Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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November 4, 2014
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HALT Series: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired: 

Does Being TIRED Really Affect My Recovery?

Everybody gets tired to varying extents. Being tired can take a significant toll on your body, mind and spirit. It can also often contribute to feelings of depression. We all need to relax as well as make sure we are getting the right amount of sleep, especially in recovery.  We have all heard the expression "you will never die from lack of sleep. Well truth be said, lack of sleep may not be fatal, but insomnia, for the person in recovery, can lead to relapse which can be fatal or at minimum lead to a negative outcome which could have been prevented.

Insomnia is all too common among so many of us today. It is a double edged sword for both the person in active addiction as well as the person in early recovery.

It is a specific problem for those in an addiction whose sleep is constantly being disrupted by the brain altering effects of the chemicals being ingested. Our sleep habits are governed by what are called circadian rhythms. These are cyclical patterns in the brain that regulate our neurological activity during the nighttime hours allowing us to sleep. Drugs and alcohol impact every natural process in our bodies including these circadian rhythms.

NEW! Certificate in Supporting Youth Recovery Program!

The Council is excited to announce an innovative certificate program to prepare individuals to provide peer-based recovery support services to youth, adolescents, young adults, and their families. 

The Peer Paraprofessional Certificate in Supporting Youth Recovery goes beyond the current requirements for the Certified Recovery Specialist Credential in Pennsylvania by providing students with enhanced and specialized training to work with youth, adolescents, young adults and their families.


"Opiates and Youth: A Comprehensive View" November 19, 8 am - 4:45 pm at Spring Mill Manor, 171 Jacksonville Road, Ivyland, PA.  Click here for more information or email David with questions. 
"Fed Up," MovieNovember 7, 6 - 9 pm, Bailiwick Unit 12, 252 West Swamp Road, Doylestown. A movie that will change the way people think about eating. Bring a dish, Pot Luck Dinner. Register with Rick, 215-345-6644, or email Rick.

"Minute For Moms" at SBRCC, 1286 Veterans Highway, Unit D-6, Bristol
Support group for Moms and Moms to Be discussing parenting, healthy relationships and support networks. 2nd Wednesday of every month. Next meeting is November 12 at 6 pm. Call 215-788-3738 X100 or email Karen for more information.

"A Sugar Seminar" at CBRRC, November 19, 9 am - 12 noon, Bailiwick Unit 12, 252 W Swamp Road, Doylestown.  Learn how sugar affects your recovery and relapse potential.  Click here for more information. 

Recovery Enhancement Classes at PRCC, 1701 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, 19132. 10 week course running Thursdays Nov. 20 - Feb. 12 from 5 - 7 pm.  Various topics.  Call 215-223-7700 to register. Space is limited.   

Gateway to Work every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 am at SBRCC, 1286, Veterans Highway, Unit D-6, Bristol; 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 1:00 pmat CBRRC, 252 W Swamp Road, Doylestown. Get help with resume building, barriers to employment and motivation. Contact Rick at 215-345-6644 or email for more information.

Committee Meetings

All Volunteer Meeting, at PRTC, November 20, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Volunteer Orientation, at PRTC, November 4, 10 am - 1 pm
Bucks Chapter, at CBRCC, Unit 33, November 4, at 6:00 pm
Amends in Action, at PRTC, November 12, 3 - 4 pm
Recreation Celebration, at PRCC, November 14, 3 - 4 pm
Young People in Recovery, at PRTC, November 17, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Educating the Community, at PRCC, November 21, 3 - 4 pm.
Recovery Walks 2015 Planning Committee, at PRTC, December 1, 6 - 7:30 pm
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Then I realized my heart was bitter , and I was all torn up inside .I was so foolish and ignorant - I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you .

Step 1 - We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable.

This was my bottom ! Bitter Broken and battered is where my life left me . This is where a lot of you are now ! Most are medicating cause they are all torn up inside . Like a senseless animal they are emotionless due to the heavy medicating they administer on the daily . Medicating the pain and running from feeling does not fix it or make it go away. Caged is where you will remain until you over medicate or your hauled off to a jail cell to add more to your life of misery. Man up and deal with it ! Expose it so it cannot keep  holding on to you .Discuss it , hash it out , and cry a river but get it out before it takes you out. 

