Oxyana - a visceral look at drug addiction

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Oxyana: Tribeca Review
Hollywood Reporter
NEW YORK — A once-thriving mining town delivers its own eulogy in Sean Dunne's Oxyana, a doc about rural drug addiction in which a generation of addicts describes the almost unbelievable damage drugs have done to their community. Though the ...

Hollywood Reporter

Oxyana (2013) Tribeca Movie Review | Film School Rejects: "Oceana, West Virginia used to thrive via the coal mining industry. It was a town where you could leave your door open to your house overnight and wake up knowing you were safe. Then things changed as the coal business began to decline. In response, the town eventually became the epicenter for Oxycontin abuse, resulting in a population largely of addicts. . . ."

'Oxyana' premieres at Tribeca Film Festival, gives an up ... - Fox News
Director Sean Dunne said he got death threats when his documentary was announced in Oceana.

'Oxyana' Movie Review: Documentary Exposes West Virginia's ...
The film exposes an epidemic of prescription drug addiction in West Virginia as well as the issues of small-town America as a way of life.

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Prescription for sure misery

Inspir.es · On Success | Charles T. Munger: "What Carson said was that he couldn’t tell the graduating class how to be happy, but he could tell them from personal experience how to guarantee misery. Carson’s prescription for sure misery included: 1. Ingesting chemicals in an effort to alter mood or perception; 2. Envy; and 3. Resentment."

Addiction is treatable
Palm Beach Post
Addiction is now understood to be a brain disease, because scientific research has shown that alcohol and other drugs can change brain structure and function. Many people falsely believe thatdrug addiction is a failure of will or strength of character.

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Brace for New Insurance Coverage
Carla Johnson of the Associated Press reported that only 1% of healthcare funding in the United States currently goes toward addiction, resulting in millions of alcoholics and drug addicts without help. It is estimated that only about 10% of the 23 ...

Missouri needs prescription-drug monitoring program
I lost my son, Andrew, to drug addiction that started with prescription painkillers. When those painkillers were no longer enough, he turned to heroin. He was only 22 when he died. In his memory, his friends and I founded the Andrew Eigles Memorial ...

Students on a stealing spree
Times of India
CHANDIGARH: Drug addiction is strengthening its stranglehold on youngsters in the city. Barely a week after a former BPO employee was arrested for peddling drugs to make quick money, three students were held for stealing electronic gadgets to buy drugs.

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Beating Anger

Expanding the Envelope: A Method for Beating Anger : zenhabits: " . . . let’s look at why anger is so selfish. Here’s what happens:

We want something a certain way.
Other people (or occasionally, the Universe!) don’t give us that something in that certain way.
We get mad.

This is like a little kid who doesn’t get his way. Exactly like that little kid, except we’re grown-ups and are supposed to know better. I’m no different — I get angry just like everyone else. We act like little kids because the part of our brain that’s getting mad is really no different than a scared, selfish child . . . . If you use a phrase like, “Seriously?!” or “WTF?!” or “Really?!” then that’s a sign you need to change your outlook. It’s a sign that you think people should behave the way you want them to behave, and when they don’t, you’re frustrated/irritated/angry. Instead of acting on that impulse, just watch it. Become the observer. When you do that, you put some space between yourself and your angry impulses, and in that little space, you have room to decide. How will you respond? What’s going on here? Why are you so angry about something so unimportant? What fantasy/ideal are you holding onto that you didn’t get, and that’s making you angry? And as you consider your response, you can then Expand the Envelope. Take some deep breaths, calm down, consider your actions. Consider the other person’s point of view, why they might be behaving this way. Don’t think, “They shouldn’t act that way” but instead think “Why would someone act that way?” Now, Expanding the Envelope a hard thing to do on a regular basis. As you widen your envelope of awareness, do it like reducing the sugar in your coffee. Gradually."

