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The Needle and the Damage Done
Hooked and hustling heroin: A couple’s life in Kensington, Philadelphia
July 28, 2017 - “I’m king,” he says, in a pair of red-mirrored sunglasses. “I make the most money. I got the most clients. And I give the best runs.” That’s what Ray is — a runner. Every day, from early morning to late night, he sells “works” — clean syringes — at the foot of the El station in Kensington ... It’s a good day. They have get-well money — enough to buy their first fix in the morning, the one that staves off the early symptoms of withdrawal, the nausea, and the aches and pain. Together, they inject up to 30 bags of heroin a day.
Kevin Michael Key, advocate who found hope and sobriety on skid row, dies at 67
July 28, 2017 - A onetime criminal defense attorney who lost his career to a crack addiction, Kevin Michael Key found both ruin and redemption on skid row, a neighborhood he came to embody as one of its loudest and most persistent activists ... in 2002, Key got sober and found new life in activism. He joined the United Coalition East Prevention Project, worked as a liaison for the diabetes program at the JWCH Community Clinic, marched with the prison reform group Critical Resistance and served two terms on the Downtown Neighborhood Council. He prodded civic leaders to give skid row the same attention and amenities that other neighborhoods received. He preached the gospel of sobriety.
July 28, 2017 - The problem is multi-faceted and includes “body brokering,” a practice in which people are paid to bring in new clients. Kickbacks involve providers receiving money to send patients to a particular facility, or excessive and unnecessary drug testing in order for labs to gain insurance payouts. Some “sober houses” are really just unlicensed and unregulated drug dens because there’s often a payout when patients cycle through rehab and these flophouses. All of this means people suffering from addiction are treated like commodities and aren’t getting the help they need. - BUT THE RAY OF LIGHT HERE IS THAT WE CAN CHANGE THIS!
The Addict in All of Us: Dr. Gabor Maté’sUnflinching Vision“Addiction is an attempt to solve a life problem. Only secondarily does it begin to act like a disease.”
July/August 2017 -” Perceptions of addicts as out-of-control gutter drunks and junkies were replaced by images of glamorous celebrities like Liza Minelli, Mary Tyler Moore, and Elizabeth Taylor as they checked in and out of Betty Ford ... With his mop of wayward curls, heavily hooded eyes, and the Mick Jagger-ish concavity of his thin frame, Maté is a striking figure on the workshop circuit as he challenges his audience to ask not what’s wrong with addiction, but what’s right with it. What is the addict getting from it that makes his addiction worth the price he pays? Why is the ameliorative quality of a behavior or a high so necessary for so many? If addicts can find peace and control only when they’re using, what agonizing discomfort must they feel when they’re not? … His TED talk on “The Power of Addiction and the Addiction of Power” has had almost 700,000 views. Dr. Maté is the author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, a bestseller about addictions.
Lamar Odom, who ‘shook hands with death,’ reveals details about his drug useVIDEO
July 27, 2017 - He’s sober now, he wrote in a revealing story for The Players’ Tribune, but says it’s “an everyday struggle” to stay that way ... “At that point in my life, I was doing coke every day. Pretty much every second of free time I had. I couldn’t control it,” Odom wrote.
Governor Burgum, First Lady Focusing on Drug Addiction in North DakotaVIDEO
July 26, 2017 - Last year, 55 people died from drug overdoses. To save lives, North Dakota First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum is encouraging those at risk for opioid overdose, their family and friends, and community businesses to get a prescription for naloxone.
July 28, 2017 - A rookie infielder arrived in the big leagues in 2012, and a few of his teammates decided to take him out to a nightclub after a game. Three veteran players - one of whom is a current MLB All-Star and two of whom played a combined 23 years in the league - joined him in a cab, and one pulled out a baggie of cocaine. They all did a few bumps, and when they got to the club, began cutting up lines and snorting them on the table.
FDA aims to cut nicotine in cigarettes, shift toward e-cigarettes
July 28, 2017 - The FDA’s move to consider reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes sent shares of major tobacco companies in the United States and UK plummeting in heavy trading volume, with the world’s biggest producers poised to lose about $60 billion of market value. CONTINUED @ Reuters.com
It Burns Both Ways
10 Facts Parents Need to Know About Adolescence and Marijuana
July 27, 2017 - With the nation turning the tide on legalizing marijuana, it’s important for parents to understand the essential facts about the drug and how it affects the growing mind and body. For parents with teenagers at home, here are the 10 facts you need to know about marijuana:
Man ‘fatally shot Indiana doctor in the head because he wouldn’t prescribe his wife opioids’
July 28, 2017 - Jarvis allegedly became upset when Graham wouldn’t prescribe his wife opioid painkillers and then later returned to St Joseph Rehabilitation Institute in Mishawaka ... Jarvis shot Graham twice in the head before fleeing the scene and turning the gun on himself.
