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Independence Week, 2017        Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News          Vol. 4., No. 48
GRAVE News  VIDEO
Age-related diseases & alcohol - how drinking is REALLY affecting you VIDEO 
June 30, 2017 - The more alcohol that people drink, the more their cells appear to age, researchers have revealed.Researchers have found that alcoholic patients had shortened telomere lengths, placing them at greater risk of the conditions, which include cancer. Dr. Yamaki added that it is important for the public to understand that heavy drinking causes telomere shortening because 'awareness of this fact provides important information necessary for people   healthier' .
Food Can Kill  VIDEO
One in 10 people on Earth is obese VIDEO
June 12, 2017 - A new study released Monday in The New England Journal of Medicine found that 10 percent of the global population is obese. In the U.S. in 2015, 12.7 percent of children were obese, the highest rate in the world. The highest percentage of obese adults was in Egypt, at 35.3 percent. Dr. Jon LaPook has more:
What's Next in Delray Beach? Sober Kennels
12 greyhounds test positive for cocaine at racetrack IN FLORIDA 
 
July 2, 2017 -At least 12 greyhound racing dogs in Florida have tested positive for cocaine, and their trainer has had his license suspended.
It's at least the second instance this year of racing greyhounds testing positive for cocaine. The dogs raced at Bestbet Orange Park in northeast Florida near Jacksonville. The state is home to 12 of the 19 dog tracks in the U.S., where 40 states have outlawed the sport.
It's Worse Than You Think



The Spiritual Consequences of Alcohol Consumption    
Although it is mass produced, mass promoted, legal, and ingested by a multitude of people all over the world, most people don't ever consider or understand the spiritual consequences of drinking alcohol...The word "Alcohol" comes from the Arabic "al-kuhl" which means "BODY EATING SPIRIT", and gives root origins to the English term for "ghoul". In Middle Eastern folklore, a "ghoul" is an evil demon thought to eat human bodies, either as stolen corpses or as children.
Symptom and Solution   
'Alcoholism continues long after you stop drinking': my 15 years sober   
June 24, 2017 -was prepared to be conscious (I loved the WH Auden line "But who can live for long/In an euphoric dream?") but I was under the delusion I was a literary genius, even though the only job I could get at the time was as a freelance reporter for a now defunct Daily Mail showbusiness column called Wicked Whispers. Wicked Whispers was so awful that, occasionally, the subs forgot to put it in the paper and no one would notice. If the celebrities I stalked stared at me, and asked, kindly, about my pitiful excuse for a career, I was stunned. Looking askance at Gillian Anderson when she, clearly and without malice, pities you, is, for me, a definitive act of insanity.

Laying Down The Law

Gov. Scott signs Florida sober home bill after NBC Exposé    
June 27, 2017 - BOCA RATON, Fla -Governor Rick Scott signed into law Tuesday new legislation to crackdown on and regulate sober homes in Florida.House bill 807 includes stricter marketing laws and increased penalties for unethical marketing in the sober home industry ... Numerous arrests have been made. With this new legislation, law enforcement will have more tools in which to arrest and subsequently prosecute bad actors."
Get Wiser, Not Older   
Heavy drinking is aging your cells, says new research   
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - The team collected DNA samples from each participant as well as information on their drinking histories and habits. The results showed that the alcoholic patients had shorter telomeres - the protein caps on the ends of human chromosomes, which are markers of aging and overall health. Yamaki explained that every time a cell replicates itself, a small piece of telomere is lost, so they naturally get shorter with age.



MALIBU, CA, July 13 - 14, 2017
Adolescent + Young Adult Collective, LOS ANGELES 
Keynote Speaker, Holly Robinson Peete - Actress, author, talk show host, activist and philanthropistThe mission of the Adolescent and Young Adult Collective is to bring together leaders in the treatment community directly working with clients and their families. Our program offerings will directly impact client outcomes. This includes: therapists, clinicians, educational consultants, educational attorneys, physicians, psychiatrists and treatment providers.
Family Outing   
A Father-Son Trip to Alcoholics Anonymous   
June 28, 2017 - Once he had confessed, he asked if I wanted to tag along with him to an A.A. meeting. I didn't know much about the meetings. I'd only seen scenes in films, in which people sit together in a circle and say: "Hi, my name is X, and I'm an alcoholic." I was also aware of some of the criticism surrounding the organization-some claim it's overly religious, bordering cult-like, and that there's no science behind the treatment.



