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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Goodbye Ganja for Gaga?


A beautiful openness to share her hope. Bravo Gaga, taking a true story that might at first glance appear like the typical lifestyle or repetitive stumble of an artist's life, turned into an expression of life, redemption and above all a huge impact on many a followers that this talented and immensely creative woman is. What an amazing way to realize the power an artist has, beginning with Elton John and his ability to pass on the message of recovery. THIS is the type of story that deserves the hype. We support and admire you Gaga and can't wait to see your new material and the shift that you as a creative individual will bring. If you created such awesomeness high, the bomb is yet to arrive. Go rock and roll and our applauses go your way.

http://www.fashionnstyle.com/articles/32446/20141122/lady-gaga-says-elton-john-helped-beat-drug-addiction-he-saved-me.htm

Monday, November 17, 2014

To be or not to lsd?

With psychedelic induced therapies become more evident as well as researched, there is a controversial rebirth of interest to its attending PTSD as well as other mental health disorders. The substance use disorder field seems to push backwards, with strong sentiments against the abstinence based mindset overheard from 12 step programs. What are your thoughts and experience? I personally have seen youth recovery from substance use disorders being open to trying it as a detox and have rarely seen that interest in regular treatment. It seems to be uncovering an element of willingness, and the variable is one that seems more looking into. All comments are highly appreciated for we cannot stand with a mindset of 'We know it all' or 'This is how it is", with an epidemic running rampant and a need for all best practices to be shared and research to show what the true underlying variables to recovery are.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/can-acid-trips-cure-ptsd-and-other-maladies/2014/11/17/3eaeb59a-5ded-11e4-8b9e-2ccdac31a031_story.html

bytheseasandiego.com

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Legalization...in Colombia?

Colombia, a world known drug capital, now seeks to decriminalize marijuana in an effort to change the way their population confronts use and its legal implications. It seems that the 'war' against drugs seems to be a fight against a larger giant, and as we move from decriminalization to attending the underlying factors of use, abuse, addiction and illegal and informal economies, time will show us these new trends in approaching our legal systems and how they interact in our world. Although having 'up to 20 plants per household' seems a little outlandish, I guess you have to start somewhere. A very brave step towards change yet research and statistics will prevail. It will be interesting to see the societal impacts and overall interaction with borders and trade.


http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2014/11/11/medicinal-marijuana-offers-colombia-new-approach-to-drugs/

bytheseasandiego.com

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Supreme Court Say No...

The supreme court said no. It will not review nor follow up on Newport wishing to regulate sober living homes. Its interesting however that there has to be standards and a mechanism for control, for a situation like the one in Florida, mixing insurance and treatment, may cross fine lines and be pushing the terms of treatment and recovery housing. Where to place a line? Where to say 'this is discriminatory'? While arguments from both sides are afloat, NAARR and CAARR continue to be the overseeing bodies of sober living homes and the 'standard' of todays recovery housing. The cities will continue to be scared: some rightly so, others in outright stigma-ridden fear. The recovery community needs to come together and self regulate, at the level of cities, not ignoring educating and supporting the city by collecting data, implementing best practices or evidence based research, and continue to being open to feedback and change. The sober housing field is in its adolescent stage: shouts of independence are being heard yet there is no real evidence of independence. How can we support both sides of growth and regulation?


http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-640726-case-ordinance.html

bytheseasandiego.com

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sober Living in North County San Diego

A recovery community for all?

Interesting, it costs Ohio $55 dollars a day to have someone in jail and a city proposal is to have a cheaper alternative for those cases related to substance use disorders through a sober living community. Wonderful proposal and financially it makes sense. Time to take a risk into developing it with hopefully the help of those that have had previous experience in either private institutions with the right supervision of government. The rest is in the hands of time and outcomes. Here's to Ohio, paving a way to placing attention to the roots and not the symptoms, not ignoring the high costs of incarceration.

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/news/local/6304571