Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Few, The Strong, The Proud

April 16, 2019 • Vol. 6., No. 39
For Treatment Industry & Recovery Community
Ebbie Thacher Family Legacy
April 11, 2019 - Ebby Thacher was born in 1896, and wasted no time becoming the family’s black sheep. The man just could not stay sober, according to historical accounts, and spent his entire life in an endless cycle of drying out and soaking in a bottle, only to repeat the cycle again and again.
How Alcoholics Anonymous got so popular?
April 13, 2019 - …Written by an alcoholic named Bill Wilson, the book took an approach to the addiction she’d never encountered before. “As she read it, she felt great relief,” writes Joe Miller in his new book, “US of AA: How the Twelve Steps Hijacked the Science of Alcoholism”...
Demi Lovato, Ben Affleck & More — 11 Celebrities Who Are Open About Their Sobriety
April 10, 2019 - Life in the spotlight has its ups and downs but some stars have it a bit rougher than others. Some Hollywood A-listers struggle with eating disorders while some grapple with mental health issues. And some celebrities have battled with drug and alcohol abuse. Here are the stars who have combated the bottle and stayed sober.
Lena Dunham Celebrates 1 Year of Sobriety as She Opens Up About Past ‘Issue with Drugs’
April 10, 2019 - The 32-year-old Girls creator and star revealed to her fans on Wednesday that although she “had an issue with drugs for a long time,” she is now 365 days sober. “I’ve done a lot of cool things in this life, but none has brought me the peace, joy and lasting connections that being part of a sober fellowship has,” said Lena Dunham...
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“The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight.” —Joseph Campbell
Arbitrator awards $8.8 million to man, blames Sovereign Health for overdose that led to seizure, brain injury
April 11, 2019 - “For a rehab center to behave in such a negligent, uncaring manner is shameful, and the injuries Zach will have to live with for the rest of his life are the result of a total failure by the center and its staff.
17.6 million Americans suffer from alcoholism
April 6, 2019 - But behavioral therapy, medication and support from family, friends and others in the same situation, such as members of Alcoholics Anonymous, have been effective in helping many to stop drinking.
Paul Greengard, Nobel Winner Neuroscientist dies at 93
April 14, 2019 - His father was a vaudeville performer who became a perfume salesman; his mother, a homemaker, died giving birth to him. ... “Since there’s not a shred of physical evidence that my mother ever existed, I wanted to do something to make her less abstract,” he told The New York Times in 2006.
The military leads all other professions in the number of days spent drinking per year
April 5, 2019 - Whether it’s shutting down an entire country’s beer supply, going on a beer-only diet for Lent, or reaching a state of intoxication so severe that one breaks into someone’s home, gets naked and takes a shower, the association between service member and alcohol is well
Prosecutors Say Drugmaker Indivior Lied About Suboxone 
April 10, 2019 - Indivior misled doctors and government health programs into believing that the drug, Suboxone Film, was safer and less likely to be abused than rivals ... The company’s stock fell as much as 75 percent in London, shriveling its market value to 204 million pounds ($267 million).
Politicians Warn Drug Companies Not to Cooperate With Congress' Investigation
April 8, 2019 - In their letters, Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows — leaders of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus — imply that Cummings may be attempting to collect the information in order to bring down the industry’s stock prices.
Drug Addiction Used to End Political Careers, but That’s Finally Changing
April 4, 2019 - Two and a half years ago, Bethany Hallam was lying in a cell in the Allegheny County Jail, sick from withdrawal. “I couldn’t eat. I was physically ill,” she recalls. She had swallowed pain pills or shot heroin daily for years and had racked up convictions for DUI and drug possession.
Nikki Sixx eager to spread awareness of opioid crisis with ‘The Heroin Diaries’ musical
MAR. 25, 2019 - “I kept journals for years. One of the cardboard boxes had busted and these journals had fallen out. I remember sitting there reading these journals, and by then I was a father of four, sober for many, many years, and it was shocking to read this and what happened behind my addiction.”