1 Peter 5:9-10 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace,who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
By Joseph Dickerson

The Fix: Addiction and Recovery, Straight Up
Best of the Week:
October 25–31
COMING UP IN THE FIX// Percy Menzies, Vivitrol Activist * Housing for the Sober Transgender Community * Interview with Jack Kornfield * Drug Smuggling in Prison* Hypocrisy of Smoking * Juliet Abrams Interviews Stephanie Covington about Sexism and AA * PLUS: Other incisive articles
HELPING MOMS// Pregnancy and Addiction Treatment
The number of pregnant women who receive treatment for substance abuse is shockingly low, but options do exist.
By Jeanene Swanson
LEGAL TROUBLE// K2: A Dangerous Peak to Climb
The stuff is available not just in head shops where drug paraphernalia is sold, but even in gas stations. So what could be the harm?
By Daniel Genis
MENTAL HEALTH// Two Bipolar Chicks
Wendy K. Williamson and Honora Rose talk mental illness, drug addiction and their new book.
By McCarton Ackerman
RECOVERY 2.0// The Next Phase in Recovery—The Tommy Rosen Solution
Tommy Rosen—architect of Recovery 2.0—on his own recovery, drug laws, recovery modes and how yoga can save your life in The Fix Q&A.
By The Fix staff
ON TV// Recovery with a Laugh-Track
Chuck Lorre and Gemma Baker on the story behind their recovery themed sitcom Mom.
By Malina Saval
UK Study Finds Punitive Drug Laws Don't Reduce Drug Use
Kentucky Teens Impacted By Drug Abuse Eligible For College Scholarship
Lena Dunham Humorously Bares Her Dark Past in New Memoir
British Teen Petitions Government to Tackle 'Thinspiration' Blogs
Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Contributing to Greater Naloxone Access
Dutch Study Claims Creativity Not Improved By Smoking Weed
Mom On TV
This week, Malina Saval examined CBS' sober sitcomMom. Many readers who had a bone to pick with AA were skeptical about how the program would be portrayed:
I would be interested to see how AA is painted in this. I suspect it will be viewed through rose tinted glasses. How about an episode where she gets hit on by an older member who offers to teach her how to have sober sex? Or one where she expresses doubt about the religious nature of the program and is advised in the resultant cross sharing that her best thinking got her there and she should stop asking questions?
I think I could write a whole season actually. Are they looking for writers)


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Sunday, November 2, 2014


Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness ,nor the disaster that strikes at midday. 

STEP 11 - Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out.

Like a shark lurking in the darkness is what my addiction was. I can never forget who I am in God and the dark waters he pulled me out of. There are days when my heart is wounded and it bleeds ,that blood causes the sharks to swarm . If I am not careful I would be devoured by a disaster that strikes at midday . That injury received is not worth jumping back into the dark waters and swimming with sharks. I can gracefully walk along the shores confident and unafraid of the those sharks stalking in the darkness as long as I keep my eyes on Him and not them.

Matthew 14 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. (v. 28)

And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. (v. 29)

But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. (v. 30)

And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?(v. 31)

By Joseph Dickerson

How Can It Be - Lauren Daigle

Drug Addiction Montage - Hallelujah By The Canadian Tenors

DEA Proposes to Remove Opiate-Based Medication Naloxegol from Drug Schedule
October 29th, 2014/

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is proposing to remove the opiate-based medication naloxegol from the federal drug schedule, according to The Hill. The drug is currently considered a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act because it can be derived from opium alkaloids.

Other Schedule II drugs include heroin, methamphetamine, Adderall and Ritalin.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved naloxegol (Movantik) this fall for treatment of opioid-induced constipation in adults with chronic non-cancer pain. AstraZeneca, which makes naloxegol, submitted a petition seeking the drug’s removal from the drug schedule. The company stated the drug is not prone to abuse. In its proposal, the DEA agreed.

Anyone caught illegally dealing or possessing drugs on the drug schedule faces criminal penalties. Doctors are restricted in the way they can administer the drugs.

