"Cover 2 Resources" – How Families of Opioid Addicts are Helping Fight Addiction

September 8, 2016
COVER 2 RESOURCES How Families of Opioid Addicts are Helping Fight Addiction When Sam McNeil lost his battle with heroin addiction in October, his grieving family declared war on the epidemic. They would wage their assault from the Internet. It all started with an online obituary that explained how Sam, 28, died. It quickly blossomed into a national podcast aimed at arming addicts and families with resources and information to help people struggling with opioid addiction — resources that the McNeils knew little about during Sam’s battle. Launched in May, the podcast is called “Cover2 Resources” a phrase borrowed from a popular football defense — and not just because Sam was a huge Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes fan. The name also fits the struggle waged by Sam’s family as he fought addiction, which started during his recovery from a beating he received when he was trying to defend a woman at a party in 2007. FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE WHOLE STORY AND THE VIDEO: http://mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/local/grieving-dad-attacks-heroin-by-arming-families wit/nsQWR/?icmp+pbp%20internallink%20referralbox%20free-to-premium-referral The Drug and Alcohol Attorneys Blog always has the latest news and facts on legally defending your DUI, Professional License Dispute, Marchman Act Case, Drug Possession Arrest, Code of Conduct Defense, or Title IX Defense.  As practicing drug defense attorneys, and drug defense lawyers, we also believe it is important to continuously highlight Industry Leaders in treating substance abuse and addiction. If you have any questions, please call one of our attorneys at 561-419-6095, or visit us online at www.drugandalcohlattorneys.com. Save

What is Recidivism? And How Do We Stop It?

September 3, 2016
WHAT IS RECIDIVISM? And How Do We Stop It? Recidivism is defined as the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend.  According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) and their study drawing on data on more than 25,400 former prisoners, almost half (49.3%) had, within the next eight years, been arrested again, whether for a new offense or for violating conditions of their parole. Among the offenders released or paroled, during the same period nearly a third (31.7%) had been re-convicted, with 24.7% of them also re-incarcerated. The research also showed that re-offenses typically occurred fairly quickly, generally within the first two years after release or parole (the average interval was about 21 months). And among serious offenses, the more frequent crimes for re-arrest were offenses against public order, drug trafficking, and larceny. SO WHAT DO WE DO…enter LEAP Workshop, founded in Florida 3 years ago, with a primary purpose to build better, stronger and safer communities through helping ex-offenders transform mentally, emotionally and physiologically; thus making the transition back into the community a significantly more successful experience. In addition to the self-work, coaching and mentoring, these returning citizens have the opportunity to participate in computer coding programs, employ-ability training and small business/entrepreneurship programs and workshops. Participants develop their own incantation for individual change, learning, understanding and applying the power of the following key strategies: The Science of Achievement The Art of Fulfillment Extraordinary Psychology Belief Language Use Patterns of Physiology Connecting Quality-of-Life with Quality-of-Emotions The Workshop has helped several ex-offenders upon release who are now living productive lives, and are not only contributing and tax paying members of society, but some are even running their own small businesses, hiring other ex-offenders from the Workshop.  To Learn More Please Visit: http://leapworkshop.org/ . The Drug and Alcohol Attorneys Blog always has the latest news and facts on legally defending your DUI, Professional License Dispute, Marchman Act Case, Drug Possession Arrest, Code of Conduct Defense, or Title IX Defense.  As practicing drug defense attorneys, and drug defense lawyers, we also believe it is important to continuously highlight Industry Leaders in treating substance abuse and addiction. If you have any questions, please call one of our attorneys at 561-419-6095, or visit us online at www.drugandalcohlattorneys.com. Save Save

