behavioral issue. We don’t have bad people, we have bad behavior. Address the behavior.”
There is a Solution
For Low-Income Drug Users, Medi-Cal Offers A Fresh Start
August 30, 2017 - Breann Johnson stopped using heroin on Mother’s Day this year, determined to end her 13-year addiction. Days later, she began three months of residential treatment in Riverside, CA. “I couldn’t stop,” said Johnson.
Sobriety's True North
Brain-altering magnetic pulses could zap cocaine addiction
August 29, 2017 - Father and son presented themselves there, and the father handed Gallimberti the article. “My son is a cocaine addict,” he said. “Can you help him?” TMS has attracted interest among researchers and physicians who are using it to target cocaine addiction.
Staying Alive
How I relapsed after 2 years of sobriety
Aug. 30, 2017 - That euphoric feeling took over and I had fallen back in love with my demons. The reason I write this might not be so much for anyone else, but mainly for myself. I lied to myself and others for what felt like a long time about my relapse. I am sick of hiding. I am sick of being ashamed. I am an addict, yes. But I am still here. I am still alive. And I am still fighting.
Should Have Stuck with the Wafer VIDEO
Alcoholic who stole car at knifepoint while on a bender that started with a sip of wine at Holy Communion VIDEO
August 29, 2017 - When he appeared at Southport District Court on Tuesday, the Judge heard Taylor had a long history with alcohol and drug abuse when he went to church and consumed wine at Holy Communion on June 18.
No One Knows...why?
Brandi's Wish
Lisa Brandy has a tragically common story. Her daughter Brandi became addicted to prescription opioids in high school.
Lisa, a loving and understanding mother, did everything she could to support Brandi and help her overcome her opioid use disorder. Despite her parents’ best efforts, Brandi died of a drug overdose in March 2011. She was 18 years old.
What has not been common about Lisa’s story is her response to her loss.
Salacious Sobriety News
John Legend poses shirtless as he discusses being ‘a support’ to wife Chrissy Teigen as she attempts sobriety
August 30, 2017 - Going shirtless in an Instagram snap from the couple’s Mediterranean holiday, the singer, 38, looked happy and relaxed as he posed on Isola Molara off the coast of Corsica as his comments about his wife’s struggle came to light.
One Addict Talking to Another VIDEO
Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx to interview CJ reporter and former heroin dealer VIDEO
Aug. 30, 2017 - Gunn, a mechanic and self-styled artist, has been in recovery for nearly six years. He received treatment in downtown Louisville at The Healing Place, which offers a 12-step program and peer support.
Sixx, based in L.A., has been sober for 17 years, said Lorre Crimi, his executive producer.
Reading - What a Concept
National Recovery Month
Sept 1, 2017 - In honor of National Recovery Month, ALL books featured in our curated collection are 25% off! Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.
MEDIA: Book Recommendation
Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions by Russell Brand
“This manual for self-realization comes not from a mountain but from the mud ... My qualification is not that I am better than you but I am worse.” - Russell Brand. This title will be released on October 3, 2017.
Murder One VIDEO
Bucks County Asks Big Pharma to Foot the BillVIDEO
Aug. 30, 2017 - Bensalem Township intends to bring claims against several drug companies and their subsidiaries, including Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Cephalon, and Endo Pharmaceuticals, etc. Bensalem will be the first municipality in Pennsylvania to pursue this kind of large-scale litigation.
More THC =
Less Deaths?
High Hopes Foundation hopes to get Vancouverites off opiates — and on cannabis instead
Aug 28, 2017 - The High Hopes Foundation says it’s offering affordable and, sometimes, even free access to cannabis products for area residents as an alternative to opiates that are so often laced with deadly fentanyl.
Good Luck DMX
Rapper DMX Reportedly In For Drug Treatment
August 27, 2017 - The Nashua Telegraph reported the 46-year-old, whose real name is Earl Simmons, is enrolled in a local drug treatment program related to his tax case. DMX is perhaps known most for his 2003 hit “X Gon’ Give It To Ya.”
