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NEWSLETTER: NATIONAL ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION RECOVERY MONTH, 2008
VOLUME 1 / ISSUE 2
Miami Rehab Proclamation of National Recovery Month:

Miami Rehab A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America Substance abuse is an unrelenting evil that destroys lives, ruins families, and endangers neighborhoods. During National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, we emphasize our commitment to alco-hol and drug addiction prevention. This month is also an opportunity to recognize those who have had the courage to combat and overcome addiction.

Alcohol and drug abuse require an aggressive response. My Administration will continue to help educate our children through the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.

This Cam-paign urges parents and adults to safeguard our young people from the abuse of prescrip-tion drugs, focuses on random drug-testing in schools and in the workplace, and creates drug - free community coalitions. First Lady Laura Bush leads the Helping America's Youth initia-tive, which assists our youth in making healthy life choices through the participation of caring adults in their lives. The dedicated efforts of families, teachers, law enforcement, faith - based groups, and community activists are all important.

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NEWSLETTER: ALCOHOL ABUSE CAN DAMAGE THE BRAIN
VOLUME 1 / ISSUE 1
Miami Rehab Article adapted by Medical News Today:

Miami Rehab Too much alcohol can cause permanent brain damage, such as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, which is largely related to thiamine deficiency. Previous animal studies have shown that alcohol can also cause brain injury and degeneration by inhibiting insulin and insulin-like growth factor (IGF). A new study using postmortem human brain tissue has found that chronic alcohol abuse can decrease levels of genes needed for brain cells to respond to insulin/IGF, leading to neurodegeneration similar to that caused by Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Results will be published in the September issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at OnlineEarly.

"Insulin is one of the most important hormones in the body," said Suzanne de la Monte, professor of pathology/ neuropathology and clinical neuroscience at Rhode Island Hospital and the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. "It has many functions, including regulation of metabolism. Cells throughout the body depend upon insulin just to stay alive and carry out 'ordinary daily functions.' The best known diseases associated with abnormalities in insulin's availability or actions are Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes." De la Monte is also the study's corresponding author.

During the past several years, she added, there has been growing interest in insulin's effects on brain function. Scientists now believe that deficiencies in insulin, and the loss of brain cells' ability to respond to insulin, are critical factors leading to neurodegeneration, including Alzheimer's dementia. Alcohol may exacerbate the problem.

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NEWSLETTER: NEW YORK BANS SMOKING AT ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS
 
Miami Rehab Article adapted by Democrat and Chronicle:

ALBANY — Drug addicts, problem gamblers and alcoholics at treatment facilities statewide were stripped of their tobacco crutch last week as New York became the first state in the country to ban smoking in all public and private recovery centers.

New York's 13 state-run addiction treatment centers have been tobacco-free for more than 10 years. New regulations that took effect Thursday will apply to all treatment centers.

For some addicts, taking away the cigarettes could be enough to keep them from getting clean and sober, or from trying at all.

Bryan Lapsker, a 21-year-old PCP addict from Brooklyn who has been getting help for his addiction at a treatment center in Queens for nearly nine months, has been dreading the change every day.

"Nicotine helps (addicts) get through the day," he said. "Now you take the nicotine away from us, it's almost impossible to get through the day. ... Addiction is addiction, I understand that, but nicotine is a legal substance."

Legal or not, state officials behind the new rules believe banning tobacco is critical to successful treatment programs.

"Often times smoking was given as a reward in the day-to-day treatment programs, and we need to make sure that we're changing the culture to really promote an overall recovery plan that involves health and wellness for the optimal chance for recovery," said Karen Carpenter-Palumbo, the commissioner of the New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.






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NEWSLETTER: BULLETIN DESCRIBES YOUTH RESIDENTIAL PLACEMENT SURVEY
October 23, 2008
Miami Rehab       (OJJDP) has published:

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published "Introduction to the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement." The Survey of Youth in Residential Placement (SYRP) joins the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement and the Juvenile Residential Facility Census in OJJDP's constellation of surveys providing updated statistics on youth in custody in the juvenile justice system. The bulletin, the first in a series, describes SYRP's design and methodology. Subsequent bulletins will discuss survey findings.

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NEWSLETTER: LAST CHANCE TO SUBMIT WORKSHOP PROPOSALS FOR CADCA 2009 FORUM
October 23, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

Do you have an interesting example of underage drinking prevention that other coalitions could benefit from? Do you have any insights on how to acquire funding for complex community solutions? If so, then submit a proposal to present at CADCA´s National Leadership Forum XIX. The 2009 Forum is scheduled to take place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD - just 15 minutes from downtown Washington, DC on February 9-12, 2009. The theme is Charting the Course: Stronger Partnerships for Healthier Communities. Don´t miss your opportunity to shape the content of this one-of-a-kind conference. Submit your proposal today!

