Thursday, October 19, 2017

  1. October,. 17, 2017 • Vol. 5., No. 12
Information for Treatment Industry & Recovery Community
"I am not afraid...I was born to do this" - Joan of Arc
Pharma knowingly caused deaths?
Meet 60 Minutes' DEA whistleblower
Oct. 15, 2017 - Why has the country's opioid problem become a national emergency? A high-ranking whistleblower from the DEA explains how the drug industry--and Congress--fueled an epidemic.
Tom Marino, Trump's Pick As Drug Czar, Withdraws After Damaging Opioid Report
Oct. 17, 2017 - Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., has withdrawn his name from consideration as America's drug czar, President Trump said Tuesday. Marino is stepping back days after reports that a bill he sponsored hindered the Drug Enforcement Administration in its fight against the U.S. opioid crisis LISTEN @ NPR
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, "YES"
Is your doctor being paid by a drug company?
Pharmaceutical companies can pay doctors to help promote their drugs, but not to prescribe them. Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why this creates a gray area.
Make America Weight Again
Obesity Among U.S. Adults Reaches All-Time High
October 13, 2017 - The United States will not be escaping the obesity epidemic crisis anytime soon: Nearly 40% of adults and 19% of youth are obese, the highest rate the country has ever seen in all adults ... What is “very striking” about this information is that there has been a 30% increase in adult obesity and 33% increase in youth obesity.
WALL STREET: Hook them, bury them. Buy more stock. VIDEO
October 15, 2017 - A handful of members of Congress, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors, prevailed upon the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills, according to an investigation by The Washington Post and “60 Minutes.
Is Oklahoma In America?
Lawsuit filed over unpaid labor by drug defendants for Arkansas poultry company
Oct. 11, 2017 - The investigation zeroed in on Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery, or CAAIR, an Oklahoma program that puts hundreds of men a year to work slaughtering chickens at processing plants owned by Simmons Foods Inc. The men work for free, under constant threat of prison, on products for big-name brands, including Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, KFC and Rachael Ray’s Nutrish pet food. The rehab program keeps their wages.
Patrick Kennedy opens up about family’s struggle with mental illness VIDEO
Oct. 11, 2017 - It’s a a feeling he says generations in his family dealt with before him, but never spoke of. “I wrote a personal memoir called, A Common Struggle,” Kennedy said Tuesday. “It was through that process that I learned that my grandmother, on my moms side, died alone.”
Adios civilization, we hardly knew ya?
Smartphone Dystopia
Oct. 6, 2017 - There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone is distracted,” Rosenstein says. “All of the time.” ... Drawing a straight line between addiction to social media and political earthquakes like Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump, they contend that digital forces have completely upended the political system and, left unchecked, could even render democracy as we know it obsolete.
Tiger's Woody
The Audacity of Blaming ‘Sex Addiction’
Oct. 11, 2017 - Harvey Weinstein is reportedly going to rehab. On Tuesday, TMZ said Weinstein was en route to “a rehab center in Europe” to address “sex addiction. “We’re told Weinstein still believes he can get help, come back, and make a fresh start,” the site reported. “As a source close to Weinstein put it, ‘He wants to come back with fresh, new ideas.’”
Compassion and Forgiveness
Tyrese Gibson Buys Mom a House. Celebrates Her Sobriety Despite Claiming Her Alcoholism ‘Killed’…
Oct. 12, 2017 - Tyrese Gibson surprised his mother with a house as she celebrated 11 years of sobriety. The actor and rapper shared a video on Instagram in front of the home he had bought for his mother, Priscilla Murray Gibson.
Lindsey Lohan on Weinstein VIDEO
Lindsay Lohan Defends Harvey Weinstein VIDEO
Oct. 12, 2017 - Lindsay Lohan used some questionable logic to defend Harvey Weinstein“I don’t think it’s right what’s going on. I think Georgina needs to take a stand and be there for her husband. He’s never harmed me or did anything to me.
Hazelden Betty Ford 35th Anniversary
Celebrate 35th Nov. 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.
