Archive for June, 2015

Illinois lawmakers OK bill fighting heroin abuse

Posted on: June 2nd, 2015 by sobrietyresources

May 29, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Bipartisan legislation intended to fight the heroin epidemic and prescription drug abuse in Illinois is headed to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk.

The measure would make emergency drugs that reverse heroin overdoses more available to those trained to use them. It also asks Illinois officials to begin a program to collect unused prescription drugs with local agencies. The proposal passed the Senate on Saturday with 46-4 vote. The House approved it without opposition earlier this week.

Republican lawmakers say they are concerned about one estimate of $58 million to pay for components of the legislation when Democrats are pushing through a more than $3 billion deficit budget.

Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly declined to say whether the governor will sign the measure.


Hip-hop and horses help NT youth in rehab

Posted on: June 2nd, 2015 by sobrietyresources

May 28, 2015

 DARWIN, May 28 AAP – In a brightly graffitied Alice Springs skate park, a young hip-hop crew rap and bop confidently as a camera circles them.

But these aren’t professional musicians – they’re young people in rehab, using music to express what they’ve learnt about interacting with the law.

The Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service has teamed up with the BushMob rehabilitation centre and Desert Pea Media to run workshops all of this week for the kids receiving treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.

The film, Know Your Rights, uses songwriting and filmmaking to teach young people how to interact with police and respect others in what can be a tense and racist environment, says Desert Pea Media creative director Toby Finlayson.

“The kids are totally amazing,” Mr Finlayson told AAP.

“They’re totally engaged. It’s full energy up here.

“It’s a language young people speak already, this genre of music, so it becomes a non-confrontational way for them to talk about what’s going on in their lives and what they want to see changed, and challenging a lot of things that are quite emotional and difficult.”

Jai, 14, travelled to Alice Springs from Darwin three weeks ago to receive treatment at the centre and was elated to be shooting on set.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s like a once in a lifetime thing.

He said he liked BushMob so much that he would ask to stay for another month when his 16 weeks were up.

“A lot of us here have been stealing, or break and entries or taking drugs or something else, you know, and we’ve all come here to sort ourselves out,” he said.

“It’s really good here because you learn a lot, too; they take you out to the bush.”

BushMob founder Will MacGregor started the centre 16 years ago to combat petrol sniffing, alcohol and marijuana abuse.

He says there are not enough services for young people with addiction problems outside hospital-linked clinical treatments.

“The idea was to get these young people out bush for a day or two days a week, whatever we can afford, be on country, talk about use in a non-program way, a more family way,” he said.

“(We) eat good food, have a swim, go for a walk and remember there’s another choice in life than lying around sniffing.”

The clinic has 16 beds, one or two of which are always taken by a young person from interstate seeking treatment.

Mr MacGregor said young people took risks and made poor choices while going through adolescence and the program was “about being around reasonable adults who can give you their perspective on what you may or may not be doing with your life”.

He said they helped the kids clear their heads to then examine the decisions they had made, and they did it from a local Aboriginal perspective.

BushMob runs a horse culture healing program directed by two initiated Arrernte men, who take the patients on regular rides along the Todd River for barbecues and a chat.

“It’s pretty much, ‘F*** you, I’m not getting on that horse’, to, ‘I’d like to have a go’, and then, ‘I’d like to have my photo taken’,” Mr MacGregor said.

“It’s about being around something bigger and stronger than yourself and if you can have some kind of understanding of that animal, then you’ll understand yourself better.”

Late in June, the kids will be taken on a two-week horse-riding camp on country with elders at the Santa Teresa community, about 100 kilometres away.

Jai, for one, can’t wait.

“I’ve always wanted to do that sort of stuff,” he said.

“I reckon it’ll be real fun, just riding horses day after day.

“It’s real nice, just to get away from the usual stuff.”


Underage Drinking May Have Lasting Effects on the Brain and Increase Alcoholism Risk, Cautions Chapters Capistrano

Posted on: June 2nd, 2015 by sobrietyresources

May 26, 2015

( Teenagers’ brains are still developing and exposure to alcohol can negatively interfere with this development and have a lasting impact, says Chapters Capistrano.
Although teenagers may seem like small adults, their bodies and brains are still in a period of development and are not prepared to handle alcohol the way an adult does. Alcohol may have a negative impact on certain areas of the brain that control how they learn and behave, which could in turn increase risk of alcoholism later on. Chapters Capistrano has released a statement to the press regarding these findings and the importance of preventing underage drinking.

“We have known for years that alcohol changes the brain, but researchers are slowly learning more about just how,” says Mike Shea, founder of the luxury drug and alcohol rehab center in Orange County. “Adolescents don’t yet have the life experience or knowledge that adults do to realize how much drinking can take a negative toll on their life. It is up to parents and communities to educate them and implement strategies to keep them safer and prevent underage drinking.”

A recent study found that teenagers who drank alcohol appeared to have a greater reduction in gray matter in their brain and less new white matter as well. White matter is what helps to connect nerve cells to one another. According to the research, “the reductions occurred in the side and front of the brain, the areas that have to do with learning, emotional development, and self-control.” Scientists cannot say for certain yet that it was the alcohol that caused these changes, but they were evident in those who had consumed alcohol.

“It is important that parents stay active in their children’s lives and set a good example,” asserts Shea. “Knowing who their friends are, where they are spending their time, and keeping them involved in activities that promote positive choices and self-esteem. Establish open lines of communication so that they feel comfortable coming to you if they are facing challenges or pressures to drink.”

The study found that “for every year that the start of alcohol use is delayed, the risk that a teenager will become an alcoholic in adulthood is reduced 14%.” Parents should also take steps to moderate their own drinking and seek help if they are battling alcoholism, notes Shea. They should avoid using alcohol as a way to combat stress or avoid problems in life. Teaching their children more effective ways of dealing with these types of issues can help to prevent turning to substance use.

“We need to continue working together to prevent underage drinking and encouraging those struggling with alcoholism to get the treatment they need to turn their life around,” says Shea. “At Chapters Capistrano, we can work with you to address your individual needs and create a treatment plan tailored to your situation. Through family therapy, families can work on rebuilding relationships and establishing more positive routines and structure in their lives to overcome the impact of addiction and reduce risk of future issues.” It is not too late to seek treatment and set a better example for today’s youth.


Chapters Capistrano is a luxury drug and alcohol treatment center located in the city of San Clemente in Orange County, Southern California, with two beautiful ocean-view homes. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact the facility today and visit them on Twitter to keep up with current news.


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