‘The Bachelor’ alum Britt Nilsson: I battled bulimia and alcoholism when competing for Chris Soules
July 27, 2017 - “For me, having tons of food everywhere ... it just became too much,” Britt said in a YouTube video she posted earlier this month. “I had pain and anxiety, I felt insecure, I didn’t feel pretty enough, I didn’t know what was going on, and I missed my seeing family.”
July 28, 2017 - At 50 years old, Todd Crandell is high on life.The extreme triathlete took his first sip of alcohol at age 13. “For the next 13 years, I was a full-blown alcoholic, cocaine, heroin, crack ... anything I could get my hands on,” he said. “And I just figured I’d end up the way my mom did.” … “The first thing I did in my sobriety was go back to the one thing that was good in my life - and that was exercise,” ...
Officials Warn of Addiction Treatment Facility ScamsVIDEO
July 28, 2017 - FLORIDA: “He was offered, ‘Hey we can get you a scholarship to go down to beachside and get treatment down there, how would you like that? We’ll pay to fly you down there, we’ll coordinate everything,’” Herring said ... “He advised me that Peter had died in their van, their company van the night before from an overdose,” ...
July 31, 2017 - Overfat is a term created to describe if you have a body fat level that can actually hurt your health. Even people who are considered “normal weight” or “non-obese” by traditional standards can fall into this category. The authors of the new study argue that BMI misses about fifty percent of the people who still have dangerous amounts of fat.
Food addiction: When eating becomes a destructive illness
July 28, 2017 - Group members start by admitting they suffer an addiction. Then they commit to abstaining from eating flour and sugar and an intensive, tailored daily support system follows ... They have all had moments when dignity, relationships and honesty were cast aside for their addiction.
OMG! We are celebrating the 5-year anniversary of the Addiction/Recovery eBulletin! 260 editions, over 7800 different articles, and more than 24,000 subscribers. When I was a Boy Scout growing up in Philadelphia, I learned the importance of always carrying a flashlight – it reveals that which is concealed, helps bring focus to the moment, and provides guidance when seeking a safe path. Every week your eBulletin shines a light on up to 32 of the most interesting articles and features concerning the world of addiction in all its manifestations, recovery in all its glory, the treatment arena in all 50 states, and the social ills, mental illnesses and corrupt behavior that have become characteristic of contemporary culture. We pledge to continue doing what we do, the best way we know how. Keep reading.
Ron Tannenbaum is a native Miamian, has 33 years of long-term recovery and has dedicated his life to helping make the recovery movement a positive, mainstream force in the world today. He's Co-Founder of InTheRooms.com Q. If you are in recovery, what was your DOC and when did you discontinue its use? A. Heroin Q. Your current hobby? A. Cooking Q. If you were giving a dinner party for your 3 favorite authors, Living or dead, who would they be? (you can choose 4 if you think one might be too drunk or stoned to attend.) A. Hemingway, Daniel Silva, Mario Puzo & James Clavel Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given? A. Stay Humble
Chicago giving departing inmates overdose-reversing drug
July 29, 2017 - Chicago now gives at-risk inmates the overdose-reversing drug naloxone upon their release from jail, and L.A. is poised to follow, putting the antidote in as many hands as possible as part of a multifaceted approach to combatting the nation’s opioid epidemic.
July 31, 2017 - “Early this morning, we received news that no parents should ever have to hear. Our son Max suffered from an overdose and passed away,” they said Sunday ... A memorial will be held at the Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville, starting at 10:00am on Tuesday, August 1st.
Adventures in recovery: After many relapses, Chris Frederick found sobriety through music and community
July 28, 2017 - The 5th-annual HazelFest Music & Recovery Community Festival takes place on Aug. 5 at Hazelden in Center City. A celebration of help, hope, & healing to those affected by the disease of addiction … Chris recalls. “I fell out of a moving car. I woke up with her standing over me, scared to death, and my face looked like hamburger.”
Methadone Clinic Operator Gets Prison Term In Pill Mill Case
JULY 27, 2017 - Rosalind Sugarmann, 62, was sentenced to more than a year in federal prison after being convicted of running a pill mill out of a methadone clinic ... she was a “greedy” businesswoman who defrauded Medicaid to feed a gambling habit.The judge sentenced her for her December guilty plea to health care fraud and illegally distributing the drug Suboxone, which can be used to wean addicts off heroin.
Philippine cops gun down mayor, arrest daughter in drug raid
July 30, 2017 - He was the third mayor to be killed under President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody crackdown on drugs, which left more than 3,000 dead in reported gunfights with police and, criticized by Western governments and human rights groups.
Factory owner says she has jobs but few sober applicantsVIDEO
July 29, 2017 - An Ohio factory owner said Saturday that though she has blue-collar jobs available at her company, she struggles to fill positions because so many candidates fail drug tests - 4 out of 10 qualified applicants will fail a routine drug test.
