Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!
Seven Things to be Grateful For
Nov. 16, 2017 - by Tian Dayton. A one time grateful thought and act of gratitude or appreciation produces a 10% bump up in happiness and 35% reduction in depressive symptoms. I know it sounds odd but I even feel grateful to the pain that led me to see so much about myself, other people and this thing we call life, that I have learned to live and love a day at a time.”
Nov. 21, 2017 • Vol. 5., No. 17
For Treatment Industry & Recovery Community
"Reality is a sliding door" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
IV Cash Flow
Is the $35 Billion Rehab Industry Ready For Disruption?
November 19, 2017 - “The rehab industry needs to be disrupted the same way Uber disrupted the taxi cab industry,” says treatment reform advocate and Hollywood producer, Scott Steindorff, who is working with other leaders in the industry to modernize a field currently engulfed in crisis yet still entrenched in often-irrelevant-to-opioid-addict principles ... While 29 states have rehab reform legislation in place (including licensure and prohibition of patient brokering where facilities pay a referral fee to “junkie hunters”)...
Stigma Lives on Wall Street
You're Fired! Morgan Stanley Broker, Addiction Memoir Author, Claims Discrimination
Nov. 14, 2017 - A Morgan Stanley broker terminated two weeks ago for publishing a book about his early life as a fast-talking impostor has filed a lawsuit alleging that the firm’s true motive was not reputational damage but discrimination over his status as a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. Craig Schmell, 55, who spent almost one-third of his 26-year brokerage career at Morgan Stanley, filed a civil suit in Superior Court of New Jersey ... Schmell, whose co-written autobiography, “The Uninvited: How I Crashed My Way into Finding Myself,” was published on Tuesday by a Simon and Schuster imprint as an inspirational self-help book, said his branch manager in Red Bank, NJ, and a compliance official twice warned him he would be fired if it went to print.
And He Died Anyway VIDEO
TV 25 Investigates: $1,000,000 bill for man’s rehab stays VIDEO
Nov. 16, 2017 - The family of one local man, struggling with an addiction to heroin, says he visited 22 drug rehabilitation programs over five years and tallied more than $1 million in insurance claims before he overdosed and died in Florida last year. The story of Michael Elliott of Chester, New Hampshire is just the latest uncovered by 25 Investigates in a year-long investigation of bogus, out-of-state, recovery programs accused of preying on addicts and cashing in on the billion-dollar drug treatment industry.
Who Can You Trust?
Doctor Arrested for 2 Deaths
Nov. 14, 2017 - Montana doctor Chris Christensen took the stand Monday as he faces two charges of negligent homicide for allegedly prescribing the drugs that caused the overdose deaths … In addition to the two negligent homicide charges, he faces 389 counts of criminal distribution of drugs...
Bad Option
Kratom, a popular substitute for opiates, may cause addiction and even death
Nov. 14, 2017 - Whether kratom will eventually be banned, however, depends on the Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA will review the FDA’s assessment and make a determination…
Pass the ball, then the joint
Karl-Anthony Towns Advocates for NBA to Legalize Medical Marijuana
NOVEMBER 15, 2017 - In an interview with ESPN.com’s Nick Friedell, Towns backed former NBA Commissioner David Stern’s stance on the issue: “I agree with David Stern with marijuana. You don’t have to actually make it “Mary J” [or] “Half Baked.”
Going Clear to HeavenVIDEO
Leah Remini claims people died from Scientology’s drug rehab program VIDEO
Nov. 14, 2017 - Former Scientologist and actress Leah Remini has unveiled yet another dark side to her ex-religion, exposing the Church of Scientology’s radical drug rehab program called Narconon.
Whole new meaning to Playing Horse
Teacher charged with selling heroin on school grounds
Nov. 15, 2017 - ...and found to be in possession of 100 capsules containing heroin, hundreds of oxycodone pills and a small amount of suboxone strips ... According to the district, the alleged drug deals were believed to have taken place in a parking lot behind the school.