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NEWSLETTER: NATIONAL COALITION INSTITUTE HOSTS WEBINAR SERIES ON ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGIES
October 23, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

CADCA´s National Coalition Institute will host a new two-part Webinar series focusing on environmental strategies for coalitions. The series opens on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Shannon Weatherly, M.A., CRC, the Institute´s Technical Assistance Manager, will present the sessions which will be moderated by Dr. Eduardo Hernández-Alarcón, Deputy Director for Dissemination and Coalition Relations for the Institute.

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NEWSLETTER: NATIONAL COALITION ACADEMY EXPANDING IN 2009
October 23, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

CADCA´s National Coalition Institute and the National Guard Bureau (NGB), a long-standing CADCA partner, will expand the National Coalition Academy (Academy) to again include cohorts in Pennsylvania, Mississippi and Iowa beginning in December 2008.

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NEWSLETTER: STUDY FINDS RELIGION CAN HELP DETER TEEN MARIJUANA USE
October 23, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

A new national study by Brigham Young University (BYU) found that religious involvement makes teens half as likely to use marijuana. The study - which will be published October 13 in the Journal of Drug Issues - also found that individual religious belief buffered peer pressure for cigarette smoking and heavy drinking.

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NEWSLETTER: ONDCP AD WARNS PARENTS ABOUT TEENS MIXING DRUGS
October 23, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

A new ad that alerts parents to the dangers of teens mixing prescription and illicit drugs will run in newspapers across the country this week. Developed by the Office of National Drug Control Policy´s National Youth Media Campaign, the new ad, entitled "A Social Mixer Isn?t What It Used To Be," urges parents to help protect teens by setting firm rules of no drug use of any kind and stressing the serious risks of mixing any drugs.

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NEWSLETTER: STATES USING SOCIAL MARKETING TO CURB UNDERAGE DRINKING
October 23, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

Take a walk through a typical town in Wyoming and you´re likely to see office buildings, homes or schools with a thick green stripe painted on them. The green line is part of Wyoming´s "We Draw the Line," underage drinking and tobacco prevention campaign. Wyoming is among the many states turning to social marketing to prevent underage drinking.

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NEWSLETTER: SURVEY FINDS CADCA INSTITUTE TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IMPROVES COALITION EFFECTIVENESS
October 16, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

An evaluation of CADCA´s National Coalition Institute, which provides support to coalitions across the country, including those with Drug-Free Communities funding, found that coalitions that receive training and technical assistance (TA) from CADCA´s Institute were more likely to engage in effective practices.

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NEWSLETTER: ELOY COALITION YOUTH HELPING TO REDUCE DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE
October 16, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

Telling kids to stay away from drugs and alcohol can be pointless if the message doesn´t resonate with young people. That´s why in Eloy, Ariz. a group of teens developed a unique anti-drug campaign that uses innovative methods to get that message across.

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NEWSLETTER: EARLY EXPOSURE TO DRUGS, ALCOHOL CREATES LIFETIME OF HEALTH RISK
October 16, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

People who began drinking and using marijuana regularly prior to their 15th birthday face a higher risk of early pregnancy, as well as a pattern of school failure, substance dependence, sexually-transmitted disease and criminal convictions that lasts into their 30s. That´s according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science.

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NEWSLETTER: SAMHSA ANNOUNCES STOP ACT GRANT AWARDEES
October 16, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced the award of 79 grants totaling almost $16 million over four years for the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) Act grant program. The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce alcohol use among youth in communities throughout the United States.

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NEWSLETTER: 2009 FORUM CALL FOR PROPOSALS DEADLINE: OCTOBER 24!
October 16, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

CADCA is seeking innovative proposals for its XIX National Leadership Forum. The 2009 Forum is scheduled to take place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. just 15 minutes from downtown Washington, DC on February 9-12, 2009. The theme is Charting the Course: Stronger Partnerships for Healthier Communities. Don?t miss your opportunity to shape the content of this one-of-a-kind conference. Submit your proposal today!

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NEWSLETTER: COALITIONS TO CELEBRATE RED RIBBON WEEK OCTOBER 23-31
October 16, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

Next week, drug prevention advocates across the country take a visible stand against drug abuse by celebrating Red Ribbon Week between Oct. 23-31. For community coalitions, this national campaign provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse and to encourage youth to lead a drug-free lifestyle. This year´s national Red Ribbon Week campaign is encouraging communities to address prescription drug abuse in their Red Ribbon Week events..

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NEWSLETTER: CADCA NOW ACCEPTING WORKSHOP AND POSTER PROPOSALS FOR 2009 NATIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM
October 9, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

CADCA is seeking innovative proposals for its 2009 National Leadership Forum. The 2009 Forum is scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. on February 9-12, 2009 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The theme is Charting the Course: Stronger Partnerships for Healthier Communities. The deadline has been extended until October 24, 2008. Apply now.

