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May 30, 2017          Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News          Vol. 4., No. 43
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Tiger Woods, arrested on suspicion of DUI,             blames prescriptions
Monday, May, 29, 2017 - Last week on his web site, he updated everyone on his latest back surgery, in April, a fusion that he said would keep him away from competition for the rest of this year at least, but said made him pain free..
"I haven't felt this good in years," Woods said.
I t is not yet announced by the police in Jupiter whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Woods says that alcohol was not involved, that this is all about prescription drugs.
Valium, Xanax, Ativan
Psychiatric drugs killing more users than heroin
May 17, 2016 -  Health professionals are sounding the alarm over the heightened risk of death linked to the use of psychiatric drugs, which was highlighted in a pair of Vancouver-based studies published this month.  Benzodiazepine (BZD) is a class of psychiatric medications known as "tranquillizers" which can reduce the body's drive to breathe and are used to treat anxiety, sleep disorders, seizures, and other conditions.
An Old Study Habit? VIDEO
University of California San Francisco doctor accused of fraudulently prescribing Ritalin VIDEO 
 Mathy allegedly issued 86 fraudulent prescriptions for Ritalin, a stimulant commonly prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, over a period of three years under three different aliases..
Adult ADHD Can't Be Diagnosed With Simple Screening Test NPR
Adult ADHD Can't Be Diagnosed With Simple Screening Test NPR 
MAY 29, 2017 - Alan Schwarz, the author of the book ADHD Nation  and a former investigative reporter for  The New York Times,  has investigated the ties between pharmaceutical companies and doctors.
"The six-question screening instrument that was endorsed by the World Health Organization was devised by doctors with a very long history in ADHD research," he says. "These are, generally, men who have been enriched by the pharmaceutical industry in order to churn out research that merely expands the ADHD market
Professional Labor Ain't Cheap
LOCKED-OUT Sunrise House staff rallies over working conditions 
 Workers at the Lafayette-based Sunrise House -- a substance abuse treatment center -- gathered on Sunset Inn Road at midday Wednesday to bring awareness about what they believe are poor working conditions and poor-faith contract negotiations between their union and  American Addiction Centers, the national for-profit business that owns the center.
Is This The New Help Care Plan?
Drug addicts offered $300 for long-term sterilization VIDEO
MAY 28, 2017 - Drug addicts looking for a fix can call Barbara Harris.
The North Carolina woman is offering users $300 for sterility.
"We're not a drug rehab program," Harris bluntly stated to   WKRG  while on tour recently in Mobile, Ala.
American Terror VIDEO
Faces of Addiction: The conversation continues VIDEO 
May 22, 2017 - Prescription opioid overdoses killed 576 Virginians last year and Southwest Virginia counties have the highest rates of fatal prescription overdoses in the Commonwealth. It's easy to get lost in the numbers. Those fighting to recovery are mothers, daughters, sons and brothers. 

11th Stepping  VIDEO
David Banner: 'Sobriety and Meditation Saved My Life' VIDEO  
May 23, 2017 - David Banner recently discussed his seventh studio album, The God Box with Unique Access Ent. opened up about some relatively personal choices, including meditation and sobriety. "Being high ... it allows you to open other portals and put yourself on other levels ... you sort of float wherever the feeling goes. The album I did with 9th Wonder was the first album I ever did sober ... I'm learning to tap into God for meditation and for being still. I don't need drugs to put myself on that level.
Some Are, Some Aren't  VIDEO
Some Sober Homes Are Anything But VIDEO 
May 22, 2017 - Sober homes are supposed to have strict rules and a zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol, but the I-Team has found that's not always the case. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

That Should Work, eh?
FDA commissioner Gottlieb calls for 'more forceful steps' to curb opioid epidemic  
May 23, 2017  - The FDA has been criticized for years by some in the public health community and on Capitol Hill for not moving more forcefully to counter the opioid crisis. Some have complained, for example, that the FDA approved OxyContin for use by children ... Scott Gottlieb said in his first interview since becoming commissioner. 

