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Halfway Houses And Jobs For Ex-Offenders

Tuesday, April 4 2006
Project Return helps locate employment opportunities, halfway houses and other resources for ex-offenders trying to reenter society.

A new program of the federal government, however, the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI), provided grants to 49 states in 2003 for the creation of reentry programs.

The Tennessee program, for which the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) received approximately $1 million, is called “Tennessee Bridges.” It is a three-year program managed by Project Return. [More from Nashville City Paper]

Tennessee Meth Registry

Friday, January 6 2006
CHATTANOOGA, TN - A new online meth registry is available by the click of a mouse. In September, county officials started sending names and addresses of anyone convicted of making methamphetamine to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Like the state sex offender registry, District Attorney General Bill Cox says it's information the public should always have access to.
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Any Lengths Group AA Eating Meeting

Sunday, December 25 2005
The Any Lengths Group of Alcoholics Anonymous in Lebanon says it's time for an "Eating Meeting"! The event will begin at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 5th, 2006 and will be held at the St. Francis Catholic Church, 300 S. Tarver St. in Lebanon, TN. After the eating, there will be an AA open speaker meeting at 8:00 P.M.

It's Italian Night! Bring your favorite Italian covered dish or desert, and let's share some fellowship. [More from Any Lengths Group]

Jail Diversion Grant Programs

Monday, October 10 2005

On Oct. 7th, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced new grants to divert persons with mental illness away from the criminal justice system and into mental health and substance abuse treatment programs. To date, six grants have been awarded in California, Illinois, Louisiana, New York and Virginia.

 “All too often individuals with mental illness, often with co-occurring substance abuse, are incarcerated instead of receiving treatment for their disorders,” said SAMHSA Administrator Charles Curie. “These grants offer an alternative. By providing treatment and support services, we can avoid the unnecessary criminalization and incarceration of non-violent adult offenders with mental illnesses.”

[More from SAMHSA]

Anxiety and Alcohol Intake

Monday, October 3 2005
Scientists have identified a brain mechanism in rats that may play a central role in regulating anxiety and alcohol-drinking. The finding, by researchers supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), could provide important clues about the neurobiology of alcohol-drinking behaviors in humans. A report of the study appears in the October 3, 2005 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. [More from NIAAA]

Halfway Houses In Maryville, TN

Friday, April 8 2005
In a questionable move, halfway houses in Blount County (Maryville, TN) were ruled commercial and will have to be moved or shut down. This decision is in possible conflict with a Federal Fair Housing Act which protects handicapped individuals, in this case recovering drug addicts and alcoholics, from discrimination in housing. The owners of the halfway houses, operated by Cornerstone of Recovery, will probably receive stop-use orders which require compliance within 30 days.
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Gallatin TN Reports Spike In Narcotics Arrests

Wednesday, January 12 2005
Sumner County Regional Medical Center's chief emergency room physician Dr. David Lawhorn says that the use of illegal drugs - everything from cocaine to prescription drugs - is an epidemic. Dr. Lawhorn told News 2 that patients walk into the ER all the time, faking pain to try to get a prescription for narcotics. And that's not all. [More from Nashville News 2]

Can Alcoholics And Drug Addicts Quit Smoking?

Wednesday, January 5 2005
Treatment centers from Virginia to California are starting to copy New Jersey's groundbreaking program to help people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction to also quit cigarette smoking.

"It's an inexpensive program that has great results and restores people's health," said Jim O'Brien, executive director of Addiction Treatment Providers of New Jersey, which represents about 70 treatment centers and halfway houses.
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George Carlin in Alcohol and Drug Rehab

Monday, December 27 2004
Comedian George Carlin announced he is going into alcohol and drug rehab due to an alcohol problem and an addiction to the prescription pain medication Vicodin. The 67 year-old anti-establishment comedian did not announce the location of the treatment center but did indicate that he planned to resume his live appearances after taking 'a little time for myself.' A spokesman for Carlin said that he entered a rehab program on Monday. Carlin released a statement saying, 'I'm going into rehab because I use too much wine and Vicodin. No one told me I needed this; I recognized the problem and took the step myself. [More from Elites TV]

Meth Derails Kentucky Woman's Dream

Monday, December 27 2004
MURRAY, Ky. - When she left home in Western Kentucky for law school in 1999, she took with her a dream of practicing law, a criminal record and a new recipe for making meth. All three would come together to bring her to where she is now.

