Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sept. 19, 2017 • Vol. 5., No. 8
Information for the Treatment Industry & Recovery Community
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." Jesus Christ INRI
Dr. Phil and the Pill Head VIDEO
WHY Prescription Drug Misuse Is Becoming A Problem For People Over 50 VIDEO
September 8, 2017 - Karen says she spent 13 years addicted to eight different prescription medications and says no one knew her secret. The former school teacher says it took an overdose, four days in a coma and a family intervention before she finally got help “17 percent of people over 50 will eventually show the signs of addiction,” Dr. Harry Haroutunian of Hazelden/Betty Ford says. “It’s highly unrecognized. By the year 2020 we expect 10 million people in that age group to be addicted. 
New York City - Saturday, Sept. 30 - 5pm - Let's Care Together
The NEW American Dream-Vivitrol VIDEO
‘Matter of Fact: State of Addiction’ Special FULL LENGTH PRESENTATION
Sept. 15, 2017 - Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien” and WMTW News 8 are shining a light on the nation’s opioid crisis. If you missed it, watch our special “Matter of Fact: State of Addiction” in the video above ... Below you can watch our Facebook Live discussion on the opioid crisis here in Maine and the treatment and recovery options available.
Ad Words Add Wealth And Worrisomeness
EXCLUSIVE: Google is cracking down on sketchy rehab ads
Sept. 16, 2017 - Around the country today, marketers in the $35 billion addiction treatment industry woke up to an unpleasant surprise: Many of their Google search ads were gone. Overnight, the search giant has stopped selling ads against a huge number of rehab-related search terms, including “rehab near me,” “alcohol treatment,” and thousands of others. Search ads on some of those keywords would previously have netted Google hundreds of dollars per click
Insane and Interesting SHORT FILM
Narcan is saving thousands of NJ lives — and that’s bad news SHORT FILM
September 16, 2017 -Heroin Uncut Episode 3. It’s a lifesaver many times over and an indispensable tool in our arsenal to combat the heroin crisis in this state...Here’s my take: Narcan is hardly a sign that society is actually making headway on this issue. Rather, Naran is a benchmark of just how far into this abyss we’ve already fallen.
The FDA just approved the first app for treating substance abuse
Sept. 14, 2017 - Federal regulators on Thursday approved the first mobile app to help treat substance use disorders. The app, developed by a start-up, is designed to be prescribed by clinician and used alongside counseling.
A Pill for all Seasons
Gabapentin, or ‘Johnnys,’ prescription drug being abused VIDEO
Sept. 12, 2017 - An addiction specialist said the drug is definitely rising as one he sees often. And a doctor who wrote a dissertation on gabapentin said there was a 3,000 percent increase in abuse in Appalachia from 2008-2014.
Peddle to the Metal
Ozzy Talks Marriage, Sobriety
Sept 14, 2017 - When you don’t like yourself for getting stoned, that’s when you’ve got a real problem. I’m not one of those guys who gets sober and says, “No, you shouldn’t drink.” If I could have a drink of booze right now and have a great time, I wouldn’t be on the phone with you – I’d be in the fucking bar. But it bit me in the ass big-time.
Bad Habits
Sen. Pat Toomey asks feds to probe ‘pimping out,’ other alleged drug-treatment fraud
SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 - Eric Pagan said he was forced to go to drug treatment even though he’s not an addict. He was “pimped out” by the pastors who ran his recovery house, he said ... The predatory process is known on the street as “pimping out.” “You’re selling God’s children for money,” former addict Joseph DiGiovani, 36, of Kensington, told the newspapers in the article. In his letter, Toomey referenced the exploding opioid epidemic and the accompanying increase in the need for substance-abuse treatment centers.
ETHICS - What a Concept
...treatment providers and professionals are responsible for the opioid epidemc?
September 11, 2017 - By Heather R. Hayes, M.Ed., LPC, CAI, CIP & Louise Stanger, Ed.D., LCSW, CDWF, CIP - In the wake of the addiction treatment industry’s lowest moment and the opiate epidemic’s highest surge, we need to take a deeper look at what got us here and why the industry itself is very much to blame. The investigation begins and ends with ethics.  
