Category: Alcoholism

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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.

Bill W. and Dr. Bob
SoHo Playhouse
15 Vandam Street, New York City, NY 10013
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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

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.