She earned a law degree in 2002, but she lost her job as a law clerk for a Paducah judge in March because of her methamphetamine use and is serving six months in the Marshall County Jail for meth and other drug convictions. [More from The Courier-Journal]

Issues Affecting Halfway Houses

Monday, December 20 2004
The halfway house movement has spread with the force of a juggernaut throughout North America. At this point, thousands have benefited from the support and guidance received during their residence. Indeed, the loss of halfway housing in Ontario for provincially-sentenced offenders was perhaps the only serious reversal in this process. I believe that a contributing factor to the ease with which this loss was accomplished was that the record of residential success had been left largely unexamined and unquestioned. [More from CSC Forum]

Incarceration or Rehalbilitation?

Sunday, December 5 2004
Kentucky had good intentions in releasing some nonviolent offenders to save money. But the state short changed its post-release programs, and an opportunity was lost. In Alabama, the state's commission has been working to restructure sentencing policies, at least partly as a response to the state's fiscal woes. In Louisiana (the state with the highest percentage of its population behind bars), legislators have recently reduced the length of mandatory sentences for drug crimes. In New York, where the modern drug wars were born in the early 1970s, the political leadership is also inching its way toward reforming the harsh Rockefeller drug laws. And in Texas, one of the most fervently lock-'em-up states, Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill in June mandating drug-treatment plans for first-time nonviolent drugoffenders.
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Kentucky Seeks Answer to Drug Problem

Wednesday, December 1 2004
LEXINGTON, KY - When Kentucky Lt. Gov. Steve Pence says that "we can not and will not incarcerate our way out of this drug problem,"people should sit up and listen. A former federal prosecutor, Pence has spent the better part of a year leading a search for answers to Kentucky's drug abuse crisis. Any effective solution, he says, will require a greater commitment to education, demand-reduction and treatment, while continuing to stress enforcement.
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This End Up Furnishes Halfway Houses

Saturday, November 27 2004
Before its demise, the original company sold about $35 million in furniture annually to institutional customers who were furnishing halfway houses, drug-rehab centers and dorms. That market was waiting for This End Up's revival, Kelly said. For its comeback, This End Up is returning to two markets that were staples of the original company's yellow-pine pieces for two generations - college dormitories and treatment centers.
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Tennessee AA 1st Quarter Assembly

Tuesday, November 23 2004
The AA Area 64 1st Quarter Assembly will be held on January 7th thru January 9th, 2005 at the Radisson Downtown Knoxville, 410 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902. This year's event is sponsored by AADistricts 50 and 51. The theme is "Spiritually Alive In 2005".

Reservationscan be made at the Radisson Downtown by calling (865) 522-2600 or (800) 333-3333. Ask for the Area 64 4th Quarter Assembly Rate. Rooms are$79.00 plus tax.
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Drug Rehabilitation is Alternative to Prison for Offenders

Sunday, November 21 2004
Oklahoma’s inmate count has grown 106 percent in the past 16 yearsand prison costs have increased 193 percent over the same period,according to a report by the Oklahoma Criminal Justice Resource Center.The center released its report and recommendations earlier this year,calling for the elimination of mandatory prison sentences for thoseconvicted of drug possession. Instead, the center recommendedexpanding drug rehabilitation services because the top-ranked felonyoffense in the state for the last six years has been drug possession.
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Substance Abuse, Drug Addiction - Major Risk For HIV

