‘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.’
‘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.’
‘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.”‘
‘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.’
‘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”. ‘
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.
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)’
‘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.
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘Your colleague in the next cubicle seems out of sorts: Her eyes are bloodshot; when she walks to the bathroom, her gait is unsteady; her phone conversations are marred by slurred speech.
Is she ill? On medication? Or could she be drunk?
In recent days, the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) HR Knowledge Center received an unusual number of inquiries about how to handle workers inebriated on the job.
“The fact that employees are presenting at work under the influence of alcohol is an indication that their drinking is significantly impacting their judgment—a sign that they are in desperate need of help,” said Tammy Hoyman, CEO of Des Moines, Iowa-based Employee & Family Resources Inc., which provides employee prevention, intervention and treatment services.
Time of Year May Bring on Drinking
The spate of SHRM inquiries about on-the-job drinking could reflect the time of year, workplace attorneys and substance abuse experts said.
“I suspect winter depression—or boredom—may be playing into it,” said Robin Shea, a partner with Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete in Winston-Salem, N.C. “It’s also possible that not everyone was able to immediately end the bad habits they picked up during the holiday season.” ‘
My life very quickly became a blur of trading tickets and cocktails and the whole thing nearly killed me. By 1987, I was burned out, broke and with nowhere to go – and moreover, my life felt unfulfilled.
Overcoming alcoholism and other addictions took me six years.
Only then did I feel ready to start my life and career over again.’
Divorce is causally related to a significant increase in risk for development of alcohol use disorders, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University in Sweden.
The study, titled “Divorce and the Onset of Alcohol Use Disorder: A Swedish Population-Based Longitudinal Cohort and Co-Relative Study,” was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on Jan. 20.
It found strong causal associations between divorce and the subsequent onset of alcohol use disorder, with the rates of the first onset of alcohol use disorder increasing after divorce around sixfold in men and more than sevenfold in women.
“The study shows that interpersonal relationships can have a profound influence on risk for alcohol use disorder,” said first author Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D., professor of psychiatry and human and molecular genetics in the Department of Psychiatry, VCU School of Medicine. “Social factors are really important.”
‘If you or a loved one has a problem with alcohol addiction, the first step is admitting the need for help and evaluating the different types of rehab options.
It may seem like a small step, but it is essential to learn more about alcohol rehabilitation options.
One of the biggest questions is what kind of treatment is the best choice.
Some people find success with outpatient treatment such as therapy and support groups.
However, others require inpatient treatment if they are showing signs of severe physical withdrawal because some of the symptoms can be dangerous and require medical care.
The purpose of inpatient treatment is to remove the person from the triggers and stressors that may lead to continued alcohol abuse and place them in a controlled setting where they can no longer use alcohol.
According to research, the other objective is to provide comprehensive treatment and to evaluate their needs for a complete and successful rehabilitation.
Those who have medical issues that result from alcohol abuse and sudden withdrawal will be examined by medical staff and in some cases will receive medication to help alleviate the symptoms.’
‘A handful of FDA-approved drugs exist for treating individuals with alcohol use disorder but they have been largely ineffective at reducing the high rates of relapse.
As such, there remains a critical need to identify and develop alternative pharmacological treatment options.
Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), through collaborative efforts with the NIH-funded INIAstress Consortium, have identified novel potassium (K+) channel genes within addiction brain circuitry that are altered by alcohol dependence and correlate with drinking levels in a mouse model of alcohol drinking.
Significant reduction of heavy alcohol drinking after administration of a KV7 channel-positive modulator validated Kcnq, one of the identified genes that encodes KV7 type K+ channels, as a potential pharmacogenetic target.
These preclinical findings, published in the February 2017 special issue of Alcohol on mouse genetic models of alcohol-stress interactions, suggest that K+ channels could be promising therapeutic targets that may advance personalized medicine approaches for treating heavy drinking in alcoholics. ‘
it could be pain from a difficult childhood, pain from the trauma of war, pain from the loneliness of never feeling known by another person, or others.
We turn to a glass of wine to relax after a hard day, or we reach for a little medication to help us sleep or to deal with an old back injury.
Addiction often starts in these subtle ways but can quickly take over a person’s life.
Have you ever wondered if you or someone you love has an addiction?’
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‘Her story of living for more than 20 years as an alcoholic is her greatest asset, she said, and uses her experience to help others who are struggling the way she did.
When the Independence Honours were announced last year, Bradshaw was one of the recipients of the Barbados Service Medal for her work in alcohol addiction and counselling.
She works as a unit support worker at the Substance Abuse Foundation that runs Verdun House, assists at Alcoholics Anonymous and has founded fellowships in other islands across the region.
Bradshaw had her first drink of alcohol at age nine, a glass of wine, and then she did not drink again until 12 years later on Christmas Day when she got drunk.’
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UCLA study is the first to evaluate the drug, ibudilast, as a treatment for alcoholism. Study participants were given either the drug (20 milligrams for two days and 50 milligrams for the next four) or a placebo for six consecutive days.
After about a two-week break, those who took the drug were switched to a placebo for six days, and those who were taking the placebo were given ibudilast.
The researchers found that the subjects’ craving for alcohol was significantly lower when they were taking the medication.
In addition, the participants’ reactions were measured after they were asked to hold and smell a glass of their preferred alcoholic beverage but not allowed to drink it.
The subjects reported being in a better mood while they were taking ibudilast than when they were on the placebo.
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‘A recovered alcoholic says drug addicts are falling through the cracks in Ballarat with a dire lack of rehabilitation facilities to treat their complex needs.
Russell Firth, 72, has been sober for 42 years after beginning a 12-step recovery program at the age of 30.
He is pushing for a detox unit so people seeking treatment for their addiction can access appropriate support.
“All alcoholics have a disease which is centred in our minds, the alcohol is the trigger for compulsion and you have to treat that wholly,” he said.’
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‘Non-stop partying. Alcohol. Drugs. Pressure.
Legendary rock star Alice Cooper says the music industry is rife with stress that can trigger mental health issues, and he’s speaking out in hopes of encouraging others to join the conversation.
In an interview in Nashville, Tenn., Cooper spoke with CTV News about why he thinks it’s important to confront mental health rather than brush it aside.
Legendary rock star Alice Cooper talks to CTV News about stress in the music industry and his struggles with alcoholism.
“I really believe everybody has a certain amount of mental disability. I think we are born with certain phobias, certain things we are afraid to talk about,” Cooper said.’