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Initiative on Alcoholism and its Treatment

NYU Langone’s Medical Center is sponsoring the current revival of critically acclaimed play, Bill W. and Dr. Bob at the SoHo Playhouse in NYC, along with the Psychiatry Division of Substance Abuse for their “Initiative on Alcoholism and its Treatment.” Written and co-produced by Dr. Stephen Bergman (pen name: Samuel Shem) the play recounts the story of the two men who founded Alcoholics Anonymous. For the first time ever, the show will be presented in both English and Spanish, sparking the dialogue about addiction to a wider audience, but also creating educational and entertaining programming for Latino audiences in a medium that typically lacks ethnic diversity. The mission of this project is both to jump start conversations about the disease, educate the public, and celebrate recovery for all those who have overcome addiction. 50% of all tickets will be given away to those in recovery as well as NYU medical staff, faculty and students who are working tirelessly on diagnosis, treatment, and sobriety sustainability methods.

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Report: Drug overdose death rates increase in 26 states


Drug overdose death rates have increased in 26 states and Washington, D.C., and overdoses continue to outpace car crashes as the leading cause of injury-related deaths, according to a new report.

Nearly 44,000 people die from drug overdoses each year, a figure that more than doubled from 1999 to 2013, and more than half of them stem from prescription pills.

The report from Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which was released Wednesday, ranks states on their actions to curb the most common causes of injury-related deaths — drug abuse, motor vehicle deaths, homicides, suicides, falls and traumatic brain injuries.

“Over 10 years, the opioid prescriptions have quadrupled, but there’s not a change in the overall pain that Americans had in that same period,” said Amber Williams, executive director of Safe States Alliance, an organization of experts who work on injury and violence prevention nationwide. “There’s definitely a mismatch between the prescriptions and the health issues because the issues have remained the same.”

Williams said these drugs, which in the past were used primarily for chronic pain or cancer treatment, are now being used for more treatments, leading to an increase in the prescription of opioids.

West Virginia, Kentucky and Nevada had the highest number of drug overdose-related deaths, according to the report. North Dakota saw the lowest rate: Only 2.6 per 100,000 people died from drug overdoses in a year. Overdose death rates have decreased in six states — Washington, North Dakota, Maine, Florida, Arkansas and Alabama.

In March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released guidelines to address opioid-drug related overdose, death and dependence. The three-part strategy calls for more training and educational resources for health professionals making prescribing decisions, an increase in the use of naloxone, a drug that can prevent an overdose when taken correctly, and expanding access to medication assistance treatment.

The number of states that have “rescue drug” laws that allow prescription access to naloxone have doubled since 2013. Now 34 states and Washington, D.C., have laws that allow access to the drug and the FDA is meeting to discuss how public health groups may be able to expand use of the drug to reduce the risk of overdose.

The Centers for Disease Control is in the process of reviewing applications from states for new funding to help bolster states’ efforts to prevent prescription drug abuse, said Deb Houry, director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The CDC will award 15 to 16 states $750,000 to $1 million each year for four years.

Houry said states will have to use the money to enhance their prescription drug monitoring programs and implement community or insurer/health system interventions to prevent prescription drug overdose and abuse.

Education for physicians about “overprescribing medication” and the dangers of prescribing opioids is just as important as educating consumers or those at risk of developing addiction, said Robert Lubran, a division director at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

“SAMHSA’s surveys of households show that people tend to share these medications, and they usually get them from one physician,” Lubran said.

It’s easy to assume people dying from drug overdoses are hard drug users, but that’s not always the case, said Howard Josepher, a social worker and president and CEO of Exponents, a New York City-based drug treatment facility. He said a common issue his organization runs into is that people don’t realize the danger of mixing alcohol and drugs.

“Overdose isn’t just from heroin or opioids. Many times people are drinking or taking other kinds of drugs, and it isn’t an overdose as much as a drug poisoning issue,” he said.

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Alcoholics Anonymous - Universal Edition

Alcoholics Anonymous – Universal Edition

Many individuals have difficulty with the religious tone of the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous. We are very pleased to announce that a new version, Alcoholics Anonymous – Universal Edition by author Archer Voxx, is now available for these people.