Thursday, November 18 2004
Intravenous Drug Use (IDU) is known to be a major risk for HIV (HumanImmunodeficiency Virus) infection. Drug use is also responsible forabout 60% of hepatitis C cases [1. IDU can also put the user’s partnerat higher risk to contract HIV/AIDS. The percentage of AIDS (AcquiredImmunodeficiency Syndrome) cases among women in the United States hasmore than tripled, from 7% in 1985 to 23% in 1998 [2. Close totwo-thirds of the reported female AIDS cases have been found amongAfrican-Americans women and 37% of these cases were contractedheterosexually. [More from Onlypunjab.Com]

'Super Pill' Claims To Fight Obesity, Smoking, Drug Abuse

Wednesday, November 17 2004
NEW YORK -- A pill that helps you lose weight and quit smoking? That was amazing enough to capture headlines last week. But scientists say the experimental drug might be even more versatile, providing a new tool to help people stop abusing drugs and alcohol, too. It's called rimonabant, or Acomplia, and last week researchers reported it could help people not only lose weight but keep it off for two years.
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Sensitive Taste Buds May Prevent Alcoholism

Saturday, November 13 2004
A new study by the University of Connecticut finds that people who have very sensitive taste buds are much less likely to drink too much alcohol. People who are sensitive to bitter tastes are more likely to abstain from too much drinking while those who are less sensitive are more likely to drink more. [More from Elites TV]

Withdrawal From Caffeine Addiction

Sunday, November 7 2004
A new study that analyzes some 170 years' worth of research concludes that caffeine withdrawal is very real -- producing enough physical symptoms and a disruption in daily life to classify it as a psychiatric disorder. Researchers are suggesting that caffeine withdrawal should be included in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), considered the bible of mental disorders. [More from WebMD]

Pastor Likens Addiction To Leprosy

Saturday, November 6 2004
When the Rev. Leo Booth talks to audiences about overcoming addictions, he doesn't just mean the kind that involve alcohol or drugs. According to Booth, gambling, relationships, even religion can be a destructive force in people’s lives when it prevents them from living their lives to the fullest. Booth, a 58-year-old former Episcopal priest from England, slayed his own alcoholic demons 27 years ago, and in the process, brought spirituality back into his religious life. Now, he is ordained through the Unity Church and devotes his time to teaching others how to find the spirituality within themselves and the world, while addressing what he calls “the new leprosy."
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Alcoholism: Is it Inherited?

Monday, November 1 2004
There is a growing body of scientific evidence that alcoholism has a genetic component, but the actual gene that may cause it has yet to be identified. Studies of laboratory animals as well as human test subjects indicate that genetic factors play a major role in the development of alcoholism, but just how much a factor remains undetermined. [More from About.Com]

Is Alcoholism A Disease Or A Moral Failing?

Sunday, October 24 2004
People used to debate whether alcoholism was a disease or a moral failing. Now it is abundantly clear that not only is it a disease, but one with a strong genetic component. At least 50 percent of the vulnerability to alcoholism is believed to be triggered by genetics, and the rest by environment, such as living in a culture where heavy drinking is endemic. What's also increasingly clear is that many genes play a role and that genes work both ways -- with some protecting people against alcoholism and others greatly raising the risk, said Dr. Mary-Anne Enoch, a research physician at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
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After Beating, Homeless Man Grateful For Help

Thursday, October 21 2004
ALBANY -- The teenage thugs who shattered his hand and torched his belongings have not damaged Michael Coene's ability to see beauty -- in things gone and in things just taking shape. "They burnt my New York Yankees hat ... that beautiful black New York Yankees hat," said Coene, who had been living on Albany's streets for about six weeks before he was attacked by the teens in Dana Park Monday night. Then, said Coene, 50, "the response from the community has been amazing."
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Alcoholism In Russia

Thursday, October 21 2004
MOSCOW -- Vodka may be the Russian national drink, but beer has produced a national headache. Alarmed by the growing consumption of beer, especially among teenagers and young adults, Russia is poised to pass a law banning open containers of beer in public. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and with intense marketing by brewers, beer has overtaken vodka as Russia's most popular drink. In two separate opinion polls over the summer, beer topped vodka among Russians asked to name their favorite drink. [More from Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

