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9/29/14 1:00pm

Talk Show Host Trisha Goddard Opens Up About Drug Addiction

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British TV talk show host Trisha Goddard recently opened up about her drug addiction in honor of National Addiction and Recovery Month. 

In an exclusive with People magazine, Goddard, 56, admitted that she is just one puff of a joint away from spiraling down into the “big black hole” of her addiction. “I haven’t touched an illegal drug for 20 years. But there’s no way I could even have a puff of a joint. It would take me back into that big black hole that I used to exist in.”

A London-born star who rose to UK fame while hosting ITV’s BAFTA-winning Trisha, Goddard began taking drugs in her youth after being physically abused by her stepfather. 

“I was very sensitive and I endured terrible beatings from my stepfather. When he unleashed his fury, he would come at me and I would run and cower in a corner, ­covering my head while a rain of blows came down on my head," she said. "To escape my miserable situation I would smoke weed with my friends. It helped to anesthetize the pain that I was feeling.”

In the mid-1980s, Goddard moved to Australia where she began working as a journalist and became dependent on marijuana while battling clinical depression. Her first husband, Aussie politician Robert Nestdale, was a closet homosexual who later died of AIDS. Her second marriage to TV producer Mark Grieve also failed to bring her lasting happiness.

"I was off my head smoking weed, I didn’t know what on earth was going on around me," she recalled. "Days were spent in a drug-induced haze and I went to work in the newsroom having been stoned off my face the night before...smoking dope became my coping mechanism.”

Goddard smoked marijuana on a daily basis for nearly four years, stopping only after the suicide of her schizophrenic younger sister, Linda, in 1988. She later battled an addiction to ecstasy while her life entered another dark phase. Trisha was diagnosed with breast cancer and needed two operations, six months of chemotherapy, and five weeks of rad­iotherapy. But even at her lowest ebb during the illness, she remained drug-free.

These days, however, Goddard's drug of choice is exercise. "I am religious about exercise, it helps me manage my moods. I realize now that I don’t need to take drugs to cope with depression—which I will always live with but thankfully no long suffer from.”

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By Desiree Bowie

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9/29/14 10:30am

Mother Posts Photos of Daughter In Hospital After Near-Fatal Drinking Binge

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A mother who nearly lost her teenage daughter to a binge drinking session back in March posted chilling photos from her hospital bed in the hopes of warning other parents about the dangers of excess alcohol consumption.

Minnesota native Kellie Jo Nelson posted a photo of an unconscious 16-year-old Taylor Nelson with tubes sticking out of her throat. Taylor was found passed out by her father on March 7 after raiding his liquor cabinet for two hours. During that time, she drank two beers, six shots, and several liquor-soaked blueberries. When Taylor arrived at the hospital, her blood alcohol level was five times the legal limit and she was placed on a ventilator for 13 hours because she was unable to breathe on her own.

“We, by the Grace of God alone, will not be burying our child this week. But only because we are extremely blessed. And extremely lucky,” wrote Kellie Jo in a Facebook post that has since been shared 750,000 times. “I hope my daughter and my niece understand how fortunate they both are. I hope they learned a valuable lesson in this. And I hope this experience shared can help prevent another child losing her life to alcohol.”

Kellie Jo isn’t the only parent who has used Facebook to warn others about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Last February, British mother Nikki Hunter drunk-shamed her son by posting a photo of him passed out on the couch and covered in vomit after he drank three bottles of liquor during an online drinking game. Nineteen-year-old Kieran had downed a potentially deadly mixture of vodka, whiskey, Bacardi, Southern Comfort, and sherry.

Earlier this week, a father in Denver posted a photo of his 17-year-old daughter hooked up to tubes in a hospital bed. She had taken a bad batch of Molly at an electronic dance music festival last weekend. “This could be your child,” wrote Keith Roehm. “Mine was responsible and did well in school. These raves are death peddlers.”

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By McCarton Ackerman

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9/29/14 8:30am

Federal Government Accepting Applications For Pot Farmers

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Anyone perusing job opportunities with the federal government likely raised their eyebrows this week after a job listing was posted this week seeking pot farmers.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is seeking skilled, large-scaled marijuana farmers to analyze, store, and distribute the drug. Hired applicants must have a secured storage facility that can hold at least 400 kilograms of cannabis and must be approved by both the Food and Drug Administration and the DEA. They must also be currently be registered to handle Schedule II substances and below, as well as be able to get permission to manufacture, research, or distribute Schedule I substances.