The Universal Edition consists of key chapters of the Big Book without the religious emphasis. All of the content of the Universal Edition is the same as the original Big Book, except that it is neutral from the standpoint of personal beliefs. The Universal Edition is completely compatible with all AA recovery work including meetings, sponsorship, and related activities. It is currently the 1 book in new releases relating to 12 Step programs.


This is not a publication of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services.


Here is a link to the book on Amazon:


Alcoholics Anonymous – Universal Edition


Best Regards,

Arthur Mars
Maze Publishing

Institute releases awareness brief on underage drinking

In conjunction with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence’s (NCADD’s) Alcohol Awareness Month sponsorship in April, the University at Buffalo’s

serves as a resource for parents, featuring information on why young people drink, what the consequences are, and how parents can help. It cites youths’ misperception about alcohol use as a major factor to combat, stating, “Young people generally believe that more people their age are drinking alcohol than is actually happening.”

The 14th installment in the institute’s Expert Summary series cites encouraging data about declining youth alcohol use nationally, but adds that half of teens have at least tried alcohol by age 15 and that binge drinking makes up a high percentage of overall teen drinking.

It offers advice to parents, including the importance of being a good role model for children. “If parents drink alcohol responsibly, they are showing their children that alcohol use need not be dangerous,” the summary states.

A summary from the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions outlines why young people drink and what the consequences are.



Sick and Tired of the Drinker’s Lies and Broken Promises –

If you love someone who drinks too much – whether it’s binge drinking on the week-ends or drinking several drinks a night or you might even think of them as an alcoholic, but your not for sure, sure – then you’ve likely been told by your loved one things like:

I am soooooo sorry. You know how much I love you. I promise – promise – that won’t happen, again.I didn’t lie. You asked if I’d gone out with Bob, not John. If you’d asked about John, I would have told you.I know, I know… but it was Susan’s birthday lunch, and we were all very aware of having to be out of there in time to pick up our kids. And I was being very careful, too, so I have no idea how I could have gotten a DUI – you know I’d never endanger our children!

The complexity of their omissions, half truths and nuanced rationalizations and the slicing and dicing and mincing of words is phenomenal when you think about it. Top that with our determination to get them to admit their lie or broken promise or to agree with our right to be ticked off, and we find ourselves living in a nightmare.

1.  Understand what “normal” drinking looks like. This will help you know when to avoid confrontation because you’re loved one’s brain is not functioning normally. Check out this post,

2. Don’t get caught up in the label, i.e., whether or not their an alcoholic. Stick solely to the fact, “Your drinking behavior(s) are unacceptable.” [Drinking behaviors include: verbal, physical, emotional abuse; neglect; physical violence; DUI; insisting on an insane, circular argument; falling asleep every night on the couch after drinking before, during and after dinner.] Remind yourself, if your loved one had consumed 4 glasses of water, would you even be having a conversation about their behavior – their lie or broken promise, for example? Of course not. That’s because water does not change brain function the way the ethyl alcohol chemical in alcoholic beverages does. Check out this post,


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10 Things I Don’t Miss About Drinking | Beth Leipholtz

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When my parents forced me to get sober, I was convinced I would never be happy again. I didn’t think I would ever enjoy weekends at college. I didn’t think I would fit in with my friends anymore. I didn’t think I would be a happy person, period, without alcohol in my life.

Almost 20 months later, I’ve realized how wrong I was. I miss almost nothing about my old life — mostly because I am still able to live it, minus one thing: the booze. By losing that one thing, I have gained back so many others that I didn’t even realize I had lost at the hands of alcohol.

Here are 10 things I don’t miss about my drinking days… read more

10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Addiction Relapses


By Diana Rodriguez
Reviewed by Pat F. Bass, III, MD, MPH


Can you have a holly jolly holiday when you’re recovering from an addiction? Start each day with a plan
to stay sober when temptation abounds.



The temptation to turn to a vice can be sparked by a busy party schedule, shopping frenzies, or just being around family.
Take care of both your mind and body each day, and remind yourself what’s at stake if you relapse.
The holidays are a time to eat, drink, and be merry. But what if you’re a recovering addict? The season for cocktails, parties, and
good times can be a tough one to navigate unscathed.
“The holidays are a stressful time, and many people find that using a substance is a way of coping with stress,” says Kate
Rhine, LCSW, a licensed clinical social worker and certified addiction counselor with Kaiser Permanente in Colorado


Ramped up family time also can be emotional for many, especially those recovering from addiction, Rhine adds. For people
without close family ties, loneliness may set in.