Alcohol can do more harm than good

Sunday, October 17 2004
"SHOULD I START drinking?" a teetotaler with high cholesterol asked me last week. He had heard it would be good for his heart. "No," I said. Though alcohol may help the heart in some ways, it has many drawbacks, as well, so I wouldn't recommend that someone start drinking. If you already enjoy an occasional drink, though, you don't need to give it up. The risks and benefits of alcohol are complicated. Though it may protect the heart, it seems to raise the risk of certain cancers. [More from Fredericksburg.Com]

Alcoholism Ruled A Disability

Saturday, October 16 2004
People who suffer from chronic alcoholism and claim disability benefits are entitled to be treated the same way as other disabled people, Saskatchewan's highest court has ruled. The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal decision Thursday upheld an earlier ruling in a case involving the province and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. [More from The Edmonton Sun]

Found Job In Recovery

Saturday, October 2 2004
At age 86, retired Air Force Col. Mel Schulstad is still a shined-shoes military man. Ask the Sammamish resident to speak to an audience, and chances are he'll show up early with a crisp shirt and tie and a firm handshake. Even without the eagles on his shoulders, he commands respect. But he hasn't always been about discipline. [More from The Seattle Times]

Sweet Tooth Predictor of Alcoholism

Sunday, September 19 2004
A combination of a sweet tooth and novelty seeking may predict alcoholism, suggests a study in the September issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Previous research found novelty seeking is more common among alcoholics. No link between liking sweets alone and alcoholism has been established.
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Early Drinking Increases Risk of Problem Drinking

Friday, September 17 2004
Taking a first alcoholic drink at a younger age means a greater likelihood of problem drinking later in life, according to researchers. The likelihood of alcohol abuse or dependence later in life increased by 12 percent for every year of decrease in the age of first drink, says lead researcher James L. York, Ph.D., of the State University of New York at Buffalo. The study appears in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. [More from News-Medical.Net]

Fatal Levels of Alcohol

Sunday, September 12 2004
How much liquor is too much for driving is a fixed number, set by the state, that is the same for everybody. But how much alcohol is fatal depends on many factors, including who is doing the drinking, what they're drinking and how fast they drink it, said Dr. Jim Wahe, of the Denver Medical Examiner's office.
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District 13 Area Meeting & Bar-B-Que

Sunday, September 12 2004
Tennessee District 13 AA will hold an area meeting Sunday, September 19, 2004 at the Ward Agricultural Center, 945 Baddour Parkway in Lebanon, Tennessee.

This year's event, sponsored by the Wilson County Friendship Group, will feature a luncheon with barbecue, coffee and cold drinks furnished by the Friendship Group. Eating begins at 1:00 P.M. Please bring a covered dish if you can.

The speaker's meeting will begin at 2:00 P.M. This year's speakers are Bill J. and Mike G. from Murfreesboro AA. Other events include a sobriety countdown and door prizes consisting of various AA literatures. A District 13 monthly meeting will be held at 4:00 P.M. after the festivities have concluded.

For additional information, contact Sara M. at (615) 444-1708 or Cecil W. at (615) 444-2485.
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Tennessee AA 4th Quarter Assembly

Sunday, September 5 2004
The AA Area 64 4th Quarter Assembly will be held on Oct. 8th thru Oct. 10th, 2004 at the Holiday Inn - Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. This year's event is sponsored by AA Districts 80, 81, 82, 83 and 84. The theme is "Right Action is the Key".

Reservations can be made at the Holiday Inn by calling (423) 266-5000 or (800) 872-2529. Ask for the Area 64 4th Quarter Assembly Rate. Rooms are $84.00 plus tax, and the cutoff date for reservations is Sep. 17, 2004.
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Gene Links Alcoholism and Depression

Thursday, September 2 2004
A national team of investigators led by psychiatric geneticists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has identified a gene that appears to be linked to both alcoholism and depression. The study, published in the September issue of the journal is the first to identify a specific gene associated with both depression and alcoholism.