An Easy Fix
Iraq veteran describes how prescription opioids led him to two overdoses
NOV. 15, 2017 - Now 36, Westphal is 90 days sober, battling cancer and hopeful to ‘give back’ to his country and see his two sons again ... Veterans like 37-year-old Lee Westphal are twice as likely to die of an overdose as other Americans are, according to federal data.
Energy drinks are bad for your health
Nov. 16, 2017 - … are outweighed by scary health risks like mental health problems, risk-seeking behavior, increased blood pressure, obesity, tooth erosion, and kidney damage.

White Lives MatterVIDEO
Death by detox: Heroin-related jail deaths raise concerns VIDEO
November 14, 2017 - The problem has also led to several lawsuits — one of them was filed in Portland by a family who believes they never should have lost their daughter.
And In
This Corner
Opioid Addiction Treatments Face Off in US Trial
Nov. 15, 2017 - Report comparing Vivitrol and Suboxone, two opioid addiction treatment drugs, finds that a monthly shot works about the same as a daily drug. 
More Exploration Needed?
The rush to claim sex addiction “doesn’t exist” isn’t feminist, it’s dangerous
Nov. 16, 2017 - Sex addiction has gotten a lot of airtime in the past month after a number of famous men were exposed as serial predators and claimed the affliction as the cause of their disturbing behavior. 
Dr. Scum Bag
Doctor practiced for 7 months after drug arrest, 4 OD deaths
November 16, 2017 - She overdosed in his home, dying later in the hospital. She was the fourth patient of his to die of an overdose in a two-year period, state health dept. documents show ... the department detailed five years of “malpractice” and “wanton disregard” for his patients who were addicted to opioids.
Al-Anon Anyone?
12 percent of Americans say a family member is addicted to opioids
Nov. 15, 2017 - And it worked — until he fell more than 12 feet from a ladder at work onto concrete, breaking his hip. The only medicine strong enough to control his unbearable pain, an opioid, sent him right back to heroin.
Suboxone vs Vivitrol vs Abstinence
What To Make Of A Head-To-Head Test Of Addiction Treatments
November 16, 2017 - This much-anticipated research is the largest study so far to directly compare the widely used treatment Suboxone with relative newcomer Vivitrol. Researchers who compared the two drugs found them equally effective once treatment started. But there are fundamental differences in the way treatment begins, which makes these findings difficult to interpret.
Brilliant AD for American Addiction Centers
Liquor store, brewery proposals make sense
Nov. 16, 2017 - We acknowledge that alcoholism is a serious problem. If you or a family member are struggling, help is available from the American Addiction Centers hotline, (888) 970-9170. Likewise, drunk driving is a grave offense that cannot be tolerated.

Psycho PsychologistVIDEO
Disturbing allegations against psychologist at VT. treatment centerVIDEO
Nov. 18, 2017 - Disturbing allegations about the clinical director at a now-defunct drug treatment center. Investigative Reporter Jennifer Costa got her hands on documents that outline a disturbing pattern of intimidation and sexual harassment. The documents show psychologist Charles Sprague Simonds is charged with 11...
Be Wary
FDA issues health warning about kratom VIDEO
Nov 17, 2017 - The FDA said kratom is used for euphoric effects, which are similar to that of opioids and it also carries similar risks, such as addiction, abuse and potentially death. Kratom is legal. It comes from a plant in Southeast Asia. It’s crushed into a powder and brewed into tea, which is served at Purple Lotus in Downtown West Palm Beach as well as the locations in Delray Beach and South Beach.
Christie says promise on addiction, mental health treatment coming true in 2019
Nov. 18, 2017 - Ninety percent of the bed space will be allocated to people with private insurance ... five percent will be reserved for people who lack health insurance.
Ear Plugs or 911
How to cope with family members who drink excessively during the holidays
November 18, 2017 - Many bristle at the term “alcoholic,” and it’s not worth spending hours debating … The notion an alcoholic must drink every day or even most days, in my experience, is not accurate.
