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Supreme Court & Employment Rights of Addicted People (10-09-03)
The Supreme Court may review
a case that would determine whether addicted people in recovery have a
right to apply for and receive employment after successfully completing
States Ease Voting Restrictions on Felons (09-24-03)
Several states ease voting
rights restrictions on convicted felons while other states tighten the
restriction. The issue is still controversial and of vital importance to
recovering addicts convicted of drug felonies.
Youth Violence - A Report By The Surgeon General
Here is the Executive Summary
and links to the full report of the Surgeon General on Youth Violence.
Check Out Charles Whitfield's
I recently renewed contact
with Dr. Charles Whitfield and I would suggest checking out his website at
School Shootings (07-13-03)
Mary Binderman of the
American Occupational Therapy Association Website has compiled an
excellent research based overview on the issues related to school violence
complete with numerous valuable links. This article, however, has one
drawback - it does not explore the relationship of school violence to the
alcohol and drug abuse of the children or families.
School Violence & ADHD (07-13-03)
The Christian Science Monitor reviewed the role
played by ADHD and the medication used to treat it in the problem of
school violence. Many children involved in school violence are suffering
from ADHD or using medication to treat its symptoms. In our endless quest
for simple solution to complex problems its tempting to blame the whole
problem of school violence on ADHD or the medication used to treat it, The
truth, however, is more complex. Solutions are available but they are not
simple or easy. They involve examining the entire atmosphere and
operations of our schools. When the entire educational system is reviewed,
it becomes clear that the role of ADHD and school violence is not as clear
cut as many people would like school officials to believe. At least five
factors seems to interact to create school violence: (1) the presence of
ADHD or other attention problems; (2) the medication used to treat it, (3)
the general approaches to the management of problem behaviors in the
classroom, (4) the ability to identify and appropriately diagnose and
treat students in high risk of becoming violent; and (5) the parenting
practices, substance abuse, and mental health problems in the the homes of
students that put them at high risk of violence at schools. Any effective
approach to the management of school violence needs to take these four
factors into account.
Managing feelings and emotions has been a vital part of all aspects of
the GORSKI-CENAPS Model of Recovery and Relapse Prevention. As a result of
many requests, Terry Gorski is beginning to make available the core
clinical tools and check-lists that have been an integral part of many of
his workbooks. These tools and check-lists are revised in a generic way
that allows them to be used as a part of any personal problem solving
process. The Feeling Check-List is the first of the tools and
check-lists to be broken apart from the core model as a stand-alone
for Early Childhood Education (05-25-03)
One of the key elements of successful prevention is effective early
childhood education. There are many models of effective education for
children in early childhood. With the large number of single parents and
the growing use of day care by working parents, models of effective
programs that can be used in day care centers is critical to the ongoing
development of the nation's prevention efforts, Here's a list of
resources. For further information contact
Lisa Hammond at CENAPS.
Operation Iraqi Freedom (4-12-2003)
Many troops serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom will return with
symptoms of psychological trauma induced by their war experiences. This
article gives some graphic examples of the types of combat experiences
that are creating those symptoms.
Gorski Interview - Honolulu Star Tribune (3-16-03)
On Monday February
24, 2003 the Honolulu Star Tribune published an article based upon an
interview with Terence T. Gorski while conducting a conference.
Child TV Violence Linked To Adult Violence (3-9-03)
Here's a new study
that links increased rates of violent behavior in adults to the heavy
viewing of violent television shows in childhood. Three factors seem
to work together: (1) the amount of violent television viewed,
(2) the degree
to which children identify with violent TV characters, and (3) the degree
to which children believe the TV violence relates to the real world rather
than an imaginary play world. When scores regarding all three factors are
high, children learn three lessons that increase their risk for violence:
violence can be an effective solution to problems, violence can increase
social status, and it is not important to learn how to control violent
impulses. The report concludes that parents should restrict the amount of
television violence that children are allowed to watch. If you can't,
watch it with your kids and talk about it. Keep reinforcing that the
violence is part of a pretend world, that the violent characters are
really pretty dumb because they can't solve problems without violence, and
that in the real world people would be hurt really bad.