Earlier this year, the DEA announced it will reclassify hydrocodone combination productssuch as Vicodin, in an effort to reduce prescription drug abuse. Under the new rules, patients will be able to receive the drugs for only up to 90 days without receiving a new prescription. In October 2013, the FDA recommended tighter restrictions for hydrocodone combination products.

Under the new rule, hydrocodone combination products will be classified as Schedule II drugs. Currently these products are Schedule III drugs, meaning they can be refilled up to five times, and prescriptions can cover a 180-day period. In most cases, patients who wish to refill their hydrocodone combination prescription will now have to give their pharmacy a prescription from a healthcare provider, instead of having it phoned or faxed in.
Best Practices in Serving Underserved Communities in Workforce Engagement for People in Recovery with HIV
Monday November 3, 2014 from 12:00 - 1:30 PM EST

Join Faces & Voices of Recovery for a webinar that will address best practices in workforce engagement for people in underserved communities who are affected by addiction and HIV. Cassandra Collins will draw on her experience at Recovery Consultants of Atlanta, a non-profit, faith-based, peer-led Recovery Community Organization which provides integrated behavioral services, HIV prevention counseling, testing and referral, and workforce development and recovery support services.
Presented by:
Cassandra Collins, MSW, Executive Director, Recovery Consultants of Atlanta

Registration deadline is November 2, 2014. The webinar will be recorded and available online.

HIV and Recovery in the Workforce: How Employment Impacts Health and Prevention 

Wednesday November 5, 2014 from 12:00 - 1:30 PM EST

Join Faces & Voices of Recovery for a webinar that will discuss how employment engagement affects health outcomes for individuals living with HIV; the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS); its implementation plan; vocational and employment needs for people living with HIV; the impact of employment transitions on health and access to care; and best practices in delivering supportive services to those affected by HIV to enter and stay successfully engaged in the workforce. 

Presented by:
Liza Conyers, Ph.D., CRC, Associate Professor, Penn State University; co-founder, National Working Positive Coalition
Mark Misrok, MS ED, CRC, Co-founder, NY HIV Employment Services Network, Board President, National Working Positive Coalition

Registration deadline is November 4, 2014. The webinar will be recorded and available online.

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These webinars are supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
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No Flood of Patients Seeking Care for Substance Use Disorders Under Affordable Care Act
October 30th, 2014/

While many newly insured patients are seeking care now that the Affordable Care Act has expanded coverage, there has not been a rush of new patients receiving treatment for substance use disorders or mental health issues, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Several factors are keeping people from receiving care for substance use disorders and mental health care, known collectively as behavioral health, the article notes. Experts believe the majority of the 5 million people who are without health care, because they live in states that have not expanded Medicaid, need mental health treatment. Some patients who do have insurance are not aware their benefits include coverage for behavioral health.

While mental health and substance use disorders are considered essential health benefits and must be covered, the Affordable Care Act does not specify which particular services must be covered. States vary in their requirements.

“There’s a perception that enforcement is not what it should be, and that people aren’t getting the benefits they are entitled to,” said Bob Carolla, a spokesman at the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

If more patients do start seeking care for behavioral health, experts are concerned there will not be adequate resources to serve them. A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found a shortage of 1,846 psychiatrists and 5,931 other mental health professionals. In 55 percent of U.S. counties, there are no practicing psychiatrists, psychologists or social workers. All of these counties are rural.

“There has been a long-standing shortage,” Carolla says. “Expansion of health care is a good thing, but it also means you are widening demand for it.”

Denver Police to Parents: Make Sure Halloween Candy Doesn’t Contain Marijuana
October 30th, 2014/

The Denver Police Department has posted a public service video, made in conjunction with a marijuana store owner, that advises parents to check their children’s Halloween candy to make sure it isn’t infused with marijuana.

Marijuana edible products can mimic candy such as Sour Patch Kids, Jolly Ranchers and gummy bears, the video cautions parents. Patrick Johnson, the owner of Urban Dispensary, says, “There’s really no way to tell the difference. It’s best just to toss that stuff into the trash.”