“Clinicians have observed a connection between these two disorders for years, so we are excited to have found what could be a molecular underpinning for that association,” says principal investigator Alison M. Goate, D. Phil., the Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Genetics in Psychiatry, professor of genetics and professor of neurology at the School of Medicine. [More from Washington University School of Medicine]

Homelessness Protestors Reject Deal

Saturday, August 21 2004
Protesters have rejected an offer by Osgoode Councillor Doug Thompson to mediate an end to the two-month homelessness camp at City Hall. "We're willing to stay here for one year or five years," said demonstrator Khalid Lasfar. "We're not going to move." Mr. Thompson offered to take the protesters' grievances to Premier Dalton McGuinty and other relevant provincial cabinet ministers and read a statement by the demonstrators at city council on Wednesday if they moved their camp. [More from Ottawa Citizen]

Drunken Driving Court

Friday, August 20 2004
WAUKESHA - With drunken drivers making up the second largest jail population, Waukesha County officials are studying how to create a specific court just for those offenders. An alcohol traffic court is not imminent, but if implemented, repeat drunken drivers could expect immediate imprisonment if they fail to take advantage of treatment opportunities, Circuit Court Judge Kathryn Foster said. [More from GM Today]

Alcoholism: Is it Inherited?

Monday, August 16 2004
There is a growing body of scientific evidence that alcoholism has a genetic component, but the actual gene that may cause it has yet to be identified. Studies of laboratory animals as well as human test subjects indicate that genetic factors play a major role in the development of alcoholism, but just how much a factor remains undetermined. [More from About.Com]

Recovery Home or Motel?

Monday, August 9 2004
A recovery-homes company is using a Mesa motel to house its residents in an area where new group homes are prohibited by city rules. Although the arrangement raises legal questions, probation officials and local group-home operators agree that more housing options are needed for alcoholics, drug addicts and ex-convicts.

Executives of the nonprofit Transitional Living Communities (TLC), which operates group homes throughout the state, said the one-story building at 1045 E. Main St. was a motel — as the painted sign out front reads. [More from East Valley Tribune]

CRACKED - A Story of Addiction

Sunday, August 8 2004
A common definition of addiction is "the condition of taking a drug habitually and being unable to give it up without incurring adverse effects". The term addiction normally refers to drugs of one kind or another. Addicts know every consequence of their addiction: lost jobs, screwed-up relationships, squandered money, betrayed relatives and so on.

CRACKED - Putting Broken Lives Together Again by Dr Drew Pinsky with Todd Gold published by Regan books. [More from Jamaica Observer]

Good News For Indigent Patients

Sunday, August 1 2004
White, black and Latino, they have all kinds of health problems, some complex, but most have never had the luxury of continuous health care. As a result, they don't know how to manage medical treatment and medication, clinic workers say.They are the uninsured, the indigent and the homeless. Some of the patients work and get regular paychecks, but they do not qualify for Medicaid or Medicare benefits and are unable to pay for health care insurance. But at the Good News Clinic, health care is free. [More from The Gainesville Times]

FDA Approves Alcoholism Treatment

Friday, July 30 2004
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first new drug to treat alcohol abuse in a decade, a medicine that promises to help ward off relapses. Campral, known chemically as acamprosate, isn't for patients who are actively drinking at the start of treatment or who abuse other substances in addition to alcohol, the agency warned.
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Alcohol Ravages Bonds Between Parents & Children

Thursday, July 29 2004
"Right now, I'm just having fun," Maria said as she sat in Tempo's North Merrick office, dressed in a yellow-and-purple basketball jersey and black shorts.
      Fran worries that her daughter is on the verge of becoming an alcoholic. Alcoholism, which is a chronic and progressive -- though treatable -- disease, is said to be hereditary. Maria's father is a recovering alcoholic, and her grandfather, a great-uncle and other relatives were alcoholics. [More from Herald Community Online]