Reconsider Crime Policies (3-6-03)
Even as the supreme court supported the three
strikes legislation that is largely responsible for our growing prison
population, leadership in many states is reconsidering its get tough
policies on drugs and crime. There is growing recognition that our state
and national policies have reflected a "get tough and be dumb" policy that
has had negative impact on millions of people, crippled state and national
budgets, and hurt local communities and economies. In order to effectively
contain the costs of enforcement while promoting public safety states need
to learn how to "get tough and be smart" by focusing on low cost yet
highly effective alternatives to incarceration that can help addicted
people and their families while promoting public safety and building the
strength and resiliency of our communities. This is all part of newly
emerging trend called "the new recovery revolution."
Court Upholds Three-Strikes Legislation (3-5-03)
The supreme court upheld three strikes legislation that would permit
repeat criminal to be sentenced to extremely long jail terms for
relatively minor third offenses. Case examples are given and discussed.
Since three-strikes laws are in large part responsible for our growing
prison population, we can expect to see a continuing rise in the number of
American imprisoned, especially for nonviolent drug offenses.
On Teen Drinking
Underage drinkers account for 19.7 percent of the alcohol consumed in
the United States each year and represents $22.5 billion in alcohol sales.
``Excessive'' drinking by adults - consumption of more than two drinks
daily - amounted to 30.4 percent, or $34.4 billion in alcohol sales. These
analyses show that it is not in the alcohol industry's financial interest
to voluntarily enact strategies to reduce underage or adult excessive
Foster Care (02-17-03)
There is growing evidence that removing children
from parents during incarceration and placing them in foster care damages
the children and goes a long way toward creating the next generation of
adults who become addicted, mentally ill, and antisocial as adults.
Fortunately, more effective alternatives are available.
Gorski On-Line CEU Course(02-05-03)
DLCAS has posted a new on-line course by Terence
T. Gorski entitled Addiction - A Biopsychosocial Model. Check it out.
House Criticizes Drug War (02-05-03)
The New York Times reports that The White
House has questioned the effectiveness of the DEA War On Drugs strategy.
& Physical Health (01-22-03)
This article describes the effects of PTSD on physical health.
Recidivism - Statistics (12-12-012)
Here are the most recent statistics on criminal recidivism reported
from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
Incarceration Syndrome (PICS) In the News12-12-02
The Post Incarceration Syndrome (PICS) is a serious problem that is just
beginning to make the news. As more and more inmates are released
from prison, our communities will be flooded with people who have serious
problems as a result of their incarceration. There are currently
over 2.2 million people in prison. Of these prisoners, at least 330,000
are nonviolent offenders incarcerated for the personal possession or
use of drugs. Most are addicted. Less than 20% will receive
treatment. All will be damaged by their time in prison.
Those in extended solitary confinement, about 120,000 people or 6.5% of
all prisoners, will be the most damaged of
all. Here's an article from USA Today that discusses the
problem. Angel Coronado, the released inmate used to illustrate
the problem, was arrested on alcohol and drug related charges numerous
times but never received treatment. I guess this is another
victory for the war on drugs. Read the article and
decide for yourself.
