Wednesday, November 28, 2018

November 27, 2018 • Vol. 6., No. 19
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Investors pour money into addiction treatment, but quality questions remain
Nov. 24, 2018 - Some of the biggest recent transactions have involved Addiction Campuses, Nashville; Ideal Option, Kennewick, Wash.; The Meadows of Wickenburg (Ariz.); and Delphi Behavioral Health Group, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Acadia Healthcare, a large, publicly traded national chain of addiction treatment clinics, reportedly is on the market and is being courted by buyout giant KKR and

“Things are never so bad they can't be made worse.” – Humphrey Bogart
Lessons from ‘American Overdose’ on the Opioid Crisis
November 22, 2018 - Government agencies and officials were encouraged to ignore it all. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s office wasn’t interested in pursuing pill mills and the “political leadership within Florida wasn’t much better.” Rudy Giuliani, Eric Holder, and James Comey all helped Purdue, according to McGreal, by delaying investigations of the company as addiction and overdose rates rose rapidly in the 2000’s.

Millionaire couple threaten to create magic mushroom monopoly
November 8, 2018 - Scientific studies of psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms, have been on the outskirts of serious medicine for decades. But a recent series of small studies has sparked a “psychedelic renaissance”:

21 Reasons Soda Is Killing You
3/31/2016 - There is literally no nutritional benefit whatsoever, and can actually lead to malnutrition.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) Offers Solution to Those Who Struggle with Food and Weight Related Issues
Nov 21, 2018 - Traditionally, the holidays are a time for celebration, but for those who struggle with food and weight related issues it can be especially challenging, bringing up feelings of intense shame, self-loathing and misery. Fortunately, there is a solution. Thousands of people have found a free, effective, long-term solution in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA)...

Is Social Media Addiction Worse Than Cigarettes?
Nov. 21, 2018 - But it’s not just Facebook. There are over 2 billionFacebook users worldwide, about 500 million tweets are sent daily on Twitter, 95 million images are uploaded to Instagram daily and on YouTube, over 400 hours of video are uploaded per minute.

Academy of Creative Arts offering group music classes to recovering addicts
Nov. 21, 2018 -Music is an art that transcends barriers. No matter what language you speak or where you come from, music can communicate and help heal.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn VIDEO
Could a garden tended by drug users be the thing that unites fractured neighborhood? VIDEO
Nov. 20, 2018 - Yabor’s death was a gut punch. A long-time drug user struggling with recovery, he had endless compassion for those like him. Yet he died alone on the same desolate train embankment where he’d once tried to connect people to services that might’ve helped them.

I stopped drinking for 6 weeks: 10 surprising things I learned
Nov. 23, 2018 - I didn’t touch an alcoholic drink for a month and a half — or, as I like to say, my longest period of stone-cold sobriety since I started drinking as a teenager. 

A bold exploration of the pursuit of sobriety
November 23, 2018 - Sitting on Smith Street in Collingwood, actor Jack Charles and playwright Dan Lee are sharing horror stories from their days of addiction. Charles, as famously depicted in the 2008 documentary Bastardy, was a heroin addict and burglar and spent years sleeping on the streets where he’s now a community elder.

How dealing with past trauma may be the key to breaking addiction
Nov. 24, 2018 - What’s your poison, people sometimes ask, but Gabor Matรฉ doesn’t want to ask what my poison is, he wants to ask how it makes me feel.

The New York Review of Books
by Barry Meier, Random House, 223 pp., $27.00
by Beth Macy, Little, Brown, 376 pp., $28.00
by Chris McGreal, PublicAffairs, 316 pp., $27.00
by Ryan Hampton, with Claire Rudy Foster, All Points, 290 pp., $27.99

Keep Going Back VIDEO
Comedian Artie Lange reveals he’s clean for 18 days VIDEO
Nov. 23, 2018 - Comedian Artie Lange, who has struggled with addiction for decades, revealed on Wednesday that he has been clean for 18 days and went on to perform a show before quickly returning to the rehab center...

