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June 13, 2017        Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News          Vol. 4., No. 45

At War With Ourselves  VIDEO
Worst Epidemic in U.S. History? Opioid Crisis Now Leading Cause of Death for Americans Under 50 VIDEO  
JUNE 07, 2017 - AMY GOODMAN: And so, what about the role of Big Pharma, of the drug companies? 
DR. ANDREW KOLODNY: Well, the reason we have this epidemic, as I mentioned, is because doctors have been writing too many prescriptions. And that change in the way we treated pain began in the late '90s. And as the prescribing took off, it led to parallel increases in addiction and overdose death.
Feeling a little anxious?
Prozac Nation Is Now the United States of Xanax  
June 10, 2017 - According to data from the National Institute of Mental Health, some 38 percent of girls ages 13 through 17, and 26 percent of boys, suffer from an anxiety disorder. Marshall McLuhan famously wrote, a cool medium. Our devices are literally hot, warming our laps and our palms."In our always-on culture, checking your phone is the last thing you do before you go to sleep, and the first thing you do if you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom," Mr. Harris said. "Just today, I got an alert on my phone about the collapsing Arctic ice shelf. That's scary as hell." Push notifications. Apocalyptic headlines. Rancorous tweets. Countless studies have found links between online culture and anxiety. But if social media can lead to anxiety, it also might help relieve it.
Evidence Based Corruption - The goal was to steer doctors towards Vivitrol NPR
A Drugmaker Tries to Cash in on the Opioid Epidemic, One State Law at a Time NPR AUDIO 
June 12, 2017 - State lobbying records show that McCaffrey lobbies for Alkermes, the company that makes Vivitrol.
Asked earlier this year whether Indiana lawmakers knew about his lobbying for Alkermes, McCaffrey said, "I imagine some do and some don't." But several lawmakers who have worked closely with McCaffrey, including Davisson, say they were not aware.
Too Many Deaths Hurt Bottom Line?

FDA Calls On Drugmaker To Pull Pain Pill OPANA  NPR AUDIO    
June 8, 2017 - The Food and Drug Administration requested Thursday that the drugmaker Endo Pharmaceuticals stop selling Opana ER - its extended-release version of Opana. The FDA says the move marks the first time the agency has taken steps to remove an opioid from the market because of "public health consequences of abuse." An increasing number of people are abusing the powerful prescription pills by crushing, dissolving and injecting them. The sharing of needles by drug users has fueled an outbreak of other infectious diseases - HIV, hepatitis C and another blood disorder.
MEDIA: Book of the Week   
Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse Share Their Stories   
JUNE 06, 2017 - Over 700,000 children are abused each year. Millions of adults today are still trying to cope with the effects of trauma they endured as children. As a psychotherapist, Laurie Kahn treats adults who were abused at the hands of someone they loved when they were children. Laurie, too, had to learn to navigate a wilderness in order to find the "good" kind of love after a rocky childhood. In Baffled by Love: Stories of the Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma Inflicted by Loved Ones, she includes strands from her own story, along with those of her clients, creating a narrative of shared humanity.

Say Grace
The iaedp Foundation Announces Call for Proposals
JUNE 05, 2017 - The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedp) has released a Call for Proposals for its 2018 annual Symposium slated for March 22 - 25 in Orlando, Florida at the Omni at ChampionsGate. The iaedp Foundation seeks abstracts on inventive treatment modalities for the many phases of the eating disorder client's journey - from denial and resistance to treatment and recovery.
Science May One Day Do So...   
Researchers hit breakthrough in anti-heroin vaccine development   
June 6, 2017 - The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) researchers announced Tuesday a breakthrough in the development of an anti-heroin vaccine. Researchers working at Virginia Commonwealth University said the anti-heroin vaccine has proven effective in blocking the "high" of heroin in non-human primates. The vaccine is now the first of its kind to pass this stage of preclinical testing.

