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.

Check Out The 2013 RRFF Highlight Reel 

REEL Recovery Film Festival HIGHLIGHT
Reel 2013
See clips from last year's Award Winning REEL Recovery Film Festivalwith Paul Williams, Russell Brand, Robert Blake, Barbara Eden and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. See VIDEO


Issue of the 
Addiction/Recovery eBulletin 

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.

Attention New Yorkers!!!  

Attention New Yorkers! 
Invitation to Receive FREE Passes 
2014 New York REEL Recovery Film Festival  



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.