Tuesday, May 27, 2014  *  THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS  *  Vol. 1, No. 39
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Life on Life's Terms

Channing Tatum's ADHD Drugs Made Him Depressed

Channing is a new dad, but has already set down a few ground rules for how he'll raise his daughter, Everly (with wife Jenna Dewan Tatum). Channing has dyslexia and ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder) and took prescription drugs as a child to cope with his learning disabilities. He says he'll never put his daughter on drugs if she winds up with the same disorders.


Celebrity Redux        

Ozzy: Rehab is
Like Prison

Ozzy Osbourne was "terrified" of prison, which is why he changed his life after being locked up.
Ozzy Osbourne says prison and rehab have a "similar vibe". Ozzy hid last year's relapse from his family and his wife Sharon has admitted feeling devastated when she found out. She came close to divorcing the star, who she's been married to for 31 years, but after couples counselling they worked things out. Ozzy is in no doubt he couldn't cope without his flame-haired spouse.


12 Steps Nails It - Celebrity Sobriety        

Trent Reznor On How Sobriety, Discomfort, and Experimentation Fuel His Creative Pursuits

The Gift of Sobriety-Giving up drugs and alcohol has had a huge impact. "Right now I'm feeling inspired. An unexpected side effect of getting sober 12 years ago was I'm motivated: I feel like I've lost some time and I want to make up for that. I really appreciate having the opportunity to do several things I love doing.  


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Slow Lane Gains Popularity

Drugged Driving More Popular than Drunk Driving among College Males 

Male college students are much more likely to drive after smoking marijuana than to drive after drinking, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, found 44 percent of college men said they drove after smoking marijuana in the previous month, compared with 12 percent who said they drove after drinking.


Sobriety Becomes Them

12 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Alcohol Addicts

Alcoholism is a serious problem for many Americans today, and even celebrities are not exempt from such addictions. In fact, as we well know, some celebrities are more prone than average to alcohol addiction and drug abuse, because they can well afford to feed their addictions. Here are twelve celebrities you may not have known were alcohol addicts.


Penalty for HOLDING   BBC

NFL Players Sue League
Over Painkillers

A group of retired American football players have sued the National Football League, claiming it illegally gave them painkillers to keep them playing. The players in the suit say they were given narcotics and other drugs without a prescription, and had health issues and addictions as a result.


Win Some, Lose Some, Lose Some More VIDEO      

When a Friendly Wager Has Turned Into an Addition VIDEO

Glen Walker offers some "Money Smart" advice on how to keep gambling from ruining your financial and family life on the KTLA 5 News.


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In Praise of AA        

A SOBERING STORY: Support Groups
Offer Lifeline

Having support that comes from someone other than a clinician is important to recovery, according to addiction specialists. Oftentimes, people find that support in Alcoholics Anonymous and its off-shoot, Narcotics Anonymous. "In my experience, there are many, many people in recovery today who would have never gotten there without the support and assistance of AA," said Frank Jans, director of psychiatry for West Penn Allegheny Health Network.



Brave Young Man Uses Poetry to Heal  VIDEO       

Spoken Word Poem  Expresses The Pain of Growing Up Around Addiction VIDEO

Get ready to experience a roller coaster ride of emotions when you hear Princeton University student Patrick Roche recite his powerful and affecting spoken word poem "21" at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in Boulder, Colo. The video, posted by Button Poetry, covers a spectrum of intense topics, including addiction, abuse, sexuality and growing up in a home with an alcoholic father.


Vivitrol Vivitrol Vivitrol by a Court Order         

Drug Courts to Provide New Anti-Opiate Drug

This summer, the Lane County Adult Drug Court will become the first drug court in Oregon to provide Vivitrol - a drug injected just once a month that can help opiate addicts overcome drug dependence. The drug helps to reduce the craving for opiates, such as heroin, and can prevent individuals who do use opiates from feeling their euphoric effects.


Newcomers Know So Much

7 Things Sober Moms Want You to Know

Next month, I'll have a year of sobriety under my belt. I've been pretty open about mystruggles with alcoholism, but it's never exactly the easiestsubject to talk about. Particularly when I can tell that being a non-drinker makes someone else feel super awkward.


