Friday, 26 May 2017

Pigeon Caught Carrying Tiny Backpack of Ketamine Pills

It's not uncommon for pigeons to be employed as drug couriers.


Robin Williams' Daughter Zelda Talks Becoming An 'Accidental' Mental Health Advocate

The 27-year-old aspiring actor spoke about her advocacy at a luncheon to raise awareness for mental health and wellbeing.


Trump Praises Duterte For Deadly Drug War Campaign

A leaked transcript of a phone conversation between the two controversial presidents has caused a public outrage.


Morning Roundup: May 26, 2017

AG promises crackdown: 'drugs and crime go together,' study finds shrooms are safest recreational drug, woman says death threats forced her to traffic cocaine.


What Is The Difference Between Oxycontin And Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is often thought of as the lesser of the two evils as it is most often used in combination with other medications. This opiate is often formulated alongside Tylenol or Ibuprofen in several formulations. The number of prescription pain relievers with Oxycodone components include Tylox, Percodan, Percocet and of course, OxyContin. OxyContin, on the […]

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The Secret Power of Shame

As a child, I couldn't figure out a reason for my father's rage, so what my mind couldn't grasp, my soul embraced: I deserved it.


Daybreaker Campus Reinvents College Partying

This is an environment in which students can have fun and relax without risking the anxiety, depression, and relationship problems that often result from alcohol-related incidents.


Dissociation and Association in the Treatment of Addiction

The Relationship Between States of Being

In Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), “state” refers to a person’s subjective experience of self and the world at a certain time. Positive states include happiness and relaxation; negative states include anger, sadness, and guilt.

A person’s state elicits different behaviors and reactions to the same situation. For example, the person in a happy state who missed an appointment might apologize and request another meeting. A person in a depressed state who missed an appointment might blame the traffic. A person in a depressed state who missed the appointment might be self-critical.

States are associated or dissociated. In an associated state, a person experiences self and the world from a feeling of happiness. In a disassociated state, the person sees the self being happy as if watching a movie. There are times when each state is appropriate. The challenge is to choose wisely.

NLP Strategies in the Treatment of Addiction

There are many NLP strategies to use when managing a person’s state. We will discuss four: Dissociation, The New Behavior Generator, Association, and Anchoring.


A person uses dissociation to see the “big picture,” to see the self in relation to others, and to step out of negative feelings. The following actions can be used to dissociate:

  1. Imagine seeing the self as standing across the room, and observe the behavior.
  2. Watch the self as if watching a movie.
  3. Refer to self in the third person while describing the state.
  4. Listen to the self, discussing the state as if the self were across the room.
  5. Ask the following questions

a. What is this about?
b. What is the big picture here?
c. How would this appear from an objective point of view?

New Behavior Generator

Dissociation is used with the New Behavior Generator, as well. Steps of the strategy are as follows:

  1. Identify a stuck state in which the person has limited choices.
  2. Consider the stuck state from a disassociated viewpoint; as if watching from afar.
  3. Identify several more beneficial behaviors.
  4. While in the disassociated state, watch what happens as new behaviors are tried.
  5. Step into the image to see if the stuck state is managed more effectively.
  6. Future pace by practicing the new behavior in situations which may occur.


Association is used to experience positive feelings or to amplify an experience using other submodalities. The following three questions can be asked to facilitate association:

a. How do I feel in this situation?
b. How does this move me?
c. What is my passion?


I use association to anchor a client. Anchors trigger specific physiological or emotional states or behaviors – in other words, they are an automatic reaction. Anchors happen unintentionally, like the way a song evokes the memory of an old friend, or they are created intentionally. For instance, a person can pinch his or her ear while recalling a feeling of confidence and apply that feeling in a new situation.

Hypothetical Case – Client Excessively Smoking Weed

Tonya sought counseling with me for her marijuana use. She has a prescription for medical marijuana and smoking does alleviate her chronic anxiety. Even so, she wants to learn strategies for lessening the anxiety without using drugs. She is concerned about the long-term effects of smoking and becoming addicted.

