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January 30 CHP 18 v 17 v 18 TWELVE STEPPING WITH STRENGTH FROM THE PSALMS
He rescued me from my powerful enemies (addiction) ,from those who hated me and were too strong for me .They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress ,but the Lord supported me.(GODS BIG BOOK)
STEP 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him .
Fourteen years ago He rescued me ! God can do more than you could ever imagine and He just not get me free from addiction ,he rebuilt me into the man he destined me be. Even in the worse times of your life ,when you think you cant get any lower and you feel alone unloved and left to die ,that is when GOD will reveal Himself and pick you up . Hang in there dont give up and remember hang on to His promises.
Isaiah 41:10: "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
(GODS BIG BOOK) By Joseph Dickerson
Study Links ADHD With Earlier Substance Abuse
January 28th, 2015/
Adults with a history of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who drink or use drugs start at an earlier age on average than those with no history of the disorder, a new study suggests.
Researchers at the University of Florida found adults with a history of ADHD who drank said they began using alcohol at age 13, compared with 14 ½ for those without ADHD. Adults with a history of ADHD who injected cocaine started, on average, at age 22, compared with 24 for adults without a history of the disorder.
“The take-home message of this study shouldn’t be that children with ADHD are more likely to become drug users, rather, seemingly ‘normal’ teenage behavior, such as experimenting with tobacco or alcohol use, may occur at younger ages for individuals with ADHD and so this might serve as a red flag for an accelerated gateway to illicit drug use,” study lead author Eugene Dunne said in a news release.
The findings are published in Addictive Behaviors.
People with ADHD who use drugs may be trying to self-medicate some of their symptoms, Dunne said. “Stimulant drugs such as nicotine and cocaine might be used to counter symptoms of inattention, while alcohol and marijuana may be used to counter feelings of hyperactivity or impulsivity,” he noted.
The study included more than 900 adults who had used illicit drugs in the past six months; 13 percent said they had previously received a diagnosis of ADHD.
“As hypothesized, we found the progression of participants’ adolescent substance use to be similar to that in the gateway theory of substance use, with alcohol being the first reported, followed very closely by cigarettes, then leading to marijuana and eventually more illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin,” Dunne said.
No one ever said parenting would be easy – but parenting a teen is, in so many ways, an especially difficult task. Science shows us that parents can have a huge impact on their teens’ choices and lives; but only if they’re equipped with the right information.
It’s important to remember your power as a parent. Here are suggestions on ways you can reduce the chance your teen will drink, use drugs or engage in other risky behavior:
1) Build a warm & supportive relationship with your child. Research shows that children who can count on their parents’ support and warmth are less likely to use drugs and alcohol. This can mean everything from discussing shared interests and engaging in activities together to keeping your anger and emotion in check when talking with your teen. More >
2) Be a good role model when it comes to drinking, taking medicine and handling stress. When it comes to alcohol and other drugs, children are likely to model their parents’ behaviors — both healthy and unhealthy ones. More >
3) Know your child’s friends. It sounds simple, and it is. You, as the parent, set the foundation for your child’s interaction with his friends. As your child gets older, his friends play a more important role in the choices he makes. Knowing who they are and a little about them can help you to be more prepared to intervene if a problem occurs. More >
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Drug Dealer Says He Sold up to 600 Bags of Heroin a Day on Silk Road
January 29th, 2015/
A drug dealer testifying at the trial of Silk Road founder Ross William Ulbricht says he sold up to 600 small bags of heroin a day on the site. Michael Duch says he used most of the money to support his $2,000-to-$3,000-a-week heroin addiction.
Duch signed up as a Silk Road vendor in April 2013 under the user name “Deezletime,” USA Today reports. He testified he bought heroin from a dealer in Passaic, New Jersey, and sold it for double the price on Silk Road. He offered 50 small bags of “East Coast style heroin” for $345.69.
He wrapped the heroin in packets designed to protect against moisture, and shipped it in plain mailing containers to avoid the suspicion of government investigators. He offered same-day U.S. Post Office shipping so his customers could get the drug quickly, before they started to experience withdrawal symptoms. Duch says he was soon collecting an estimated $60,000 a month from sales. He was arrested in October 2013 outside of a post office as he was attempting to ship about 25 packages of heroin. He agreed to cooperate with the government.
Silk Road could only be accessed by using encryption software called Tor, which shields computers’ IP addresses, allowing people to make purchases anonymously. Silk Road facilitated more than $30 million in sales annually. It had been online since February 2011.
The website did not use credit cards, instead relying on “Bitcoins,” an untraceable digital currency that is available through online currency exchange services.
Earlier this month, federal agents arrested a man who told them he was a top assistant to the operator of Silk Road 2.0. The site allowed anonymous users to buy and sell illegal drugs, weapons and other illegal items. Silk Road 2.0 emerged as a copycat site a month after Ulbricht was arrested in October 2013.
American Board of Addiction Medicine Announces 651 Physicians Newly Certified
January 29th, 2015/
The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) announced this week that 651 physicians have passed its most recent exam for addiction medicine certification. The total number of physicians certified by the board is now 3,363.
The ABAM Foundation accredited four additional fellowship programs to train addiction medicine physicians, Newswise reports. There are now 27 accredited addiction medicine training programs.
“The addiction medicine field is growing by leaps and bounds, and we are gratified to see that so many physicians have chosen to become ABAM certified in order to better prevent and treat the nation’s number one public health problem,” Patrick G. O’Connor, MD, MPH, FACP, President of ABAM and The ABAM Foundation, said in a news release. “At the same time, we are happy to welcome the new fellowship programs, which will train North America’s future addiction medicine leaders. With so many physicians passing our rigorous examination, and so many completing this comprehensive clinical training, we are helping make evidence-based addiction prevention and treatment more readily available to those who need it.”
With the accreditation of these new programs, there are now 56 addiction medicine fellowship slots available each year. The ABAM Foundation says it hopes to accredit 65 addiction medicine fellowship programs by 2020.
The new fellowship programs are the: University of Kentucky Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program in Lexington; Caron-Reading Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program in Wernersville, Pennsylvania; Oregon Health & Science University Addiction Medicine Fellowship in Portland; and Rhode Island Hospital Addiction Medicine Fellowship in Providence.