Tonight, we’ll have a chance to meet David Sheff, in person, here in Newport Beach, CA, just across the street from Morningside Recovery’s Balboa Peninsula corporate offices, speaking about his own path that led to his most recent book, ”Clean“, in which Sheff details our country’s failure to arrest the tide of addiction as it “directly relates to the belief—as persistent as it is wrong—that addiction is a moral failing,” that, instead, addiction must be understood as a disease.
Earlier this week Sheff wrote in The Huffington Post, and in The Clinton Foundation’s blog, quoting Thomas McLellan, a former Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), as asking: “What would you do if there was a sniper on your campus murdering one student a year? You wouldn’t accept it as a given. You wouldn’t rest until you caught him.” Sheff himself goes further, asking why teens may consider “pharmaceuticals as safer than street drugs”. Sheff then notes that “pills” are the #1 killer of teens… More about David Sheff and The Clinton Foundation…
Posted in Mental Health, Prescription Drug Abuse, Recovery & Parents, Substance Abuse
Tagged CHMI, Clinton Foundation, david sheff, ONDCP, Opiates, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Thomas McLellan, Vicodin
NYC Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, who is currently the Speak of NYC’s City Council, revealed this week that she had been struggling with both alcoholism and bulimia earlier in her life. Ms. Quinn grew up in NY State, on Long Island, attended Trinity College, in CT, and has now served two terms as City Council Speaker. She is considered throughout New York City to be both a tough politician, well-practiced with political brinksmanship, and a rugged champion for the disadvantaged of that city. She lives in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, NY.
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Over breakfast yesterday morning we discussed the fascinating NYTimes book review of David Sheff’s latest work, “Clean”. The review had been published Monday night in the Times, by Abigail Zuger, M.D.
Dr. Zuger’s review, in the New York Times’ Science/Books section, helps any reader “catch-up” with Mr. Scheff’s progression of works (his previous publications have included “Beautiful Boy,” ”All We Are Saying,” ”The Last Interview,” and “Game Over: How Nintendo Zapped an American Industry” — the last work obviously concerning the now-pandemic of video game addiction, as Scheff had predicted in 1993). But wait! There’s more! …
If you know your kids have never been that into a luxurious bath, when you start hearing talk of “bath salts” you may suspect something fishy is up. What exactly are these “bath salts” they are talking about? But wait! There’s more! …
Seeking treatment for addiction recovery can be a financial challenge for families and the question on many people’s minds is, “Will this be covered by my insurance?” The good news is that with recent Healthcare reform, treatment for alcohol treatment or drug treatment with insurance is more accessible to insured persons. Insurance companies are prohibited from applying a lower level of coverage for alcohol treatment or drug treatment within a members plan; they must cover these services at the same coverage levels as all other areas in the plan. However, insurance companies (payers) have specific medical necessity criteria that must be met in order for services to be covered. Medical necessity is the clinical demonstration of medical need for services as defined by each insurance company; payers create their medical policies based on what has been clinically proven to work. But wait, there’s more!
“Bill’s Story”– Bill is a recovering drug addict in his mid thirties. Bill was court mandated to serve three months in a drug and alcohol treatment program. Prior to entering the residential treatment program, Bill served some jail time for drug violations. When Bill was brought to the program he was very reluctant and resistant to the structure and rules. The decision by the court was very much against Bill’s will and he did not see the need for change. It was difficult for Bill’s therapist as she tried her best to deal with the behaviors of this involuntary client. Through months of treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy, Bill’s therapist began to see willingness to change in his behavior. The therapist focused on strengthening Bill’s self esteem through exploring his own skills and competencies. Bill’s family participated in his recovery and treatment program as well. But wait, there’s more!
Posted in Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Treatment Programs
Tagged court, court mandated, courts, involuntary placement, jail, punishment, recovery, substance abuse, treatment
According to the Monitoring the Future Study, which has surveyed high-school students continuously since 1975, “The nation’s teenage drug problems are far from disappearing.” Professor Lloyd Johnson, a principal researcher on the project adds: “We continue to see a number of new drugs coming onto the scene, like synthetic marijuana and ‘bath salts.’ Synthetic drugs like these are particularly dangerous, because they have unknown, untested, and ever-changing ingredients that can be unusually powerful, leading to severe consequences. Users really don’t know what they are getting and, as the thousands of calls to the nation’s poison control centers relating to these drugs indicate, they may be in for a very unpleasant surprise.” But wait, there’s more!
For young adults struggling with chemical dependency, academic success is quite often a casualty of past drug and alcohol abuse. Returning to school after a break due to such abuse can be a daunting task. For most students, the academic environment is where many of their old behaviors and abuse manifested. College campuses are ripe with temptation and triggering situations, and without the proper support it is all too easy to fall back into the same old self-destructive behaviors. But wait, there’s more!
The quick answer is: it depends. It depends on a number of factors such as how long and how severe the issues are that you are recovering from. If you have co-occurring disorders such as a mental health issue, such as depression in addition to a (or multiple) substance abuse problem(s), then you may need the extra support that a Sober Living Environment can offer you. Also, if you had a particularly difficult time getting off the substances you were abusing, you may need the extra support that a sober living environment can provide. But wait, there’s more!
An often-used expression is that “music soothes the savage beast.” Well, as it turns out, music also does wonders for the more emotionally-contained humanity. Music has long been used to provide comfort for mankind. When sleep escaped him, Saul turned to David, who soothed him with music from his harp. In the early annals of medicine, Hippocrates and Aristotle made effective use of music for therapeutic benefits. But wait! There’s more! …