Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Issue ALL Positive Stories

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Dec. 24, 2018 • Vol. 6., No. 23
For Treatment Industry & Recovery Community
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." Jesus Christ
Someone Loves You VIDEO
Laura Nyro (born October 18, 1947; died April 8, 1997) was an American songwriter, singer, and pianist. She achieved critical acclaim with her own recordings... Her style was a hybrid of Brill Building-style New York pop, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, show tunes, rock and soul. In 2012 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame....
Six ways to keep your addiction recovery on track over the holidays by Marty Cook
Dec. 21, 2018 - When my anxious thoughts finally stop spinning, I have a yearly holiday epiphany: Being sober doesn’t mean you can’t have fun during the holidays. In fact, it’s the opposite. You can enjoy holiday events and the joy the season brings...

The value of owning more books than you can read
Oct. 2018 - Many readers buy books with every intention of reading them only to let them linger on the shelf. The Japanese call this practice tsundoku, and it may provide lasting benefits.

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Treatment Works VIDEO
Recovering Drug Addicts Credit Profit for Changing Lives VIDEO
Dec. 18, 2018 - “He grows every day. He’s my light,” Danielle Adamovic said about her son. Adamovic almost did not get to see her son grow up because she was in jail and facing a 10-year prison sentence when she found out she was pregnant. “I didn’t know what was going to happen to my baby, if I was ever even going to meet him,” Adamovic said.

Cincinnati Raises Legal Age To Buy Cigarettes To 21
DEC 12, 2018 -The ordinance would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. That includes cigarettes, chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and

Local drug treatment program is giving vets new life
December 19, 2018 - Currently, there are about 35 veterans in the court. Veterans graduate from the program and continue their lives in sobriety. Some return as mentors. Fuca said drunken driving offenses and domestic violence cases “probably make up 90 percent” of the people in the program.

The Creative Arts Comfort and Heal During Chaotic Times by Ericha Scott, Ph.D
May 2018 – We are living in complicated and difficult times. We are all affected by what is happening on the world stage, regardless of nationality, political affiliation, gender, age, race or religion. Those of us who are privileged are not completely exempt, even if all that touches us is the cacophony of news reports about mass suffering. In fact, while writing this article, another public shooting event is unfolding on social media as it is happening in real time. The creative arts are able to help people find balance, meaning and purpose. 

Magician, Mesmer or Merlin? AUDIO
The Poet of Mythical Men AUDIO
December 21, 2018 - For more than 60 years, poet Robert Bly has written about nature, alcoholic father, mysticism and political protest. His two dozen collections have garnered many prizes, including a National Book Award...

Stunning Turnaround by Formerly Addicted Mom Whose Baby Was Adopted by Policeman
July 6, 2018 – The words that saved Crystal Champ’s life were delivered like a spear into the heart. She had just arrived at a drug treatment facility in Central Florida in December, and a therapist looked in her eyes and said, “This is life or death.” … “That really like hit me hard,” Champ said. “My therapist wouldn’t work with me if I wasn’t going to take it seriously.” The message worked. Champ has been sober for nearly seven months and has escaped a life of drug addiction and homelessness.

Drug Court Grads Clean, Sober and Moving Forward
August 29, 2018 – “The opportunities I thought were erased have been given back to me,” said Christopher Lacey after exiting the courtroom. Lacey and eight other graduates were recognized by the program’s supporters and by Rader for their dedication to staying sober and rebuilding their lives.

Seven Things That Inevitably Happen to Your Personal Life When You Get Sober by Holly Glenn Whitaker
Aug. 17, 2018 – This year, I celebrated five years sober. It’s been over six years since I started seriously questioning my relationship with alcohol and considered a life without it … The life I had before I quit drinking was a lot like Groundhog Day; I was always waiting for it to begin and always reliving the same stuff, day after day, year after year.

8 Ways Sex Changes When You’re Sober
May 14, 2018 – Sex can be an incredibly vulnerable experience. For people who struggle with alcoholism, the desire to dull some of the more uncomfortable feelings associated with sex – like fear, anxiety and insecurity – can be even greater.

At Coachella Eminem Dedicated “Not Afraid” to Fans for Helping Him Reach 10 Years Sober
April 16, 2018 – Today Eminem has performed at Coachella Festival and of course he dedicated his one of the three diamond songs, the Grammy winning single, “Not Afraid” to his fans: Eminem says: “I’m ten years sober this week and I could not have done this without you all so Cali this is my song back to you and anybody who’s going through that shit. This song’s for you.” and “Not Afraid” starts.