You don’t need alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to jingle your bells this holiday season, but you do need this go­to guide to stay
1. Start each day with a plan to fend off a holiday addiction relapse. “An alcoholic needs to wake up each morning thinking
about how to stay sober that day,” says Peter R. Martin, MD, a professor of psychiatry and pharmacology and director of the
Vanderbilt Addiction Center at the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital in Nashville. “Once they have a plan, they are fine for the rest
of that day.” The key is staying focused on your goal of sobriety.
2. Evaluate each situation. Rank scenarios as low, medium, or high risk for you. In early recovery, spend more time in low­risk
situations and avoid high­risk, Rhine says. If you’re further into recovery and will be in a situation that is medium­ or high­risk,
such as a party with an open bar, rely on your plan. Plan to arrive early and duck out a bit early, she suggests. Drive yourself so
that you can leave when you’re ready.

3. Bring the party with you. Take along a food or safe drink that you enjoy. For instance, if champagne is a big temptation for
you at a New Year’s soiree, bring a flavored sparkling water to sip as the clock counts down.

4. Know your triggers. Every addict should know their triggers for relapse and how to manage them, Dr. Martin says. The most
common triggers go with acronym HALT — for when you feel hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. Take care of yourself, mentally and
physically, to ward off these triggers.

5. Don’t forget to eat. Low blood sugar can leave you anxious or irritable, Rhine says. This, in turn, can make you feel
impulsive and tempted to turn to substances. Have a nutritious meal or snack about every three hours.

6. Keep stress under control. Many people turn to alcohol or illegal substances as a way to cope with stress. So when stress
strikes, take a few minutes to decompress and meditate instead. Push away thoughts of substance use.

“Just because you have a thought doesn’t mean you have to act on it,” Rhine says. Also make time for regular exercise. “The
urge to drink alcohol or use a drug often feels physical,” she explains, so giving your body something to do can satisfy the

7. Distract yourself. Bring along a buddy who doesn’t drink, smoke, or use drugs to help you stay sober at social functions.
Stay in an area away from the bar, and strike up a conversation with someone. Offer to help your host so that you stay busy with little tasks.


8. Rehearse responses. If you’re not ready to share the fact that you’re in recovery with your elderly aunt or an out ­of­ touch
cousin at your family holiday dinner, use a discreet strategy for turning down alcoholic drinks or other substances: Create a
script that you can use to decline off ­limits offers.

9. Learn to move past your cravings. A craving only lasts about 20 minutes, Rhine says, so if you can stay strong for a short
period, the urge should pass. Move to a different setting, meditate, or breathe deeply. Talk yourself out of acting on your urge,
she suggests, by saying something like, “The reality is. I cannot stop at one drink, and I can choose to have something nonalcoholic
instead.” Remember how much is at risk if you give into your craving.

10. Lean on your support system. If you’re part of a support group, make time to attend a few extra meetings during the
holidays to stay on track. If you need help finding a support group, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
offers a list of support organizations you can contact. Stay close with your supportive friends and family and those you’ve met
during your recovery journey, and understand that your friends who abuse substances may have to celebrate without you this


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Blackouts – Are They Real or Just an Excuse? –

How many times have you found yourself uttering incredulous gasps, “What do you mean you don’t remember?” or engaging in an argument with someone you care about because of something they said or did while they were drunk? Have you ever had them just stare at you, stone faced, as if to challenge your recollection and/or flip it around to somehow being “your fault,” something you’d simply dreamed up or were blowing all out of proportion?

Surprisingly, perhaps, your loved one might incapable of remembering their behaviors while intoxicated – even if they were fully “there,” (meaning not passed out but still standing, talking, doing ‘stuff’). This is because they’ve likely experienced an alcohol-induced blackout.