Independence Hall for Alcoholics
Founders' Day weekend to draw thousands to Akron, birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous
May 24, 2017 - AKRON, Ohio - In June, Akron will mark the 82nd anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, welcoming nearly 10,000 visitors to the birthplace of the organization. Events across the city are scheduled for the 2017 Founders' Day weekend, June 9-11. AA Founder Dr. Robert "Bob" Smith, a successful Akron surgeon, took his last drink on June 10, 1935, which is considered AA's founding date.
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West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders to Host Recovery Event Open to the Public  
May 24, 2017 - C4 Recovery Solutions will present a free recovery event open to the public at the 8th annual West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders on Friday, June 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the La Quinta Resort & Club, La Casa Courtyard. The open-air event will feature a panel discussion focusing on journeys of recovery of high-profile personalities and advocates.
Animal Story of the Week
Police catch pigeon with backpack full of drugs
MAY 24 2017 - ...authorities tracked the bird and say it came from Iraq, which sits right next to Kuwait. Authorities were able to capture the pigeon above a building near Kuwait's customs department. The bird was wearing a tiny backpack containing 178 pills. Reports say the pills are ecstasy. Although shocking to read about, birds have been caught smuggling drugs before. In 2015, guards at a prison in Costa Rica caught a jail bird flying cocaine and marijuana into the prison.
Came to Not Believe
Trump's budget dismays families hit by drug addiction crisis
May 26, 2017 - He slept next to his son's ashes most nights back when Kraig Moss first met Donald Trump. In a hall packed with Iowa voters, the presidential candidate looked the middle-aged truck driver visiting from upstate New York in the eye and vowed to fight the opioid crisis that killed his only son two years earlier. "He promised me, in honor of my son, that he was going to combat the ongoing heroin epidemic," ... "He got me hook, line and sinker."
MEDIA: Book Corner
Author Gives Courageous Take on Struggle with Alcoholism in New Book
May 25, 2017 - Kelly Campos' book "Don't Question My Desire" is an eye opener to people struggling with alcoholism. His open discussion of his alcoholism and the struggles he had to go through during his rehabilitation can be a useful reference for readers who may be facing the same predicament as he is.
Just Say Drugs Can Kill You  AUDIO
Two Sisters Try To Tackle Drug Use At A Montana Indian Reservation NPR AUDIO  
May 27, 2017 - Kirk is a 27-year-old mother of four. Born and raised in Fort Belknap, home to the Aaniiih and Nakoda tribes, she grew up around drugs, alcohol and addiction. She struggled with opioids after a miscarriage landed her in the ER and she was discharged with a handful of prescriptions.
El Presidente  VIDEO

Trump's Embrace of Duterte's Deadly War on Drugs  VIDEO
May 25, 2017 - Trump said, quote, "I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem. Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that." Duterte responded, quote, "Thank you, Mr. President. This is the scourge of my nation now, and I have to do something to preserve the Filipino nation." Trump then responded, quote, "I understand that and fully understand that...
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism releases 5-year action plan
May, 2017 - The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has released its five-year strategic plan for research to optimize the allocation of resources as the NIAAA works to understand and treat alcohol-related diseases.

The Cabin In The Woods  VIDEO

Drug counselors overdose at addiction facility VIDEO
May 24, 2017 - Two counselors at an addiction facility in southeastern Pennsylvania died after overdosing on opioids, according to the Chester County District Attorney. "If anybody is wondering how bad the opioid epidemic has become, this case is a frightening example...
Access Matters
With gambling now everywhere, addiction rate triples 
The first large-scale survey since New Jersey legalized online gambling in 2013 shows the percentage of residents considered to have a "gambling disorder" is now three times what it is elsewhere. So is the percentage of people with a less severe gambling problem.
Workers - Get Out!
National and Local Leaders Call for an End to the Lockout at NJ Addiction Treatment Center 
MAY 17, 2017 - "By locking out and refusing to bargain with its employees, the American Addiction Centers at Sunrise House has managed to completely disrupt the fragile lives of its patients. It has shut down the center with locks and chains, locking out workers and transferring patients to facilities all over the country. At a time when the nation is combating an opioid crisis, the American Addiction Centers could play a vital role in helping combat it and show the necessary compassion and expertise. Instead, it is acting like a giant bully that doesn't care about its patients or workers," said Randi Weingarten.
Stick with the Winners
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As the Executive Director of Faces And Voices Of Recovery (FAVOR) Greenville, an exceptionally innovative and unique program that aggressively attacks the problem of addiction and other behavioral health issues;   
Q. If you are in recovery, what was your DOC and when did you discontinue its use?  
A. My drug of choice was alcohol but my drug of destruction was opioid based pain medication. I am in long term recovery since 2001.
Q. Which film have you watched the most?
A. The Bourne Trilogy
Q. What is your biggest or littlest pet peeve?
A. Lack of innovation in the addiction treatment space. Why is every program fundamentally the same?
Q. What is the proudest moment in your life?
A. Having the courage to quit that stable, predictable job and create this game changing program in South Carolina.
Q. Favorite Band/composer/musical artist?
A: Tupac
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Inclusive Not Exclusive  VIDEO
US expert talks on drug addiction VIDEO  
May 23, 2017 - Drug addiction affects everyone in a family, holding all those in that family hostage, a visiting expert told audiences who attended a recent series of workshops. Jerry Moe, National Director of Children's Programmes at the Hazeldon Betty Ford Center, was brought to the island by local charity PRIDE Bermuda, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Drugs Prevent Drug Relapses
Science Says: Medications prevent opioid addiction relapse
May 22, 2017 -  Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House ... "The public needs to know that there are proven, effective treatments for opioid addiction," former U.S. General Vivek Murthy told The Associated Press. Murthy was fired by the Trump administration after he refused to resign.
Dying to Get High
Drug which is 'worse than heroin' has just killed 10 people in 12 days...  
May 18, 2017 - Jerome Butler died after taking what he thought was an opiate painkiller. His mother, Natasha, said, 'It shut down his organs. It shut down his kidneys. It shut down his liver. His brain was swollen. The doctor said he said there was nothing he could do for him. From one pill.' The illicitly manufactured Fentanyl is between 20 and 100 times stronger than heroin, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Making a Difference
Colorado advances measures to step up battle against opioid addiction  
May 22, 2017 - Colorado has the second-highest rate of prescription drugs abuse in the country, behind Oregon ... Lawmakers also approved Senate Bill 193 to use $1 million of marijuana tax money for a substance abuse research center at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Crime Pays...Until You Get Caught
2 Newport Beach doctors among six people charged in $22-million fraud scheme tied to sober-living homes  
May 23, 2017 - Dr. Carlos Montano, 61, of Newport Beach and Dr. Suzie Schuder, 70, of Corona del Mar are accused of writing unnecessary prescriptions for urine drug tests multiple times per week for employees of Compass Rose Recovery homes and affiliated businesses ... Schuder, who is in Orange County Jail with bail set at $3 million...

