Monday, November 18, 2019

Hollywood Embraces Recovery

November 12, 2019 • Vol. 7., No. 11
Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson dies suddenly
at 60 Nov. 10, 2019 - No other details were provided in the company’s announcement, which said that Tyson died in his sleep early Sunday. Executive Committee Chair Edward Pei says Tyson was “an exceptional colleague, a passionate leader and an honorable man.” More@ABCNews
Portugal Solved Its Drug Crisis. Why Can't America do the Same? Nov. 9, 2019 - When 1% of its population was caught in the grips of a heroin epidemic, Portugal took the radical step to decriminalize drugs. It worked.
Brain implants used to fight drug addiction in US 
Nov. 8, 2019 - Lead doctor Ali Rezai described the device as a “pacemaker for the brain”. Patients with severe opioid addiction are being given brain implants to help reduce their cravings, in the first trial of its kind in the US. More@BBC
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Pass It On WATCH
Ex-Dry Drunk Joe Namath on his path to sobriety WATCH
Nov. 7, 2019 - Former NFL quarterback Joe Namath on the dangers of addiction and how he overcame it.
Lady Gaga opens up about having a mental injury
NOV. 6, 2019 - Lady Gaga has opened up about her struggles with mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder before — but in a new Elle interview with Oprah Winfrey published Wednesday, she’s getting especially candid. More@Refinery29
Food Addictions Are Real
November 6, 2019 - In some ways, of course, food is more insidious than drugs, because there’s no such thing as abstinence, no such thing as never starting in the first place, no such thing as being able to say, “Food? Never touch the stuff.” More@Time
“Panic is the sudden realization that everything around you is alive.” —William S. Burroughs 
Director of ‘Honey Boy’ explains how Shia LaBeouf’s rehab stint led her to make the most honest movie of the year
Nov. 9, 2019 - Alma Har’el admits there were times when she could see hints of the aggressive person Shia LaBeouf was known for in the tabloids. She wouldn’t think much of it, though, as that persona was far from the sensitive actor who loved her first movie... More@Pulse
Hollywood Embraces Recovery: How Industry Insiders Get and Stay Sober November 2019 - Like Jamie Lee Curtis, many recovering addicts say the key to maintaining sobriety is a level of self-awareness about the problem and its triggers ... Actor Katey Sagal has been sober for 33 years. More@Variety
Chris Kirk reveals battles with alcoholism in PGA interview
November 7, 2019 - “I have dealt with alcohol abuse and depression for some time now,” Kirk said in a statement. “I thought I could control it, but after multiple relapses I have come to realize that I can’t fix this on my own. 
Ronnie Wood, 72, has a guardian angel watching over him Nov. 10, 2019 - The legendary Rolling Stones guitarist told how he believes a guardian angel watched over him through his darkest hours. More@TheSun
Clinicians: Resist Being Judgmental in Working with Chemsex Patient
November 10, 2019 - In treating the patient enmeshed in methamphetamine use and compulsive sexual behavior, clinicians must leave any feelings of shock, disgust or disapproval at the door, interventionist Brad Lamm said at the Cocaine, Meth & Stimulant Summit.
Misery in Bloom LISTEN
Women and Children: The Face of Addiction in Afghanistan LISTEN November 5, 2019 - The 10-year old began smoking his father’s heroin in the summer, unnoticed by his parents, both addicts whose lives revolved around getting high and staying high, . “I felt really happy. I felt free,” More@OPB
DEA issues warning over counterfeit prescription pills from Mexico
November 04, 2019 - Based on a sampling of tablets seized nationwide between January and March 2019, DEA found that 27 percent contained potentially lethal doses of fentanyl.