Life is Holy AUDIO
Supporters Sue To Open Safe Injection Site In Philly - Citing Religious Freedom AUDIO
April 13, 2019 - [This] service is an exercise of the religious beliefs of its Board of Directors, who hold as core tenets preserving life, providing shelter to neighbors, and ministering to those most in need of physical and spiritual care,” Eisenstein wrote to the court.
To Address Addiction, Confront Racism in Our Health and Justice Systems
APRIL 8, 2019 - We already knew racism was a core element in the foundation of many of these policies. Now, more and more people are understanding the intricate manifestations of a racial caste system, illustrated, for example, by Michelle Alexander in The New Jim Crow and in Ava DuVernay’s documentary, 13th.
Vitamin and mineral supplements...could cause harm
April 9, 2019 -Getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals can lower your risk of an early death, but they should come from food instead of supplements, a study published Tuesday suggests. 
I Should Have Been in Rehab
April 10, 2019 - The work of an artist requires real self examination to remain fresh, authentic and relevant. The rigorous and at times scary training I received as an actor/dancer/singer taught me the technique of taking the inner journey...
Bad Crank AUDIO
Meth Mania: From Biker Gangs to the Psych Ward, How Speed Came of Age in California AUDIO
April 5, 2019 - Twenty-five years after snorting her first line of speed at a club in San Francisco, Kim has redefined “normal” so many times. At first, it seemed like meth brought her back to her true self — the person she was before her parents divorced, before the stepfather moved in, then moved out.
FDA Warns: Sudden Opioid Tapering is Harmful
April 10, 2019 - File it under “Duh!”, but the FDA has finally admitted that the new medical practice of removing opioid medications from patients who’ve been on them...
Barbara Marx Hubbard Peacefully Passed Away April 10th, 2019
April 11, 2019 - Barbara was well known for her work as an author, speaker, visionary and futurist. She is the subject of a biography by author Neale Donald Walsch, The Mother of Invention: The Legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard and the Future of “YOU.”

The Validity of the “Fake-It-Till-You-Make-It” Philosophy
APRIL 13, 2019 - But can you really fake confidence? According to a study by, people who present themselves as being self-assured, in spite of the doubt they feel, have an easier time navigating the world than people who lack both inner and outer confidence...
Fentanyl-laced marijuana hits the streets of upstate New York
April 12, 2019 - … the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office confiscated the marijuana in the town of Thompson and it tested positive for fentanyl. It is the first time fentanyl was found in marijuana in the area, the report says...
Nothing But Net VIDEO
When the NBA ended, Greg Oden descended into alcoholism VIDEO
April 12, 2019 - His 7-foot body had crumpled to the bathroom floor again, his head hanging over the toilet, the smell of alcohol oozing from his pores. Greg Oden had been drinking all day, morning until night, as he did every day.
A Better Needle VIDEO
Ear acupuncture, another tool in addiction recovery VIDEO
April 13, 2019 - It would add another holistic and therapeutic treatment — like yoga, mindfulness and aromatherapy — to work in conjunction with medical care to help people recover from addiction. “In this crisis we are in, we tend to hear a lot about medically assisted treatments, but there are other tools,” Fiola said. “It’s another tool in the toolkit of recovery.
Deadly? VIDEO
Kratom: Popular herbal drug tied to over 90 fatal overdoses VIDEO
April 13, 2019 - The over-the-counter herbal drug kratom has been linked to an increasing number of overdose deaths, federal health officials said this week.
Proposed Federal Guidelines for Sober Homes are Disappointing
APR. 12, 2019 - But several recent and devastating investigations have found that unscrupulous sober homes maintain low standards and bill insurance companies astronomical amounts for offering little to residents; the worst operators are facing long prison sentences for assaulting residents and giving them drugs.
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