I'll Take the Under ...The Influence...        

SF 49er Aldon Smith Pleads No Contest To Dui and Gun Charges

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded no contest Wednesday to three felony weapons charges and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence. The 24-year-old Smith entered his pleas in a Santa Clara County Superior Courtroom in San Jose. He faces a sentence ranging from spending no time in custody to a maximum of four years and four months behind bars at a judge's discretion, prosecutors said.


Better Living Through Chemistry        

A New Target for Alcoholism Treatment

A new study used a rat model of alcohol dependence to directly investigate the KOR system following chronic alcohol exposure and withdrawal. They found that the KOR system is dysregulated in the amygdala of alcohol-dependent rats, a vital brain region with many functions, including regulation of emotional behavior and decision-making.


Tell It to the Judge       

California Counties Sue Drugmakers Over Painkiller Abuse

Are drugmakers responsible for an epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse? A new lawsuit alleges that 20 years ago, pharmaceutical companies set out to turn drugs that were narrowly prescribed for short-term acute pain into commonplace remedies for such conditions as arthritis and back pain, downplaying the risk of addiction. Deaths involving prescription painkillers more than tripled in the first decade of the 21st century, according to data recently published by the Centers for Disease Control.


Video of the Week - Dr. Gabor Maté       

The Power of Addiction and The Addiction of Power: Gabor Maté at TEDxRio+20

Dr. Maté is a renowned author of books and columnist known for his knowledge about attention deficit disorder, stress, chronic illness and parental relations. His theme at TEDxRio+20 was addiction - from drugs to power. From the lack of love to the desire to escape oneself, from susceptibility of the being to interior power - nothing escapes. He risks a generic and generous prescription: "Find your nature and be nice to yourself."


War on Heroin

$100 Million To Fight Un-Winable War on Heroin AUDIO

U.S. Sen Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Monday that he is asking for $100 million in funding for to curb the scourge of heroin in New York and across the country."Every time I walk into a funeral or a shiva call for a young person - which I've done a lot so far this year - I see the end result of unfettered drug access."


A Personal Story by Jamie Brickhouse

Casey Kasem and Mama Jean: The Faces of Lewy Body Dementia

I felt this my whole life, but especially when she flew from Texas to where I live in New York City to rescue me, her then 38-year-old, redheaded baby son. I was suffering from alcoholism, the disease that Betty Ford pulled out of the gutter when she became the face of it.


 New York Mayor's Daughter a Brave New Woman

Chiara de Blasio Details Her Depression and Addiction

Ms. de Blasio, who last year revealed that she had sought treatment for alcohol and drug abuse, was recognized by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for serving as an example of hope for other young adults, at a ceremony in Prince George's County on children's mental health.


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Celebrity Hits Bottom. His Own.

Sum 41's Deryck Whibley Hospitalized After Hitting 'Rock Bottom'

In a post on his personal website, the Sum 41frontman revealed that he had been struggling with alcoholism, culminating in a sudden hospitalization for liver and kidney failure from too much drinking over the years. Whibley was hospitalized for a month, doctors informing him that if he had another alcoholic drink, he would likely die. The incident scared him straight.


The Mayor Gets a Pass

Photo of Rob Ford in
Rehab Hits Web as They
Ask for Privacy

Rob Ford's rehab came out Friday appealing for privacy as eTalk published the first photo of him inside the facility and the mayor popped up posing for photos with people. The photo comes around three weeks into the mayor's rehab stint.


Legalize It 

Agreement to Develop Naloxone Nasal Spray for Opioid Overdose 

The product has the potential to be the first of its kind to treat overdose from opioid prescription painkillers and heroin - a growing epidemic in the U.S. Currently, the standard medical protocol for treating opioid overdose is to administer an injectable form of naloxone. It must be administered intravenously or as a shot into muscle or under the skin.  