Music and Award  VIDEO
Read U2 Bassist Adam Clayton's Outspoken Speech About Alcoholism Battle VIDEO    
June 27, 2017 - "After two particularly destructive benders, Eric Clapton was there on the end of the phone. He didn't sugarcoat it. He told me that I had to change my life and that I wouldn't regret it. He gave me the number of a treatment center and the power to give a call to them. Once I was going through that five week program Pete Townshend visited me and again put steel on my back. These two talents were enough to get me started and convince me my life wasn't over, but that I was at the start of a long journey to learn to love myself."
LEGALIZE IT!   
Peter Tosh's Son Beaten Into Coma In New Jersey Jail   
June 23, 2017 - At the time of the attack, McIntosh was about two months into serving a six-month sentence, after pleading guilty to marijuana possession. In a phone call today with NPR, Jasmine Rand said that before this arrest and sentencing, McIntosh had no prior criminal record. ..T he family of legendary reggae artist Peter Tosh is filing a civil rights lawsuit and seeking a U.S. Department of Justice investigation after Tosh's son, 37-year-old Jawara McIntosh - himself a musician and marijuana legalization activist - was left in a coma after being beaten while in the custody of the Bergen County Jail.





New Yorkers are Tough  VIDEO
I-Team: Lawmakers Hope Bill Will Make Sober Homes Safer for Addicts VIDEO    
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - Suffolk County legislators introduced a bill today that would cut public funding from two sober home operators that they deem to be problematic. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.
Politician's Solution: Let Addicts Die   
Ohio official: Don't send medics for third overdose to save a life 
June 29, 2017 - The politician's solution to the overdose problem: Let addicts die. An Ohio city councilman has suggested a controversial solution to the growing opioid problem in his town: If an addict keeps overdosing, the city won't dispatch anyone to save their life. Middletown City Council member Dan Picard is proposing to give drug users two chances. Paramedics would respond to an overdose twice, and each time the addict would receive a summons and required to do community service after being treated.



One Step, One Year at a Time
How the 12 Steps Have Helped Me Cope With HIV for Over 30 Years by Sherri Lewis    
June 26, 2017 - In 1986, nine months into my recovery from drugs and alcohol, I started living between New York and Cambridge, Mass., the home of my fiancé and his 15-year-old son. My friend and former roommate Laurie had just died - of "a rare cancer," her obituary said. But I knew the real story. She'd died of AIDS-related complications, making it perfectly clear to me that women as well as gay men could get HIV. Both Laurie and I had a history of intravenous drug use and bisexual boyfriends ... I felt perfectly healthy, but I was nervous. I decided to get tested for HIV. And on April 12, 1987 - my thirty-third birthday - I learned that my test was positive. I dropped to my knees. I felt like I'd been handed a death sentence.
ESSAY by Ryan Hampton   
Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Recovery? Let's Break the Cycle of Incarceration and Addiction   
June 30, 2017 - In these cases, jails often point the finger at hospitals, saying that the victim should have been in a hospital bed. Yet, hospitals regularly discharge substance use patients within hours of administering Naloxone, putting them back on the street instead of offering treatment that addresses the deeper issue. Jails blame hospitals. Hospitals blame jails. And in the meantime, people are dying because nobody wants to be the "somebody" who does something. Our jails and prisons are full of people whose only crime is being arrested while under the influence...