Reality Shoots Up 2:12 min. VIDEO
Let's Talk About How Women Experience Drug Addiction Differently DEVASTATING VIDEO  
June 7, 2017 - In her new book, Woman of Substances, Jenny Valentish admits to indulging in just about every illicit drug in existence. A decades-long addiction began with stealing liquor from her father's cabinet as a teenager and quickly transitioned into a full-blown habit of getting drunk every afternoon after school. While working in music journalism and PR, Valentish went on to spend the entirety of her 20s under the influence-spiking each morning coffee with speed and going from there. After getting clean in 2009, she has spent the past seven years researching the neuroscience behind her own addiction.
Being Here Now   
How Losing Her Family And Battling Drug Addiction Led To Triumph For This Meditation Guru   
JUNE 7, 2017  - Biet Simkin has had a 'hard' life: she's lost her mother, and her father. She got signed to Sony at 18, only to have her career not take off. She's conquered a crushing addiction to heroin and cocaine. She became a single mother while recovering from her addiction, only to lose her baby to SIDS ... Yet today, she's joyful, grounded, and successful: she's one of the country's leading meditation & mindfulness teachers...

Pot Luck  VIDEO
Cannabis prescribed to curb opiate addiction  VIDEO
June 6, 2017 - Doctors at Blue Door Therapeutics say cannabis pills and patches can help with nausea and other opioid withdrawal symptoms, and another chemical in pot has anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties to help stabilize the patient's underlying condition, they say.  "Every time I tried to come down on the pain pills, I needed another surgery, so I was hooked," said a 63-year-old female patient, who asked ABC15 not to use her name. "Blue Door and the medical marijuana is what saved my life."
Through Prayer & Meditation   
Dad Heard Our Prayers: Lamar Odom's Daughter Reveals He Recovered from Overdose After Vigil by His Children VIDEO   
JUNE 7, 2017 - Lamar Odom's 18-year-old daughter Destiny is opening up for the first time about the pain and heartbreak of her father's drug addiction - and her crucial role in his recovery. When Odom, a former Los Angeles Lakers star, was hospitalized after being found unconscious at a brothel in Nevada in October 2015, his daughter thought he was going to die. "It was a school night when I found out," she says in the new People/Entertainment Weekly (PEN) feature ... Watch the full People/Entertainment Weekly (PEN) feature, "Surviving A Father's Addiction: Lamar Odom's Family Speaks Out."...

NOT a Moral Failing- A CRISIS
Former Federal Prosecutor: Drug addiction & overdose - moral crisis
June 7, 2017 - Justin Fairfax and John Bell Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor, is one of three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in the June 13 primary ... In the past, treating drug use as a criminal offense led to mass incarceration, a prison industrial complex, and a three strikes policy that has negatively impacted families in the worst way possible. Our criminal justice system does not offered addicts the help they need to break free of addiction and has, in turn, exacerbated an already awful situation. People struggling with drug addictions need help and treatment, not a jail cell ... The tests of a moral society is how we treat the least of society. With the threats coming from Washington, it will be imperative to have advocates at every level of government to ensure that we keep moving forward.
Play Ball   
Steve Sarkisian: Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia was inspiration for alcohol treatment   
June 7, 2017 - "I was actually at home on a Sunday night and I was watching SportsCenter, and Scott Van Pelt was doing his editorial," Sarkisian said. "That night was when CC Sabathia had decided to go to treatment before the Major League Baseball playoffs. I thought to myself, 'Whoa, here's somebody who is like me, who is in a very high-profile position in sports - ace pitcher of the NY Yankees - and was being relatively commended or almost celebrated for going to do what he did.'

MEDIA: Book to Consider
New Book Presents Introspective Approach to Battling Drug Addiction    
June 5, 2017 - Harris also investigates means to render chemical dependency powerless by harnessing the power of the sober mind. He advocates for the use of internal recovery tools, in conjunction with external devices, to combat substance abuse and keep the disease at bay. "Having studied the addict's mind in-depth, I have found that the root of compulsion is in the mind," Harris said. "It is the mind that directs every thought and behavior. Drug Addiction and the Most Powerful Enemy Against It underscores the fact that the mind that is the only true passageway out of addiction."
Article of Note   
How Does Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Work?   
June 5, 2017 -  Understanding the basics of treatment of drug and alcohol abuse ... Detoxification is generally the first step of all alcohol and drug addiction treatment methods. Experiencing withdrawal from any drug is an uncomfortable and, at times, frightening experience to undergo alone. For many addicts, the initial withdrawal from a substance can lead to an immediate relapse because of the distressing symptoms that arise. With the help of a medical detox center, however, the process of withdrawal is safe and relatively easy thanks to the round-the-clock monitoring and appropriate administration of specific medications to make the patient as comfortable as possible.