Outdoor cultivators must have at least 12 acres of land that is secured by video, while indoor cultivators must have 1,000 square feet of space with controls for temperature, humidity, light intensity, and carbon dioxide concentration. However, applicants can choose whether they want to grow pot indoors or outdoors.

Shirley Simson, a spokesperson for NIDA, said the organization “will consider proposals from any responsible offers.” She explained that the opportunity has come up because its current contract for marijuana farms will expire next year. Any new contracts will likely be for one year, but could move to four-year options if hired applicants demonstrate they can turn a profit.

It might be a job that infamous news reporter Charlo Greene will want to consider applying for. She went viral last week by declaring on-air that she would be leaving her job to continue owning the Alaska Cannabis Club and pushing for legal recreational marijuana throughout the state.

After that announcement, Greene declared, “Fuck it, I quit,” and walked off-camera. She later explained in a YouTube video that she left her job because "there comes a time in each and every one of our lives when we must choose to continue to spectate, or stand up for what's right.”

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By McCarton Ackerman

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9/29/14 8:29am

The Sovereign Way

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It takes a few seconds on Google to realize that there are a lot of different rehabilitation and recovery centers in the U.S. alone. Many of them deal with drug and alcohol abuse, others deal with mental health issues, and some deal with both. Finding an optimal recovery center that combats your specific needs and conditions can be overwhelming. 

Sovereign Health Group realized there was a dire need for a treatment organization offering clinically-driven and evidence-based treatment programs for adults and adolescents for addiction, dual-diagnosis, and mental health conditions. Sovereign Health has shown their commitment and dedication to keeping current with the latest cutting edge treatment options in the medical and addiction industries to make sure the patients receive the best possible treatment. 

1. Serves adults, adolescents, and families

While most treatment centers offer help to one age group, Sovereign offers treatment centers for both adolescents aged 12 to 17 and adults aged 18 and older with a large range of treatment options for both groups. This includes treatments for detox, addiction, mental health disorders, and dual-diagnosis.

Sovereign also provides a family program that focuses on intensive family therapy. The family program helps to work on the healing of the family unit along with the individual in rehabilitation. This helps the family members understand their loved one’s conditions and offers the appropriate boundaries and support to help with recovery. 

2. Offers evidence-based treatment programs for addiction, dual-diagnosis, and mental health

Sovereign Health lets their clients and their families know that recovery isn’t a guessing game. They offer treatment that is evidence-based on the latest medical research and approaches. The treatments that are offered to patients are geared to helping those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, mental health disorders, and coexisting conditions. These treatments are up-to-date and accompanied by top-of-the-line methods and equipment. 

3. Cutting edge clinical services: cognitive and genetic testing, brain mapping, and biofeedback

What many people may not realize is that mental health is not the only thing that is based in the brain, addiction is too. Sovereign makes sure to do a thorough analysis of what is going on with their patients. They utilize cognitive and genetic testing along with brain mapping and biofeedback.

Sovereign monitors the signals that a patient’s body and mind send, and a physician and analyst confirm the messages with the initial assessment. The modern technology meters can determine if the patient’s brain is heavily disrupted by alcohol or if the patient’s symptoms correctly match schizophrenia. 

Brain mapping, biofeedback, and cognitive testing allows Sovereign the beneficial advantage to fully treat the needs of each individual patient. A thorough understanding allows for a successful recovery. 

4. Specialize in treating the underlying psychiatric or psychological conditions

Sovereign can find and treat any coexisting condition that may be acting as a trigger for the primary condition. Sovereign’s dual-diagnosis therapy option is offered at each of their treatment facilities. The multi-treatment approach to dual-diagnoses increases the recovery process by treating all existing conditions with the patient for a decreased chance of relapse.

5. Multiple treatment locations in serene settings

Sovereign offers multiple treatment locations, with new locations also lined up to open in the near future.  

Currently, Sovereign Health Group offers programs in San Clemente in Orange County, CA, Culver City in Los Angeles, CA, Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley, CA, and San Diego, CA.  Sovereign will be opening additional treatment facilities in Chandler, AZ and Fort Myers, FL. The organization plans to continue growing and opening up facilities nationally to be able to provide their exceptional services to more people across the U.S. 