There have been no reported cases of marijuana-infused treats being given to children on Halloween in Denver, The New York Times reports. Marijuana advocates say the warnings perpetuate urban legends, such as candy bars spiked with razor blades. But the warning underscores the concern of parents’ groups and regulators that marijuana edible products look too much like regular food, the article notes.

Edible marijuana products have become a popular alternative to smoking marijuana in Colorado this year, since retail sales of the products became legal on January 1. Adults 21 and over can legally purchase marijuana edibles at state-licensed stores. Marijuana is now available in products ranging from candy to soda and granola.

Recently, marijuana retailers in Colorado have begun responding to reports of tourists who have had bad experiences after consuming large amounts of THC by offering products with lower amounts. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. A “serving” of marijuana is 10 milligrams of THC under Colorado rules. It can be difficult to tell exactly how much THC is in an individual cookie or brownie. Many marijuana edibles contain 100 milligrams of THC, and are meant to be broken into multiple pieces to avoid overdosing.

Earlier this year, health officials reported legal marijuana edible products were linked to two deaths and an increase in emergency room visits in Colorado.

NFL Expected to Ask for Dismissal of Players’ Lawsuit Over Painkillers
October 30th, 2014/

The National Football League (NFL) is expected to request that a lawsuit filed by former players who allege the league illegally supplied them with prescription painkillers be dismissed, ABC News reports.

The case is scheduled to be heard in San Francisco’s federal court on Thursday morning.

The players say the drugs numbed their injuries and led to medical complications. Lawyers for the league deny the allegations. They argue the former players waited too long to file suit, citing a two-year statute of limitations for claiming personal injury. Former players who joined the lawsuit said they did not realize the health hazards they faced until recently.

The lawyers also argued the lawsuit does not specify the damages the players have suffered and does not name who dispensed the painkillers.

The players say the NFL obtained and administered the painkillers without prescriptions. The league did not warn the players about the drugs’ potential side effects, the lawsuit alleges. The players say the league wanted them to return to the field quickly, in order to maximize profits.

Some players say they were not told they had broken legs or ankles, and were instead given painkillers. One player said he was given anti-inflammatory medication instead of surgery. The years of free painkillers led to addiction, some players contend.

The lawsuit states the drugs given to players included painkillers such as Percodan, Percocet and Vicodin, anti-inflammatories such as Toradol, and sleep aids such as Ambien.

Lawyers for the players are seeking class-action status for former players who received narcotic painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, local anesthetics, sleeping aids or other drugs without a prescription. More than 500 other former players have signed on to the lawsuit. The suit seeks to force the NFL to fund a testing and monitoring program to help prevent addiction, injuries and disabilities resulting from painkiller use. The suit also seeks unspecified financial damages.

House Member Grades from Pro-Legalization Group Don’t Fall Neatly Along Party Lines
October 30th, 2014/

Report card grades for members of the U.S. House of Representatives, issued by the pro-marijuana legalization group Drug Policy Alliance, do not fall neatly along party lines. Some conservative members of Congress are among the 49 House members who earned an A+, while some prominent Democrats are among the 141 members who received an F.

The group’s advocacy arm, Drug Policy Action, issued the report card Wednesday, according to U.S. News & World Report. Representative Steve Stockman, a conservative Republican from Texas, earned an A+, while Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, from Florida, earned an F.

The group based the grades on seven House votes. Three involved hemp and two involved banking rights for marijuana businesses. One would have cut funding from the Drug Enforcement Administration, and one was designed to protect medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

Members who voted in a way the group considered pro-drug reform in six of the votes received an A. Those who voted for reforms in one or none of the votes received an F. The group gave 56 percent of House members (179 Democrats and 64 Republicans) a grade of C or better, which indicated they favored reform in at least three of the seven votes.

The group did not grade senators, saying there were not enough drug policy votes in the chamber to consider.

Injustice at The St Lucie FL Medical Center, Treasure Coast Behavioral Health Center

My Daughters plea to the Prosecutor for her mentally ill brother. Please help Daniel by signing the petition, he is not a felon. Prison cannot be a warehouse for the mentally ill. Daniel is just a symptom of the problem. Together we must fight for all our children, addicted, mentally ill or not. Today it is my child, tomorrow it can be yours. Much love to all addict's moms and their families....Barbara

Injustice at The St Lucie FL Medical Center, Treasure Coast Behavioral Health Center


I have been told a great amount of your endless work and commitment to St. Lucie County and its occupants, and because of this knowledge of your rational, erudite attributes, I thought I would give you my insight of my brother, Daniel Montalbano, case number ____.

