We must be united in the war against addiction! My mission is to unite organizations,support groups, and everyone else who needs a helping hand. I am here to educate equip and develop a Recovery resource Network. My hope is that everyone gets the help they need and no one is left behind or alone in their fight for freedom from addiction. Join me and lets fight the good fight! Our Philosophy: Instigate, Agitate, Educate, and Liberate!
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Sovereign rehab sues federal agents claiming abuses in raids
October 2, 2017 - Workers and clients of Sovereign Health of California rehab centers filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday, Oct. 2 accusing federal agents of overstepping their authority in a series of raids in June looking for evidence of insurance fraud. The suit said six properties were raided by an “aggressive and disorganized mob” of more than 150 agents wearing flak jackets, carrying guns and using “SWAT-like tactics.” … The U.S. Department of Justice declined comment on the suit. The searches focused on Sovereign operations in San Clemente, Culver City and Palm Desert.
How Safe Is America’s Hottest Heroin Addiction Treatment?
From summer: July 26, 2017 - Tom Price, President Donald Trump’s health secretary, hyped Vivitrol at the expense of more established treatments after visiting the drug manufacturer’s factory … Claire”I didn’t even eat—there was no enjoyment in it,” she added. “I didn’t talk to people; I didn’t enjoy company ... I was a zombie: I got up, went to class, came home, and went to sleep.” ... More disturbingly, at least one friend who signed a similar contract with their parents fatally overdosed not long after the medication wore off, Claire said.
Thought they were going to rehab; got sent to chicken plant instead
October 4, 2017 - By Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter — The worst day of Brad McGahey’s life was the day a judge decided to spare him from prison … But in the rush to spare people from prison, some judges are steering defendants into rehabs that are little more than lucrative work camps for private industry. At CAAIR, about 200 men live on a sprawling, grassy compound in northeastern Oklahoma, and most work full time at Simmons Foods Inc.
Reflections on CARE TALKS, New York City, Sept., 30, 2017
by Leonard Buschel - On a beautiful early fall evening, a nip in the New York Greenwich Village air, I anxiously arrived at the Sheen Center to hear 12 well known advocates for recovery address over 250 concerned and caring civilians attending “Care Talks,” the inaugural event hosted by McShin Foundation of Richmond, VA
How treating opioids with more opioids has divided the recovery community VIDEO
October 5, 2017 - There is the still-new, mostly unproven naltrexone, branded as Vivitrol, which works by blocking the brain’s opioid receptors and is prescribed as a monthly injection. And there is Suboxone, a combination of two drugs, buprenorphrine and naloxone, which crowds out other opioids from the receptors, dampening euphoria and lessening withdrawal to curb cravings … the approach is very different. At St. Matthew’s, as in Alcoholics Anonymous, they see the only solution as total abstinence, arguing that medication hampers efforts to get clean.
New Jersey is about to hit opioid makers with a major lawsuit
Oct. 5, 2017 - The drug makers at the center of New Jersey’s probe are the Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin and the Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics, which makes a version of Fentanyl aimed at cancer patients. … disclosed that “dozens if not hundreds” of New Jersey doctors have so far been subpoenaed about Big Pharma’s opioid sales and marketing practices here.
Best friend’s death inspires college scholarship for women in recovery
Oct. 5, 2017 - Marino’s non-profit group, Women Empowering Women, hopes to give out $3,000 Palm Beach State scholarships every semester through donations collected at bimonthly events that feature speakers from the recovery industry.
As Overdose Deaths Pile Up, a Medical Examiner Quits the Morgue
Oct. 7, 2017 - In the state morgue here, in the industrial maze of a hospital basement, Dr. Thomas A. Andrew was slicing through the lung of a 36-year-old woman when white foam seeped out onto the autopsy table. Foam in the lungs is a sign of acute intoxication caused by an opioid.
Cleaning up ‘Methadone Mile’ and other drug havens
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October 3, 2017 - Brian Cuban is in recovery for drugs, alcohol and an eating disorder. “Ironically, while I was writing the book, a study came out from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association stating that there was an incredibly high rate of problem drinking within the legal profession,” said Cuban. According to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation study, “one in three licensed attorneys are problem drinkers”... Cuban recently wrote The Addicted Lawyer, which was published by Post Hill Press on June 13, 2017... Cuban’s family includes older brother Mark Cuban (owner of the Dallas Mavericks and panelist of ABC’s Shark Tank), and younger brother Jeff Cuban.