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Good Karma Bikes helps keep him clean and sober

Cassidy: Good Karma Bikes powers its compassion with sound business - SiliconValley.com: " . . . The work helps keep him clean and sober, Matej says. It gives him focus and sharpens his mechanical skills, which he hopes will land him a job some day. "This is a safe place I can go where there are upbeat people," he says, taking a break from tuning up an 18-speed. As for Gardner's sound business fundamentals? Having a fixed location is part of that, but there is more to it -- most significant, that he's built a retail bike business to support the work that Good Karma does with the homeless. "We're of the new breed of nonprofits where we don't rely completely on the government," Gardner says. "We don't rely on donations. We're a secondhand bike shop, a full-service secondhand bike shop." Good Karma accepts donated bikes, including bikes abandoned at area college and corporate campuses. Then volunteers and Gardner, who is a certified bike mechanic, refurbish them. Once the two-wheelers are up to speed, Good Karma either gives them to the homeless or sells them to paying customers. Since moving into the building in the summer, Gardner has expanded his moneymaking pursuits. The shop sells some bike parts and accessories, it offers bike repair classes, rents work stations and does repairs at market rates. . . . "

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The war on drugs is a massive failure

The war on drugs is a massive failure
Take drug addiction rates. Common sense would say that after 40 years of constant "War" that fewer people would be addicted to drugs today than say… 1973. Except they aren't. In fact, over the entire span of the "War On Drugs" drug addiction rates ...

Public Invited to Free UAMS Drug Symposium
Little Rock, AR - The public is invited to hear about the latest drug addiction research, treatment and policy at an April 15 symposium at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) featuring a national leader in drug addiction science and ...

Coordination units to contain drug menace, crimes against women
Times of India
The idea is to eradicate drug addiction and crime against women with the active participation of village elders including Nambardars. Taking ahead the initiative the units have been decided to be set up in every village of seven Malwa districts falling ...

'The Bereaved' review: sex, drugs, death
San Francisco Chronicle
Teen pregnancies, rampant drug addiction, fiscal irresponsibility, police shootings, crack babies - they're not just for the ghetto anymore. Not that they ever were, but we're talking stereotypes here. The beauty of Thomas Bradshaw's "The Bereaved ...

San Francisco Chronicle

Free talk on harm reduction in health care at Ashland University
Mansfield News Journal
Historically, drug addiction has been addressed using prohibitive language that demonizes the substance and criminalizes the user. The “War on Drugs” has been the predominant public philosophy for decades, setting the backdrop in which Americans ...

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Act yourself into feelings

You are more likely to act yourself into feelings, than feel yourself into action. -Dr. Jerome Brunner

No laughing matter: Matthew Perry reveals opiate addiction at height of Friends
However, real life was no laughing matter for the star as he revealed a suffered from a crippling drug addiction that nearly cost him his career. Speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative University Conference, the 43-year-old actor discussed hitting ...


Salina man stole from church to support drug addiction
Topeka Capital Journal
SALINA — A Salina man admitted that he broke into the church where he was baptized in order to support his drug addiction. Thirty-four-year-old Jonathan S. Shinn was sentenced Tuesday to two years and four months in prison for thefts from the Trinity ...

Opioids: "Addiction Is Not a Disease of Society's Margins"
Huffington Post Canada
We need action on the plan. We need concerted and deliberate efforts to de-stigmatize prescriptiondrug addiction. We need to follow through on recommendations to create rapid, systematic, and ongoing information systems that track the geographics and ...

Town Hall Meeting Addresses Drug Problem And Progress
"There are now more people dying from drug overdoses in Ohio than are dying from automobile accidents." said Orman Hall, Director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug AddictionServices. "The majority of those deaths are not in urban centers.

More than 200 people march against violence, drug use in Harrisburg
He blames their drug addiction for that, but also credits that – in part – for steering him and his brother clear of drug use. Both of them landed with family that raised them as their own. He'll graduate Harrisburg High School this spring and then ...

Lindsay Lohan says rehab is a blessing (video)

Lindsay Lohan: Actress tells David Letterman that rehab is a 'blessing' - Washington Times: "Mr. Letterman tried to draw Miss Lohan out, asking how many times she had been in rehab, how this time would differ, and what she’s being treated for. Miss Lohan looked uncomfortable and said she didn’t expect Mr. Letterman’s line of questioning. But she said that she wants to be healthy and focus on what she loves — her work. She added that she looks at rehab as “a blessing and not a curse.”" (read more at link above)

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Abandoning Addicts

Madonna's brother Anthony Ciccone claims his family does not care if he is "dead or alive." He's homeless and an alcoholic. At what point should families walk away?
Hosted by: Tim Stenovec; Guests: Dr. Robert J. Meyers (Albuqueque, NM) Author of 'Get Your Loved One Sober'; David Sheff @david_sheff (New York, NY) Author of "Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction"; Dr. David Sack @drdavidsack (Los Angeles, CA) Addiction Psychiatrist & Mental Health Expert; Tom Scarborough (Dallas, TX) CEO of Nouvelle Candle Company.