Betting on Green

Marijuana Has Potential to Become Nevada's Biggest Cash Crop

Marijuana is considered a drought-tolerant plant and doesn't require a significant amount of water to grow, said Derek Peterson, president of Terra Tech, an agricultural company that's applied for a marijuana cultivation license in Clark County. Terra Tech wants to open a 50,000-square-foot cultivation warehouse under a Las Vegas-based subsidiary called MediFarm LLC.


From Bad to Worse

E-cigarettes Can Pose
Higher Risk Than Tobacco

"These results suggest that some types of electronic cigarettes might expose their users to the same or even higher levels of carcinogenic formaldehyde than tobacco smoke. Users of high-voltage e-cigarettes need to be warned about this increased risk of harmful effects," said Maciej Goniewicz.




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The Wine's Not Enough ?

France's Drug Addiction: 1 in 3 on Psychotropics

Numerous studies have put France among the world's top consumers of antidepressants, for example - but these latest figures have sparked fresh warnings by health experts over the nation's pill-popping habit. Professor Bernard Begaud, an expert in medication risk assessment, told Le Parisien it was "incomprehensible" that nothing has been done to lower the rate of psychoactive drug use in France.


Family of Origin

Scientists Find More Genes Tied to Alcoholism Risk

"Genes are not destiny, but knowing your genetic risk profile can empower you to make smart lifestyle choices," such as avoiding alcohol, he said. According to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, research suggests that genetics account for about half the risk that someone will become an alcoholic. Environment is responsible for the rest.


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Life Without Liquor - Life with Lots of Pride

Sober in the City: Surviving Pride Without Liquor

Before you head to any Pride event, attend an AA, harm-reduction, or other supportive meeting and get some love and wisdom from your sober family. Sharing at a meeting, or even just listening to what your peers have to say, can remind you of why your sobriety is important and provide you with the fierceness you need to be of service to yourself and others.


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Face of the Modern Day Addict VIDEO     

Horror of Drug Addiction Devastates Family VIDEO

A young mother`s journey from health to drug addiction has left her family devastated. "She`s done meth, morphine, cocaine, pretty much every drug you can think of she`s tried it."  Mug shot shows an emaciated woman with haunting eyes. Comparing that to a  photo taken when she was about 19 years of age and healthy provides a dramatic contrast.


Judicial Ruling for Addicted Mothers

State's Attorney Issues a Mother's Day Message to "All the Crack Hoes Out There"

Kevin Lewis wished a Happy Mother's Day to "all the crack hoes out there." He then goes on to say "It's never too late to tie your tubes, clean up your life and make a difference to someone out there that deserves a better life." Lewis has a history of hateful and racist remarks. He even wrote supportive messages about L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who once said that he doesn't want black people coming to his games.


There Are No Words...

Mother Charged in Toddler's Overdose

Investigators said she took Vicodin and Xanax pills and used meth about 24 to 36 hours before Carson's death, then breastfed her son to help him sleep.


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The Couch of Willingness - An Alcoholic Therapist's Battle with Bottle VIDEO

Vancouver Sun columnist and therapist Mike Pond was in end-stage alcoholism, constantly relapsing, detoxing and trying again. This is his story: An alcoholic therapist battling the bottle and a broken recovery system.



Peddler on the Roof

Israeli Company Sued for Promoting Drug Addiction

It alleges a "common, sophisticated and deeply deceptive marketing campaign to [...] reverse the popular and medical understanding of opioids. In order to put money in their pockets, [the companies] have done serious harm to many thousands of people."


From Santa Barbara County Education Office  

Hazelden Programs Save Lives and Families

The facility is youth-friendly in a way that makes recovery possible. The variable-length-of-stay program is intensive, but there are ways for kids to be kids, and young people to find sober fun. The state-of-the-art fitness facility has a gym with a rock-climbing wall, a weight room, and basketball courts. There is a bookstore, music room, and arts & crafts rooms, in addition to classrooms. Young people who attended said they initially worried it would be scary and uncomfortable, but found it was tremendously comfortable, cheerful, and supportive.  


Health Warning of the Week: Hydrate and Drop Out

Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children's IQ

A recently-published Harvard University meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has concluded that children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water have "significantly lower" IQ scores than those who live in low fluoride areas. In conclusion, our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children's neurodevelopment.