Alcohol Related DUI Arrests Are Down… DUI Drug Arrests Are on The Rise

August 30, 2016
ALCOHOL RELATED DUI ARRESTS ARE DOWN IN FLORIDA “But The Number of DUI Arrests For Driving Under The Influence of Drugs…Are On The Rise” As the numbers of alcohol-related DUI arrests decline, the number of DUI arrests for driving under the influence of drugs continues to rise. A lot due to the fact that many people are unaware they can get arrested for driving under the influence of their lawfully prescribed medications. Thanks to state and federal anti-drinking and driving campaigns, the number of alcohol-related DUI arrests has decreased in recent years while the number of drug-related DUI’s has continued to rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over the last 10 years, the percentage of Americans who took at least one prescription medication within the past month rose from 44% to 48%, and the use of two or more drugs rose from 25% to 31%, and the use of five or more drugs increased from 6% to 11%. According to the CDC, the most commonly used drugs included: asthma medications for children, central nervous system stimulants for teens, and antidepressants for middle-aged adults. The CDC also says that those Americans with health insurance were nearly twice as likely to have used at least one prescription in the past month as compared to those who don’t have health insurance coverage, and as ObamaCare provides affordable health insurance to 44 million uninsured Americans, the number of Americans on prescription medications will likely increase dramatically. So, what does affordable health insurance have to do with a Florida DUI? Under Section 316.193 of the 2012 Florida Statutes, a person is guilty of driving under the influence or being in “actual physical control” of a vehicle when they are under the influence of medications. A lot of people are familiar with driving under the influence as it pertains to alcohol, but most people have no idea what kind of trouble they can get into if they drive under the influence of controlled substances, both legal and illegal. As health insurance becomes more affordable, Americans need to be made aware of the consequences of driving under the influence of any controlled substance, even lawfully prescribed medications. While the list is quite extensive, some of the more commonly known controlled substances include: codeine methylbromide, heroin, morphine, cannabis, mescaline, peyote, GHB, opium, cocaine, methadone, methamphetamine, testosterone, Dronabinol (synthetic THC), and many more. Anyone can be arrested and convicted of DUI if they are caught driving under the influence of a controlled substance, providing it can be proven that the drug, or combination of drugs and alcohol impaired their ability to drive. In Florida, the penalties for a first DUI conviction include fines ranging from $500 to $1,000 and up to 6 months in jail. Because prescription drug use has increased so quickly over the past decade, this is still a relatively new area of law. Unlike an alcohol-related DUI where the effects of alcohol have been scientifically tested to the point where it has become criminalized

PART II – “KRAV MAGA AND AN ATTORNEY’S BATTLE TO EMPOWER CLIENTS”

August 26, 2016
PART II – “KRAV MAGA AND AN ATTORNEY’S BATTLE TO EMPOWER CLIENTS” Written By Mark Astor – Founder Drug and Alcohol Attorneys I have been a practicing attorney since 1994, first as an Assistant State Attorney, and since 1999 as a criminal defense attorney.  After many years of working with other lawyers I decided to open up my own law firm Drug and Alcohol Attorneys.  I help people fix their lives when drugs and/or alcohol have affected it negatively.  Pills, Weed, Cocaine, Heroine, Alcohol…we help people get back on the wagon and back in the game we call LIFE! As a young child I was bullied, school was a miserable time for me.  In an effort to learn to fight back I dabbled in various martial arts, never really finding anything that would save my ass against a bigger, stronger opponent.  About 13 years ago I discovered Krav Maga, it’s the official system of hand-to-hand combat of the Israeli military, Special Forces and anti-terror units.  It is taught to many police departments around the country because it is the most highly effective, easy to learn, hard to forget system of self-defense available today. If you want to learn to fight back against an attacker who may be armed with a gun, knife, or stick, one or more friends, and/or all of the above, I can teach you to fight back and survive.  While I enjoy the training, my students like to test me and see how they measure up, the reason I have continued to train is because it gives me the opportunity to pass on what was given to me as a gift, it gives me the opportunity to teach and EMPOWER others, the ones that cannot fight back or feel that they will never be able to survive a violent encounter.  Krav Maga is a shield for the powerless against the powerful. Drug And Alcohol Attorneys was founded on that same principle of EMPOWERMENT.  The government has unlimited resources with which to prosecute you, and bring you to justice.  The only thing that stands between you and all this government power is the Constitution, which, like Krav Maga, is a shield to protect the powerless against the all powerful government. However, in order to effectively use that shield an accused needs someone who knows how to use it and when to use it so that the criminal justice system can be safely navigated with as little effect on a person’s time, money and reputation as possible.  Sometimes the government’s evidence must be put to the test and challenged to see if it measures up to Constitutional scrutiny.  Sometimes, a good advocate can make a case for the government to give someone a second chance because they can be saved and become a productive member of society. Call us for a free consultation and Life M.A.P. (MOVE AHEAD PLAN).  We will help you navigate your way through the criminal justice system and connect you with the right professionals, so

PART I of II – WHAT IS KRAV MAGA?

