Friday, November 10, 2017

November 7, 2017 • Vol. 5., No. 15
Information for Treatment Industry & Recovery Community
"They do not love one another because they do not love themselves" - Kurt Vonnegut
If the Shoe Fits... VIDEO
The lucrative, but dubious, business of treating sex addiction VIDEO
October 30, 2017 - According to Robert Weiss, a therapist of 20 years who founded the Sexual Recovery Institute (which closed in 2015), sex addiction is not defined by the amount or type of sex an individual has, but by how it affects a person. For example, sex addicts may watch pornography, or seek out casual encounters or prostitutes compulsively, to the point where it interferes with their families or jobs.
Where does addicted president of a nonprofit go for help?
NOV. 3, 2017 - How do I tell my wife? How do I tell my board? How do I tell my employees?” And then help came, in the form of an arrest for drunken driving ... “God did for me what I couldn’t do for myself,” said Tieman, 62, chief executive officer of Caron Treatment Centers…
OPINION: New York Times
Let’s Open Up About Addiction and Recovery
NOV. 4, 2017 - “People are dying who don’t need to die,” Ms. Zenoff said. “If it were safe for more people to say, ‘I’m in recovery,’ I think many more people could say, ‘I need help.’ ”… We need to hear more from them. There’s a way to share these stories while still honoring the traditions. In her work, Ms. Zenoff suggests people simply say, “I’m in recovery,” without identifying themselves as a member of A.A. or another 12-step program.
Not for Private Prisons VIDEO
The War on Drugs Has Failed - Dr. Reef Karim on CNN VIDEO
Oct. 30, 2017 - President Trump declares The Opiate Crisis a National Emergency but doesn’t seem informed to do anything about it. Dr. Reef Karim with Howard Samuels discusses Trump’s most recent announcement surrounding America’s Opioid Crisis and what we, as a country, need to do about it. 
To Make Money?
Why One Rehab Group Says We Should Address Internet Use Like Alcoholism
Nov. 8, 2017 - “Part of what we looked at with the study were all these things that may not immediately come to mind when you think of addiction,” added John Bernasconi, also part of the team at Rehab Pathway. “I’m on the computer eight hours a day at work. That’s a third of my time I spend looking at a screen. Whether or not you are actually addicted, it’s something worth looking at.”
CA attorney general scrutinizes opioid treatment drug maker
Nov. 6, 2017 - The New York Times and NPR reported over the summer that Alkermes has seized on the country’s struggles to contain the opioid epidemic to aggressively market Vivitrol to an unusual set of customers: law enforcement officials and lawmakersCONTINUED@McClatchy
Thanksgiving Month Feature
Discovering Life’s Abundance in Recovery
November, 2017 - by Sherry Gaba. The most important thing to truly comprehend is that abundance is the norm, NOT the exception. While it can take time, and it definitely takes work, learning to accept the abundance life offers and seeing yourself as deserving and worthy of those opportunities is one of the most profound changes your recovery has to offer!
Attraction Not Perfection
Recovery Summit Attracts Buddhist Leaders
Nov. 1, 2017 - Those seeking freedom from addiction are increasingly turning to Buddhist-based recovery groups for help. A recent gathering outlined steps forward for the Buddhist recovery movement. Their gathering was timely: addicts seeking freedom from drugs and alcohol are increasingly turning to Buddhist-based recovery groups for help...
Sexy Success
Colin Farrell reveals how sobriety has changed his career following years of ‘pissheadery’
Nov. 1, 2017 - At age 41, Colin Farrell’s career is flourishing again after years of drug addiction, alcoholism, and making decisions such as getting smashed out of his mind and taking a plane to Lake Tahoe…
Wrestling with GodVIDEO
Ric Flair Opens Up About His Alcoholism That Drove Him to the Brink VIDEO
November 3, 2017 - Right now, you couldn’t give me $1 million to drink a beer. I don’t even think about [drinking] and nobody else would either if they were where I was. 

Pain Management
Doctor arrested over-prescribing 17,500 pills to two patients
NOVEMBER 2, 2017 - “We applaud DePietro’s Pharmacy for doing the right thing and reporting to police the large quantity of narcotics being prescribed by one doctor to one patient,” Attorney General Shapiro said.

More Than Just a Tweeter VIDEO
Man who uses social media to fight drug addiction speaks at School VIDEO
Nov. 3, 2017 - Ryan Hampton is recovering from a decade-long heroin addiction — and is changing the discussion on fixing the problem — through social media. His content reaches over one million people a week.
Tell it to the Judge
‘Drug Courts,’ Treatment Focus of New White House Opioid Strategy
Nov. 1, 2017 - “It’s an ambitious recommendation, but one that we think, given the success that’s happened with drug courts across the states, would be a twofold benefit to the federal justice system,” said commission chairman Gov. Chris Christie.
Americans? VIDEO
What’s Killing Americans? These 2 Things VIDEO
Nov. 3, 2017 - Last year, the CDC found that U.S. life expectancy had actually dropped for the first time in more than two decades ... two alarming trends for U.S. mortality: significant rises in gun and, especially, drug overdose deaths…
Smart Education
A Sober High School Aims to Catch Addicted Teens Before They Become Fatal Statistics
October 31, 2017 - McShin Academy, Virginia’s first recovery high school, plans to offer a full curriculum alongside substance abuse counseling and support programs for students and families. McShin Academy is currently enrolling its first class and can accept as many as 50 students ages 15 to 19.
Victorious!!! VIDEO
Army veteran credits addiction program at Pamunkey Regional Jail for saving his life VIDEO
November 1, 2017 - This time, the jail had partnered with the drug recovery center The McShin Foundation and created a recovery program for inmates with addiction. Since then Simpson’s been sober for 18 months and out of jail for 81 days.
Time for a New 9th StepVIDEO
Rehab owner charged hitting copsVIDEO
Oct. 31, 2017 - Farruggia is the founder of Hearts for Hope and Healing, an opioid and heroin addiction treatment group inspired by her daughter’s struggles.
Starring Dr. Gabor MatéAUDIO
What makes a habit an addiction?AUDIO
Award-winning stand-up and Edinburgh comedy award nominee 2017 Mae Martin presents a brand new series for Radio 4.
Long Island Doctor arrested for alleged painkiller scheme
November 2, 2017 - A doctor who operated clinics in Franklin Square, Manhattan and Jackson Heights, Queens, was arrested Thursday by Drug Enforcement Administration agents for illegally writing thousands of “medically unnecessary” prescriptions for oxycodone pills and fentanyl patches…

