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Monday, June 29, 2015

Arrested Development in Prison?


A heroin ring seems to have been a problem in the New York prison where the inmates escaped with supposed support of correctional staff. Heroin use is escalating and its manifestation must be obvious within the correctional facilities. It is interesting to see if there is any attention to drug and alcohol use within as well as the support to have those within the system transition back into society. Recovery programs are very archaic within prison, limited to 12 stem meetings and faith based interventions. Can we implement telemedicine? Tele-counseling? Where can technology, a very low cost investment to outcome ratio, be implemented? As always, change is needed and the way we have been doing things will not take us to the vision we have as a country and community, there must be support for the unattended and uninsured if there is to be progress in general.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/29/us/new-york-prison-investigation/

Sober Living San Diego

Friday, June 12, 2015

Clinton taking a fresh stance on drugs?



Hillary Clinton's team seems to be placing a higher level of attention to substance use disorders, formerly known as addiction and alcoholism, with the heroin and methamphetamine epidemic in rural America. Seems like awareness is at senate level and permeating the verbiage of the candidate, hoping that their words get placed into action. What's great is that, apart from using google hangouts (pretty tight to be staying current and involving multiple brainstorming), their focus is on decriminalizing lower drug offenses, placing a priority for mental health and attention to treatment rather than incarceration. Great step guys. Now go do it.


http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/06/01/hillary-clinton-focuses-on-drug-addiction-after-learning-scale-of-problem/?_r=0

Sober Living San Diego

Friday, June 5, 2015

Hope over Dope

The stories of hope in recovery from addiction and alcoholism, presently known as substance use disorders, are very real. The impact of school on the turnaround is very real and rarely heard (as well as employment). The challenge is finding these colleges that are willing to give individuals second chances as well as accommodating programs to fit someone hurting from alcohol abuse or drug addiction right into their classes. Heres a thumbs up to those opening their doors, for those who change will impact thousands in their new journey.

http://digital.vpr.net/post/drug-addiction-college-graduation-turnaround-story

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kratom, not your typical synthetic drug

What is Kratom? Well, since its not scheduled nor illegal, you don't have to worry until something horrible happens. Such as the suicide of this teen, or the huge amounts being sold as supplements to those seeking a natural high (or in common terms anxiety relief). Found at supplement stores (even gas  stations) this substance cannot be tested in a typical 12 panel, you have to send off to a lab to confirm  the blood level. It is very important to begin attending the production, manufacturing and importing of this substance as well as being aware of its effects. Any information is gladly appreciated at contact@bythesearecovery.com


https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/whats-kratom-parents-speak-out-after-drug-drives-119458538452.html

http://www.bytheseasandiego.com

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Addiction and Recovery

Thank you dear Candace for enlightening huffington post readers on your experience with addiction and your unique take on recovery. There was nothing on diagnosis, severity, research nor reliable accounts. Yes, yet another beautiful way to emotional arouse a reader who is urging either education or

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/candace-plattor/addiction-and-relapse_b_6548274.html

A son's story of growing up with his fathers addiction

And we never think we hurt others while we go around our own problems, specially in families. In Addiction, the confusion is intensified with the lies and the fear to communicate what's real: there's a serious problem with alcohol and/or drugs and believing that circumventing around members, many times the younger ones, will be alleviating or a less heavy burden. Its worse. This beautiful article depicts the story of a son's journey with the problem of a father. To those thinking that alcoholism or drug addiction is only one persons problem, we say think again.



http://www.redeyechicago.com/opinion/redeye-addict-father-death-20150519-column.html




Monday, April 27, 2015

Tired of being tired

Families who have lost a loved one to substance use disorders, formerly known as alcoholism and addiction, are tired of being tired. Where do they go to? How many times can someone go to treatment? What if you can't afford it? Families are coming out. The pain is greater than the stigma. It is no longer moral. It is no longer good versus wrong. Its simply needs to be spoken about. With an opiate epidemic in the United States, its coming back to the hands of those hurting and they are aking for anwers.



http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2015/04/27/woman-who-lost-grandson-to-heroin-takes-on-drug-addiction/