August 18, 2016
The Most Effective, Real World, Self-Defense System Krav Maga was originally developed for the Israeli military and is now the preferred system for U.S. military units and law enforcement agencies.  The defense-based martial art utilizes what they call “street self-defense” using: punches, elbows, knees and kicks as defense against various strikes, chokes, and weapons.  Some of the Lawyers at Drug and Alcohol Attorneys also practice Krav Maga, and swear the defense philosophies and mind-set of the martial art, apply in the courtroom as well. Krav Maga is the official hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli Defense Forces, because its quick counter-attacks and brutal offensive techniques make it the ideal fighting style for dangerous and unexpected situations.  It’s also the preferred system for U.S. military and law enforcement personnel. Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art, but a revolutionary self-defense program. No katas. No rituals. Based on simple principles and instinctive movements, this reality-based system is designed to teach extremely effective self-defense in the shortest possible time. Learn Krav Maga to defend against common chokes, grabs, and strikes as well as more serious threats involving weapons. The system teaches people how to function during the stress and shock of a sudden, violent encounter, preparing them for any and all dangerous situations. Tested on the battlefield and in the streets, Krav Maga’s practical approach to self-defense will make you safer and more secure.  Try a self-defense course today and witness the changes in your mind and body. To find out more information,  go to the website of the gym our team practices at in Coral Springs FL, http://www.aikmo.com/. Always consult your physician before starting any new exercise regiment.  The Drug and Alcohol Attorneys Blog has the latest news and facts on legally defending your DUI, Professional License Dispute, Marchman Act Case, Drug Possession Arrest, Code of Conduct Defense, or Title IX Defense.  As practicing drug defense attorneys, and drug defense lawyers, we also believe it is important to continuously highlight Industry Leaders in treating substance abuse and addiction. If you have any questions, please call one of our attorneys at 561-419-6095, or visit us online at www.drugandalcohlattorneys.com Save

AT FABLED ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTER…A NEW APPROACH!

August 15, 2016
Combining 12 Step Programs with Buprenorphine and Vivitrol For decades, the fabled Hazelden Foundation in St Paul MN has relied on group therapy, individual counseling and other nonmedical approaches to help tens of thousands of people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. But several years ago Hazelden realized that too many of its opioid-addicted patients were dying of overdoses after dropping out of the traditional 12-step treatment programs. It was time to try a different approach. Breaking nearly 70 years of tradition, Hazelden in 2013 began offering patients in its 12-step program two addiction medications, buprenorphine and Vivitrol, to reduce their drug cravings. Three years later, the preliminary results are so promising they could prompt many medication skeptics to shift course. Hazelden offered the medications to 500 opioid addicts who participated in an intensive outpatient program between 2013 and 2015. Historically, about a quarter of patients quickly drop out of Hazelden’s 12-step program to go back to using drugs. But among the 500 people studied, that figure dropped to 5 percent. Approximately two-thirds of the patients in the program opted to try the drugs. “This is dramatic new evidence,” said Dr. Robert DuPont, a Maryland-based addiction specialist who served as the first director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “It’s revolutionary because it’s coming from Hazelden, which has always been a proponent of drug-free programs.” For years, national detox chains and residential rehab programs, some led by recovering addicts who conquered their own addictions without medication, have resisted using the drugs, despite research showing their effectiveness. More than two-thirds of U.S. clinics and treatment centers still do not offer them, and only about 1/5 of the people who would benefit from addiction medications are getting them. But Hazelden’s willingness to offer the medications and publicize the results could make a huge difference. “For the many mom-and-pop recovery programs out there who have modeled themselves after Hazelden, this is a game changer,” said David Gastfriend, a medical adviser to the Treatment Research Institute. “They’re not willing to take the scientists’ and the federal government’s word for it. But they can believe that medication works if they hear it from Hazelden.” Dr. Marvin Seppala, Hazelden’s medical director, emphasized the need for further study. Hazelden’s Butler Center For Research plans to follow 200 of Hazelden’s medication-assisted patients for a year to determine which medications worked best for which patients and how both medications compared to abstinence. The study, Seppala said, will examine the differences among the three groups — no medication, buprenorphine and Vivitrol — in length of time in treatment, relapse rates, readmission to treatment, length of time on medication, and overdose deaths, among other factors. “What we’re hoping to find is that certain personal traits determine which medication, or no medication, a patient may choose and which medications work best for certain patients,” Seppala said. “There are places that say everybody should be on medications and places that say nobody should,” Seppala said. “People are going to try these medications.

