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March 12, 2019 • Vol. 6., No. 34
For Treatment Industry & Recovery Community
Nephew, uncle who ran treatment center charged with patient brokering
March 7, 2019 - DELRAY BEACH — A man and his uncle who operated a Delray Beach substance-abuse treatment center paid $20,000 in patient referral kickbacks, authorities allege.
Consequences Most Tragic VIDEO
Mother found unconscious with dead baby, bottle of rum in freezing car VIDEO
MARCH 8, 2019 - Rachel McAfee, 36, faces charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death. Rachel’s husband, John McAfee, reported his wife and daughter, Emma, missing Monday. Rachel was supposed to drop Emma off at her in-law’s house and then go to a meeting about alleged drinking problems. She did not do either.
Jodie Sweetin, John Stamos, Mackenzie Phillips, Ed Begley Jr., Tony Denison, Joanna Cassidy and Others Gather for 10th AnnualExperience, Strength and Hope Awards
March 6, 2019 - Hosted by Leonard Buschel, founder of Writers in Treatment and the Reel Recovery Film Festival, the 10th Annual Experience, Strength and Hope Awards honored actress Jodie Sweetin for her successful journey into recovery. Detailed with painful conviction in her book,unSweetined: A Memoir...
The “I Do” of Addiction
March 4, 2019 - A personal history; notes on crack cocaine, commitment, Rick Ross and my mother. I was nine, ten—no older than that. The particular night, I blew into Mom’s room, found her at the foot of her bed with her head pressed in her hands and asked her what was wrong.
Airwolf’ actor Jan-Michael Vincent dies; career derailed by drugs and alcohol
MAR. 08, 2019 - Jan-Michael Vincent, a golden boy of Hollywood action films in the 1970s who starred in the mid-1980s TV adventure series “Airwolf” but saw his career crater amid drug and alcohol addiction, has died in Asheville, N.C.
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Sucked into a mental health system black hole - the reality of abuse, addiction, recovery
Mar. 9, 2019 - While other parents rejoice in the new era of early adulthood, Josie lives in constant fear someone will kill her mentally ill, drug-addicted daughter. A bad trip on DMT at a Bacchus Marsh bush doof sent her spiralling into psychosis at the age of 18, with a dream-like conviction she would only wake from her “coma” in death.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. –Howard Thurman
E-cigarettes linked to heart attacks, coronary artery disease and depression
March 7, 2019 - “Until now, little has been known about cardiovascular events relative to e-cigarette use. These data are a real wake-up call and should prompt more action and awareness about the dangers of e-cigarettes,” said Mohinder Vindhyal, MD, assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine...
Executive Corner: Mike Gerstein
Mike Gerstein is the CEO and owner of Freedom Treatment Centers of California. He and his business partner, David Silberberg, started Freedom Treatment Center 2 years ago.
Q. If you are in recovery, what was your DOC and when did you discontinue its use? 
A. Methadone, cocaine, heroin, alcohol, meth
Q. At which of the schools you attended did you learn the most?
A. Pierce College
Does the NBA Have a Mental-Health Crisis on Its Hands?
March 7, 2019 - Last weekend, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke as a panelist at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. He was asked by Book of Basketball author Bill Simmons why so many NBA players seem unhappy. Silver’s response was quite unexpected.

Kids Tell Their Parents - Stay Off That Phone!
March 6, 2019 - Smartphones have now been implicated in more developmental and relationship problems than Charlie Sheen. 60 percent of parents felt bad for using their phone around their kids and 36 percent had been told off by their own children for too much phone time.
Mental Health Treatment Denied to Customers by Giant Insurer’s Policies
March 5, 2019 - In a scathing decision released Tuesday, a federal judge in Northern California ruled that a unit of UnitedHealth Group, the giant health insurer, had created internal policies aimed at effectively discriminating against patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders to save money...