Strength, Endurance & Love VIDEO
One Nation Overdosed: How Children Cope With a Parent’s Addiction NBC VIDEO
Oct. 9, 2017 - Ohio teen Victoria Brinkman grew up with a heroin-addicted mother who struggled to take care of her. Now, she wants to spread awareness about drug abuse to help others.
Redemption Song VIDEO
Drug Addict Reveals How Viral Video Showing His Overdose Put His Life Back on TrackVIDEO
Oct. 10, 2017 - “We were powerless over the addiction and our lives were unmanageable. I didn’t want to live anymore,” Hiers told “On the back of a receipt, I wrote out my own obituary and put it in my wallet for whoever would find me.”
Danger in
the Kettle
Home Brewed Death Tea
Oct. 10, 2017 - Poppy seed tea has potentially lethal consequences according to a new paper published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Researchers at Sam Houston State University decided to look into home-brewed poppy seed tea and its lethality.
Smoke a Joint -
Save a Life?
Medical Marijuana Cuts Use Of Prescription Drugs
Oct. 9, 2017 - CHICAGO, IL — The first peer-reviewed scientific study of medical marijuana patients in Illinois to be published has shown that participants in the statewide program reduce their use of other conventional pharmaceuticals, such as opiate.
$$$, $$$, $$$
AAC Holdings Secures Committed $65 million Acquisition Financing for AdCare Transaction and Increases Revolving Credit Facility
Oct. 9, 2017 - American Addiction Centers also announced that it increased its revolving credit facility under its existing senior secured credit facility by $15 million to $55 million. 
A Rose By Any Other Name...
Seabrook House Is Now Seabrook The Heart Of Recovery
Oct. 9, 2017 - Seabrook House, a leading treatment provider for alcohol and drug addiction and co-occurring disorders based in New Jersey, has updated its brand. Seabrook House is now simply Seabrook. Seabrook has grown to five locations throughout New Jersey offering comprehensive treatment programs for alcohol and drug addiction and co-occurring disorders.
Music Does Not Always Soothe...
Steve Aoki, Travis Barker Open Up On Fighting Addiction And Depression In Industry
Oct. 9, 2017 - Addiction and depression are, sadly, nothing new, in the music industry. As long as there have been rock stars there have been too early tragic demises, from Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin to Amy Winehouse and Prince.
MEDIA: Heavy Book Recommendation
YES he’s at it again, and we are all the better for it. A world wide photo essay. Where AA meets the world, Zen or otherwise, 650 Pages of the most beautiful images of the how AA has spread love and energy in the world.
MEDIA: Book Recognition
All Drinking Aside
Denial, anger, fear, depression, self-pity, doubt: a toxic cocktail of emotions enflamed by alcohol, narcotics and prescription drugs. Where does one begin? Where will it all end? It will provoke, deceive, disturb and annoy you while it entertains & informs.
I Smoke Therefore I Am
Gene that influences nicotine dependence identified
October 10, 2017 - A DNA variant - located in the DNMT3B gene and commonly found in people of European and African descent - increases the likelihood of developing nicotine dependence, smoking heavily, and developing lung cancer…
Alcohol vs. marijuana: Which one is safest?
Oct. 11, 2017 - On and the discussion goes, so we decided to look deeper and see what the science says. Alcohol is legal, marijuana is not (in most states). You can’t overdose on marijuana, you can on alcohol. You know what you’re getting with alcohol, not so much with marijuana.
It's Unanimous
Costa Mesa planners reject more sober-living 
In a 5-0 vote Monday, Oct. 9, the Planning Commission denied a conditional-use permit to a SoCal Recovery facility to house up to 32 men at 175 21 St.
Free Detox?
Ward 2 candidate touts plan calling for jail time for those revived with Narcan
Oct. 10, 2017 - He says he realizes this may not sound compassionate enough, but he contends it’s more humane than doing nothing. He expects pushback.