Alcoholism - Risk Factor for Suicide

Thursday, July 22 2004
New research findings linking alcoholism as an established risk factor for suicide demonstrate the need for suicide risk recognition and prevention efforts targeted to middle- and older-adults with alcohol dependence. Data also indicate that increased age may serve as a marker for more chronic, treatment refractory alcoholism associated with greater risk for suicide. [More from About.Com]

One City's Contribution To Recovery

Tuesday, July 20 2004
It is unfortunate therefore, in this day of managed health care that stays in halfway houses are rarely, if ever, covered by health insurance. As a result, those who can take advantage of such transitional housing situations are in the minority. Even when science tells us what "works," many recovering addicts who could benefit from post-treatment, supported, transitional living simply do not get it... Not so in St. Paul. [More from St. Paul Pioneer Press]

Addiction Counseling, Reentry Programs

Sunday, July 18 2004
In Plymouth County, officials implemented the Reintegration After Care Program, which focuses on inmates imprisoned for alcohol and other drug offenses. Inmates receive comprehensive instruction on anger management, addiction counseling and discharge planning six months before their scheduled release and up to six months after. [More from Join Together Online]

Zoloft Not for Every Alcoholic

Thursday, July 15 2004
While not prescribed to treat alcoholism itself, antidepressants are often given to help relieve the depression that often accompanies the problem. But for some hard-core alcoholics, the common antidepressant Zoloft (sertraline) appears to have no beneficial effect and may even cause increased drinking, a new study finds.
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Alcoholics Experience Cognitive Deficits

Saturday, July 10 2004
Researchers know that many alcoholics continue to experience cognitive deficits even after long-term abstinence from alcohol. Results from a study in the April issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research confirm that motor deficits also continue to plague abstinent alcoholics. [More from About.Com]

Memphis Bluff City Fellowship

Tuesday, June 29 2004
The 30th annual Memphis Bluff City Fellowship will be held on October 14th through October 17th at the Memphis Hilton in Memphis, TN. This year's theme is "Fellowship of the Spirit".  Their will be eight AA speakers during the course of the event and many activities such as a sobriety countdown, dancing, marathon meetings, workshops, ice cream social and a banquet dinner.  The Memphis Hilton is locant at 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Reservations can be made through September 14th by calling (800) 371-8065.  Tickets for the event are $20 for AA, Al-Anon and ACOA, $26 for banquet reservations and $1 for Al-Ateen. [More from Memphis Bluff City Fellowship]

Links Between Teen Drinking and Alcoholism

Saturday, June 26 2004
American teenagers abuse alcohol more than any other drug according to government statistics.  Newly released statistics from the United States Department of Health and Human Services suggest the young your teenager starts drinking, the more likely they are to become an alcoholic. [More from News 8, Austin TX]

New Lebanon, TN AA Meeting

Thursday, June 24 2004
Their is a new AA meeting in Lebanon, TN. The AA Any Lengths Group is sponsoring a newcomers meeting on Thursdays at 8:00 P.M.  The meeting is oriented towards the newcomer in Alcoholics Anonymous, but all AA's are encouraged to attend. The meetings are held at the Frances Cabrini Church on 300 South Tarver Street in Lebanon. [More from A Friend of Bill's]

Recovery from Alcohol Abuse and Drug Addiction Can Work

Saturday, June 19 2004
At A Friend of Bill's we have six shining examples that recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction can work!  From our Cumberland House in Lebanon, TN, Jamie has 4 years of sobriety and Han has one year without a drink or drug.  Don, living in our Greenwood house in Lebanon, has one year of recovery. Tom, Mike and Dale who live in our Hendersonville, TN house each have one year of sobriety.  Congratulations, guys!  As these six show us, recovery is possible one day at a time.
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Tennessee Record on Substance Abuse Treatment