10 Years Sober, Chris Herren Opens Facility
March 7, 2018 – “For the past 10 years I’ve had a plan for a place like this,” he says. “I believe there is a void for anyone who is struggling, anyone who is not thriving. The center, he says, seeks to provide resources for prevention, early intervention and a post-treatment foundation to sustain a healthy lifestyle. It also offers the residents (who will stay between 30-120 days) acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga,

Jodie Sweetin: "I’ve Been Sober for Six Years..."
Feb. 24, 2917 – Sweetin, 36, revealed: “I have not had any alcohol in at least eight years, and I have been sober from illegal substances for at least six years. “I take my sobriety very seriously and would not do anything to jeopardize my commitment to sobriety.” After an accident, where she broke her ankle, she admitted to taking pain medication to help her cope.

Five Ways to Get Sober in the New Year
Dec. 31, 2017 – New Year’s resolutions come and go, but a resolve to get sober is accessible and sustainable throughout the year. Experts working in addiction treatment and the recovery community contribute actionable ways to get sober in the new year with minimal or no cost…

James Bond Has a ‘Severe Chronic Alcohol Problem,’ According to Health Experts
DEC. 12, 2018 - There’s a scene in Skyfall where James Bond, awash on a faraway island and presumed dead by the world, takes a shot of liquor while staring down a scorpion perched on his hand, stinger ready to jab him with poison before the liquid hits his stomach.

Eliza Dushku Celebrates 10 Years of Sobriety
Nov. 28, 2018 – Eliza Dushku just hit a major milestone in her sobriety and says she’s incredibly “grateful” to be at this point in her life. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, 37, celebrated 10 years of sobriety on November 27 and marked the accomplishment with a heartfelt post on Instagram.

A New York Soccer Story: ‘Coach Jake’
2017 – “I was dysfunctional, like my kids,” he said. “Some succeeded, I just helped get a kid into Cornell. I told Bouna Coundoul not to go to overseas. He didn’t listen. He listened to bad advice. You do what you can. “What I’ve done has been more covert than overt.

Using the Outdoors to Help Others Get Clean
Oct. 26, 2018 – Growing up in Venice Beach, it wasn’t uncommon for kids to try alcohol at a young age. Most of DuPrez’s friends started drinking in elementary school, and in third grade, he found himself filling his lunch thermos with Lancers wine—he was addicted.

How One Gym Uses Exercise to Fight Addiction
Nov. 20, 2018 – The nonprofit was founded in 2006 by 33-year-old triathlete and climber Scott Strode after experiencing firsthand how sports and adventure outings assisted in his own recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

Reel Recovery: Conquering Addiction with Film
Oct. 24, 2018 – An addiction specialist and counselor who has been sober for 24 years, Buschel — who co-founded the festival with his longtime friend Robert Downey Sr. — also co-founded Writers In Treatment, which offers free referrals for individuals suffering from alcoholism or addiction, and which also presents the festival. 

Executive Corner: Ahbra Schiff
Ahbra Schiff is proud to be a sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous, a mom, and part of Leonard Buschel’s Writer’s In Treatment, and the media produced under its auspices.“My life has changed because of sobriety and one of the best things I do now is to work with young women who are in the county’s juvenile detention centers.” 
Q. If you are in recovery, what was your DOC and when did you discontinue its use?
A. Methamphetamine and cocaine, (alcohol, too, we all start somewhere) my sobriety date is 12.21.15
Q. Do you believe leaders are made or born?
A. Both—some qualities are innate, but they still have to be nurtured
Q. Which film have you watched the most?
A. Probably Finding Nemo, or Shrek—I have kids!

Boy George ‘The Day He Became Sane’ and a Decade of Sobriety
October 22, 2018 – “In recovery, we talk about rock bottoms, you know? And everybody has their own rock bottom,” George elaborated. “Some people, it could something really mundane. For me, it was literally just one morning, waking up, and just having this kind of overwhelming feeling that I was really, truly unhappy, and I needed to do something about it. I remember one of the things I said to myself was ‘If you’re going to be Boy George, you might as well try and be the best Boy George you can be.’ I have to say that things have got increasingly better and better and better the longer I’ve been sober.”

Selma Blair Celebrates Two Years of Sobriety: “I Am a Living Miracle”
June 22, 2018 – Congratulations, Selma Blair! The 45-year-old actress took to Instagram on Thursday, June 21 to celebrate two years of sober living. “Two years sober. Two years feeling everything and nothing. Two years of extreme gratitude and humility and grace,” she captioned a photo of herself blowing out candles on a birthday cake. “I thank the lord and my

Martin Sheen on Sobriety
09/28/18 – Sheen, who was being awarded with LA Chefs’ Human Rights Hero Award for his work with the homeless in Los Angeles, said that he was proud of his son’s efforts to follow a healthier path and admit to his past indiscretions. “I think all of us are striving to lead honest lives,” said Sheen.

Sia Celebrates 8 Years of Sobriety: ‘You Can Do It’
September 11, 2018 – “When you’re in a different place every day, there’s this kind of madness that sets in. It’s easy to get away with getting high, because everybody’s drinking on the road,” Sia (born Sia Furler) told the New York Times in 2014. “None of my friends thought I was an alcoholic, and neither did I.”

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