10 Reasons Why Being An Alcoholic Will Kill Your Game | Drug Treatment Center Finder

10 Reasons Why Being An Alcoholic Will Kill Your Game

  1. The ‘Axe Treatment’ Isn’t Fool-Proof

Clever advertising may lead you to believe that Febreeze can mask any odor successfully – however, every 18-32 year-old American male knows that there is only one product that can truly camouflage any stench. The ‘Axe Treatment’ has been effectively disguising body odor, remnants of just-smoked danky dank, and the lingering scent of mistresses nationwide since the early 2000’s. However, there is one completely overpowering aroma that even this noxious body spray will not cloak – alcoholism. The telltale bouquet of vodka, puke, and cigarettes overwhelms every cologne known to man, including (to the shock and dismay of everyone everywhere) Axe Body Spray.


  1. What You Think Looks Fresh Doesn’t Look Fresh

Getting dressed while hungover is never good – getting dressed while drunk is pretty much an instantaneous game killer. If you think it matches, it doesn’t match. If you think you look super fly, you look like a sad, incompetent moron. All fashion sense is technically completely lost after one’s blood alcohol level exceeds 0.02. For the chronic alcoholic, this means the likelihood of looking fresh is left solely to the science probability. Another complicating factor lies in the reality that drunk people don’t like to wear clothes. No pants + no shirt = no fresh.


  1. Your Pad Is Shameful

Being constantly intoxicated lends itself to not caring about anything. And although you have slowly become immune to the smell of rotting leftovers and unscrubbed toilet, your houseguests probably haven’t. Bringing a girl home to a corroded studio apartment cluttered with beer cans and potentially clean but questionable piles of laundry is a definite game killer. If she asks you where your dog is and you don’t have a dog… it’s probably time to go to rehab.

Of course, you may be living in the guestroom at your parents’ house, and your mom may still make your bed every morning. If this is the case, your mother is a codependent and also… go to rehab.


  1. Remembering Things Is Important

Names, dates, your wallet… these are all things that people with mad game tend to remember. If you pick up a girl named Stacy two hours late, call her Megan, and ask her to spot you after ordering 4 craft beers and a steak, you will not get laid. Fortunately, you probably won’t remember not getting laid, and in reality, you won’t care either way anyway.


  1. Whisky Dick

Nuff said.


  1. STD’s

Nothing kills game like a fresh batch of pubic lice. Trips to the Urgent Care clinic down the street will inevitably start adding up, and money you’d rather be spending on bottom-shelf vodka will continue going towards antibiotics and genital exams. The promiscuity that tends to go hand-in-hand with an alcoholic lifestyle can result in some seriously game-changing game killers… some that can be treated with medicated cream and some that really, really can’t.


  1. You Aren’t An Artist And You Can’t Sing

No one is impressed, please just stop. It’s totally cool that you (like everyone else living in the land of depressing delusion) want to be a rockstar, but the chances are it is never going to happen. Partially because you are talentless and partially because you are an alcoholic with literally nothing going for you. If you do have some semblance of natural ability, the determination necessary is undoubtedly just not there. Few things kill game as quickly as a super sad drunk guy playing the guitar really badly.


  1. Emotional Unavailability Is So Last Season

It’s true that women tend to go for bad boys, attracted to the sense of danger and sexy instability rugged men on motorcycles tend to portray. But even leather-clad outlaws have a sensitive side when it comes to sweet, sweet romance. Alcoholics are pretty much always totally emotionally unavailable, too wrapped up in their own self-seeking ways to provide any kind of emotional support to a lady friend. And we all know that lady friends need emotional support… big time. If you don’t have feelings you don’t have game.


  1. Fatty Liver Is Not Sexy

Dying of cirrhosis is not a turn on. If you want to impress a woman with your sweet game, don’t tell her you are about 7 drinks away from wet brain. Overcoming serious diseases is actually scientifically proven to get girls naked – dying of complications due to prolonged alcoholism is just a major bummer.


       10. You Ride A Bicycle

I mean… you ride a bicycle. Nothing screams “no game” like a lavender beach cruiser. Stacy will only pick you up from your parent’s house so many times before she realizes your car may not be in the shop after all. And 5 DUI’s later, it might be several decades before the “tune up” actually concludes. Of course, there are many valid reasons for one to opt for bicycle riding over car driving – like gas prices, exercise, commitment to the hipster vibe, and totally MAJORLY helping to eliminate pollution (keep changing the world, bro). Being an alcoholic is not a respectable reason to ride a bike.

Being an alcoholic will kill your game.



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Cayla wrote this in Alcoholism on Thursday, November 6, 2014