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NEWSLETTER: DRUG-FREE WORK WEEK TO BE HELD OCTOBER 20-26
October 9, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

Research from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that 75 percent of the nation´s current illegal drug users are employed—3 percent have actually used illegal drugs before or during work hours. To help prevent that, the Department of Labor (DOL) has named Oct. 20-26 Drug-Free Work Week. The observance offers coalitions an opportunity to educate their community and businesses about the importance of promoting drug-free policies in the workplace, and to encourage workers with alcohol and drug addiction problems to seek help

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NEWSLETTER: ADVOCATES HELP CHANGE BUILDING CODE LAWS TO PREVENT FREON HUFFING
October 9, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

In an effort to prevent freon huffing, from now on all new buildings will be required to have locking caps on air conditioning units. That´s thanks to the efforts of several inhalant prevention advocates and coalitions, who persuaded the International Code Council (ICC), which governs building codes for all states, to approve a proposal requiring new building construction to place locking caps on outside refrigerant units.

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NEWSLETTER: ONDCP STUDY FINDS DRUGS AND ALCOHOL USE PERVASIVE ON INTERNET
October 9, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

Most parents are aware of the dangers posed by online pedophiles and other sexual predators, but a new analysis by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) found that parents should also be concerned about the number of online videos promoting dangerous behaviors such as drug use. The ONDCP-sponsored Neilson study found that teens are exposed to a vast amount of explicit content online—ranging from videos that promote extreme drug and alcohol use to videos depicting self-mutilation.

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NEWSLETTER: CADCA INSTITUTE UNVEILS 5-YEAR TRAINING PLAN FOR DFC GRANTEES
October 9, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

Starting in January 2009, all new Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grantees will receive comprehensive coalition development training as part of a new five-year program developed by CADCA´s National Coalition Institute. The training will be a requirement of all new DFC grantees, beginning with FY 09 DFC grantees.

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NEWSLETTER: BUTTE YOUTH NOW FIGHTS UNDERAGE DRINKING IN COLLEGE TOWN
August 7, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

In a community that is home to the nation´s number one party school, it´s a constant struggle to keep alcohol away from young people. Not only is it widely available, it´s also widely accepted as a right of passage. However, the Butte Youth Now coalition is striving to change through youth mobilization, community education, social norms campaigns, policy changes and enforcement efforts.

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NEWSLETTER: NIDA STUDY SHEDS LIGHT ON WHY ADDICTION IS A CHRONIC DISEASE
August 7, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

Drug addiction dramatically shifts a person´s attention, priorities, and behaviors towards a focus almost entirely on seeking out and taking drugs. Now, an animal study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse has identified some of the specific long-term adaptations in the brain´s reward system that may contribute to this shift. These long-lasting brain changes may underlie the learning that contributes to addiction and to the propensity for relapse, even after years of abstinence from the drug.

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NEWSLETTER: APPLY NOW FOR NEW CADCA AWARD PROGRAM
August 7, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

Has your coalition implemented strategies to prevent over-the-counter cough and cold medicine abuse in your community? Has your coalition helped educate the public about this important issue? If so, then you may be eligible to win CADCA?s new Dose of Prevention Award. The winning coalition will receive $1,000 and a free registration to attend CADCA?s National Leadership Forum in February 2009.

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NEWSLETTER: CADCA JOINS NCADD, A&E IN SEEKING DELEGATES FOR BROOKLYN BRIDGE RECOVERY RALLY
August 7, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

CADCA is proud to announce its support for a major Recovery Rally, planned by the national office of NCADD (and its affiliates in NJ, CT, NY and PA) and the A&E Network, scheduled to take place across the historic Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, September 27. The event begins with a 1 mile walk across the bridge, where thousands of people will form a human chain as a living symbol of recovery, and culminates with a rally featuring major entertainment and speakers.

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NEWSLETTER: CADCA MEMBER QUOTED IN NATIONAL NEWS ARTICLE ABOUT SALVIA
August 7, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

A recent U.S. News and World Report article cited a CADCA-member coalition on the abuse of salvia, a plant with hallucinogenic properties that is now being banned in some states.

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NEWSLETTER: STUDY FINDS SCHOOL PRESSURE CONTRIBUTES TO TEEN DRUG USE
August 7, 2008
Miami Rehab This Week In Coalitions Online:

According to the 2007 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study of 6,511 teens (PATS Teens), released by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, the number one reason teens see for using drugs is to deal with the pressures and stress of school. In this nationally projectable study (margin of error +/- 1.6 percent), 73 percent of teens reported that school stress is the primary reason for drug use, indicating that teens? perceptions of motivating factors for using drugs are dramatically different than past research has indicated.

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