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Big Data + Big Pharma = Big Money 
Need another reminder of how much drugmakers spend to discover what doctors are prescribing? Look no further than new documents from the leading keeper of such data. Read More
Deja Vu
Vermont governor declares new 'War on Drugs' 
"In every corner of our state, heroin and opiate drug addiction threatens us ... it threatens the safety that has always blessed our state," he said. "It is a crisis bubbling just beneath the surface that may be invisible to many." Read More
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Up In Smoke
Doctors say no medical benefits to legalizing marijuana in New York
You have trouble remembering things. On average your IQ level drops by 8 points so it's an ideal drug for people who don't really need their brain," says Johnson. "Maybe an extra source of revenue if you tax it. I'd like to see how it works in Colorado and Washington. I'm glad were not the first state doing it," says Wilcox. Read More
Commentary by Richard Burton VIDEO
Richard Burton talking about alcohol addiction
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Richard Burton on Dick Cavett
Making A Difference
 6th Annual                                     It Happens to 
Boys Conference    with Jerry Moe-John Lee-Patrick Carns-Judy Crane-Allen Berger
February 28, March 1, 2014
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Creativity and Alcholism AUDIO
American Literature And The 'Mythos Of The Boozing Writer' 
In her new book, The Trip To Echo Spring, Olivia Laing investigates the role of drinking in the lives of six great American writers: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, John Cheever, John Berryman, Tennessee Williams and Raymond Carver. All of them struggled with alcoholism and, in the end, alcohol played a role in all of their deaths. Read More
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Pain Medicine & Addiction
Fact and fiction about pain medication and addiction 
When it comes to prescription pain medications, there's a lot of misinformation out there. Whether you're searching for information about how such drugs can help you relieve pain or reading the latest tabloid tale of a celebrity addict, separating fact from fiction can be tough. Read More
5th Experience Strength & Hope Award, Feb. 13.
Seeking A Softer Gentler Way to Sobriety
"I'll... take meds... I'll go to therapy... I'll...join a gym!" Fantastic. "Then you'll be professionally medicated and not just self medicating. You're already in therapy, you just don't like looking at your own truth.  You can join a gym and potentially have a great physique but you'll still be miserable."  Read More
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Sobriety is overrated 
I happened to mention the possibility of me going on the wagon for January to some of my friends and loved ones, to which all of them responded by saying I'd never do it, or if I did, I'd never stick to it. It's going to be a long month. Read More
Addiction Doctor Wants Kyrgyzstan To Legalize Hashish
Addiction specialist in Bishkek wants marijuana to be legalized to reduce the number of Kyrgyz drug addicts, fight organized crime, and increase tax revenues. Rivaling the potency of marijuana from Afghanistan, international experts say cannabis is already being harvested by about two-thirds of all the families in Kyrgyzstan's Issyk-Kul and Chui regions. Read More
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Important New Paradigm VIDEO
"Drugs Aren't the Problem": Neuroscientist Carl Hart on Brain Science & Myths About Addiction
Groundbreaking neuropsychopharmacologist Dr. Carl Hart. He is the first tenured African-American professor in the sciences at Columbia University. Read More
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5th Annual Experience, Strength and Hope Award show.
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Trending Away from 12 Step Recovery  R.I.P. AA?
Big Pharma Pimps Alcoholics--With Government Help
Imagine a treatment for drug addiction and alcoholism that uses no drugs, requires no trained personnel, resources or insurance and makes no money for anyone. This "people's program" is the anonymous 12-Step groups which have quietly saved millions for 79 years. But lately, Big Pharma sees potential in all that free healing. Increasingly, it is "partnering" with rehab facilities to monetize addiction recovery, especially by facilitating dual diagnoses that require expensive pills. A patient is no longer just an alcoholic, he is an alcoholic with bipolar disease  or major depressive disorder.  Ka-ching. Read More
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My last alcoholic seizure
I'd planned the night's events weeks in advance: I would enter the club in my perfect boho blouse and boot-cut jeans and down a glass of Pinot to loosen up before debuting my fierce hip-hop moves to the associates and partner under which I slaved. Then I would regale them with a few humorous yet tasteful anecdotes and as they laughed, their love for me would deepen. Read More
U.S. deal with cartel let billions of dollars of drugs be smuggled
U.S. government has been enabling billions of dollars worth of drugs to flood into the country from Mexico because of shady deals with the notorious Sinaloa cartel.
An investigation by El Universal found that Sinaloa (believed to supply 80 percent of Chicago's street drugs) has been working with U.S. authorities since 2000 to provide information in return for immunity and undisturbed drug trafficking. Read More
Family Of Origin
Ke$ha's mom enters rehab for post-traumatic stress disorder  
"I'm checking myself into Timberline Knolls today for post-traumatic stress disorder, at Ke$ha's urging," Pebe Sebert told People. Read More
Celebrity In Trouble
David Cassidy arrested third time-blood alcohol level 'more than twice the legal limit'
The Seventies heartthrob - who found fame on the Partridge Family - was stopped by police in Los Angeles on Friday after he was spotted making an illegal right turn when exiting the 405 freeway. 
When the officer smelled alcohol, Cassidy, 63, was asked to take a field sobriety test which showed he was more than twice the legal limit,TMZ reports. Read More
Legalize It
Colorado officials replace '420' road sign with '419.99' to deter thefts
It happened so often, state DOT spokeswoman Amy Ford told the Daily News, that they swapped the sign in Stratton, near the Kansas border, "sometime within the last year." Read More 
Tobacco and Sugar Addicts Sober up on Addiction Diets- Five Steps and Quiz
"Sugar is the new tobacco," according to Action on Sugar spokesman Simon Capewell. Former MP Health Secretary Andrew Lansley thinks otherwise. He calls the analogy inappropriate.  Lansley points to the need for sugar consumption, as it is an essential component in nutrition. He notes the problem with sugar is excess. Read More
Book on battle with and recovery from addiction 
Paul Wolanin has been to the edge of the abyss of drug and alcohol abuse, and with more than a little help from his friends and a higher power, the now reformed user was able to pull himself back. Today, he channels his energy into helping others combat the same demons he still battles.  Read More
Workaholics risk depression from internet addiction
If you were one of the nearly three-quarters of workers logging on to work emails instead of switching off over the holidays, it could be unhealthy and counterproductive, researchers warn..  Read More
Sexual Addiction
Sexual Addiction: Symptoms, Signs and Treatment
The recent hit movie Don Jon made light one aspect of what is a serious emotional and psychological - sexual addiction. Simply put, sexual addiction is an overwhelming obsession with all things sexual, to the point that it has a negative effect on other facets of a person's life, such as their health, work, or family or personal relationships. Read More
Drug Use VIDEO
"Fighting addiction with a pill has potential for abuse"  VIDEO 
Buprenorphine is a medication - often sold under the brand name Suboxone - that prevents symptoms of withdrawal from opioids. That includes street drugs such as heroin or prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin. Read More

Treatment Center Blues
Pa. man in drug rehab charged with selling heroin 
Investigators from the Lancaster County DrugTask Force said 46-year-old Carlos Rafael Almestica-Serrano had about $30,000 worth of heroin in his room at the Spanish American Civic Association's recovery house. Read More