Tuesday, June 15 2004
Tennessee, Kentucy and Alabama were in the lowest fifth of states in terms of percentages of persons aged 12 or older who needed but did not receive treatment for an alcohol problem according to a report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). West Virginia had the lowest percentage (5.6 percent) of persons aged 12 or older who needed but did not receive treatment for an alcohol problem (5.6 percent). Most of the States in the lowest fifth were in the South (West Virginia, Maryland, Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee) or the Northeast (Maine, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania). Oregon was also in the lowest fifth.  Nebraska had the worst record or highest percentage (9.6 percent) of individuals 12 or older who needed but did not receive treatment. [More from SAMHSA]

A Pill For Alcoholism?

Saturday, June 12 2004
In what is being called a major scientific advance and a landmark discovery which could change the direction of alcoholism treatment, scientists have found that an anti-seizure drug usually prescribed for epileptic patients is highly effective in helping alcohol-dependent individuals stop drinking. [More from About.Com]

Self-Medication Can Lead to Dependence

Monday, June 7 2004
Individuals with social anxiety disorder are not simply shy. They are pained at the thought of being scrutinized, and have an extreme fear of looking foolish to others. Findings published in the December 2003 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research indicate that they may also deliberately drink alcohol in order to cope with social interaction, and avoid social situations where alcohol is unavailable. [More from About.Com]

Gene Linked To Alcoholism

Monday, May 31 2004
The gene the researchers investigated manufactures a protein called CREB, or cyclic AMP responsive element binding protein, which is known to regulate brain function during development and learning.
"This is the first direct evidence that a deficiency in the CREB gene is associated with anxiety and alcohol-drinking behaviors," said Subhash Pandey, associate professor of psychiatry and director of neuroscience alcoholism research at the UIC College of Medicine. [More from PRWeb]

Admissions Increase for Opiates, Marijuana, Methamphetamine

Tuesday, May 25 2004
The proportion of admissions to substance abuse treatment for abuse of narcotic prescription medications, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine has increased in the past ten years, while admissions to treatment for cocaine abuse declined. This data was released today in the “Treatment Episode Data Set Summary of Findings 2002” by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The full Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) will be released later this year. [More from SAMHSA]

Researchers Developing Test For Alcoholism

Sunday, May 23 2004
Researchers at the University of Texas are developing a test that can determine whether someone is an alcoholic. The blood test will allow doctors to detect the disease early enough to treat it. It would also give employers personal information before they decide to hire someone. [More from KVUE, Austin, TX]

Alcohol Impairs Congnitive Functioning

Tuesday, May 18 2004
"Given that most tasks require some information processing and that alcohol is one of the most commonly used recreational drugs, we felt that a more thorough examination of how alcohol disrupts the stream of information processing was warranted," said Tom A. Schweizer, currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto and first author of the study. "What is not clear from earlier studies is whether this disruption is attributable to a specific slowing of one stage – that is, perceptual, cognitive or motor – or a slowing of all stages within the information-processing stream. [More from About.Com]

Should Drug Talk Be Banned In AA Meetings?

Friday, May 14 2004
Thank God we were allowed to talk about drugs at those early meetings. Thank God I was able to hear the experience, strength, and hope of fellow alcoholics who also had a drug story. Thank God I was allowed to say, "I'm David. I'm a drug addict and alcoholic." This, of course, was before singleness of purpose became a big deal. [More from AA Grapevine]

Former Drug Addict Turns Life Around

Sunday, May 2 2004
Dr. Harold Jonas is CEO and president of Sober.com, an Internet-based drug recovery assistance Web site that receives more than 2.5 million hits a month. Just a few years ago, he was addicted and homeless. But after successful treatment for substance abuse, he is a clean, sober and a successful Delray Beach businessman who is giving back to the community. [More from Boca Raton News]