OCTOBER 4, 2017 - We’d love to hear more about your business. I am a sex-positive psychotherapist, published author and a musician and am currently making a documentary film, Temples and Brothels about sexual practices in the wild west corner of the U.S.
Lawyer Who Beat Big Tobacco Takes On the Opioid Industry
October 5, 2017 - Moore, who’s 65, served as Mississippi’s attorney general from 1988 to 2004. In 1994, using an untested and widely derided legal strategy, he became the first state AG to sue tobacco. He went on to negotiate the largest corporate legal settlement in U.S. history...
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.
Florida man implicated in million-dollar conspiracy
Oct. 6, 2017 - The document alleges customers usually paid $200-$330 for prescriptions for alprazolam, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and oxycodone, which were filled by pharmacies controlled by the conspirators. Further allegations state during 2016, the clinic’s bank account showed more than $1.27 million in deposits.
A 27-year old is offering LSD microdosing kits and online consultations for $127.00
Oct. 4, 2017 - Yet not a single published scientific study on microdosing exists. There are many unanswered questions about the practice, from how it effects the brain over the long-term to whether it produces any negative side-effects.
Woman reportedly received 20,000 oxycodone pills in mail instead of yoga mat
Oct. 4, 2017 - Investigators said the box contained two bags with roughly 10,000 pills each, the Herald reported. Each pill is worth around $20 on the street, totaling the entire contents of the box to be worth around $400,000...
Sept. 25, 2017 - Local students who use e-cigarettes may face suspension for smoking while under school supervision. “Recent research from the University of Waterloo indicates that youth who vape are more likely to smoke cigarettes than those who don’t vape,” said Truman Spring, director of student support services.
October, 2017 - How Synanon revolutionized drug treatment and poisoned the politics of prohibition. Though nearly forgotten today, Synanon—the first organization to claim to have a drug-free cure for heroin addiction—had an enormous impact on American culture.
Intervention and Treatment: A Guide to Ethical Practice
Sept. 2017 - Contributions by Heather R. Hayes, Jack Kline, Jay S. Crosson, and Andrew Rothermel - As addiction continues to wreak havoc on this country, the need for effective treatment options grows. However, with no governing body in place for the interventionist/treatment industry, unethical providers and facilities are widespread.
Melania Trump to visit West Virginia opioid treatment center
October 9, 2017 -A White House spokesman told CNN the status of the formal national emergency declaration is still in flux. Melania Trump will embark on a visit Tuesday morning to Huntington, West Virginia, with the specific purpose of visiting Lily's Place, an infant recovery center that helps families dealing with addiction. It will be the first lady's first visit to a drug treatment center since her husband took office.
Russell Brand living 'hand to mouth' after giving his money away to friends and charities
Oct. 9, 2017 - Brand has previously been a vocal enthusiast for overthrowing the ruling elite and creating a spiritually enlightened, egalitarian utopia.
"I feel this candid, plain, all encompassing love for this child – this surging, ridiculous, giddy love. The thing that has been the most spectacular thing in my life has been the most ordinary thing: a baby...
SUBLIME documentary details how addiction ravaged the band after Bradley Nowell’s death
Sept. 19, 2017 – The Long Way Back, a new Sublime documentary, details how drug addiction ravaged the California ska-punk band after frontman Bradley Nowell’s 1996 death from a heroin overdose. The film premieres October 20, at the REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium AND on October 17th via VOD platforms, including iTunes and Amazon … The doc’s gripping trailer, premiering at Rolling Stone, highlights how Nowell’s drug abuse and tragic death affected his family, bandmates and Sublime’s hard-partying entourage, including childhood friend Todd “Z-Man” Zalkins. “It was sex, drugs and rock and roll,”…
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.)
One of the Greatest Songs ever written, Marvin Gaye was Before his time . This Song is as Relevant today in 2017 as it was in 1971. These are times this World needs to come together and Love one another. Thank You Marvin. God bless.
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