A HEALTH CARE PERSPECTIVE ON OPIOID ADDICTION IN AMERICA

August 11, 2016
A HEALTH CARE PERSPECTIVE ON OPIOID ADDICTION IN AMERICA According to a recent study that analyzed insurance records, health care claims for people with opioid dependence diagnoses rose more than 3,000 percent – from 217,000 to 7 million medical services – between 2007 and 2014. The study also suggested that 1) across all age groups, men were more likely than women to be diagnosed with dependency and 2) women were more likely than men to overdose. These findings also suggested that prevention and treatment should be more widely available. The findings illustrate that the opioid problem is “in the general mainstream,” says Robin Gelburd, president of Fair Health, a nonprofit that analyzes health care costs and conducted the study. The researchers used de-identified claims data from insurers representing 150 million patients who either have insurance through work or buy coverage on their own. They looked for diagnosis codes related to opioid dependency and abuse, adverse effects of heroin use or problems caused by the misuse or abuse of other types of opiates, including prescription drugs. The study found that health care costs related to opioid dependence increased most sharply since 2011, a period marked by increased attention to the problem and a growing pressure on physicians to reduce the number of opioid prescriptions. Younger patients ages 19 to 35 were most likely to be diagnosed as opioid dependent. Those younger patients were also more likely than older ones to overdose on heroin. The reverse was true for overdoses related to other types of opioids, which were more common in people in their mid-40s to mid-50s. Still, basing an analysis solely on insurance claims data, while common, may not paint a complete picture. The accuracy of billing codes may be poor, for example. In this case, increased attention to the opioid problem may have also resulted in an increased use of related codes. Some research studies also pair claims data with medical record information, which includes doctors’ notes. This study did not. Other findings include: Across all age groups, men were more likely than women to be diagnosed with dependency. That gap narrowed among patients in their 40s and 50s, with women representing 45 percent of those diagnosed. Women were more likely than men to overdose. The ratio of opioid dependence to other substance abuse problems varied by state. Rhode Island had the highest ratio of opioid problems, while Maine and Montana had the lowest. Data from IMS Health, which tracks prescription drug sales, shows the number of prescriptions for opioid-based drugs have ticked down, falling 11.8 percent from 2012 to 2015. That decline, however, followed a huge increase: The number of opioid prescriptions more than doubled between 2000 and 2012, when more than 282 million prescriptions were written. The data from Fair Health truly shows the scope of the problem; this is not limited to a problem of the poor and unemployed, this is a problem that is cutting right across society. In mid-July, President Obama signed the Comprehensive Addition and Recovery

“I JUST GOT A DUI…NOW WHAT”

August 5, 2016
What to Expect From our Free Consultation Call If you just got a DUI, and you don’t know what to expect next, let us give you a brief look into one of our standard FREE consultation calls.  If you recently got a DUI, don’t have legal representation yet, and you have questions as most people do, you should try speaking with our Drug and Alcohol Attorneys.  This free consultation call wont be all fact finding and standard legal guidance from our staff’s perspective, its often times more about you, and helping focus your lifestyle and personal choices during these tumultuous times. “I advise the potential client of what we can do for him to get his life back on track.”  Said Mark Astor, Founder, Drug and Alcohol Attorneys. “Often times the legal help we can provide a client is very standard and straight forward, where we can have the largest impact, sometimes involves things outside of the law office and courtroom.” On an initial phone call our Drug and Alcohol Attorneys often provide guidance on numerous lifestyle issues that must be addressed if a client is going to receive proper care and legal representation. On your free DUI Consultation Call you can expect to discuss:             1) An initial treatment provider             2) An AA meeting provider             3) After treatment counseling provider             4) Exercise program/personal trainer             5) After case is closed services such as expungement              and….             6) Access to other potential legal service providers. The Drug and Alcohol Attorneys Blog always has the latest news and facts on legally defending your DUI, Professional License Dispute, Marchman Act Case, Drug Possession Arrest, Code of Conduct Defense, or Title IX Defense.  As practicing drug defense attorneys, and drug defense lawyers, we also believe it is important to continuously highlight Industry Leaders in treating substance abuse and addiction. If you have any questions, please call one of our attorneys at 561-419-6095, or visit us online at www.drugandalcohlattorneys.com. Save Save

