The Latest Advocacy News Headlines on Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Policy, WHITE HOUSE seeks 1.2 Billion for Addiction Treatment.

There is a huge story trending now with the opiate addiction problem. I have pasted the link, but there are many other stories out  there. Please link the ones you like. I am pretty upset by this , yet I hope some good comes of it and not another WAR on DRUGS ….yikes….make Pot Legal everywhere, drop the drinking age back to 18 and they wont be stealing your opiate pills – then off to heroin. They will smoke some pot and have a beer. God forbid we Americans learn how to drink moderately.  🙂

White House officials announced Tuesday that they will seek nearly $1.2 billion in new federal funding over the next two years to address the growing problem of heroin and prescription opioid use, an epidemic that has become an increasingly important policy priority among the nation’s politicians.

The centerpiece of the proposal is $1 billion in mandatory funding over two years to expand access to treatment for prescription drug abuse and heroin use, $920 million of which would go to the states. Another $500 million, some of which is a continuation of existing funds, would support work by the departments of Health and Human Services and Justice to expand not just treatment but access to the overdose-reversal drug naloxone, and support targeted enforcement activities.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/02/02/white-house-seeks-nearly-1-2-billion-for-drug-prevention-treatment-overdose-response/

Here is my twist on it all.

There are many people who use pain medication properly and and do not abuse it. There are many sides to this problem. The problem with opiate addiction is coupled with the failure of the religious AA or 12 step dominated rehabs that fail miserably…and have for decades. Yes some people abuse these drugs, but saying Opiate Addiction is taking over the country and killing so many is absurd. I along with many have a real disease called CANCER. SOME 600,000 people will die from Cancer in the USA this year alone and over 2 Million will die throughout the world in one year. WHERE IS THE PUBLIC outcry about that? No — they would prefer to march with pink ribbons—–the breast cancer movement is a joke and almost as bad as the way AA has hijacked addiction treatment. The pink ribbon ladies have hijacked Breast Cancer Research and prefer to sit in Support groups and run 5 K walks/runs. I don’t think I will be joining them.

Yes some Doctors give too many pills, I too have received a bottle filled with Vicodin for a broken ankle when all I needed was 12 pills….not 30.   ( I don’t  have an issue or a problem with pills ) so I don’t get the abuse of it ….but… the rest of the world should not have to be penalized. Just listen to his wording– the senator speaking to the  President “The Addiction is going to rise up and consume this country?” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opioid-epidemic_us_56b26f25e4b08069c7a5ecb6 HMMMM sounds like Nixon, Regan, Bush and yes Harry Anslinger, our first Drug Czar who began our failed War On Drugs.

We need to provide real treatment.  That would be Doctors who are not pushing AA, Mental Health Professionals who are not pushing AA, a 1930’s religious self help group that is also not safe. I had a Father who was addicted , then stopped them for 17 years, and began again and lost everything he had and died in 2008. I know the heart ache of losing someone I loved to abuse of a substance. If I knew about non 12 step help, he may still be alive.

All the two hatter AA members who are making a killer on crap Sober Living, which is like a flophouse, crappy rehabs that charge $1,000 a day to be driven to a free AA meeting where violent offenders are waiting to prey, this is not Mental Health HELP. This is not   Medicine or Science. So when they are handing out the 1.2 Billion Dollars, I hope this money goes to the other 6 free options, that currently exist. I hope this money goes to free clinics we need where SMART Recovery, Harm Reduction, SOS, LifeRING, Women for Sobriety and Moderation, and The SINCLAIR Method are used with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing and can be used along with the psych meds that may be needed. I hope this money will also be used for Research. But I hear it’s only for treatment. Well that’s the other part of the problem. The treatment in America is 95 % Alcoholics Anonymous. A lay person, highly religious support group from 1935, that is unregulated, unsafe and has untrained, anonymous persons in charge. Yes there are leaders in Alcoholics Anonymous. They are on their General Service Board and they work in the NY office and their are delegates that work for free all over the Country.

I hope this money is used for new types of treatment that we know is working much better with young persons like Science and Kindness used at The Center for Motivation and Change, Practical Recovery, St Judes Retreats, The Baldwin Institute, Alternatives in Los Angeles and The Center for Optimal Living… hence Harm Reduction.

AA is infested in rehab to the tune of 30 Billion dollars already. Why does this industry need 1 billion dollars. Ill tell you why. Because those who are already running this Industry, who make big bucks DO NOT ….give BACK ….to help those with addiction disorders, but rather force their AA on everyone from the kid on the block who is shooting heroin, to the MOM hooked on Xanex, to …..the FAA, Pilots, The Board of Nursing, Nurses and Doctors and Lawyers who seek help from just abusing alcohol. The rehab INDUSTRY BUSINESS is already pushing this antiquated thing called  “Alcoholics Anonymous”.