Because Tonya’s anxiety seems to trigger pot smoking, I focused on her anxiety in an initial attempt to resolve the presenting issue.

After building rapport, I completed an assessment based on NLP strategies, identified the positive intent of the marijuana use, and asked specific questions.

Initially, I taught Tonya ways to dissociate. She decided to:

  1. View herself smoking a joint as if she were watching a movie and change the submodalities of the image.
  2. Refer to herself in the third person while describing the problem. For example, she was to talk about “Tonya’s anxiety” rather than saying “my anxiety” or” when I am anxious.”
  3. Explore “what this is really about.” In doing so, Tonya realized that a lack of confidence was causing the anxiousness.
  • I then led Tonya through the steps of the New Behavior Generator
  • Her stuck state was anxiety, which she alleviated by smoking weed.
  • She saw herself being anxious and smoking as if watching a movie.
  • She identified behaviors she could use to resolve the anxiety rather than smoking.

– Talk to someone.
– Go for a walk or exercise.
– Make a list of the anxieties.
– Dissociate from the anxieties by seeing them in the distance or changing their submodalities.
– Find a hobby.

  • She considered each option and decided a hobby or walking would not be effective. However, talking to someone, writing down her anxieties, or dissociating would be helpful.
  • She stepped into the image of herself being anxious and pictured herself talking with a friend, writing down the anxieties, and dissociating. Each strategy seemed to lessen the anxiety and reduce the need to smoke.
  • Tonya found the best solution was to record her worries, put them in a bottle, and dissociate by making the bottle smaller and seeing it on a shelf far away.
  • The final step was to test the new behavior by having her picture times in the future when she might be anxious, such as when she had to submit a class assignment or was overwhelmed with work. I encouraged her to picture the new strategy. She seemed to feel calmer and had little desire to smoke.

To help Tonya strengthen her new behavior and remain motivated, I taught her about association. We explored the following questions regarding positive events in her life.

a. How did she feel in the situation?
b. How did they move her?
c. What was her passion?

I then taught Tonya how to create an empowering anchor.

  • The feeling/state Tonya chose to work on was her lack of self-confidence.
  • She recalled feeling confident the day she graduated from college. So, she focused on her pride and confidence at graduating and starting a new career.
  • I guided her to physically anchor the feeling of confidence she felt by rubbing her hands together.
  • We tested the anchor to make sure the feeling of confidence occurred.
  • The feeling was weak initially. However, Tonya repeated the process several times until she felt strong confidence.

There was more work to do but this was a start.

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Amber Tamblyn's Directing Debut 'Paint It Black' Chronicles Aftermath of Suicide

Tamblyn wanted the movie to showcase the visceral, complicated emotions associated with the grieving process.


North Dakota Governor Will Donate Salary To Help Addicts

The governor is following through on a campaign promise to enhance addiction recovery initiatives in the state.


Rapper David Banner Talks About ‘Floating’ In Sobriety Through Meditation

"I’m learning to tap into God through meditation. I don’t need them drugs to put myself on that level.”


Wading Through The Fog of Depression

An alcoholic relapse would lead to dangerous, disorienting depression from which I may never reemerge.   


Harsh Penalties for Drug Possession Negatively Impact HIV Treatment, Prevention

"We must understand that punitive laws have neither decreased the supply or the use of drugs and have caused adverse health outcomes."


Dark Web Drug Sales Rose After Silk Road Founder's High-Profile Life Sentence

According to a new study, US dark web sales doubled in the days following Ross Ulbricht’s sentencing. 


Morning Roundup: May 25, 2017

Vermont governor says no to MJ legalization, FDA commissioner calls for 'more forceful steps' in opioid crisis, high schoolers rock mohawks for mental health awareness.


