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Tales of Addiction resonates a message to all impacted by addiction and moving into recovery. Barbara Sinor  weaves her life and  wisdom in and out of the book’s logical succession and  acumen of the disease of addiction. Read a review of this great book.    Available at Amazon. See also Barbara’s website: “INSPIRATION FOR RECOVERY”

Unforeseen Benefits:  Addiction Treatment Reduces Health Care Costs, July 2009.  Report produced by the Open Society Institute.

Some significant facts that the report shows is that 165,000 hospital stays surveyed in 2004 were related to substance abuse, and a drop of 26% to 37%  hospitalization occurred among patients receiving addiction treatment and counseling respectively.

Read the full report:  Unforeseen Benefits right here.

TAMPA – Dozens stood in protest on Thursday to push for a ban on OxyContin, a powerful prescription drug.  Though the cause is common, each protester has their own individual reasons. Gail Graves says she lost her son Justin to addiction on Halloween of 2007.  “I know he struggled. I know that’s not how he wanted to be,” offered Graves.  Read “Protesters Say Oxycontin is Too Strong” Link by Larry Golbom of Prescription Addiction Radio.

Dr. Drew Pinsky has earned  somewhat of a reputation to speak out on treatment, enabling, etc.   Back in 2004, in fact, he wrote an excellent book on the subject.  This past week however,  Dr. Drew caught flack in publicly proclaiming that Lindsy Lohan’s parent’s need to go to the wall in:  If I Were Lindsay Lohan’s Father I Would Go to Any Lengths to Get Her Into Treatment. You may recall the recent tragic loss of Casey Johnson and Corey Haim. They were both peer celebrities who had illegal prescriptions at their fingertips and may be alive today, had intervention took place.  In context to the Dr. Drew piece, “any lengths” really implied having your addict jailed, even if one had to illegally plant drugs on them.   Addicts do have rights and a  big decision to make.  Recovered addicts with previous jail experience have sometimes referred to jail as a “rescue”.   It is not always the worst thing that can happen to your addict.  However, a celebrity’s jail experience is not the same as that of a run of the mill addict.  Many jail guards hate addicts not to mention effective treatment in jail is still  rare.  That’s another topic, but Dr. Drew may do all of us more of a favor to go back to the roots of his solid base of knowledge and advocacy for the problem.  There he can really impact America’s issue with drug abuse and addiction in an effective manner, now that he has your attention.   His focus these days is on celebrities and funky radio shows like  Loveline and the content of his input on the subject has to be taken in that context.  What do you think?  Dr. Drew Link by Valerie Allen Public Relations

A New PATH brings moms and addiction treatment advocates together.  On Wednesday, April 28th, 6pm to 7:30pm at  220 W. Broadway, San Diego, CA.,  there is a rally and vigil to bring focus to the failed war on drugs and the destructive results of drug prohibition.  If you live in  Southern California, show your support.  Download the PDF flier Moms Unite to End the War on Drugs

Social media is a growing phenomena and more than 10 million online messages written by teens in 2007 shows they regularly chat about alcohol, drugs according to Nielson analysts.  This problem was first written about in USA Today in a article called Teens Use Internet to Share Drug Stories.  The website:  Parents, The Anti Drug talks about what parents can do.  Link by Mary S.

John Marohn’s website, Recovery Journey, A Process; Not a Destination is also the title of his book.  His website offers an interesting view into his writing.  You can check out his  great collection of mini books on recovery called ebooklets.  They  can be downloaded in seconds to be read on line.

Inspiration for Recovery is new Blog with great articles, books, and inspiration!; to further your healing and recovery from life’s traumas, passages, and addictions.  Barbara Sinor is the author of five books.  She is a  Psycho-spiritual Therapist with a background in metaphysics.  Be a  fellow adventurer on the journey toward  peace and compassion.  Visit  Inspiration For Recovery

In 2010 A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing is launching a campaign to stop the violence, mass incarceration and overdose deaths resulting from a failed war on drugs. We will be partnering with ParentsACT and Drug Policy Alliance, and linking organizations and individuals from San Diego to Orange County, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Sacramento in a massive collaborative effort to change our current policies of arrest and imprisonment to therapeutic strategies and regulation. Mothers are again uniting and leading the charge to end drug prohibition, just as they did with alcohol prohibition in the 1930’s. We must stop the pointless and punitive incarceration of drug users, and end the needless deaths created by the illegal drug trade.   The campaign will start with a rally/vigil in San Diego in April and move up the State of California with events in key cities, and building to a rally in Sacramento in October 2010. To join the campaign, contact us at: anewpath@cox.net mailto:anewpath@cox.net or 619-670-1184 –  Thanks!  Gretchen

April 2010 marks the anniversary of 11 years of A New PATH’s advocacy work for therapeutic drug policies. This event will launch a campaign to stop the violence, mass incarceration and overdose deaths resulting from our current punitive and discriminatory drug policies. A New PATH! is partnering with other organizations such as Families ACT! and Broken No More!, as well as individuals from various areas of California in a massive collaborative effort to change our current policies of arrest and imprisonment to therapeutic strategies and regulation. Mothers are leading the charge to stop the pointless and punitive incarceration of drug users, and end the needless deaths created by the illegal drug trade.  Bring signs and pictures of your loved ones whose lives have been damaged by the War on Drugs.  Join us in demonstrating for change.  For more information, please contact us at: anewpath@cox.net or 619-670-1184.

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