Controversial or Conspiracy  VIDEO
Suboxone therapy: 9 Investigates 'recruitment' into potentially addictive treatment VIDEO    
June 30, 2017  - 9 Investigates spotted signs littering the sides of Central Florida streets, appearing to recruit patients to a local clinic for Suboxone treatment. One recovering addict told 9 Investigates it reminded her of how clinics used to recruit patients during the pill mill epidemic ... "I was prescribed 80 strips per month. I only needed maybe one or half of one a day, so if I wanted to, I could sell the rest," the recovering addict said.  
Can't Hurt   
World's first trials of MDMA to treat alcohol addiction to begin   
June 30, 2017 - Ben Sessa, a clinical psychiatrist on the trial and senior research fellow at Imperial College London said: "We know that MDMA works really well in helping people who have suffered trauma and it helps to build empathy. Many of my patients who are alcoholics have suffered some sort of trauma in their past and this plays a role in their addiction." ... This is not a fringe subject, it's careful, methodical, extremely rigorous science.



When the Going Gets Tough...
From an $18 million fortune to living with his mother
June 29, 2017 - From being at the helm of an $18 million business to moving in with his parents, Luke McNally's fall from grace has been long and spectacular. The former Gold Coast's Young Entrepreneur of the Year looked expressionless as fronted court to plead guilty to gun and drug charges, reports Gold Coast Bulletin. It is a universe away from his days running the booming Mass Nutrition supplement brand, which at its height boasted 45 stores spanning Australia and New Zealand.
Makes Celine better, Elton Abstains   
Elton John, Celine Dion & Now Marijuana Playing in Vegas   
JULY 1, 2017 - Today marks the first day Nevada, the fifth state in the union to legalize marijuana, will let dispensaries open their doors to sell recreational marijuana ... I danced in the neon lights pulsating from the casinos. The city of sin undulated before me with alcohol, gambling, strippers and prostitutes, and soon to be marijuana tours and ranches. Oh how the times have changed.

Television Helps Inform   VIDEO

Hazelden/Betty Ford Foundation fights opioid addiction through education, progressive treatment VIDEO    
JUNE 28, 2017 - Dr. Brian Couey, Clinical Director for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, joined News 8's Heather Myers Wednesday to talk about the opioid epidemic and how the foundation is working tirelessly to fight it. A recent collaborative study between the foundation and the University of Maryland suggests that people have varying levels of susceptibility to opioid addiction and misuse. The research claims that mental health, substance abuse history and family history are all considerable factors.
Art Can Save Your Life Festival
   
Opioid crisis: Film art festival aims to raise awareness, offer hope   
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - LAKE WORTH, FL 
Manny Mendez was in prison when he honed his drawing and painting skills. "It was one of the only ways I could find peace in a place that didn't allow it," said Mendez, who has spent 11 years in Florida jails since age 17 for crimes related to his addiction to crack cocaine ... its name suggests, the Art of Recovery Film Festival and Art Exhibit, set for July 7-9 in downtown Lake Worth, will feature paintings, documentary films, photographs and poetry about drugs and addiction ... A guest speaker will be Leonard Buschel, a substance abuse counselor   who is executive director ofWriters in Treatment in Hollywood, Calif., and who is executive director of the REEL Recovery Film Festival.  

PROFILE: He Took the Right Steps
Leigh Steinberg inducted into California Sports Hall of Fame  
June 27, 2017 - "I gave my practice to other agents and moved into sober living and decided if nothing else, I would be sober and be a good father and work the 12-step program," Steinberg said. The California Sports Hall of Fame, founded by former Chiefs running back Christian Okoye, is in its 11th year. Safe to say, there are no sports agents in there, except for Steinberg .