Veterans struggle, but new programs help
November 9, 2019 - Tomy Parker, a Marine who was struck by a blast that claimed his entire left leg and right leg just above the knee in 2010, as well as four fingers of one hand, is quick to point out that many veterans who return from war with injuries don’t slip into prescription drug abuse. More@ABCFoxMontana
Former patient sues troubled Washington County drug clinic 
Nov. 8, 2019 - the three defendants conspired to keep him reliant on Suboxone in order to make a profit as part of a larger scheme to peddle Suboxone prescriptions to addicts in exchange for cash. More@Post-Gazette
One Day at a Time WATCH
Friends star Matthew Perry’s decades-long drug abuse battle WATCH Nov. 10, 2019 - But fans are now wondering if Matthew Perry’s OK, after alarming new images show the 50-year-old staggering out of a restaurant on Sunday in a state of disarray and sucking on a cigarette with a mystery woman. More@News
Help University of Minnesota Researchers Build a Meeting Finder App November 2019 - My name is Lana. I’m an addict and I’m also a researcher at the University of Minnesota. I want to make technology to help people in recovery. I’m working on a new technique to update 12-step meeting lists, and I can really use your help! More@InTheRooms
Recovery Works WATCH
Comedian Tommy Davidson on Overcoming Addiction and Hitting Bottom WATCH
Nov. 9 2019 - Anyone who ever watched “In Living Color” knows that Tommy Davidson is one funny guy, but in an upcoming appearance on Jada Pinkett Smith’s “Red Table Talk” he opens up about his past issues with addiction...More@ETCanada
Philippines’ anti-drug chief seeks new ways of ending scourge NOV. 9, 2019 - MANILA - The opposition leader put in charge of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs said yesterday that it was time to reassess a campaign that was fraught with senseless killings and had failed to curtail a staggering rise in addiction.
Mom died of liver failure, and daughter's heartbreaking story Nov. 10, 2019 - Once he made Mum smash her own head through a glass door, and another time he forced her to get into a freezing bath of cold water fully clothed. Unable to bring herself to leave him despite the abuse, Mum turned to wine. More@TheSun
Addiction counseling expert lived the nightmare
Nov. 9, 2019 - She did so and then completed a recovery program and after some time moved to Texas where, in addition to adhering to the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 steps, she took her first steps in volunteerism.
JUUL Loves Hooking Kids  
Nov. 5, 2019 - Juul executives knew young people were flocking to its breakthrough e-cigarette shortly after it went on sale in 2015 … Its nicotine blend was so potent, engineers devised a kill switch to limit the dosage – but the idea was shelved. More@Reuters
25 Mental Health Quotes to Help You Feel Less Alone
Nov. 9, 2019 - “Beautiful fake smile. All it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul and they will never notice how broken you really are.”
Robin Williams More@YourTango
Addiction blindfolds addicts, and their families November 10, 2019 - We, survivors of addiction, are family. We are all too familiar with the perilous landscape of substance abuse. How can we know who will go on to have happiness and who will perish? More@HeraldNet
How Hollywood Blvd’s star Superman wound up homeless, then dead in the Valley
Nov. 9, 2019 - Will we ever see the likes of a Christopher Dennis on Hollywood Boulevard again? For more than two decades, on the Walk of Fame’s pink terrazzo stars, he played Superman with the devotion of a child convinced he’s a superhero. More@LATimes
Aged 90 and still taking cocaine
November 10, 2019 - Pensioners aged 90 and over are being admitted to hospital after taking cocaine. Ten nonagenarians were admitted with mental disorders “due to the use of cocaine” last year... More@TheTimes
Sequel or Seroquel? WATCH
Appeal of Exploring Sobriety & Recovery in ‘Doctor Sleep’ WATCH NOVEMBER 6, 2019 - In Doctor Sleep, McGregor takes over for Danny Lloyd who played Danny Torrance in the 1980 Kubrick film. Dan is all grown up, struggling with addiction (much like his father), and is also still trying to cope with what he experienced at The Overlook Hotel...More@Collider
‘The Shining’ sequel pays homage to the original 1980 film
Nov. 8, 2019 - As a young man, Dan — as he now calls himself — struggles with addiction and alcoholism. But as the film gets underway, after fast-forwarding through eight years of Alcoholics Anonymous, Dan (Ewan McGregor) has settled into... More@WaPo
Drugs are the Answer? LISTEN
A Medication to Treat Meth Addiction? LISTEN
November 7, 2019 - Beste gave McDowell a prescription for naltrexone and signed her up for individual and group therapy. McDowell says that three to four hours after she took the first pill, she felt better. After the second pill, the withdrawals lessened. More@NPR
Yelling at Your Dogs Ruins Their lives November 8, 2019 - A heartbreaking new study finds that screaming at dogs scares them for the long term — and patience is a far superior method for training them. Even treats aren’t as much fun for traumatized pups. More@NYPost
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