TN House Kills Bill Requiring Addiction Warning

Monday, April 26 2004
A subcommittee in the Tennessee House Tuesday killed legislation that would have required gambling addiction warnings on lottery tickets, machines and advertisements. The two bills had been proposed by students as a project at Centennial High School in Franklin. Currently, Tennessee lottery tickets and ads urge participants to "play responsibly" and there is a link to the National Council on Problem Gambling on the lottery Web site. [More from WATE.Com, Knoxville, TN]

Robert Smith, Jr. Passing and Arrangements

Saturday, April 24 2004

The following email has come to this reporter as do most things in AA, through the tangled web of the grapevine, in this case the Internet. It concerns the passing of Robert Smith, Jr., son of Dr. Bob who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous. See the previous article for additional details. Here is the email from Maria H.:

To Friends of Smitty,

I just got word this evening of the passing of a very special friend of this fellowship. Around 2 this afternoon, Thursday, April 22 our friend Robert Smith Jr. son of Dr. Bob Smith passed over. Smitty was probably the last living person who had witnessed the birth of AA. He was a young boy of 15 when his father had that first eventful meeting with Bill Wilson in May 1935.

 He went into the hospital on the 7th of April, and went downhill from there. I know you'll join me in sending prayers of comfort to Mona, his bride of only a couple of years. -Maria H.-

The following is from Mona:

Today the amazing Bob showed us, with amazing grace, how to go to romp with the angels. Visitation will be Saturday night, April 24, at Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar Avenue. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at the same place. Pastor Ed Mutum will be our spiritual leader. Burial will be in Nocona, Texas. Bob's wish was that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: Serenity Retreat League, Inc., 88 Riggs Place, South Orange, NJ 07079-2214.

Bob's friends number in the thousands. No one has been intentionally left off the e-mail list. Please share our loss with Bob's friends.


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Disease Concept Of Alcoholism And Drug Addiction

Friday, April 23 2004
There are 5 main neurotransmitters affected by the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. Two of these chemicals, dopamine and seratonin, have a profound affect upon the alcoholic and/or drug addict. These two neurotransmitters affect the addicted person by changing how they respond under stress, what moods are experienced, and also communicate feelings of pleasure and/or pain. [More from NICD]

Alcoholism Risk Linked To Gene

Monday, April 19 2004
While there is not one single "gene that causes alcoholism" the statistical link between this gene and the risk for alcoholism is powerful, said Howard J. Edenberg, Ph.D., Chancellor's Professor at the IU School of Medicine. Edenberg was the lead researcher for the study, which appears in the April issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics [More from Science Daily]

From Cellblock To Your Block

Sunday, April 18 2004
It's true that prisoners are society's least sympathetic subjects, particularly where tax dollars are concerned. But all inmates at the Norfolk County House of Correction are eventually going to be released, and law-abiding citizens have a stake in how they do out on the streets. Our quality of life depends on offenders not reoffending. [More from The Boston Globe]

Alcoholics More Likely to Have Personality Disorders

Sunday, April 11 2004
Individuals with alcohol use disorders were almost five times as likely to have antisocial personality disorder or histrionic personality disorder, and were three times as likely to have a dependent personality disorder. Individuals with drug use disorders were 11 times more likely to have antisocial personality disorder and dependent personality disorder, and eight times as likely to have histrionic personality disorder. [More from About.com]

Slam Dunk for Alcohol Industry?

Thursday, April 1 2004
As we sit back and watch, many hope that a repeat of years gone by will not emerge...news reports of drunken college students rioting in the streets, breaking windows and setting fire to whatever combustible items are available. The result of what has become quite literally an incendiary combination: the annual NCAA men's basketball tournament and excessive alcohol use. [More from Join Together Online]

FOB's Alumni Picnic

Wednesday, December 31 1969
Please come celebrate our Alumni at a Friend of Bills Recovery House Alumni Picnic on July 16, 2011. If you once stayed at FOB's and have maintained your sobriety we encourage you to attend this event. Exact time and place to be announced. We will keep you posted thru Facebook or you can call Terry at 615-578-0507 or 615-264-0924 for more details.

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