What Year is This?
Accused of slavery, Arkansas politician’s company responds with defamation suit
NOV. 3. 2017 - The lawsuits come after an investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting found that men and women at drug rehabilitation centers are being sent to work at private companies for free under the threat of prison.
Sharing Solutions
‘Living with an addict is a special kind of hell’
Nov. 1, 2017 - “You feel like you’re losing your mind. Your heart races with fear, and you will go to any lengths to ‘fix them.’
Forced Labor, Rotten Chicken, and the Occasional AA Meeting
NOVEMBER 2, 2017 - All of them lived with untreated addiction and were forced to work at facilities where there was an available supply of drugs and alcohol.
MEDIA: Hot Mess Book Club
My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean
“Mortifying, hilarious, unsparing, and weirdly life-affirming, My Fair Junkie hits the ground screaming and never lets up. As with all great ‘drug memoirs,’ … For fans of Beyond Shame, low-bottom recollectors like Augusten Burroughs and Stephen Elliot, Amy Dresner has earned her spot on the shelf.” - Jerry Stahl, Permanent Midnight 
Mental Health Breakthrough
Scientists find key to unwanted thoughts
November 3, 2017 - “When this capacity breaks down, it causes some of the most debilitating symptoms of psychiatric diseases - intrusive memories, images, hallucinations, ruminations, and pathological and persistent worries.” Researchers found a particular chemical, or neurotransmitter, known as Gaba, held the key.
Sophmore NOT Soporific
Xanax abuse creeps into schools
Nov. 4, 2017 - ...all boys ages 14 or 15. All five students were suspended for five days and ordered to undergo drug treatment … Based on their statements and symptoms, police concluded they had taken Xanax
Addiction Not Afraid of the Principal
Settlement possible in drug case against former Pembroke Academy dean
Nov. 3, 2017 - Rekha Luther, the former Pembroke Academy dean of students charged with bringing heroin into the school, waived her probable cause hearing…
Video Interview
My name is Leonard Buschel. I am the founder of the REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium, which is a film festival that travels around the country. It’s the longest recovery event in the country. Seven days in Los Angeles. We also have a three-day festival in Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Denver, Richmond, Virginia, and...
Q: What are your thoughts on the heroin epidemic?
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. 
Sobriety and the Arts
Shira Goldberg is a staunch advocate in the areas of addiction recovery and of best practices, including harm reduction. After overcoming her own battles...

Q. Do you believe artists are made or born?
A. Both. We are all byproducts of our biology and environment. Talent in any form comes from an innate part of one’s soul and psyche. It is nurtured, reinforced, and made room for. If one is interested in anything and has the room to hone their craft, the natural creativity will be expressed in relation to environment, culture challenging the status quo.
Q. Do prefer to living by the ocean, lake, river, mountain top, or penthouse?
A. My ideal situation would be to have daily access to the ocean, because I have found that the ocean has always been a source of cleansing solace, and of rejuvenation. 
Safety First
Denver heroin addicts could use safe injection site
November 5, 2017 - Michael Torpacka, who first tried heroin at the age of 13, looks for empty alleys and bathrooms around downtown
Policy of Truth
Can't get enough of Dave Gahan
Nov. 7, 2017 - Despite being dead for two minutes after an overdose, Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan is still one of the great showmen....
REEL Recovery Film Festival 2015 Highlight Reel
Rehab starts 'Goat Therapy'
NOVEMBER 1, 2017 -   It’s something Sandra Coffman, an employee of Split Creek Farms and former Deputy Chief of Police on Capitol Hill, knows a lot about. When she’d hit rock bottom battling alcohol addiction, the rehab program plus caring for the goats at the farm are what she credits for “saving her soul.”
Tip of the Isis-Berg?
‘The Drug of Fighters.’ Police Seize 24 Million Opioid Tablets Linked to ISIS
Nov. 3, 2017 - Italian financial police said Friday that the shipment of the drug tramadol was en route from India to Libya when it was seized in the southern Calabria region. The interception came six months after authorities in Genoa seized another shipment of 37 million tablets.
Laura Nyro: I am the blues Cigarettes - I'm all alone with my smoke and ashes - Take me night-flying - Maybe Mars has good news - Who?...who am I? - I am the blues.....In a world of war - I can't find my laughter - I can't see the night sun - And I can't see my freedom - I guess I can't see too much no more - Baby, till I lose my blues FULL LYRICS
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