6. Licensed and accredited facilities 

Sovereign Health has multiple locations, each specifically licensed and/or accredited according to the level of care that is offered. The highest standards and regulations are of the utmost importance to Sovereign Health Group to provide the patients and families with the best care possible.

7. Detox options: detox and natural-assisted detox (NAD)

Although the beginning of rehabilitation therapy can be scary and uncomfortable, we offer a helping hand through the detoxification stage offered at Sovereign Health Group.

Sovereign offers the standard detox option as well as a unique detox program called Nutrition Assisted Detox (NAD) or Brain Restoration Therapy (NTR). NTR/NAD Rapid Detox uses intravenous therapy to provide the body with a mixture of vitamins and minerals without the use of any addictive medications. Intravenous therapy helps to diminish and eliminate withdrawal symptoms while shifting the brain into repair mode, speeding up the process.

8. Medical and clinical treatment staff

Sovereign’s team is experienced and multi-disciplined. Most of the staff can offer help in multiple areas of treatment where patients need it. They make sure staff members are always available at each location and are led by licensed clinical and medical professionals. Sovereign’s staff is ready and willing to help patients during their recovery with compassion and understanding. 

9. Includes brain wellness and a cognitive lab (www.Neurobic.com)

When treating addiction and mental health disorders, Sovereign goes to the source - the brain. They focus on the health and wellness of the brain, and research how the brain is functioning through the use of cognitive labs. Physicians are able to identify any cognitive disabilities that are a result of drug or alcohol abuse which may hinder the recovery process. Neurobic is a part of our brain restoration program that helps to restore cognitive abilities to a recovering brain and enhance the process. 

10. Innovative aftercare program, T.E.A.M. (Technological Enhanced Aftercare Monitoring) www.dualtc.com

Sovereign helps to diminish the odds of relapse with their aftercare program called T.E.A.M. This aftercare program is online and accessible remotely at any time. Case managers are always available to help our patients through the program and provide support. 

Sovereign’s mission as one of the most credited rehabilitation centers in the U.S. is to provide quality, focused, and individualized treatment to those seeking help with mental health disorders and addictions. From their peaceful residential locations to the multiple therapy programs offered to patients of all ages, Sovereign Health Group seeks to restore their patients to a healthy lifestyle and maintain their recovery in the future.

Visit Sovereign Health Today to learn more or receive patients reviews at www.sovcal.com or call their 24/7 Admissions line at (866) 805-8780

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9/29/14 7:00am

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9/26/14 5:30pm

Can Benzos Lead to Alzheimer's?

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A new study has drawn a connection between benzodiazepines and Alzheimer’s disease by showing an increase in the condition among elderly patients who took long-term or high doses of Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, and other insomnia and anxiety drugs.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, was conducted by French and Canadian researchers who compared information from two groups: more than 1,000 elderly subjects diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and a second group of more than 7,000 individuals of the same age group who did not have the disease.

Their research found that those who either took low doses of benzodiazepine medication on a regular basis or less frequent higher doses were less at risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s within five years of their first use of such medication.

However, those who took long-acting or high doses of benzodiazepines, or who took any such drugs on a regular basis for several months were in greater risk. Those who took the cumulative equivalent of a daily dose for three to six months were roughly 32% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those who took no such drugs. But others who took a full daily dose for more than six months were 84% more likely to be diagnosed with the disease.

The study researchers focused on individuals who used the anti-anxiety medications Xanax, Ativan, Seresta, and Valium, as well as the anti-insomnia drugs Klonopin, Dalmane, Versed, Mogadon, Restoril, and Halcion. Those who used more widely prescribed meds as Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata were not included in the final results.

Though the study appeared to corroborate other research which has found that frequent benzodiazepine use has a negative effect on memory and mental performance, responses to the study from the medical community has been mixed, due largely to the fact that many of the drugs in question are prescribed for conditions that are also indicative of the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

The president of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology told BBC News that while the study’s findings may indicate that the drugs are connected to the disease, it was more likely that the “drugs are being given to people who are already ill.” The study’s researchers defended their conclusion by stating, “The stronger association observed for long term exposures reinforces the suspicion of a possible direct association, even if benzodiazepine use might also be an early marker of a condition associated with an increased risk of dementia.”

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