Surprise! VIDEO
Trump backtracks on plan to nearly eliminate office fighting opioid abuse VIDEO
May 23, 2017 - The Trump administration is backtracking on plans to nearly eliminate the Office of National Drug Control Policy ... Drug advocates decried the draft memo after it was released, arguing that it showed Trump was failing to make good on his 2016 campaign promise to combat opioid abuse.

What Goes Around Comes Around
Former 'pill mill" operator who testified against business partner gets six years in prison  
May 25, 2017 - The clinics distributed more than two million doses of the highly addictive painkiller oxycodone between March 2010 and June 2011 ... Pasquale Gervasio, 41, of Parkland, previously pleaded guilty to a federal money-laundering conspiracy and admitted he helped to run pain clinics, including several in Broward and Palm Beach counties, that were raided in 2011.
Romancing The Stoned  VIDEO
Mikey Way talks drug addiction - how 'the end of My Chemical Romance was so dark' VIDEO
May 25, 2017 - "Drug addicts are notorious liars and at the time, I was a notorious liar about my addiction, that I didn't have a problem," Way said. "I was in denial for decades." Way explained how his bandmate David Debiak eventually orchestrated an intervention under the guise of a band meeting. "I came home [to New Jersey in February] but I wasn't there to record. [Dave] was going to take me to a facility.
Until There is No Stigma
Confronting the stigma of addiction, mental health
May. 25, 2017 -  With heroin addiction and substance abuse verging on what many increasingly are coming to view as a public health crisis, a coalition of public health officials, law enforcement and civic leaders is taking shape in an effort to end the discrimination and negative attitudes many say are preventing people with drug addiction and related mental health issues from seeking treatment.
Respecting His Elders  VIDEO
Oprah & Sidney Poitier rescued my career from alcoholism - Jamie Foxx VIDEO
Oscar-winning actor and musician Jamie Foxx has opened up about how Oprah Winfrey reached out to him after noticing he had a worrying penchant for partying and drinking. Speaking to Howard Stern on SiriusXM Radio, Foxx admitted to a burgeoning alcohol problem following his starring role in biographical film Ray in 2005 - and how Winfrey and other African-Americans in the entertainment industry inspired him not to go further down that route.

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Fake Drugs, Real Tragedy
Synthetic pot overdoses surge in Syracuse; over 15 taken to ERs in 24 hours
May 25, 2017 - A surge of overdoses struck Syracuse on Wednesday, inundating emergency responders and emergency rooms with a rash of drug-sick patients, according to hospital officials and emergency responders. The culprit was synthetic marijuana - a drug better known as "spike," they said.
Everything it's Cracked Up to Be
Cocaine more addictive than first though
May 26, 2017 - Dopamine is a chemical that causes people to seek pleasurable activities, and researchers have known for years that cocaine use triggers the release of the neurotransmitter. The research suggests that using cocaine just once may cause an addiction.
Riding The Steps
Bike therapy' is latest tool to fight addiction
May 27, 2017 - A bicycle has helped keep Chris Collins sober.
For the last three or four years, he and two friends in recovery have chosen miles-long rides over alcohol or drugs, pumping pedals to get pumped by the fresh air and the natural endorphins the brain releases during exercise.
Closing Thoughts
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Two Years Ago - This  VIDEO
Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong VIDEO
Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do - and if there might be a better way...
...so that others may live  VIDEO
The house changing lives in memory of Amy Winehouse VIDEO
FEB. 2017 - Set up in memory of the late singer Amy Winehouse, Amy's Place is the UK's only recovery house dedicated to helping young women overcome their addictions. The BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme is the first to go inside and meet the women aiming to go clean for good... Watch Jean Mackenzie's full film about Amy's Place on the Victoria Derbyshire website.
At the Beginning
Alcoholics Anonymous Sues for Return of Original 12-Step Manuscript
May 23, 2017 - MANHATTAN (CN) - Breaking with its tradition, Alcoholics Anonymous went to court in New York Monday to prevent a draft of its founding manuscript by AA co-founder Bill Wilson from being sold at auction next month. Written by William Griffith Wilson in 1939, the "Printer's Copy" of the document includes handwritten edits, changes and corrections to the book "Alcoholics Anonymous," the original 12-step program, known to AA members as The Big Book.