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EARLY REFERRAL and OPIOD ADDICTION

‘When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy last year signed into law a comprehensive bill targeting opioid addiction, many touted it as one of the toughest in the nation, often pointing to the seven-day cap on opioid prescriptions and new prescription monitoring requirements as reasons why.

But a lesser known aspect of the law is one that fosters a new relationship between primary care providers and licensed alcohol and drug counselors, or LADCs.

In essence, the law encourages primary care providers to keep an eye out for signs their patients may be becoming dependent on opioids.

An example, according to Connecticut Association for Addiction Professionals President Susan Campion, is a patient who, not long after coming in with one injury, quickly returns with another.

If the provider suspects an addiction is developing, he or she can refer the patient to an LADC, who will follow steps outlined in Section 6 of the law by gleaning information about the person’s family and personal history of addiction and determining how likely he or she is to abuse drugs prescribed for pain.’

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REVIEW of SOBERLINK SYSTEM

‘Soberlink, the leader in mobile breath alcohol detection technology, announced today its inclusion in an expert panel consensus paper about the use of remote monitoring in the clinical treatment of alcohol use disorder.

The consensus paper – written by a panel of nine alcohol use disorder treatment and research experts – was recently published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.

The paper examines the Soberlink System as a method of BAC collection and monitoring in various recovery situations.

The experts concluded that remote monitoring could play a vital role in successful recovery as a method of deterrent, and a means of early detection and intervention.’

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SOBER LIVING for WOMEN

‘A recovery home in Marquette is committed to give women suffering from drug addiction a safe place to stay. Within the past two years, Sue B’s House has officially become a successful program in helping women help themselves.

“Do you know in a phoenix and mythology, how they burn and then rise from their ashes? They’re very closely related with recovery,” said Elissa Kent, Assistant Director for the Great Lakes Recovery Center.

Life is full of second chances, and for women who struggle with drug addiction, mental health issues, and other related struggles; Sue B’s House is the beginning to their redemption story.

“Women will come out of residential treatment after they’ve completed maybe say 30 days of treatment,” Kent said. “They will come over here if they don’t have a safe recovery oriented place to live.”‘

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Story of a Dry Drunk ………

‘According to statistics, almost one in six women like me have alcohol five or more times a week – and more than half (including me) exceed their safe daily limit on at least one occasion. I’ve been observing not only my own drinking habits as well as that of my friends for many years now.

Sometimes (often) we drink alone and sometimes (often) we don’t eat much with it because we are, after all, middle class, professional women who know the caloric value of every thimble.

Truth be told many of us were borderline or closet anorexics or bulimics in our youth and this is our “transdiagnosis” in full throw.  In other words, as perfectionistic, anxious striving teenagers, we didn’t eat at all or we ate too much and purged.’

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Toronto Agnostics and Human Rights ………

‘On January 18, 2017, representatives of the Greater Toronto Area Intergroup, Knight and A.A. World Services Inc. and the General Services Board of Alcoholic Anonymous Inc. met to formally resolve Knight’s human rights claim.

Lawrence Knight is ecstatic. “This is huge.  There can be no doubts for A.A. chapters around the world – a desire to be sober really is the only requirement.”

Knight and GTA Intergroup agree that it is not A.A.’s practice to exclude anyone, including A.A. groups, based on creed:  “All groups, regardless of their belief system form part of the A.A fellowship.

The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking and any two or more people who come together for the purpose of being sober may call themselves an A.A. group, as long as they have a desire to be sober, and provided they have no outside affiliation”. ‘

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Dating an Adult Child ………..

You will learn to control life, but then stop and let go.

Addicts have no control over their addiction. As a result, their kids will feel the urge to control their lives.

Dating such a control addict is not an easy task. They will take control over your life, while also trying to control their own.

This means drama if you think of canceling plans or acting spontaneous. This will cause you to make a habit of controlling your life. But one day, you will wake up and decide to let go.

If you really love your partner, you will work with him or her in order to teach him or her to let go as well. When this happens, you will thrive as a couple.

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Its all about Recovery …………

Drug addiction is a complex brain disease. It is characterized by compulsive, at times uncontrollable, drug craving, seeking, and use that persist even in the face of extremely negative consequences.

Drug seeking becomes compulsive, in large part as a result of the effects of prolonged drug use on brain functioning and, thus, on behavior.

For many people, drug addiction becomes chronic, with relapses possible even after long periods of abstinence.” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)’

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SUPER SOBER BOWL ………..

‘Saratoga Springs — Staff at Saratoga Stadium in Saratoga Springs expect huge crowds at the sports bar for Super Bowl Sunday.

“There’s a lot more food ordering a lot more beer and alcohol,” said Saratoga Stadium Manager Lisa Vigliotti. “So just making sure we’re ready stocked and ready to go,” she said.

Alcohol at a Super Bowl event or party can be a problem for recovering alcoholics.

Brian Farr, who is the chairperson of Recovery Advocacy in Saratoga, or RAIS, has a solution.

“We came up with the idea of the Super Bowl last year when we decided that we would like to do something on the Super Bowl that doesn’t involve drinking,” Farr said.’

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Story of Hope ……

‘When West Salem senior Rayeann Jones is upset, she exercises. She hikes and, when she can’t hike, she goes to the gym.

As a child, she played soccer.

She said on the field she could clear her mind and block out her life, her family, and her feelings of isolation.

Playing soccer, she was part of a team; she had a place and a purpose.

“I had a decent childhood I guess,” she said before admitting she didn’t remember much.’

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How to tell if you’re an Alcoholic ………..

‘As a substance abuse counselor, I was asked many times by clients, “Am I an alcoholic?”

My response was simple: “Do you think ‘normal’ drinkers ask that question?”

Only alcoholics understand what ‘normal’ drinkers are. They’re the ones that walk into a bar, order a drink and leave an hour later with half the drink still in the glass.

Your feelings about the answer to the question regarding normal drinkers can tell you almost as much as the answer to the question itself.

If you hear the question and feel uneasy, anxious or stressed, then your next step should be to schedule an assessment with an addiction specialist. They can point out warning signs to you and let you know what you may want to do.’

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