6 Women Sexually Abused at Timberline Knolls
March 7, 2019 Cook County prosecutors allege that a Timberline Knolls counselor, Mike Jacksa, sexually assaulted or abused six patients last year at the leafy 43-acre rehab center in suburban Lemont. Former patients told police that Jacksa subjected them to rape, forced oral sex, digital penetration and fondling beneath their clothes. He faces 62 felony
Gwyneth Paltrow Says Psychedelics Are The Next Wellness Craze
March 6, 2019 - When asked what she sees as the “next big thing” in wellness, Paltrow gave a surprising answer: “I think how psychedelics affect healthand mental health and addiction will come more into the mainstream,” she said.
When They Look at Me, They See Dollar Signs 
MARCH/APRIL 2019 ISSUE - How rehab recruiters are luring recovering opioid addicts into a deadly cycle. The offer was too good to resist: Go to rehab for a week, get $1,000 in cash.
“Junkie” Caricatures Make Us All Vulnerable to Addiction
March 5, 2019 - I was enamored with the way heroin blunted my senses ... I was in love with the way it let me love again—romantically, sexually and platonically. I was using heroin as a balm, as a love spell, as a party drug—but I picked up the needle because I wanted to write a damn poem.
Johann Hari’s Journey of Discovery About Depression
March 1, 2019 - Despite people worldwide becoming more comfortable materially, they are no happier. (In fact, some evidence suggests that humans in richer countries are more depressed than those in poorer ones.) What accounts for this?
Recovery is Possible VIDEO
Former ABC4 News Anchor talks about addiction VIDEO
Mar. 8, 2019 - Randall was a keynote speaker at the event, who is now celebrating seven years of sobriety. He now works with people who are fighting addictions...
Indiana using Lyft to offer free rides to drug treatment
Mar. 8, 2019 - The transportation program was inspired after an initiative ran last year called Open Beds, which allowed residents to call 211 to be connected to residential treatment centers that had space.
Bessom hoping ‘Strong Wings’ app can make a difference
Mar. 9, 2019 - Bessom has been working on an app called Strong Wings, which is not yet completed and still in the fundraising stage. He has been working on the project for over two years, which is designed to streamline intake for substance abuse centers and make it easier for those people in crisis situations to find a place to go for
Couple hiking Appalachian Trail to raise overdose awareness
March 9, 2019 - For both Karen and Stephen, overdoses have affected loved ones. In 1993, Karen lost her older brother to an intentional overdose. Stephen also lost a sibling, an older sister in 2001, to an accidental overdose of prescribed medications for mental health.
Marti Noxon On ‘Sharp Objects’ Season 2, Sobriety
March 9, 2019 - Producer, writer and director Marti Noxon shared her very personal journey of sobriety and how it was translated in a trio of projects including the eating disorder pic To the Bone (her directorial debut)…the self-image dramedy Dietland, and the HBO adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects....
Addiction treatment falls short 
MARCH 09, 2019 - But the evidence is clear that methadone, buprenorphine, and Vivitrol work. The urgency surrounding opioid overdoses is breaking down the stigma against medications and they are becoming more available, said Vic DiGravio, head of the trade group for Massachusetts treatment providers.
Ex-Prosecutor Says Ocean County Drug Recovery Corrupt
March 2019 - A program to give drug addicts a second chance may in fact have been shaking them down, according to a former state prosecutor who says he was fired after sounding the alarm on a county drug recovery service that may have been breaking the law.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Celebrates 1st Year Of Sobriety
March 10, 2019 - Moody’s FIVE FINGER bandmate, bassist Chris Kael, congratulated his friend on the milestone, writing on Instagram: “Join me in celebrating @ivanmoody today on his One Year Sober Birthday! Roughly 75 percent of those who start the path to sobriety don’t make it a full year.
If Purdue Pharma declares bankruptcy, what happens to the lawsuits against them?
March 4, 2019 - As first reported Monday by Reuters and confirmed by the Wall Street Journal, Purdue is weighing a bankruptcy filing in the face of the lawsuits, which allege the company misled doctors and the public about safety concerns as it promoted its opioid painkillers.
Carrying the Message VIDEO
Fuller House’s Jodie Sweetin to speak at Georgia Southern about substance abuse VIDEO
Mar. 8, 2019 - Best known for her role as Stephanie Tanner in ABC’s ‘Full House’ and Netflix’s ‘Fuller House,’ Jodie Sweetin is coming to Georgia Southern University to talk about her struggle and triumph over substance abuse.
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