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Mindfulness meditation

Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Mindfulness meditation: It may be essential, but, boy, it isn't easy - latimes.com: "In the last decade or so, meditation has gone mainstream -- practiced by buttoned-down professionals, prison inmates, public school students, Hollywood celebrities, even the military and, reportedly, Bill Clinton. It's being studied by scientists for its effects on blood pressure, depression, pain and attention problems. In our racing-forward lives, we are reaching back thousands of years for wisdom about living. There are hundreds of forms of meditation, but among the best known in the U.S. is mindfulness meditation, and that's what I embraced at Spirit Rock. Diana Winston, who lived for a time as a Buddhist nun and now is director of education at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, defines it: "Paying attention to present moment experiences with open, curious attention and a willingness to be with what is.". . . . " (read more at link above)

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Doctors as Drug Pushers

In Ontario, 18.6 per cent of people seeking addiction treatment in 2010-11 were struggling with prescription drugs, compared with just 10.6 per cent in 2005-2006 (source: CBC.ca, infra)

New drug strategy targets doctors' prescription pads - Politics - CBC News: "Canada now has a national strategy to tackle the escalating prescription drug abuse crisis that has crippled so many families, communities and First Nations. The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, together with a large group of experts and officials, has published a new 10-year plan that would set up a countrywide surveillance system and overhaul legislation so that doctors and pharmacists no longer prescribe painkillers indiscriminately, and addicts are able to get appropriate and timely help. The strategy takes aim at opioids, stimulants and sedatives. . . . " (read more at link above)


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Rap Songs About Addiction

Weathering The Storm: 15 Rap Songs About Addiction
The Smoking Section
To highlight the MCs who've been daring enough to share their own experiences with despair, we've put together this extremely versatile list of 15 rap songs about the various types of addiction absorbing those around us. Feel free to share with anyone ...
The Smoking Section

Guest Post: Coping with Addiction in STEM Education
Scientific American (blog)
Nearly everything about our personality involves excess and addiction. Every day that we generate data, we are the first people in the WORLD to know something. Something that might just DIRECTLY save someone we know and love. Such a train of thought ...

Scientific American (blog)

The Addiction That Could Be Hurting Your Marriage Without You Even Knowing It
The Stir
Lately, I've seen a bunch of interesting articles about technology addiction, which is something that fascinates me not only because I publish a technology website for parents, but also because I think it can negatively affect your relationship with ...

Teen talks about meth addiction at launch of new school initiative
WSB Atlanta
Teen talks about meth addiction at launch of new school initiative. Related. View Larger · meth prevention program photo. Whitney Lefler told Channel 2's Diana Davis her story on the same day the Georgia Meth ...

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Medicaid for Drug Addiction?

Discussing Medicaid help for mental illness, drug addiction
Wilmington News Journal, OH
Benefits of extending Medicaid coverage to persons with income up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level - about $18,250 a year for an individual - was discussed when local and state leaders of mental health agencies met Friday morning at the ...

Wilmington News Journal, OH

What Constitutes a Drug Addiction?
Hive Health Media (blog)
Physical addiction is caused when a drug changes the chemical processes in the brain. Drugs such as heroin and cocaine have more extreme chemical effects, meaning they are all the more addictive. Regular drug use means the brain will physically adapt...
Hive Health Media (blog)

Addiction medicine discovered at prisons
Columbus Dispatch
Titled Daily Reflections, it was written to guide alcoholics on their path to sobriety. But in jail, Temper knew, a book is not always just a book. He felt a bump in the spine and peeled back the cover ... “The appropriate use is as a medicine ... to ...

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Drug addiction and human trafficking

Drug addiction and human trafficking: Poetry night tackles issues facing ...
Windsor Star (blog)
Drug addiction and human trafficking: Poetry night tackles issues facing homeless youth. The Windsor Youth Centre is in need of money. The organization helps homeless teens in the area. The exterior of the facility on Wyandotte St. E. is pictured...

Windsor Star (blog)

War on drug addiction
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The troubling stories shared by the children was one of the reasons Manchin attempted in 2012 to pass legislation aimed at placing tighter restrictions on drugs containing hydrocodone. That bill made it through the Senate, but ran into opposition in ...

The Science Behind Drug Addiction | Hacking Human Drives
'You are unable to stop when you want to, despite being aware of the adverse consequences. It permeates your life; you spend more time satisfying' – Dr.

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