MILITARY VETERANS & DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTION

August 3, 2016
MILITARY VETERANS & DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTION A Growing Problem in the U.S. Members of the armed forces are not immune to the substance use problems that affect the rest of society. Although illicit drug use is lower among U.S. military personnel than among civilians, heavy alcohol and tobacco use, and especially prescription drug abuse, are much more prevalent and are on the rise. The stresses of deployment during wartime and the unique culture of the military, account for some of these differences. Zero-tolerance policies and stigma pose difficulties in identifying and treating substance use problems in military personnel, as does lack of confidentiality, deterring many who need treatment from seeking it. Those with multiple deployments and combat exposure are at greatest risk of developing substance use problems. They are more apt to engage in new-onset heavy weekly drinking and binge drinking, to suffer alcohol- and other drug-related problems, and to have greater prescribed use of behavioral health medications. They are also more likely to start smoking or relapse to smoking. There are many resources to help Veterans and their loved ones answer questions, find support, get treatment, and recover. Please click on the links below to find information on some of these resources: National Institute of Health (NIH): https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/substance-abuse-in-military US Department of Veterans Affairs: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/substanceabuse.asp Real Warriors Website: http://www.realwarriors.net/veterans/treatment/substanceabuse.php   The Drug and Alcohol Attorneys Blog always has the latest news and facts on legally defending your DUI, Professional License Dispute, Marchman Act Case, Drug Possession Arrest, Code of Conduct Defense, or Title IX Defense.  As practicing drug defense attorneys, and drug defense lawyers, we also believe it is important to continuously highlight Industry Leaders in treating substance abuse and addiction, so stay tuned for our editorials on the best rehab facilities and new innovative treatments.  

PART II: OPIOD ADDICTION CHANGES THE PERCEPTION OF DRUG USE

July 29, 2016
The Result – Innovative Treatment Facilities. In part one of our editorial on opioid addiction, and how it has changed the perception of drug use, we discussed the growth of this problem and how it has changed the perception of the stereotypical substance abuser, resulting in a growth of innovative treatment centers and curriculums.  We felt it appropriate to follow this editorial by highlighting a few of our favorite innovative treatment centers, Recovery Unplugged, which provides comprehensive, music-based addiction treatment. Combining traditional care practices with an evidence-based, music-focused treatment model, Recovery Unplugged patients use the elements of songwriting and music appreciation to access their internal voices, develop their confidence, and achieve a deeper connection to their recovery. The challenge with typical treatment programs, besides most of it being based on talk-therapy, is that eventually you have to leave. What can be done in 30 days can be easily undone in 30 minutes. Although addicts have much in common, there are individual needs that are ignored in most treatment centers. “At Recovery Unplugged® Treatment Center, we get to know each client as an individual, allowing us to better understand his or her needs for a full recovery,” said Benjamin Sadler from Recovery Unplugged “Just as everyone is different, so are our clients’ needs for rehabilitation and long-term sobriety. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to give our clients the best chance at returning to society as sober, motivated individuals. The treatment philosophy centers on providing clients with a full continuum of care and rehabilitation with guidance and support every step of the way. Clients engage in day or night treatment with community housing, intensive outpatient programming, aftercare, and sober living.  For more information about the RU treatment approach, visit RecoveryUnplugged.com. Read our Drug and Alcohol Attorneys Blog for the latest news and facts on legally defending your DUI, Professional License Dispute, Marchman Act Case, Drug Possession Arrest, Code of Conduct Defense, or Title IX Defense.  As practicing drug defense attorneys, and drug defense lawyers, we also believe it is important to continuously highlight Industry Leaders in treating substance abuse and addiction, so stay tuned for our editorials on the best rehab facilities and new innovative treatments.  Save