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Friday, February 27, 2015

Greek system hurting more than helping: sober living homes and Colleges

And finally colleges begin to understand that a wonderful way to keep some students from dropping out is to ensure their safety by supporting and even creating recovery housing near their campuses. Universities listen: alcohol and drugs are an epidemic in your campuses. Recovery is a theme that needs to be spread so that prevention can be the true theme to speak about. Sober residences: these will be the future to the greek system that presently hinders the educational voyage.

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/the_haven_to_open_as_sober_living_for_isla_vista_students_20150221

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fifty Shades of...Wait?

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2015/02/14/fifty-shades-of-grey-box-office/23405561/


And all the talk this month has been about Fifty Shades. That it's abusive. That it reflects poorly on relationships. The thing is, its selling. Profoundly. And its getting everyone talking (Got me). I had to see it personally and not criticize it without seeing it (typical, we all have strong opinions about what we don't know). Actually, I laughed like few times I have done so at the movies. Johnson's performance is spectacular. The new male actor wasn't as captivating, but the plot was. It gets to the role we rarely talk about in relationships: negotiating. What better place for negotiation than the business place. It has been polished. It has been refined. Relationships? Not so much. We can argue all day long but the art of relationships lies in negotiation. And do we? Not like business. Many times its the equivalent of being bothered of clauses Most begin in expectations that have never been mutually agreed on, only to become resentful at the mesmerized outcome. Have we advanced in our 'science of relationships'? I believe little. There is much more research on trauma or family dysfunction than there is about quality of relationships or basic contentment, less alone longevity (and if there is, there is not as much focus on it as there is on the famous 'less than half make it'). We can code social media platforms that increase our connection with the world, we can make billion dollar businesses with venture capital...but where are we in the science of relationships? (please, for those with strong moral or religious opinions, be the change and save yourself the pedestal, we are all here for the growing experience and if what you had was so wonderful you'd have as much talk going as a hundredth of this movie).

Synthesis: go see it. Think about it. Begin the conversation. Whatever gets us talking must be hitting an Achilles tendon.




Tuesday, February 3, 2015

How long will Manziel's treatment be before hes out in the field?




Manziel enters rehab. The timing with the superbowl seems like a perfect storm of celebration, media and gossip. I guess its not until it happens in the NFL that more attention is given to substance use disorders than even the entertainment industry (Whitney Houston, Robin Williams and Hoffman?) Big noise for a month...did we learn something from it? Thats its an epidemic? That its not only affecting 'big names' but also regular people? The Movie Studios with Hoffman had him do detox (as little as a week), only to have the pressure of money getting him back to work. If they relapse, whos to blame? Agents? Managers? Studios? Now we have the NFL. This will be a great opportunity to see how we view recovery and the time it takes for someone to 'heal' before they get back to the field. Will he get back after rehab? Will there be a time period where Manziel's needs are met before football is even mentioned? Heres to an amazing athlete who deserves not only a short term attention, but care for long term and attention to the family. Oh, yes. And an opportunity to educate the viewers. Ball is on your court NFL.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/12267487/johnny-manziel-cleveland-browns-entering-rehab-improve-himself

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Dirty or part of the journey? MMA and our zero tolerance mindset of sports #jonjones #cocaine #mma #jiujitsu




A one day gig. Was it for the media or to get bad press of the light of MMA? Is it use or abuse? Do we want perfect athletes or are we expecting them to be perfect and abstinent? Does the MMA test regularly? For what drugs? Ok, a bit too many questions but I think we come to too many conclusions and judgements before asking more underlying roots of drugs and sports. If these athletes are being not only competitive but outstanding, their use is obviously not hindering their activity to any consequential extent. Do we want to have zero tolerance and how heavy of a consequence to we want to give as a society? Is it a reflection of how we see drug use? (Here I go again with questions). Regardless, we send Jon Jones and family our support and hope this is a moment to reflect on substance use, our expectations, but most importantly, correct treatment and correct levels of severity. Something tells me inpatient treatment might have not been the most adequate yet as a society it seems its all we know or expect. May we support our athletes which motivate many of us and may we know no one is perfect.

http://www.mmafighting.com/2015/1/13/7536675/jon-jones-stint-in-drug-treatment-facility-lasted-one-night


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Friday, January 2, 2015

Not just a getaway for presidents, but for those seeking recovery as well?

As society realizes that alcoholism and addiction is an epidemic, more efforts to attend them locally such as these will be a sign of care and acceptance that an illness is not discriminating of socioeconomic conditions nor geography. Thank you Vineyard House.
http://www.mvtimes.com/2014/12/22/marthas-vineyard-new-sober-living-facility/

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Heroin: a theme for 2015

And as we wrap this year, may we know that Holidays for some means hopefully being able to let go of the heaviest burden of them all: addiction. With heroin at its all time high, both in availability and low cost, this once forgotten but now oversupplied drug is arresting the development of many of our youths in this country. No, not only a specific group, but all. It has been thought that it only affects those who have broken upbringings, but it is now understood that it is not a moral decision but a vulnerable target in one of the most frail moments in life. What begins as playing with pharmaceuticals turns into snorting or smoking, and eventually the fear of the needle leaves as time goes by, making IV inevitable. Lets look to solutions, to prevention and to leaving the stigma and the fear. Heres to making a change in 2015, to speaking about it, and bringing more information and recovery stories to the table.


http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Heroin-addiction-s-stranglehold-on-adolescents-5981314.php

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wiki Withdrawal

Hmmm....so you mean there is a high probability that youth's on their phone all the time might also be misusing substances. Interesting. Thoughts? I wonder if the people making the tests have an issue with it and how they came about studying it. I mean, who are the individuals who placed so much value in it, and by value I mean money. How much is facebook and twitter worth? I wonder if what were studying to understand is more a reflection of what we value and if their is a contradiction of what we want as opposed to what we are creating. Perhaps a bit too deep, but I personally wouldn't get too overwhelmed into studying the disorder of social media as opposed to understanding the torn social dynamics, specifically generational value and appreciation gaps. Those I have yet to see studied.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/13/social-media-addiction_n_6302814.html

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