Saturday, September 29, 2018

September 2018
COA Angels Baseball News
Welcome to the COA Angels Newsletter. We want to congratulate our boys of summer as they are this year's Champion's!
5th Annual Sage Ferraro Memorial Game
Sunday, September 30th at 11am
FREE to Attend!

Please join us on Sunday, September 30th at 11am for the 5th Annual Sage Ferraro Memorial Game.

Come out and cheer on the COA Angels!
Bring the family out for this free event being held at Arm & Hammer Park, Home of the Trenton Thunder. City of Angels merchandise will be available, 50/50 and more!
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Friday, September 28, 2018

September 27, 2018
Hawaiii CRR

Join NAADAC and the New Jersey Counseling Association (NJCA) on October 26 for the 2018 Annual Fall Conference: Counseling in a Time of Turmoil: Moving Solutions Forward in Scotch Plains, NJ. Earn 6.5 CEs!

Download the event flyer for more information.
This full-day conference will include a keynote by Dr. Darryl Inaba, PharmD, CADC-V, CADC III, and five presentations lead by subject matter experts on a range of counseling and addiction medicine topics. The workshops include:
  • Keynote - Understanding the Science of Addiction, Relapse and Recovery
  • Healing from Racial Trauma (Through a White Supremacy Frame)
  • Romancing the Brain
  • Creativity in Counseling: Using Metaphor to Assess Risk (Suicidality) in Groups
  • Unpacking the Literature on Trauma and Addiction - Implications for Treatment and Public Policy
  • Preparing Supervisees to Identify Suicidal Ideation in Marginalized Populations
For a full schedule, click here.

You can register online, by downloading a registration form, or by phone at (908) 578-8894 or (609) 273-9917.
Location Information
HI training
Friday, October 26, 2018 
8:00am - 4:40pm 

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 
1776 Raritan Road 
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
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Conference attendees can earn up to 6.5 CEs and 
registraton includes breakfast and lunch.
Contact the New Jersey Counseling Association at or by phone at 609-273-9917.
NAADACThe Association for Addiction Professionals
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 301Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703.741.7686 / 800.548.0497

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Higher Logic
M   assachusetts is a sort of epicenter for the Opioid epidemic. Fentanyl and heroin addiction run rampant in the state which is notorious for overdose deaths. Strangely enough, Mass. also has one of the best healthcare platforms in the country and efficiently monitors infectious diseases.
In just two major cities alone, there were 129 new cases of HIV linked to drug use between 2015 and 2018. By comparison, the entire state’s average prior to this time was 41 cases per year.
Most other states don’t have the monitoring ability that Mass. has. The federal government has taken notice of this spike, and there’s general fear this may be the exact trend happening elsewhere and no one else has caught on yet.
Whenever the statistics of a major disease have been dropping for years with regularity, and then reverse, there’s cause for alarm. Given the nature of IV drug use, and the current opioid epidemic, it’s not difficult to imagine why or how this is happening.
This news is causing officials to also investigate HIV testing. What’s being found is with the regular decline in threat we imagined was occurring, testing has gotten very lax. More and more healthcare professionals are doing less and less HIV testing. I’m sure we can all remember the days when any hospital trip came with an offer for HIV testing. That’s not happening as much anymore.

Along with a decreasing the national life expectancy average, increasing the rate of child foster care, and a whole lot of death, the opioid epidemic’s impact has manifested in yet another terrifying statistic. The shocking tragedies just keep on coming.

Yet here we are, and we’ve seen no major overhaul or reform in prescribing guidelines, regulation, or ethics regarding the source of this problem; prescription opioids. There seems to be no responsibility taken. Instead, doctors and pharmaceutical companies are getting let-off the hook after shipping more prescriptions for painkillers than there are people to the state of West Virginia and there’s a host of other laughable “slaps-on-the-wrist” is you really care to take a look at the matter.
Instead, there’s a huge effort to crack down on street drugs and threats of imposing the death penalty on illegal drug dealers. But what about the legal ones?
When are we going to wake up and make a major shift, as a country, in how we manage and regulate drugs and healthcare? How much worse does it have to get?
Addiction could well be described as the continued use of a substance for short-term gratification, despite known negative consequences. The lifestyle of the opiate addict is surely being mirrored on a larger scale and we’re experiencing the repercussions.

Narconon New Life Retreat offers beautiful and comfortable facilities matched with a highly successful non 12 step program which results in higher success rate

Finding The Music

The journey back from drug addiction is different for each of us.  No matter where we come from or how our addiction affected us we can all learn from each other.

Stepping Stones to Recovery

 Life before Narconon was pretty much a big game to me, just not a survival one.  Life got to the point that I started to get amused by pain and I didn’t even care about anything anymore

Got My Life Back

How does someone wind up addicted to drugs? The truth is each person’s descent into drug addiction is different. This amazing story shows us a different perspective on how a person becomes addicted to drugs.