Am I an Alcoholic? How to Know if You Are Suffering from Alcoholism

The first step in fixing any problem is identifying it. Sometimes people just don’t recognize a problem even if it is staring them in the face. And so it’s no surprise that people who are abusing alcohol don’t even know that they are doing it. It becomes especially confusing when heavy drinking is associated with […]

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Couple Drove 14 Miles With Drunk Man Passed Out On Car Trunk

“The officer came up and he said, ‘Mr. are you aware there's a body on your trunk?’ and that did not register.”


Boy Turns In Father For Dealing Drugs, Police Say

This wasn't the first time the boy snitched on his father.


Paul Yabor, Long-Time Advocate for Safe Injection, Dies of Drug Overdose

Yabor was also a passionate advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention.


'Light' Cigarettes May Increase Lung Cancer Risk, Researchers Call For Ban

New evidence has prompted researchers to demand that the FDA tighten regulations on cigarettes with ventilated filters. 


AA Sues To Stop The Auctioning Of Original Big Book Manuscript

In the suit, Alcoholics Anonymous World Services claims the current owner has no right to auction off the historical document. 


Could This New Pain Medication Help Curb The Opioid Crisis?

Some physicians are calling the long-lasting anesthetic a game changer.


Chris Cornell’s Family Issues Statement On Singer's Death

The late rocker's wife recounted the days he spent with his family prior to his death and addressed her personal feelings.


Morning Roundup: May 24, 2017

Vermont governor to decide on MJ legalization today, director of addiction treatment program arrested, cops self-administer naloxone after possible fentanyl exposure.


What is Alcoholism: Everything You Need to Know

Alcohol is viewed so casually by this modern-day society that people tend to forget the huge risk that comes with drinking it regularly: alcoholism. In fact, alcoholism is so often portrayed on television, particularly in sitcoms, as a reliable source of jokes. Alcoholic characters are seen as clumsy and bumbling—and we laugh at their inability […]

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Grieving a Glass Half-Empty

To have an addict in your life is to accept that each time you see that person might be the last.


The Other Side of Schizophrenia: Grief

Most writers my age have numerous books and incredible bylines. I have wracked up side effects and symptoms.


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

New Bills Seeks to Help Babies Born With Drug Dependency

The Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies (CRIB) Act would offer newborns specialized care under Medicaid.


Kesha Talks Mental Health, Eating Disorders & Cyberbullying

“I knew I was destroying my body with my eating disorder, but the message I was getting was that I was doing great."


Philly Librarians Begin Carrying Narcan To Fight Overdoses

The librarians partnered with a needle exchange program to learn how to properly administer the overdose antidote Narcan.


Doctors Still Prescribe Opioid Painkillers For Back Pain Despite Guidelines

Guidelines suggest a host of opioid-free treatment options so many doctors are still heavily relying on opioids to treat back pain.


Doctors Still Prescribe Opioid Painkillers For Lower Back Pain Despite Guidelines

Guidelines suggest a host of opioid-free treatment options so many doctors are still heavily relying on opioids to treat back pain.


The Last Addictions Memoir (Hopefully): An Evidence-Based Recovery Story Pt. 9

Most people who develop addiction experienced trauma. At four years sober, I can see past traumas line up one by one.


Dr. Drew: Loved Ones Should Acknowledge Addiction-Related Deaths

Pinsky believes the fear of speaking openly about the cause of these deaths often comes from stigma associated with addiction. 


Correctional Officers at Risk: The link between Stress, Trauma and Addiction

Correctional Officers and Addiction

First responders are in the line of fire daily, at constant risk of danger, and as a result, they deal with incredibly high levels stress. Correctional officers are no exception, facing continual threat of harm on every shift, ongoing stress, and repeated trauma exposure. Is it any wonder that drugs and alcohol become a perfect escape?

Think of their work environments and what they go through every day. They are faced with serious threats and constant stress. They are at risk of attacks daily. They must protect themselves and their colleagues in normal, day-to-day situations. Their very lives are a risk.