Sobriety Rocks the Rocker VIDEO
Econoline Crush lead singer performs at Recovery day, talks about becoming nurse to help addicts VIDEO
September 10, 2017 - Part of his recovery included going to AA and back to school at Brandon University at the age of 45 to get his nursing degree.
Hazelden Betty Ford Reunion 35!
Celebrate 35th Anniversary, November 3-5, 2017 -REGISTER NOW!
Recovery isn’t a solo venture. It’s meant to be shared and celebrated. Nobody understood this better than the First Lady Betty Ford, who found recovery at age 60, then made it her life’s work to help more people experience this new life in recovery.
This House Should Be Yours, to expand or begin...
Alcohol Kills OTHERS VIDEO
Charges: Woman Who Hit And Killed Officer Had Revoked License, Failed Sobriety TestVIDEO
September 11, 2017 - Investigators later determined Freeman’s driver’s license status to be “cancelled as inimical to public safety.” Freeman has a history of DUI, narcotics-related arrests and is currently on probation for drug charges...
Psychology Today Advice
Your Two Choices: Presented to you Every Moment of your Life
Sept. 12, 2017 - by Stephen Sideroff, Ph.D. Our brains display tremendous complexity. They are more elaborate than the greatest computers ever produced. One of the behavioral patterns contributing to this complexity is the habits we develop. Every time we learn something new, we engage in a process that turns learning into a habit. 
Addiction Too?
Study on Rise in U.S. Suicides Suggests Economics Reason
September 13, 2017 - Although we don’t understand all of the factors that are driving these trends, it may be that younger adults and adults with less education have been especially hard hit by the recent recession…
Too Much of a Good Thing?
I treat porn addiction – people have no idea how addictive it is
September 13th 2017 - “So I’m not anti-porn, but rather anti-addiction.” Each day Paula Hall sees people who have fallen victim to it, and this addiction has robbed them of everything.
Logical Next STEP
Legislation would require people who overdose to seek treatment — or face jail time
Sept. 13, 2017 - After listening to many first responders, I believe that we can no longer give individuals suffering from an opioid or other drug-related overdose a free pass … Last year, 117 people died from a drug overdose, according to Lancaster County Coroner.
And So It Is
Marijuana legalization has NOT led to more drug or alcohol abuse among young people
Sept. 15, 2017 - Cannabis activists proclaim the benefits of legal marijuana, while opponents suggest it will lead to increased drug abuse and crime. Turns out both groups may be wrong.
Invest Now, before...
AAC Holdings (AAC) to Acquire AdCare - Slideshow
Sep. 14, 2017 - The following slide deck was published by AAC Holdings, Inc. in conjunction with this event…
Hence ... America
Studies Link Heavy Metals to the Explosion of Neurodevelopmental Disorders in American Children
Sept. 13, 2017 - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. World Mercury Project - About 11% (or 1 in 9, 4-17-year-olds) have received an ADHD diagnosis—and in some states, as many as 19%.
The Pills were Small
‘Opioid overdose can happen to anybody;’ senior citizens aren’t immune
Sept. 15, 2017 - Older adults aren’t immune from the dangers of prescription opioids or even street drugs. “The message here is that an opioid overdose can happen to anybody,” said Dr. Brooke Rossheim.
Switch Nostrils after Every Toot?
Spanish officials under fire for advice on how to Safely snort cocaine
Sept. 16, 2017 - Plastic cards the size of credit cards – a tool of choice for cocaine users – were handed out by the health department in the northern city of Bilbao.
Bullshit? How Deep? VIDEO
Pill being used to combat alcoholism allows you to still drink VIDEO
Sept. 15, 2017 - Her first appointment she met with a doctor, got a prescription, took a pill, and later that day, had a drink, doctors’ orders of course.
Damned if you do
Addiction experts warn of detox dangers
Sept. 16, 2017 - Dr. Ruth Potee, an outspoken primary care and addiction doctor, told a crowd at the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders on Saturday that detox units offering five to seven days of treatment will kill opioid addicts without proper follow-up.