How One Gym Uses Exercise to Fight Addiction
Nov. 20, 2018 - Even after reaching sobriety, she was intimidated by gyms, too scared to even walk in the front door. But her then boyfriend, Mike, wouldn’t stop talking about the Phoenix, a downtown Denver workout space for people recovering from various addictions...

Soul Sacrifice VIDEO
Juelz Santana Opens Up About His Drug and Alcohol Addiction in the Extended Love & Hip Hop New York Sneak Peek VIDEO
11/21/2018 - I’ve been kinda dabbling with the pills and stuff like that. I had been drinking like a cough syrup, we call it ’lean.’ The hip hop industry I was in just made it a cool thing and I had a lot of teeth problems. I was prescribed percocets from the doctor and I kinda started abusing that.

Some pharmacies thwart efforts to improve access to the opioid overdose reversal drug
November 16, 2018 - In response to the opioid crisis, all 50 states have changed their laws to make naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, easier to get and use.

No charges in the mass opiate overdose at state prison
Nov. 21, 2018 - One inmate witness told troopers that a prisoner in that housing unit brought a “white marble” of fentanyl into the prison when he transferred from the Ohio State Penitentiary near Youngstown, most likely carrying it between prisons in his rectum.

Vermont needle exchange isn’t just giving out syringes. It’s offering treatment on the spot.
Nov. 20, 2018 - Blake said she was motivated to join the program as its staff doctor in large part due to her son’s death last year from an overdose involving alcohol and fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that’s increasingly supplanted heroin in the illicit market...

Student trains public to give life-saving overdose antidote
Nov. 23, 2018 - At high doses, opioids such as fentanyl, oxycodone and morphine can stop people from breathing. At least 10 Canadian users are dying each day from the painkiller drugs. There are many close calls.

Cleaning lady wrote Suboxone prescriptions at Johnstown addiction clinic office 
Nov. 19, 2018 - Doctors are supposed to fill out and sign prescriptions themselves. But at SKS Associates in Johnstown, an addiction clinic, office staff often did that job, churning out prescriptions for more than 40 addicts who streamed in every day...

The other victims: Children bearing witness
Nov. 23, 2018 - On Election Day, with their students at home, Kensington High School teachers gathered in principal Jose Lebron’s office with an easel and poster paper, and made a list titled, “How Students Feel.” ... “Hopeless. There is no escape,” the teachers wrote, trying to capture their students’ feelings.

Worth the Trip? VIDEO
Should Kiwis go to south-east Asia for addiction treatment?VIDEO
Nov. 24 2018 - New Zealanders treated at the centres were mainly seeking help for addiction to methamphetamine, but also to alcohol, cannabis and benzodiazipines (prescription sedatives).

He’s Shed Almost 400 Pounds 
Nov. 24, 2018 - It hurt to stand. To climb stairs. To walk to the nearest grocery store. Yet every Saturday, Michael Warner took a bus from Astoria in Queens to Midtown Manhattan, where he bought three dozen doughnuts from the city’s lone Krispy Kreme franchise.

It melts plastic & can kill - why is club drug GHB on the rise?
Nov. 24, 2018 - In a corner of the club, Lauren reaches into her bag and plucks out a 30ml, clear plastic spray bottle. It’s the kind you might decant a favorite perfume into, to pack in your carry-on luggage...

Former Portland football star details long road to sobriety
November 24, 2018 - Walking in downtown with Walter Bailey, you would never guess the addiction hell he’s lived through. “With addiction it goes hand and hand with mental health,” he said.

‘Not going back’: Longtime alcoholic wows with turnaround
November 23, 2018 - Riley turned to drinking in her early 30s after multiple family crises, and she didn’t stop. Riley, now 58, ended up going to jail multiple times during the next two decades as a result of her alcoholism.

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