Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Drive-Thru Enlightenment

June 4, 2019 • Vol. 6., No. 46
For Treatment Industry & Recovery Community
US Opioid Crisis - REAL SOLUTIONS in DC with PTACC
On JUNE 5 - Thank you for your interest in the Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC) Hill Deflection/Pre-Arrest Diversion Education event and the C4 (PTACC National Founding Partner) Hill MAT Education event on June 5 in Washington D.C. You can register to the event from here.
Sobriety School Will Change the Way You Think About Drinking
MAY 29, 2019 - What does it mean to have a drinking problem? The answer to that can vary widely, but more and more people are asking this question in pursuit of wellness as the “sober curious” movement grows. According to Holly Whitaker, founder of Tempest...
Garbage Headlines Show Benefiting Addiction, Recovery
June 1 2019 - Garbage headlined the concert along with the Jam Alker Band and Slow Mass, including a special appearance by Richard Patrick of Filter; the band lead the way for an evening focused on tackling the ever-present dangers of substance abuse.
“Treat people as if they are who they can be and you help them to become who they’re capable of being.” —Johann von Goethe
Which US States Have the Worst Drug Problems?
June 1, 2019 - ...released a study comparing drug abuse and risk across the 50 states and Washington, D.C. It scored 22 key metrics related to drugs across three main categories: dug use and addiction, law enforcement and drug health issues and rehab.
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‘Doctors gave antidepressants –It took me four years for my low mood and brain fog to be diagnosed as the menopause’
May 29, 2019 - Yet a BJFM survey found 48 per cent of GPs have had no training in the management of the menopause, which can include mood changes, joint and muscle pain, headaches and vaginal
Honoring AA & Life/Death AUDIO/VIDEO
‘To Honor This Heartbreak’ NPR AUDIO/VIDEO
June 1, 2019 - For this year’s contest, the band Swale of Burlington, Vt. submitted a video that extends empathy to those struggling with addiction. Swale’s Amanda Gustafson notably played “If You Get Lost” at the 2018 funeral of Madelyn Linsenmeir, a 30-year-old victim of opioid addiction and the sister of Gustafson’s close friend.
Keeley Lennon recasts painful experience to help others
June 2, 2019 - This story is part of Newsday’s 2019 Extraordinary Seniors series showcasing 16 high school students from across Long Island with the vision and determination to transform their corners of the universe — and perhaps beyond...
Clinician’s Corner with Robyn Goldberg
Robyn L. Goldberg, RDN, CEDRD, INC. Private Practice. Robyn began her career at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles as the in-patient dietitian in the Department of Cardiology. Over the last twenty two years she has developed her own private practice in Beverly Hills, CA. More@AREB
Energy drinks link frightening side effects for your heart?
May 29, 2019 - The global energy drink market was worth $39 billion in 2013, and is expected to hit $61 billion by 2021 ... More research is needed, as this study was small, only featured healthy individuals, and didn’t take other factors into consideration (such as mixing the drinks with alcohol.)
Ex-NFL Star Robert Smith ‘Marks 7 Years of Sobriety’
MAY 22, 2019 - “It’s not my fault, but it’s my problem. Today marks 7 years of sobriety but that can change if I believe for a second that I’m different from every other alcoholic. I’m grateful I know that today. One day at a time.”
Robin Williams’ son helps to raise awareness about suicide
MAY 30, 2019 - “There’s no education in place to tell you how to deal with this,” Zak is quoted in the Instagram post. “To balance how to grieve privately with your family and then also to have to grieve publicly. While it was nice to be heard, I was spending time on the outer layer instead of on the inside.
Tabloids’ Toxic Obsession With Celebrity Mental Health
May 31, 2019 - “Treating someone’s mental illness as their primary decision-maker is reductive, and fuels the notion that people are defined by, and incapable of overcoming, their diagnosis— You don’t have to have a mental illness to go on a Twitter rampage or make rash decisions about your romantic life…” wrote Lux Alptraum, for Vox.
Treating overdose deaths like murder will only deter 911 calls
May 30, 2019 - On Wednesday, 24-year-old Emma Semler was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for her friend’s overdose death. The two used heroin together ... Jennifer overdosed and died. Emma, who brought the drugs and left-
Amazon Threatened Over Release of New Book About ‘Rehab Mogul’ Chris Bathum
May 28, 2019 - Amazon is about to release a book that recounts one of the biggest scandals in the rehab industry, ... The Blast obtained a cease and desist letter sent to Amazon last week by a man named Cliff Brodsky, a musician who also touts himself as an “Addiction Advocate.”
What I Like About WCSAD by Ahbra Kay Schiff
June 4, 2019 - I came for the connection. I came for the camaraderie and the opportunity to start my day in a 12-step meeting and to socialize in a sober environment, about a sobering topic, with people who are anything but dull. More@AREB
Doctor uses social media to raise mental health awareness — and Beyonce approves VIDEO
May 27, 2019 - “You are not your pain, You are love.” Search on Instagram for “Ask Dr. Jess” and you’ll find Dr. Jessica Clemons, a New York City-based psychiatrist. She has gained recognition for her online platform, where she creates conversation to helps people
Unmarried, childless women are happiest of all, says expert
May 28, 2019 - ‘If you are a man, you should probably get married; if you are a woman, don’t bother’ Women who are not married and do not have children are the happiest group in the population, a prominent expert in happiness has said.
Popular E-cig flavors health threat to cardiovascular system
May 28, 2019 - ...adds to growing evidence that the flavored “e-liquids” used in vapes can hinder human cells’ ability to survive and function. The authors say these changes, some observed in the absence of nicotine, are known to play a role in heart disease. “The public has this notion that e-cigarettes are safe,”...