Quaaludes No More
As Sun Sets on Summer of Love's 50th Anniversary, Grace Slick Gets Candid
SEPT. 1, 2017 - Aquarius goddesses — who became the poster child for female-led flower power as the singer of Jefferson Airplane — remains as vibrant as ever, even as the Summer of Love winds down its 50th anniversary.
Maybe One Day
at No Time
For Trump, Opioids Are Still Not a Crisis
August 30, 2017 - Unfortunately, the President has failed to act with the speed and force required by a national emergency that claims 142 lives each day. The chaotic start to the Trump Administration has left unfulfilled many of his campaign promises, including his pledge that the government will “not only stop the drugs from pouring in, but we will help all of those people so seriously addicted get the assistance they need to unchain themselves.”
What Price Life Saving
Hospitalized OD patients are sicker, costlier, more likely to die
August 29, 2017 - by Gary Enos - They reported that the average cost per intensive-care overdose admission rose from around $58,500 in 2009 to more than $92,000 in 2015 ... The average mortality rate for this group was 7.3%, but in the final year of the analysis the rate had increased to 9.81%. The research team suggests that the transition to heroin use from prescription opioids has contributed greatly to the increased need for critical care support in recent years.
Movies Make a Difference
Filmmaker works to raise awareness for opiate drug overdoses, addictionVIDEO
Aug. 30, 2017 - Award-winning filmmaker Jenny Mackenzie recently released her new documentary, “Dying in Vein: The Opiate Generation.” Her aim is to bring attention to the issue and spur open, honest dialogue about the disease of addiction.
State investigation of RCA prompts industry caution
August 31, 2017 by Julie Miller and Gary Enos - RCA’s growth - Backed by private equity firm Deerfield Management, RCA has grown quickly in the Northeast, with a goal of operating 1,200 beds by the end of the year. Its portfolio includes five residential facilities and various outpatient services in 5 states.
An Avatar
Leaves Us
Louise Hay: October 8, 1926 - August 30, 2017
From her teachings on ADDICTION - Heavy dependence upon anything outside myself is addiction. I can be addicted to drugs and alcohol, to sex and tobacco; and I can also be addicted to blaming people or judging people, to illness, to debt, to being a victim, to being rejected. Yet, I can move beyond these things. Being addicted is giving up my power to a substance or a habit. I can always take my power back. This is the moment I take my power back! I choose to develop the positive habit of knowing life is here for me.
Pulling Victims from the Drink
50 Recovering Addicts and Alcoholics Travel Across Country to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey
Aug. 30, 2017 - Equipped with a fully outfitted work truck, a food trailer, and four vans full of recovering addicts and alcoholics, they will drive from their sober living home in Santa Ynez to the most impacted communities in Eastern Texas. These young men will make their way through Texas for at least two weeks and focus their efforts wherever help is needed most. They will work tirelessly as a team in hopes of impacting as many lives as possible. 
REEL Recovery Film Festival 2015 Highlight Reel
The Worst of the Worst
‘Body brokers killed my daughter’: How her 23-year-old was lured from opioid rehab to scam ‘sober house'
August 30, 2017 - She died of an overdose in July 2016 at the age of 23, after being persuaded to move from her rehab to an unofficial facility which offered her heroin and charged her thousands of dollars for something as simple as a urine test ... Mikaya’s mother claims that he made her daughter do heroin in front of him and that he watched her overdose. Chatman was also accused of sexually exploiting patients. Since Mikaya’s death, Chatman has been found guilty of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and he was sentenced to 27 years in prison. 
Here's To Life
Minnesota Group to Distribute 24,000 Opioid Antidote Doses

Sept. 4, 2017 - A Minnesota nonprofit wants to give away 24,000 doses of the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone to anyone in the state who might need it.
The number of naloxone doses the Steve Rummler Hope Network plans to distribute this year to police officers, parents, first responders and drug rehab staffers quadruples the group's effort from last year. The nonprofit gave away 6,000 doses in 2016
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