We Haven't Got Time for the Pain VIDEO
Three-Quarters of Americans Are Self- Medicating Pain
Oct. 10, 2017 - By Heather Senior Monroe
If we took a closer look at the feelings that drive self-destructive behaviors, we would find that many of us go to great measures to avoid the same emotions: pain and the fear of pain.
Doctors Over Prescribe AUDIO
Some Experts See Opioid Addiction Stemming From Prescriptions As A Medical Error AUDIO
Oct. 10, 2017 - Herzog holds a prescription bottle of the remaining tablets of Dilaudid. Sometimes that dependence leads to full-blown addiction.
...And Lock Them Up VIDEO
State shuts down troubled drug treatment clinicVIDEO
Oct. 11, 2017 - Washington state regulators have suspended the license of two substance abuse counselors and shut down a Spanaway treatment clinic nearly two years after they were profiled in a KING 5 Investigation. Regulators found that both counselors committed “unprofessional conduct.”
Insanity, Death & Heartache
Lawmaker’s daughter who has battled drug addiction arrested
Oct. 12, 2017 - Cassandra Nygren, the 28-year-old daughter of Republican state Rep. John Nygren, was booked into the Brown County jail early Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree reckless homicide/deliver drugs and manufacture/delivery of heroin…
Stick with the Winners!
With 15 years experience in the treatment industry, Paul Moenincorporates the principles of his personal recovery into his professional role as CEO at Balboa Horizons. He values integrity, earning a reputation among his peers as an honest and reliable treatment professional. Never content to stay behind the scenes, Paul is involved in every aspect of treatment at Balboa Horizons, working hands-on...
Q. Which film have you watched the most?
A. Godfather II
Q. Who is your favorite celebrity in recovery?
A. Lois Wilson
Q. Do you believe leaders are made or born?
A. Born and made.
Q. How do you measure success?
A. If you get paid for doing something that you would do for Free.
Q. What is your favorite hotel or resort?
A. Ones next to warm bodies of salt water.
Q. If you had an extra million dollars, which charity would you donate it to?
A . Amnesty International

Movie Magic
Writers In Treatmentpresents the 9th Annual REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium the longest recovery event in the U.S, on October 20-26 Laemmle’s NoHo This seven-day event is a celebration of film, the arts and recovery. It showcases filmmakers who make honest films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, treatment and sobriety. Slated for screening is an eclectic lineup of contemporary and classic films, documentaries and shorts from American and international, first-time filmmakers and industry veterans. There will be insightful conversations and engaging discussions with filmmakers and clinicians... .READ PR HERE
Rufus Hannah 1954-2017, ‘Stunt Bum’ to sober life
Oct. 10, 2017 - Fifteen years ago, he was “Rufus the Stunt Bum,” a homeless alcoholic goaded into degrading and damaging antics by young men with video cameras ... After a doctor told Hannah he would be dead within a year if he didn’t stop drinking, Soper reinforced the point by taking him to a local mortuary. “Get into rehab,” Soper told him, “or pick out your casket.” He chose rehab. 
Learn about Patient Brokering. Fraudulent Billing. Kickbacks.
Illegal and Unethical Practices in Addiction Care: What You Can DoMon., Oct. 30, 2017 Noon Central
October 30, 2017 - Patient brokering. Fraudulent billing. Kickbacks. Unfortunately, unethical business practices are all too common in the addiction treatment industry today. These deceptive practices tarnish the reputation of the addiction field and imperil consumers who are desperate for help and care ... Join experts from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation—general counsel Jennifer Lohse and business development executive Bob Poznanovich—for a much-needed discussion...
She goes back, back, way back VIDEO
Healing Ancestral Trauma and Addiction by Johanna O’Flaherty Ph. D. VIDEO
Music Can Do Anything VIDEO
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,”…
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.) ALSO in Denver THIS FRIDAY at
BEST OPIATE film of the year  TIX HERE "Dying in Vein," LA Premiere, Oct. 23 @1pm Filmmaker and Subject 
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Dedicated to all our friends who've died, died JIM CARROLL VIDEO
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