The High-Risk Work Environment

Sergeant Steven Floyd, Senior, a correctional officer in Delaware, lost his life to the job during a prison hostage situation. With his last words, he saved the lives of fellow correctional officers, letting them know that they were walking into a trap. A hardworking husband, father, and grandfather, Sgt. Floyd regularly worked overtime to provide for his family and was a hero into his last days.

Unfortunately, Sgt. Floyd’s story is not uncommon. Across the country, correctional officers face serious threats every single day on the job. Correctional officers have the second highest mortality rate of any job in the country, will be attacked at least twice on average during a 20-year career, and experience higher rates of suicide than any other occupation as a result.

Substance Abuse Increases Stress

For correctional officers who struggle with substance use, the threat of harm and levels of stress at work only increase. It can be a vicious cycle – drinking and/or using drugs to manage job-related stress that in turn creates more stress and higher risk on the job.

It’s a cycle Sonny Silva understands all too well. He struggled with addiction to both alcohol and cocaine for 7 of his 32 years as a Massachusetts Corrections Officer. Today, he helps other correctional officers get into treatment through American Addiction Centers’ First Responder Lifeline program.

“You would be surprised when you walk into a meeting at how many people are just like you,” says Silva when speaking to other correctional officers. “You’re not alone. All you have to do is go to a facility, and you’ll find out that they’re just like you. You just have to be willing to take the first step and ask for help. My life is proof that long-term recovery is possible.”

To learn more about the First Responder Lifeline program and to speak directly with Sonny Silva, call (844) 646-4COS today.

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Actor Ethan Embry Marks 6 Years Sober, Speaks Out Against Sessions' Drug Policy

Embry took to Twitter shortly before his sober anniversary to denounce AG Jeff Sessions' mandatory minimum sentencing directive.


Morning Roundup: May 23, 2017

Student art on opioid addiction gives $10,000 in prizes, 11-year-old turns in dad for selling drugs, Instagram ranked worst for young people's mental health.


The Symptoms of Alcoholism

When drinking casually with friends develops into abuse, you know you have a problem. But when abuse turns into dependence, and becomes full blown alcoholism, you’ve got a problem that requires medical assistance. It’s hard to recover from alcoholism. The fact that the drink itself is addictive is only one thing you have to be […]

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Ask an Expert: Is This Suboxone Withdrawal or Something Else?

The body has no memory or knowledge of whether the opioid was prescribed or illicit, swallowed or injected. The body only ‘knows’ that the level of opioid stimulation has decreased.


Monday, 22 May 2017

Surge in Meth Use Sweeps Across the US

Meth-related drug overdose deaths have increased 30% since 2014. 


Senator Kamala Harris: Jeff Sessions’ Policies Return Us To ‘The Dark Ages’

Senator Harris spoke out against Sessions' push for harsher sentencing at a recent conference in the nation's capital. 


Woman Arrested After Asking Police To Test Needle For Meth

The police honored her request and then took her to jail for drug possession.


Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Declares War on Smoking

The controversial leader is set to hand out harsh fines and possibly jail time to citizens who disobey the order.


How Much Does Your Personality Actually Change When You're Drunk?

A new study examined whether alcohol has any impact on an individual's personality.  


Travis Barker Talks Being Sober And Healthier Than Ever

The blink-182 drummer gets candid about mental health and overcoming the trauma of a 2008 plane crash in a new interview.


Morning Roundup: May 22, 2017

Yankee Darryl Strawberry pitches in to help Rising Above Addiction, Denver cannabis church clashes with neighborhood group, Dr. Drew: loved ones should openly acknowledge drug-related deaths.


A Day by Any Other Number...

I tried smoking medical marijuana for my anxiety disorder but it made my symptoms worse and I stopped. The AA ideas came rushing back: "Does this mean I'm not sober anymore?"


In Crisis-Plagued Greece, Heroes Treat Scapegoats

"We used to have a mobile medical unit that would provide services to homeless and drug addicted people...[Now we] don’t have the funds to hire paramedics who can operate the vehicle.”