Let’s move on and get 2015 science, medicine and therapy’s to help not only those with opiate addictions, but anyone caught up and/ or suffering with a Drug & Alcohol over use issue.

ALTERNATIVES to ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS-

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In the new year I will do a series to promote the six -free alternatives and some alternate Holistic, and for profit NON 12 step Alternatives.

What happens when one leaves AA and after a time wants to imbibe again, how some feel isolated, how some still want to remain abstinent, and why- and what one does with all the garbage in ones head after leaving.

We are no longer just blogging either. There are many Anti – or ex AA FACEBOOK pages for support. There are many good books to read to fill your mind with sane thinking and therapeutic solutions.

I also want to discuss how AA might have ruined your faith- are you atheist- and reconnecting with ones faith after leaving, and if you have a faith or religion that you practice. How AA ruins certain words and phrases and which phrases are charged for us after being in AA for a long time. Do we feel like we left a cult and why.

Stay Tuned! and Merry Christmas

 Free non 12 step help for addiction:

SMART RECOVERY,

Hams Harm Reduction

THE SINCLAIR METHOD,

Moderation Management,

Women for SOBRIETY,

SOS ( Secular Organizations for Sobriety)

For Profit—Alternatives in Los ANGELES created by Dr Marc Kern and Dr Adi Jaffe,

PRACTICAL RECOVERY in SAN DIEGO created by Tom Horvath,

THE GOODMAN APPROACH in KENTUCKY created by Matthew Leichter, using Harm Reduction, Medication and Therapy.

Jeff Foote in NYC Center for Motivation and Change
Andrew Tatarsky PhD- in NYC
Steven Slate in NYC with St Judes Retreats- works great with young people addicted to OPIUM/ Heroin.
BOB Muscala in Minnesota- Earliest Harm Reduction specialist.

Emily Cavel PhD in Los Angeles- Addiction Specialist and Craft for FAMILIES

I will add the links after x-mas—

AWARENSS FILM FESTIVAL Screens The 13th Step Thursday – Sept 17th- 9pm @ LA LIVE Regal Theaters

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We are excited to announce that we are  1 week away from our next screening in downtown Los Angeles. Please buy tickets ahead and online . Arrive early for a good seat. There is a parking lot right next to The Regal Theaters that will validate.  There will be a Q & A following.

https://awarenessfilmfestival2015.sched.org/event/01c68271a9d064306c6f4efaa5a150e4#

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The 13th Step -The San Antonio Film Festival-July 30th- plus more festivals added!

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We are happy and excited to announce that The 13th Step, is screening at the San Antonio Film Festival. http://safilm.com this Thursday @ 9pm, July 30th, 2015 in San Antonio Texas, at The Tobin Center. Please go here and buy tickets. Invite professionals you know to the screening.

Please come down to see the film there if you live in the area. There will be  a Q & A after the screening.

We will also be screening at The Voiceless International Film Festival in San Francisco August 14th, 2015. http://www.voicelessfilmfest.com. Please go here and buy your tickets. I will be attending this festival .

The Steve Allen Theatre in Hollywood in Association with The Center for Inquiry is also doing a screening early in September, with the SOS crowd. I will be attending this screening and hold another Q & A after. http://www.centerforinquiry.net/la/events/the_13th_step_documentary/

Next: we just got accepted to another festival in Action in Film Festival, located in Monrovia, California. This is a great opportunity to have the people who live near Los Angeles see the film . Please post on Facebook and Twitter and all social media to share with friends and family and professionals in the local area. http://www.aoffest.com.

GREAT News , HAMS Harm Reduction has a face to face meeting in California….. Temecula, CA 92592

GREAT News , HAMS Harm Reduction has  a face to face meeting in California…..  CALIFORNIA  Temecula  Wednesdays 7:00-8:00 PM  Temecula Public Library  30600 Pauba Rd.  Temecula, CA 92592

Someone just sent me this. I think this is wonderful. There is also a meeting in The UK>

HAMS meetings will start this Saturday 13/06/2015 at 2pm and every Saturday following at 2pm in the United Kingdom at 32 Church Street, Mansfield Nottinghamshire NG18 1AE England. 

The 13th Step, A New Documentary Private Screening @The May Fair Hotel, London, England, Wednesday -May 27th 7pm !

Happy to announce the screening of The 13th Step in London.

You must be invited or make a reservation at the www.the13thstepfilm.com website .

Early arrival can meet and greet in the Foyer near the theatre. ( each reservation provides 1 drink or juice) Doors open at 6pm- seating in theater will begin at 6:45 Please arrive on time as we will screen promptly at 7pm.

Cheers!!!