to the Editor: Florida Drug Policy (11-14-02)
Florida currently has a Drug War Policy that neglects all but minimal
emphasis upon treatment. The case of governor Noelle Bush, the
Governor's daughter shows the conflict between Drug War policy and
Public health Addiction Policy
- Time Magazine Reports (11-12-02)
Here are the most recent articles
published by Time Magazine on marijuana. Don't be surprised if the
information doesn't match what you've heard from the Drug Enforcement
Does Not Work For People With Addiction & Mental Health Problems
Punishment doesn't work for people who are sufferring
from addiction and mental health problems. Those who continue to
use this well intentioned but misguided solution are guilty of
practicing Get Tough - Be Dumb politics by using punishment
approaches that don't work. Examples of the the horrendous
failures of the Get Tough Be Dumb punishment-oriented polices to
non-violent alcohol and drug offenders are not hard to find. Here
are the stories of Dennis T. Sevon and the Galloway Brothers both of Spring Hill, Florida. Hopefully awareness of these failures in
public policy will prompt our political leadership to consider an
approach that works - a Public Health
Addiction Policy. <Read
the full story>
Report on Marijuana: Latest Info From NIDA (10-14-02)
Check out the latest information on
marijuana from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This
information is summarized in five parts:
Part 1: What Is Marijuana? Part 2: Effects of Marijuana; Part
3: Biopsychosocial Effects of Marijuana Use; Part 4:
Treatment; Part 5: Glossary & References.
Need For EAP
Services For Police Officers (09-27-02)
There is a desperate need to provide credible and
effective employee assistance programs (EAP's) to our nation's police
officers. The police are a critical component in our network of
emergency first responders. We need to value the efforts of these
professionals and recognize and honor the stress and sufferring that
they endure in the course of protecting us all.
Death of State
Trooper Marks Need For EAP Services (09-27-02)
The death of State Trooper Mark Zack marks the need for all police
departments to place a renewed emphasis on their Employee Assistance
Programs and creating a culture within their departments that support
their officers getting help in times of trauma and stress. In the
aftermath of this horrible tragedy a grieving family is left behind who
are also in need to specialized help. As addiction and mental
health professionals, stories like this should cause us to recommit
ourselves to the task of making sure that all emergency responders in
all departments around the country have access to credible and effective
employee assistance services and that all officers and family members
are prepared by advanced training to deal with the traumatic events that
are a routine part of their lives.
New York Trauma
Symptoms- One Year Latter
According to the New York Times life in New York City is far for
normal for many of its citizens one year after the terrorist
attacks. This is not surprising. Terrorism is an act of
psychological warfare and people are deeply affected especially in areas
involving their core sense of safety. Here's the results of a New
York Times Poll conducted August 26 - 29, 2002.
Says Treatment Not Punishment For Drug Abusing Kids
The Office of National Drug Control
Policy (ONDCP) is encouraging schools to provide treatment rather than
punishment to students with drug problems. Now its up to the
schools to follow this advice by moving away from a zero tolerance drug
policy to a public health addiction policy.
Rights In the Aftermath Of September 11th (05-31-02)
Amnesty International reports that i
the aftermath of September 11th human rights violation both around the
world and within the United States are increasing. Here's the
To Mental Health Treatment (05-23-02)
Here's an article describing the barriers
to obtaining mental heath treatment and recommendations about how to
overcome those barriers.
Health Habits & Relapse (05-21-02)
The health habits of the average American
are anything but healthy. They are a mix of some good habits
off-set by a cluster of unhealthy and self-defeating health
habits. For people in recovery from addiction, this mixed bag of
healthy and unhealthy habits can do more than increase the risk of
illness and lower the quality of daily life. These habits can set
the stage for relapse. It's important for recovering people to
realize that lifestyle factors that create health care risks in
non-addicted people can become critical warning signs that can lead to
Advice Can Reduce Drinking (05-16-03)
Here's an article from Brown University that shows
that advice about drinking given by a [physician can reduce the quantity
and frequency of drinking and of alcohol related problems.
Talking Points for Parents (05-15-02)
Many parents keep asking about what ton say to their
kids about marijuana. This articles by Terry Gorski provides
Twelve guidelines in the form of talking points that parents can use to
help guide their conversations.
Budget Cuts Overwhelming
In VA (05-15-02)
The budget cuts to medical, addiction, and mental
health services are being cut in the aftermath of September 11th and the
policy oof redirecting national priorities to the war on
terrorism. The effects could very well be catastrophic to the
treatment industry and the people it serves. Here's an example of
what's happening in Virginia's VA hospital system.