Maui Wow We
Woman overcomes drug addiction to compete in pageant
November 18, 2017 - A year later, she was addicted to pain medication and a year after that she lost her mother — a single parent of two. “My world shattered,” Parker said Friday. “I was the normal hardworking girl who had to wean myself off of medication,” she said. “That was horrible. It’s lethal stuff.”
MEDIA: Book Review
From Grammys to Bono: Wild Stories from Notorious Gate Crasher Craig Schmell’s New Book
Nov. 15, 2017 - Schmell famously spent his 20s scheming his way into some of the biggest celebrity events of the time ... like getting high inside of the Kremlin ... Driven more by his desire to see famous artists such as Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and Madonna...
Hourly meetings @InTheRooms.com
2:46 min. NPR AUDIO
After He Died From An Overdose, She Got A New Chance At Life NPR AUDIO
November 17, 2017 - At StoryCorps in Beachwood, Ohio, Shay recalls the day she got the call that every mother dreads ... But her son’s death gave Goodwin a second chance at a healthy life.
LA's Finest VIDEO
LAPD officer accidentally filmed himself putting cocaine in a suspect’s walletVIDEO
Nov. 14, 2017 - The latest incident comes from Los Angeles, where an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) accidentally filmed himself placing cocaine in a suspect’s wallet ... Shields’s lawyer claims that the officers outright planted the drugs to frame his client.
Jay-Z protégé Mensa on beating addiction and depression Video
November 16, 2017 - Now sober for the past year, Mensa credits his girlfriend for helping him out of the darkness. He also has frequent therapy sessions and regularly practices Transcendental Meditation. “It helps me be the master of my own mind,” he says.
... Mensa is bucking the trend of hip-hop subject matter by tackling topics such as depression and drug addiction. 
Emerging Rapper Lil Peep Dies At Age 21 AUDIO
November 16, 2017 - Lil Peep, a promising crossover rapper who recently released his first full-length album, died Wednesday night, just hours before he was to perform in Tucson, Arizona, according to reports. He was 21 ... In a video the alt-rapper made before a scheduled gig Tuesday in El Paso, Texas, Lil Peep said he took six Xanax anti-anxiety pills. “I’m good, I’m not sick,” he added ... “I’ve been expecting this call for a year,” his manager, Chase Ortega, tweeted early Wednesday. 
Residential Roulette?
5 died in New London sober homes in 3 years
Nov. 18, 2017 - They were different ages, different genders. They hailed from different towns, had different backgrounds ... The most recent death, that of 52-year-old Berube of East Hartford, came Oct. 7.
Starving for Nutrients
Only 1 in 10 Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables
Nov. 17, 2017 - “The food industry is not exactly working with public health on this, there’s a multimillion-dollar industry working to get people to eat [processed foods],” ...8% of West Virginians ate the recommended amount.
TV ... Addicts (verb, uh-dikt)
Drug addiction 101 for our kids
Nov. 15, 2017 - There is another persistent, very misleading, dangerous, and damaging type of advertisement on television that delivers constant messages about the benefits of drugs and how to obtain them, and no one is raising objections over it. I am referring to the mass marketing of pharmaceutical drugs via television advertisement ... The industry has adopted a thoughtless form of advertising that ignores considerations as to who may be viewing the suggestive and casual use of drugs, which definitely is a bad example for the children of America. Drug advertising on television implants damaging directive messages on the minds of children.
Captive Audience VIDEO
Former addicts dispatched to emergency rooms VIDEO
Nov. 18. 2017 - The room holds a patient brought back to life after a heroin overdose. Maness, 32, introduces himself and explains he works for a drug treatment program. He’s in recovery after abusing drugs for 15 years. He’s been sent to help ... “I’m not a (expletive) psychologist. I’m just an addict they’ve given an opportunity to,” Maness says. “I’m going to help you.” Maness will point to a bright spot on his biceps among the sleeve of tattoos on his arm.
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