Being only a year and nine months younger than my brother Daniel, we were extremely close growing up. Even at a young age, I noticed that although my brother was older than me, he didn’t seem to have some of the common social and societal features that I began to develop as we both got older. I always assumed he was just a bit off, which I expected some people to not quite understand, but never expected the outcomes that actually occurred. Although I loved everything about my brother, from his out of place remarks to his experimental phases with different hairstyles and clothing, I seemed to be one of the many few. He was tremendously impulsive, had absolutely no filter between things he thought he should do in his head and things that are actually acceptable in society, and others began to acknowledge his divergent personality as a bad thing. He was constantly made fun of, isolated, beaten up, and because he was only one grade above me, I had to witness it all in agony.

Eventually the bullying got so bad that Daniel had to withdraw from high school and obtain his GED instead, which he made look easy. Daniel was always extraordinarily naturally intelligent, but lacked all of the social skills to go along with the intellect. It became apparent to me that he wanted nothing more than to be accepted, if not by just a handful of people, and he couldn’t seem to fit in anywhere. Even after attempting to become friends with other kids his age at a local church, even they turned their back on him after experiencing his unique qualities. This is when I started to first see Daniel beginning to mold into two separate people in his own mind. He liked to call one of his personalities simply “Daniel”, which was usually when he was calm and easy to be around, and “The Dan”, who he believed was almost prophet-like, and was invincible to the world around him. I hoped that it was a joke, or in the worst situation a phase that would eventually go away. It didn’t. Things only got worse as time progressed.

Daniel began to mess around with drugs a little before he withdrew from High School, but the issues were there before the drugs ever came into play. The drugs for him were a method to get rid of the cruel world around him that made him feel constant isolation, and he became addicted to the numbness of it all. He is the most beautiful person I know inside and out, but his mind never worked the way most people’s do. I watched my mother make every attempt to help him get rid of his addiction. I saw him go to dozens of rehabs, hospitals, therapists, and halfway houses. I also was there for the multiple phone calls about him getting Baker Acted or arrested. But the issue was never the drugs, the issue was and still is Daniel.

Our family’s situation with Daniel has always been a serious one, but what made it even more difficult was the absence of our father through it. Growing up, our father was extremely violent, and was actually one of the main contributors of the corruption of Daniel’s self worth. Although my mother and I, despite the sadness of it all, continued to visit the countless rehabs, counselors, and jails, watching Daniel’s confidence and mind deteriorate altogether, we did so alone. Being Daniel’s younger sister, there hasn’t been much I can do for him other than try to be the best emotional support I can be and remind him that I love him no matter what, so my mother has been his only parental advocate in his extremely challenging life. My mother created her organization, The Addict’s Mom, because she felt the pain that she knew every mother with an addicted child felt, and she knew how much worse the pain was to deal with alone. Her organization was not created to keep him out of trouble no matter what he does, but rather to share her experiences with having a mentally ill, addicted child, and provide support to others in the same situation. Her goal was to share her struggles with constantly trying to find the right place for a child with mental illness that became dependent on emotion-numbing substances to deal with their painful lives, like so many others.

There is no one more appropriate for Mental Health Court than my brother Daniel. Unfortunately for the mentally ill who have nowhere to turn when the world shuts them out, many see drugs as the only option to get rid of the pain. But with the right mental help, he has every capability of getting through the addiction and being a beneficial citizen to society, he just needs the right resources that are appropriate for someone with his many medical diagnoses. I truly hope you can see how much my mother and I love him, and that’s because we know him more than anyone else and know how much help he really needs, and it goes so much further than the drugs. The mental disability is real, and that is what must be focused on, and I pray that you understand that Daniel is not meant to end up in a place like prison.

With the greatest respect and appreciation,


Much love to all addict's moms and their families...Barbara