Marijuana Problems (05-12-02)
This article describes the recent research describing
the relationship between marijuana use and the self-reported problems of
Impact of September 11th on Manhattan Residents
Here's a report of a recent
study on PTSD and depression on Manhattan residents six months after
911. The incident rates remain significantly higher than that
normal. Read the details.
Shows GORSKI-CENAPS Warning Signs Are
A Reliable & Valid
Predictor of Alcohol Relapses
AWARE, a science-based self-assessment questionnaire has been developed
based upon the GORSKI-CENAPS relapse warning signs. This article
describes the research showing the validity of the GORSKI-CENAPS warning
signs as a relapse predictor and provides a link to print at the AWARE Questionnaire
and the instructions for its use.
Women At Risk - Brief Addiction Screening
Here are some brief screening tools for detecting alcohol problems in
women in high risk of addiction. These tools are especially
helpful when working with pregnant women whose unborn babies may be at
risk due to the mother's drinking.
for Alcohol Problems (04-30-02)
Here are two articles from the NIAAA Alcohol Alert
Series related to methods for effectively screening for alcohol problems
& Criminal Careers (04-30-02)
This article explores the relationship
between addiction and criminal career history and shows very clearly
that there are two distinct relationships - addicts who begin committing
non-violent crimes to support their addiction; and criminal
personalities who abuse and become addicted to alcohol and drugs during
the course of their criminal history.
Medical Intervention for Alcohol Problems (04-30-02)
Brief medical interventions conducted in
a doctor's office can reduce the number of alcohol problems and
facilitate an early referral into treatment. Here's an article
describing the results of one study.
GORSKI-CENAPS Website (04-27-02)
The GORSKI-CENAPS Website has been
reorganized to make it easier to use. It's now easy to keep
informed about where and when GORSKI-CENAPS events will be
scheduled. More changes will be coming shortly. Check it
of Addiction 1992 (04-27-02)
Here's a leading study that describes the
overall cost of addiction in 1992. This is important reading for
anyone who needs to justify their budget for the treatment of substance
abuse and related mental health and social problems.
& Relapse (04-13-02)
Here's the first part of an article by
Terence T. Gorski that describes the development of the personality
style components of the CENAPS Model. The foundational works that
shaped his thinking are listed with directs links to the sources.
Drinking During Pregnancy Remains Unchanged (04-06-02)
Here is an article by Terry Gorski that
responds to a recent CDC report that heavy alcohol use among pregnant
women has remained unchanged in spite of extensive attempts to persuade
women not to drink during pregnancy. This article describes why
Gorski thinks current approaches are failing and what needs to be done
to lower the rates of heavy drinking among pregnant women. Links
to the CDC study and a copy of news stories are included.
Health Strategies to Address Terrorist Threats (04-03-02)
This article by the Institute of Medicine
(IOM) describes the role that addiction and mental health services can
play in a comprehensive public health system developed to effective
manage the threats of terrorism.
and Clinical Consequences of Stress:
From Normal Adaptation to PTSD (04-02-02)
If you're serious about researching the
neurobiological and clinical consequences of PTSD this book needs to be
high on your list. It contains comprehensive information about all
aspects of PTSD and complete references. I wish I knew about this
book when starting my research on PTSD.
Risk of Addiction - New Research (04-02-02)
Here's a news release on a newly released study identifying
a gene responsible for some of the genetic factors that influence the
development of addiction
Sleep Disturbances After 9-11 Attacks (04-02-02)
The terrorist attacks of September 11,
2001 adversely affected the sleep of many Americans. Although some
of these sleep problems have improved, a substantial number of people
are still experiencing sleep problems that are related to the terrorist
attacks and the ongoing war on terrorism. Here is a series of
articles and links to the National Sleep Foundation.
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