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Meth addiction ‘poster girl’ from Pekin dies at 55
July 28, 2017 - No one can know how many lives the before-and-after mugshot photos of Penny Wood-Rusterholz may have saved from destructive meth addiction. In the end, she knew that they saved hers and her family’s.
Arizona Treatment Ethics Update: Better, Worse or the Same?
July 30, 2017 - We in Arizona have come a long way in recognizing these emerging ethical issues and dedicated professionals on all levels are getting involved in the discussion. The response to the ethics articles has been staggering. It has created a vigorous, ongoing dialogue...
‘No handbook for parents’ when it comes to drug addiction
July 30, 2017 - The parents are part of an organization called Moms Stop the Harm, which has grown from three mothers from the Island and Alberta in 2016 to hundreds of parents across the country. “There is no handbook for parents supporting a child with addictions,” said Howard.
FIVE Reasons Alcohol Is More Dangerous Than Cocaine
July 30, 2017 - As kids, we heard messages about the grave perils of marijuana, cocaine and heroin. But in terms of damaged lives, the people I grew up with seem to have suffered more from alcohol than any other drug.
July 18, 2017 - A group of Baltimore teenagers is working to tackle the heroin epidemic in the city. The text app is called “Bad Batch” and it aims to alert heroin users when a bad batch of heroin hits the streets. Alerts are collected by the city and EMS crews.
Louisiana judge forces first-time drug offenders to take Christian drug treatment course
July 31, 2017 - A municipal court judge in Louisiana with an apparently limited understanding of the U.S. Constitution is forcing first-time drug offenders seeking probation to attend a Christian program called “Life Choices” offered by a local church.
Special-ops troops’ drug, alcohol abuse prompts call for congressional review of ‘culture’
July 30, 2017 - Reports of rampant illicit drug abuse by special operators — while on deployment and at home — have prompted congressional lawmakers to call for an accountability review of the “culture” inside special operations units.
Want To Cut Overdose Deaths In Half? Try Listening To Recovery Advocates
July 28, 2017 - by John Shinholser. For over 15 years, I have been explaining to my state substance abuse director and SAMHSA what we need. For 15 years, our addiction epidemic has only gotten worse. My 35 years in successful recovery teaches me that doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is insanity. I can only call this epidemic insane. SAMHSA and NASADAD simply are not designed for what America needs now.
Later this month a new group of hurting and broken young men and women will arrive here at His Mansion.
August 2017 Newsletter
He Sees Me Through
Beka grew up in Nova Scotia in a home that taught her about God, but left her isolated, depressed, and suffering the effects of abuse. "Family dynamics were super difficult," she remembers. "It left me wanting love and not knowing what real love actually looked like.
"I was talked to about God, but I saw him like my dad: angry, absent, and demeaning. I was afraid of God for a long time. I still am sometimes."
"I got a lot of friendship support from Servant Leaders, spending a lot of time with them and honestly talking about emotions. Also, just watching their interactions, and seeing something that they had that I didn't have--it just kept me going. Because it was like, there is hope here. There is more here. This is where I need to be."- Beka
Do you know a young adult (18-35) who longs to serve the broken while being challenged to grow?
During a one-year commitment at His Mansion, SLs are mentored, equipped, and built up in a supportive, Christ-centered community to bring the hope and healing of Jesus to those struggling with trauma, addiction, and other life-controlling issues.
We all have stress in our lives. When it comes to your teens, you know that school (like homework, tests, SATs, college applications) combined with juggling social media and after-school activities is one of the biggest sources — and you want to make sure that it doesn’t lead them to unhealthy behaviors to help cope.
Stress can be a motivator, but it also can produce negative feelings and, unfortunately, increase the possibility that a teen will use drugs. When people are under stress, the brain releases cortisol, the stress hormone. Over time and under chronic stress, parts of the brain that are related to memory or learning are negatively affected by the presence of cortisol. Interestingly, some of these areas of the brain are the same parts impacted by drug use and addiction. In reality, your child’s brain is still developing until age 25, and stress can damage parts of the brain that can make your child more vulnerable to drug addiction, in the same way that early use of drugs can.
It’s not a new concept that stress can lead to drug use and addiction — far from it — but it’s something that many parents don’t necessarily associate with school and the good intentions that they have for their kids. Abusing drugs not prescribed to them, like prescription stimulants, act on the "reward center" in your child’s brain, releasing euphoric chemicals like dopamine and serotonin. In time, they can cause the brain to rely on drugs to keep those chemicals flowing. While drugs might make your child temporarily feel respite, in the long run, misusing drugs actually makes stress more pronounced.
Unfortunately, those exposed to chronic stress are more likely to use substances in an attempt to relax or "power through" the stress, so it’s important that your child knows how to use healthy coping mechanisms instead to deal with the pressures he or she faces.