It's Complicated  VIDEO
Dealing with trauma and addiction VIDEO    
June 5, 2017 - We know opioid, prescription pain and heroin addiction is on the rise. St. Louis has a high quality treatment option with Center-Pointe Hospital, which specializes in treating a 'dual-diagnosis.' A dual diagnosis is a unique approach to treatment, which sometimes also includes treating both mental health issues like anxiety/depression and addiction. Medical Director, Dr. Raafia Malik and Clinical Supervisor, Candy Finan explains here:
A Little Goes A Long Way   
Even moderate drinking could harm the brain VIDEO
Heavy drinking can lead to a number of serious health problems, including increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and dementia, but consuming even moderate levels of alcohol could be dangerous, as well, new research suggests ... Furthermore, people drinking more than seven units of alcohol per week experienced a faster decline in language fluency over the study compared to those who abstained from alcohol. The authors adjusted for several factors that could have influenced the results, including age, sex, education, social class, physical and social activity, smoking, stroke risk and medical history.

"F" is for Foolish
How to Tell if Your "Back from College" Kid is Slipping into Addiction    
June 7, 2017 - It's that time of year when kids return home from college for their summer break. Living independently brings changes - adult children mature during this phase as they make their own decisions and often manage their own schedules and money - so, expect some fluctuation in how parents relate and interact with kids. College students can be more vulnerable to peer pressure and the  influence of others. This can sometimes lead to experimenting with drugs and alcohol. 
Sweat equity in Sobriety  VIDEO   
Changing lives through fitness: Phoenix Multisport helps those recovering from addiction  VIDEO
June 4, 2017 - "If you spent a lot of your adolescence and adult life drinking and drugging, and then you get clean and sober, what are you going to do with that time?" the gym's founder Scott Strode said ... "You might do therapy and treatment and a 12 step program but finding the supportive network of people you find in here," Strode said, "I kind of think about it like finding a new tribe that supports you in your recovery."

A Look Back by Alex Brook Lynn 6/5/2016
A Dangerous Mind: The Tragic Circumstances That Made Artist Issa Ibrahim A Killer  
June, 2016 - Voices began telling him that his mother had become possessed, and that she was in league with the demons on the wrong side of the looming catastrophe. "My mother had tarot cards around and this made me think she was into witchcraft type stuff," he says ... "I asked her if I was Jesus and to this day I don't know why she answered 'yes.'" Her heavy mascara had cast ominous looking shadows across her face and Issa was convinced that she was somewhere in there... The voices were booming, occupying the loudest part of his mind.
Team Leader
Heather Hayes Announces the Launch of Heather R. Hayes & Associates, Inc.    
June, 2017 - Recognized as a true pioneer in the behavioral health, addiction treatment and intervention fields, Heather Hayes recognized the overwhelming need for a streamlined, concierge approach to care-management. As a result, Heather R. Hayes & Associates, Inc. was formed to meet the growing demand ... Hayes continued, "Spending over thirty years in this field has made one thing crystal clear, an effective model must be constantly evolving, adapting, and predicting the trends; Heather R. Hayes & Associates is the most capable team I've ever had the pleasure of working with.
The World as Echo Chamber   
The Benefits of Talking to Yourself   
June 8, 2017 - The fairly common habit of talking aloud to yourself is what psychologists call external self-talk. And although self-talk is sometimes looked at as just an eccentric quirk, research has found that it can influence behavior and cognition. "Language provides us with this tool to gain distance from our own experiences when we're reflecting on our lives. And that's really why it's useful,"...

Promises a Full Recovery
New 'partial hospitalization' opioid treatment center opens in Philadelphia    
June 2, 2017 - Officials from Philadelphia's public behavioral health system showcased a new treatment center for opioid addiction Thursday that they say is a model for future programs in the city. Pathways to Recovery, which is located in Kensington and launched in October last year, serves people addicted to opioids who also have a co-occurring mental health condition. The program fills a gap in Philadelphia's treatment network, which didn't previously have a center that provides a level of care between hospitalization and outpatient treatment.
Principals Before Pot   
Recovery high school helps teenagers overcome addiction   
June 2, 2017 - The school is based on the treatment model for adolescent substance abuse and is a member of the Association of Recovery Schools. To be accepted into the program, students must have at least 30 days of sobriety and be between the ages of 14 and 20. Students must be committed to following the 12 Steps. The school recommends that students stay at the school for a year. Credits from the school are transferable to traditional public or private high schools.