Contamination! NPR AUDIO
The Dark Side Of Generic Prescription Drugs NPR AUDIO
May 16, 2019 - Journalist Katherine Eban says most of the generic medicine being sold in the U.S. is manufactured overseas — sometimes under questionable quality control standards.
MEDIA: New Book Quest
Spiritual Memoir Highlights One Woman Overcoming Addiction, Abuse, and Jail Time
MAY 28, 2019 - An abusive marriage, alcohol addiction and incarceration, divorce and custody battle, her teenager’s gender identity crisis, and the untimely death of her mother left Kindred Light broken and in a dark place. 
Google bans marijuana delivery
May 29, 2019 - Android apps can apparently still promote pot, but they’re not allowed to offer an “in-app shopping cart feature” to assist with “arranging delivery or pick up of marijuana” or otherwise “facilitate the sale of marijuana or marijuana products, regardless of legality.”
10 Lessons from 10 Years of Sobriety Without AA
May 28, 2019 - In early sobriety, someone told me that since I’d gotten sober without AA, I wasn’t an alcoholic, and that since I didn’t go to meetings and ate the occasional mushroom, I wasn’t sober.
Sharing His Story AUDIO
Eating Disorder Was A Way ‘To Protect Myself’ AUDIO
May 31, 2019 - When Eric Dorsa was a teenager, an eating disorder derailed his plans for college. He said that his eating disorder was never about food. “For me, it was a way of trying to protect myself.”
Ecstasy’ shows promise for post-traumatic stress treatment
May 29, 2019 - “PTSD symptoms decreased after one session of MDMA together with psychotherapy,” says Zach Walsh, study co-author. He adds that 54 per cent of participants no longer met PTSD criteria after two sessions and that there was also improvement in their depression.
"Swale" Song VIDEO
Band Extends Compassion ‘To Honor Heartbreak’ of AddictionVIDEO
June 1, 2019 - For this year’s contest, the band Swale of Burlington, Vt. submitted a video that extends empathy to those struggling with addiction. Swale’s Amanda Gustafson notably played “If You Get Lost” at the 2018 funeral of Madelyn Linsenmeir, a 30-year-old victim of opioid addiction and the sister of Gustafson’s close friend.
Southworth Associates Announces Acquisition and Appointment of New Managing Partner
May 31, 2019 - Southworth Associates announced it has acquired Scott Gilbert’s Mississippi based, behavioral health consulting firm, IOP Consulting.
“Alcoholic Gene”-Who’s at Risk?
June 1, 2019 - Being a high functioning alcoholic can also lead to physical consequences such as liver disease, pancreatitis, certain types of cancer, premature death, domestic violence, child abuse or neglect and even fetal alcohol syndrome for women who do not know they are pregnant or continue drinking anyways.
Is Mindfulness More Than a 10-Minute Hack?
June 2, 2019 - “Like anything else that’s useful to our lives, meditative and contemplative skills take practice and commitment,” said Nadrich. “It does require effort on our part.” That effort can be a tough sell, given the fast pace of our world.
Heroin Overdose Parties Are a Dehumanizing Myth
May 16, 2019 - “Society fundamentally doesn’t value the lives of people who use drugs,” Sarah Wakeman, medical director at Massachusetts General Hospital explains. “The idea that we would try to save the life and keep someone safe without the explicit goal of stopping them from using drugs is hard for some people to wrap their heads around.”
Clinic owner gets 6 years for selling $580K of illegal opioids
May 31, 2019 - The scheme netted Shariff and Dr. Galvani at least $584,000 between Feb. 2012 and March 2013, prosecutors said. They were responsible for prescribing more than two kilograms of Oxycodone, 595,000 Hydrocodone pills and 190,000 Alprazolam pills during this period.
It's Never Too Late For Therapy VIDEO
Samantha X opens up on alcoholism and latest career change VIDEO
JUNE 3, 2019 - Sobriety is better for my sanity, my sex drive and my skin. By the grace of a God of my understanding, my Higher Power, the power and support of my sober fellows, I have been sober for 100 days today. That means 100 days without a hangover, feeling ashamed, guilty, sick & sad.
Rockin' Conversation VIDEO
DISTURBED Continues Campaign Raising Addiction and Mental Health Awareness VIDEO
May 31, 2019 - DISTURBED continues its campaign to raise mental health awareness and have teamed with iHeartRadio for a radio special about the stigma of addiction, depression and PTSD ... spokespeople from mental health organizations Camp Hope, 22 Kill and NAMI, can be seen
Mama June’s Intervention FlopsJUNE 1, 2019 - Mama June Shannon’s family staged an unsuccessful intervention in an attempt to save the reality mom from her “stress” and “unhealthy” lifestyle. Days after the family’s intervention, June and her boyfriend Geno were arrested for possession of crack cocaine and domestic violence.
Its all in the game VIDEO ONLY
Video Game Addiction Officially Recognized by WHO Video Only
May 31, 2019 - The WHO has officially declared video game addiction as a mental health disorder. Psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Bober joined Cheddar News’ Hena Doba and Jill Wagner to break down the signs of this addiction.
Man running four miles a day for sobriety
MAY 30, 2019 - Jason Parks is 990 days sober from alcohol ... Thursday, he’s on day 74 of a new challenge. Parks has committed to running at least four miles a day for the next year to encourage others battling addiction to take things one step at a time. “I just kind of got hooked on it,” ... ever since I stopped drinking, I put on a pair of running shoes.”
Curse of The Lost Boys: Drug addiction, untimely death and grooming fears
MAY 31, 2019 - The cast of cult classic horror movie The Lost Boys has been shrouded by tragedy and misfortune. It’s been more than 30 years since the vampire flick was released in 1987. Since then, some of its stars have tragically died, become hooked on drugs and claimed they were passed around a network of Hollywood paedophiles.
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