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Russell Brand’s Freehab Program Scores $500K In Federal Funding

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When is this going to stop. I was just contacted by someone on twitter, that informed me the New movie about sexual assault on campuses The Hunting Ground by Kirby Dick, was funded by an AA member.

Sure enough it was. Also, as I began to surf the web I found this. I am outraged. My cities money given to a stepper to create a 12 step propaganda machine for youth!

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday voted on a proposal spearheaded by a rather familiar face: actor-comedian Russell Brand.

A recovering addict looking to help others struggling with addiction, Brand first pitched his idea to Councilman Richard Alarcon, who recommended a $500,000 share of federal funds originally allocated to a different project be used to fund Brand’s nonprofit, Freehab. A no-cost 12-step drug rehabilitation program, the organization was co-founded by Brand and Lauri Burns, who founded The Teen Project.

http://laist.com/2013/04/18/russell_brands_freehab_program.php

Here is the link that shows the backing of this movie came from an AA member. This board for this teen project is filled with steppers. I know one of the women very well.

http://freehab.net/overview/

Paul Blavin Funded this film that I was just all excited about …

http://gracefullightentertainment.com/our-background

In spite of this knowledge… I do think this film will help change victim blaming. I need your help. Please contact me privately if you have ideas and resources. I have faith and confidnece that my film The 13th Step  http://the13thstepfilm.com will help make the world better and safer for all.

It will also provide education that other options exist that are not antiquated and religious .

 

 

Suing Alcoholics Anonymous, your “EAP” employer, 12 step rehabs and your Insurance Company that pays for a religious 1930’s never updated peer support groups. No Mental Heath and NO real Health Care provided there ma, so whats the deal? What can you do?

Is AA like a wind up  phone circa 1930’s…oldphone1930

and Smart Recovery is like an IPHONE.

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Why in America are we so stuck back then, when it  comes to addiction, alcoholic overuse and dependency? At first I thought AA just grew as a grassroots organization. I thought that because the readings at AA meetings and the folklore that is perpetuated in meetings, makes one think that. Our TV  shows like “MOM”momtv show pic

and FILMS like “FLIGHT”

flightpicwith Denzel Washington   promotes it all flagrantly like its sweet cookies and milk support group that is run by professionals  and  secular, which we all know is not true! …

so hear is the thread you have requested….:)

Hi.  Have you been coerced or bullied into AA? Are you a Doctordrsmokingpic

or a pilot? AA was formulated when cigarettes were promoted as being good for us as we see here in this ad. Well, is AA still good for the masses? Never updated, never researched  or never vetted? For 75 years…

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I have just come back from interviewing a Pilot and a Doctor.  I was so shocked I had a hard time watching the footage when I got home. I got up from my desk, went downstairs and told my husband it was too depressing…I could not handle it …how sad he is…. Thank God my editor is more detached! LOL Thanks … Barry RUBINOW.

The coercion within the FAA and pilots is so fucked up that it broke my heart. This pilot /doctor was so sad that I have no words for what I felt from him. We could not film him in the light and we will have to pitch his voice for fear that he will be so retaliated upon and loss his license.

Things are very bad when the FAA is sending you to an AA psychiatrist who is called a something …blah blah medical Sponsor with some silly other word preceding it. They charge $1,500. for one session. There are only 2 of them in Northern Cali. They force the pilots to go to an expensive $40,000 bullshit rehab called HAZELTON !!!!!!! filled with stepper shit….OMFG!

I want you to know this….You are not alone. There is an attorney who can help you. Please contact me for now and we  will begin to see how to handle all the emails.  makeaasafer@gmail.com

Hank Hayes on blogtalkradio today with Massive and Why AA Doesn’t Work for Some

Have you been in and out of AA/NA? Have sponosrs told you to just do “another 4th step” Do you feel like AA is a cult? Have you been told to do more “service” ? Are tired of hearing readings from a book from 1939 being your design for living? Have AA memebers told you what medications you can or can not take? This and more are some reasons why people are running from 12 step meetings and it’s culture.

But what about the person who gets a DUI and is court ordered illegally to AA meetings. Know your rights. Ask for a non religious alternative , such as LifRing, Smart Recovery, Hams Harm REduction, Drink Link Moderation , On Track and Beyond, Amy Lee Coys WAY, Rational Recovery and SOS , Secualr Oranizations for Sobriety .

Join Monica aka  massive for a 1 hour show on why AA doesnt work for some. What happens in AA today. How is this harmful to some and where else can a person get support and help.

I may read blogger gunthar 2000 version of Chapter 5 one more time for fun!!!

Call in if you have a question or comment

Hank Hayes will join in for 45 minutes

818-475-9211 or chat live go to www.blogtalkradio.com/saferecovery