Overdose deaths increase 500
percent in 6 years for people 55 and older    
June 8, 2017 - More than 2,000 people died of drug and alcohol overdoses in Maryland last year, an increase of 66 percent over 2015. Calling the deaths a "grim tide," Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Dennis Schrader said in a statement Thursday that the statistics represent the largest single-year increase ever recorded in Maryland ... Eighty-nine percent of all intoxication deaths were opioid-related. Opioids include heroin, prescription opioids, and nonpharmaceutical fentanyl.
Why Not Try Rehab  VIDEO   
Everett creatively address drug problem VIDEO   
June 9, 2017 - The city of Everett continues to find creative ways to address drug addiction. They've now hit a year working with PAARI, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative, trying to place people in drug treatment centers in and out of state. What makes this program unique is that even if the person does not have private insurance, they can still obtain a scholarship that would fund their treatment at no cost to the taxpayer.

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Grassroots Activists Are Leading The Way On The Addiction Crisis
June 9 2017 - By Ryan Hampton- 10,000 Beds, in Utah, aims to award 10,000 recovery scholarships by 2020, ensuring that people in need can access treatment and care. The McShin Foundation, Virginia's leading Peer to Peer Recovery Community Organization, helps connect people in recovery with housing, employment, education, and a network of like-minded people. And nonprofits aren't just focused on adults, either. Oregon Recovery High School Initiative is building a high school exclusively for young people affected by substance use disorder, and will offer recovery support services in addition to academics. These groups, along with over 600 others, are part of the action network at Facing Addiction, one of America's leading non-profits dedicated to ending the addiction crisis... 
Winning the Fight of His Life  VIDEO   
EXCLUSIVE: Kurt Angle talks addiction, recovery VIDEO   
June 9, 2017 - Now happy, clean and sober, Angle has created the AngleStrong recovery management app to help addicts stay clean after rehab, and he spoke to Metro Sport about his new venture, his addictions, and who he would like to face in his wrestling return ... Now 48, the 1996 Olympic Games gold medalist and multi-time WWE Champion recently returned to WWE after a decade long absence, and has settled well into his new role as Raw General Manager. Despite his legendary success, Angle has battled personal problems for much of his life. Addiction to painkillers resulted in four arrests for driving under the influence, while he came close to death on many occasions.

Sweet Return - 3 Years & Counting
Amanda Bynes reflects on Drake tweet, sobriety and acting return    
June 9, 2017 - The All That star has become more famous for her personal woes in recent years after struggling with substance abuse issues, which often landed her in trouble with the law. However, Amanda, now 31, has been trying to clean up her act and in February, she officially completed her probation for a 2012 charge of driving under the influence (DUI). She has since granted her first interview in four years to Hollyscoop founder Diana Madison, revealing she is doing "really great" and been sober for almost 3 years.
Creativity Cures Consequences
Opioid crisis: Florida art and film festival in July aims to raise awareness   
June 9, 2017 - "It is our mission to restore hope and bring awareness through artistic expressions," said Manny Mendez, co-organizer of the festival with Vic Guy and Mark Sanchez. Paintings and photographs will be displayed at the Armory Art Center Annex, 1121 Lucerne Ave. Films will be shown at the Stonzek Theater next to the Lake Worth Playhouse.

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The Step to Education
'recovery high school' will mix academics, addiction therapy   
June 9, 2017 - Horn was one of three men from three different walks of life who pushed the idea before the school district and the city. All three - Horn, former LasVegasSun.com publisher Donn Jersey and electrician Joe Engle - have at least one thing in common: they've been through addiction recovery themselves."We're productive members of society," said Engle, founder of the local branch of the nonprofit There is No Hero in Heroin. "We pay taxes, we vote, we buy services around town. We want to erase the stigma." 
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'Cash money talks' when it comes to finding a drug treatment bed in Tennessee VIDEO   
June 10, 2017 - The surest way to get into a residential treatment facility is to pay the total amount without insurance. An evaluation of how a patient will pay is among the very first questions a facility will ask a prospective patient. Dr. Richard Soper, an addiction specialist in Nashville, knows of one treatment center that accepted tens of thousands of dollars of antique furniture from someone in exchange for an inpatient stay.  "Access is very much impacted by who you are in this state," said Marie Williams, commissioner of the...

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The World According to ANNE LAMOTT  VIDEO  
A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who lives in a confusing, beautiful, emotional world, offering her characteristic life-affirming wisdom and humor on family, writing, the meaning of God, death and more.