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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 8, 2017

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Addiction counselors are fighting in the opioid crisis’ trenches, where it’s tough to tell victory from defeat on any given day The van was coming for Richard Rivera, but it was taking a long time. He waited inside the entrance of Saint Anthony Hospital where he had spent the past three days getting off heroin. His next stop: a sober-living facility. Learn More   Deaths during opioid-driven hospital stays have quadrupled Opioid-driven deaths during hospital stays in the United States quadrupled between 1993 and 2014, according to a new study released. Learn More Teen marijuana use may lead to bipolar symptoms later on It's a well-known fact that many young people use cannabis, and studies have pointed to a link between the drug and psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia. Learn More   Cannabinoid drug found effective for treating sleep apnea Sleep apnea is estimated to affect 1 in 5 American adults,...
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JUL
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What Makes a 'Disordered Gambler'?

What Makes a 'Disordered Gambler'?
By Ken Litwak, Prevention Specialist for the Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ People use lots of terms, often interchangeably to describe what is now considered a psychiatric disorder. In fact, gambling is classified as a substance-related and addictive disorder listed in the fifth and most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (2013). This classification comes because of evidence that gambling behaviors activate reward systems within the brain similar to the reward systems activated by drug use. People who suffer from a gambling disorder will have some of the same or comparable behavioral symptoms as people with a substance use disorder. People with gambling or substance use disorders may have lost important relationships, they may have lost employment or had attendance problems at work or school. A gambling disorder often starts during adolescence or early adulthood, but can manifest earlier or much later in a person’s...
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MAR
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Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Problem Gambling Awareness Month
When people think addiction, they often think substance abuse, but there are multiple forms of addiction. Gambling Addiction is a very real and serious issue that many times is overlooked, but March is the month where we stop and take a stern look into this issue, hopefully helping someone out in the process. First some information, did you know these facts? 48 states have some form of legalized gambling 75% of Americans have gambling in the past year Over 5 million American meet the gambling addiction criteria according to the DSM-5 Among those with a gambling addiction, 75% also have an issue with alcohol (an addictive personality often shows itself in many forms) and 20% have even committed or attempted suicide. What are the signs to look out for if there is a loved one you suspect might have a gambling problem? Frequently borrowing money Lying to others about gambling or...
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MAR
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Are Your Kids Gambling?

Are Your Kids Gambling?
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. The goal of this campaign is to educate everyone about the warning signs of problem gambling and promote the availability of help and hope both locally and nationally. It’s true that for most people, gambling is innocent fun; most New Jerseans gamble once in a while and don’t experience many negative consequences. However, a growing number of teens are gambling, and that’s a concern for many. What type of gambling activities do youth enjoy most? There are the “free” Internet gambling‐type games, various card games, especially poker, sports gambling, and betting on personal skill competitions. Those of us who work in prevention know, like with alcohol and drugs, that the earlier on in life a person begins to gamble, the more likely that individual is to develop a problem later in life. Which is why parents, educators, and other adults should consider the potential pitfalls...
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JAN
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Great News! Older Adults and Gambling Conference now offers four (4) CEUS.

Great News! Older Adults and Gambling Conference now offers four (4) CEUS.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BY FAX NOT AVAILABLE. The Conference has been approved for four (4) renewal hours toward the Addiction Counselor License and Certification (LCADC and CADC) in New Jersey.  They are also approved for renewal CEU's needed for the CPS, MFT, MFT-Permit, LPC, LAC, and LRC credentials The conference is scheduled for Tuesday, March 15, 2016 and it will be held at the Middlesex County Fire Academy. Expected audience will include county OADS staff, local Office on Aging directors, library staffs, YMCA and senior center staff providing senior programming and local health providers, including community nursing staff from RWJ University Medical Center, St. Peter’s Medical Center, JFK Medical Center and Raritan Bay Medical Center who have responsibility for providing medical care to older adults in senior housing developments in Middlesex County. In addition providers of home health care services, nursing home staff and caregivers...
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NOV
05
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 6

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 6
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to NCADD by a variety of sources. NCADD staff assembles this information and is pleased to provide it to you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc. The content has been collected from a variety of sources and is provided for informational purposes only. The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by NCADD of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. If you do not wish to receive this email in the future, simply click the SAFE UNSUBSCRIBE button at the bottom of this email. How Does Alcohol Influence Mental Health? The guidelines for safe or "low-risk" alcohol consumption have been greatly...
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DEC
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On Opioid Addiction & Women

On Opioid Addiction & Women
Written by Daniel J. Trolaro, MS Program Specialist for the Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ A few months back, I read an editorial discussing gambling and addiction. Under one particular section, the writer combined the following two points…. “The only reason to legalize any form of gambling is to make money. There is no other purpose to gambling. It is all about money. The high is winning.” As I read this, I felt the writer missed the point completely. To the problem or disordered gambler, it is NOT about the money or winning…..it is about the ACTION. Winning simply means that the problem gambler can now gamble longer than expected. It is the same type of euphoric high that the drug addict or alcoholic craves or experiences only without the use of an ingestible substance. The problem gambler’s brain responds and reacts to the action in the same way that...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 10

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 10
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to NCADD by a variety of sources. NCADD staff assembles this information and is pleased to provide it to you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc. The content has been collected from a variety of sources and is provided for informational purposes only. The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by NCADD of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. If you do not wish to receive this email in the future, simply click the SAFE UNSUBSCRIBE button at the bottom of this email. A national series of events will highlight gambling's harms Only with organized protest and confrontation can the...
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