UK Tolerance
The Secret Lives of Functioning Heroin Users
Sept. 15 2017 - “I use on a lunchtime at work, only a couple of lines or so, which I smoke in the handicap bathroom.” Recent statistics released by the Home Office showed that there were 3,744 drug-related deaths in England and Wales in 2016.
Unsafe at any Speed
How binge drinking alters brain activity
Sept. 15, 2017 - Alcoholic beverages are enjoyed worldwide, and, if consumed in moderation, they pose no serious threat to health. But drinking to excess and with regularity carries a number of health warnings.
12 Steps to Normal’ is a YA Novel About the Trauma of Growing Up with an Alcoholic Parent
September 16, 2017 - Buzzfeed writer Farrah Penn’s debut YA novel 12 Steps to Normal follows Kira in a heartfelt, powerful story about attempting to put together the shards of your former life after it has been shattered by addiction.
‘Intervention’ is an informed, intimate story about addiction
September 15, 2017 - Hal Cohen’s “Intervention” is a study of dualities — of humor and tragedy, love and rejection, sobriety and addiction. The play begins in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park some time in the present day, as two young people meet, flirt and begin to do gentle battle as a way to spark a relationship.
Saturday Night Live
Pete Davidson at Emmy's after getting Sober
9/17/17 The comedian told PEOPLE at the show that he is “happy and healthy” in his sobriety, and “could not be more proud” of his SNLcostars Kate McKinnonLeslie Jones and Vanessa Bayer
Three Dog Night Live
Rock Icon Chuck Negron's Joyous 26 years
On September 17, 1991, after an infamous battle with addiction, rock-and-roller Chuck Negron entered a life of sobriety that has continued for 26 years by checking in...
• VideoInterview Editor/Publisher

Q: What are your thoughts on the heroin epidemic?
Leonard Buschel: I don’t know if it’s an epidemic. According to the dictionary, it’s not. The definition of “epidemic” is not something that people do to themselves. It’s a disease that spreads from one person to another through contact. So I wouldn’t call it an epidemic. That’s a misnomer. It is a crisis. It is a national disgrace. It is a profound sickness in America that so many people are in so much pain that they’d rather die than face reality on a daily basis. That’s a tragedy. I mean I think it goes hand-in-hand with the downfall of ... the American Dream is now finally over.
Stick with the Winners
EXECUTIVE CORNER John Shinholser serves as the President of The McShin Foundation, which was founded in 2004... John has motivated thousands of people to improve their lives. John is a United States Marine Corps veteran.
Q. If you are in recovery, what was your DOC and when did you discontinue its use? 
A. Alcohol, pot, acid.
Q. What is your current hobby? 
A. Work.
Q. What is your favorite Band/composer/musical artist? 
A. Rolling Stones.
Q. What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken? 
A. Sex.
Q. Who do you prefer to read for mysteries?
A. John Grisham
Federal Bureau of Instigation
Sovereign Health demands that FBI release document justifying raid on its treatment centers
September 11, 2017 - The FBI was hunting for evidence of health care fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, “laundering of monetary instruments” and illegal payments for patient referrals in June when more than 100 agents raided Sovereign Health’s offices and treatment centers, according to paperwork filed in federal court... 
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REEL Recovery Film Festival
is a social, educational, networking and recovery forum showcasing first-time filmmakers and experienced professionals who make films about addiction and recovery. .
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REEL Recovery Film Festival 2015 Highlight Reel
Most Exciting Mental Health Film of 2017
Ingrid Goes West VIDEO
As a result, the experience is akin to being kneaded by a cat — now soft paws, now sharp claws, alternatingly sweet and deeply uncomfortable. Which seems about right for 2017.
Robert Bly Would Be Proud
WELCOME TO THE MEN'S GROUP at REEL Recovery Film Festival Oct. 21 @ Laemmle NoHo
I attended the screening of Welcome to the Men’s Group at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation in Los Angeles … I had a vague idea of the film based on the trailer. It promised to be cutting-edge, but wow, Welcome to the Men’s Group was so much more than I had expected! ... What makes this film particularly interesting is its diverse cast and roles. The complex archetypical male is portrayed by extreme characters, which I learned to love as the film played out. (call for complimentary tickets, courtesy of LUMINANCE Treatment.)
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