Evidence Based Unconditional Regard
Compassionate Inquiry with Gabor Maté 7 min. VIDEO 
Gabor Mate's work on addictions, ADHD, chronic stress, trauma, mind, spirit and body has influenced mental health and medical professionals worldwide. Thousands have sought his insights through his books, articles and media appearances. Register for Compassionate Inquiry with Gabor Maté in Edmonton, Toronto, or Vancouver:.
A Good Book Should Be Well Digested
25 Expert Tips to Reading WAY More Books This Year    
JUNE 27, 2017 - I've always enjoyed reading. But, to be perfectly honest, I didn't used to read as much as I should have. Besides being a great way to escape and unwind, reading increases your knowledge, focus, and worldview as a business owner. It also gives you something interesting to talk about when you're networking. In short, reading is beneficial in both your personal and professional lives. But, that's not the concern. The biggest problem is actually finding time to read more books. I was able to accomplish this by using the following 25 tricks.
Books Can Save Your Life   
Want to Raise Your Child to Love Reading? Read These Secrets   
June 29, 2017 - The stakes are high, not just for individual children and the adults they become, the adult lives they'll lead, but also for - and I am not exaggerating here, I really believe this - our civilization. Democracy depends on people capable of thinking critically and that often rests on reading critically. For most people, these habits start in childhood.

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Beware of Everything   
New on the streets: Drug for nerve pain boosts high for opioid abusers   
June 29, 2017 - Gabapentin is approved by the Food Drug Administration to treat epilepsy and pain related to nerve damage, called neuropathy. Also known by its brand-name Neurontin, the drug acts as a sedative. It is widely considered non-addictive and touted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an alternative intervention to opiates for chronic pain ... she said her gabapentin abuse wasn't detected until she arrived at the residential recovery center. Today, Smith sticks to the recovery process. Expecting a baby in early July, her successful completion of the program not only means sobriety but the opportunity to restore custody of her eldest daughter and raise her children.

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Heartwarming  VIDEO
Meth Addiction and their stories 
VIDEO  
July 2, 2017 - "It's called the one hit wonder for a reason. You take one hit, and you wonder what happened to the next 30 years of your life, if you live that long," Cole said.
Sarah Ferber now leads the Chippewa Valley Expo, an organization made up of former addicts and prisoners, that reaches out to the community and offers support and guidance to people struggling with addiction.
Educating the Teachers VIDEO   
They kicked addiction, now they try to stay clean at USC VIDEO
July 1, 2017 - It was one of the first nights of 2014's fall semester, and a group of University of South Carolina freshmen were bounding out of their Barnwell Street dorm and into the back of a pickup truck, headed downtown. It wasn't until the truck rolled into Columbia's Five Points bar district that the passenger.. 

Vaping deemed as harmful as traditional cigarettes   
July 1, 2017 - While e-cigarettes sales continue to grow, health departments throughout the nation are campaigning against the devices that rapidly are overtaking traditional cigarettes on the smoking market..."People think it's healthier and that it will help people quit smoking, but the adverse is true," Wilson said. "It's a gateway for younger kids to use other tobacco, and they still contain nicotine, which is addictive and impacts brain development."
Six Months, Baby Steps     
Rumer Willis Embraces Summer and Sobriety 
July 2, 2017 - I will be the first one to say I'm not perfect and I mess up sometimes and every once in a while I get it right but I wanted to share this because I am really proud of myself. Yesterday I celebrated 6 Months of Sobriety. It's not something I planned on but after the long journey of getting here I can honestly say I have never been more proud of myself in my entire life. Thank you all for the love and support and remember to be gentle with yourself.
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Music Video - Alcoholism in the Ghetto by Gil Scott-Heron R.I.P. 
Lyrics- See that black boy over there, runnin' scare,   His ol' man's in a bottle   
He done quit his 9 to 5 to drink full time,   So now he's livin' in the bottle See that Black boy over there, runnin' scared,  His ol' man got a problem Pawned off damn near everything, his ol',  Woman's weddin' ring for a bottle
Woody Guthrie- This Land Is Your Land (Recorded 1944)  Audio 
"This Land Is Your Land " is one of the United States' most famous  folk songs . Its lyrics were written by American folk singer  Woody Guthrie  in 1940...
 
The original lyrics to the song included this verse: 
"There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me. The sign was painted, said 'Private Property.' But on the backside, it didn't say nothing. This land was made for you and me."
This verse was never released even though it was recorded by Moses Asch in 1944.