PART I: OPIOID ADDICTION CHANGES THE PERCEPTION OF DRUG USE

July 27, 2016
The Growing Math Behind the Problem  For decades the drug addiction problem in the United States has been largely met with an “arrest-first-treat-later” mentality. There are currently over 85,000 inmates in prison for drug-related offenses, many of whom are imprisoned for simple possession convictions. The next highest rate of prisoners includes those jailed for weapons, explosive, and arson-related offenses at just over 31,000. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, drug offenders (both violent and non-violent) account for over 46 percent of the American prison population. Combine these figures with the fact that we make up five percent of the world’s total population but house 25 percent of its incarcerated population, and its clear that there is a complex and multifaceted problem. Although cultural perception, politics and antiquated views of addiction have played a critical role in the mass incarceration of non-violent drug offenders, more and more mechanisms have been deployed over the last ten or so years to increase treatment access and keep non-violent offenders out of prison. Some of these measures include local drug courts that allow offenders to opt for treatment rather than jail-time and the expansion of treatment facilities to increase access to care. There also seems to be a widespread effort, both in the clinical treatment community and in the current administration, to regard drug and alcohol addiction as a bona fide medical disease, rather than a moral failing. Recently this argument got more teeth with the nearly unanimous passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The legislation was approved 90-2 in a Senate vote on Wednesday, and 407-5 in the House last Friday, and deals largely with opioid addiction above other drugs like crack cocaine or methamphetamine. With tens of thousands of Americans dying each year from these powerful painkillers and corresponding heroin overdose (over 47,000 in 2014), it’s hard to ignore the fact that this problem is now affecting Americans of every background, and thus needs a new approach to management other than jail-time. Due in large part to the rapid proliferation of opioid abuse, the perception of the modern drug user is rapidly shifting from the unscrupulous criminal who has no compunction about pushing drugs to others, to the student athlete who got hooked on these drugs when they started taking them for an injury; or the senior citizen whose regimen was mismanaged by their doctor; or the professional who started taking them for post-surgical pain. The American opioid addiction problem has gotten so ubiquitous that it has changed the very idea of addiction and prompted a comprehensive institutional change to how we treat addicts. This is leading to increased funding for treatment as well as more innovative forms of treatment. 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

MEDICAL MARIJUANA SALES FINALLY BEGIN IN FLORIDA

July 21, 2016
MEDICAL MARIJUANA SALES FINALLY BEGIN IN FLORIDA The first medical marijuana will be available next week in Florida, as the Florida Department of Health on Wednesday gave Trulieve , a North Florida grower and dispensary, permission to open in Tallahassee and start delivering cannabis statewide. When Trulieve opens next Tuesday, it will be the first time strains of the drug will be available under a 2014 law meant to give patients with cancer and seizures access to a strain of medical marijuana low in THC, the chemical that causes a euphoric high. Five additional nurseries are growing and extracting oil from cannabis, according to the DOH, and could soon join Trulieve in legally selling medical marijuana.   To Learn More Read This Tamp Bay Times Article: http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/first-medical-marijuana-available-next-week-in-florida/2286131   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.  
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5 Steps to Manifesting Your Desire

July 15, 2016
We found the below article to be enlightening and might apply to others trying to change their life’s direction! 5 Steps to Manifesting Your Desire by Shari B. Kaplan ‘Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. ‘ Victor Hugo Do you have a burning desire for something important or meaningful? Are you ready to have a healthy and fit body? Have you invented a new product? Do you have an idea for providing a service that will improve people’s lives or affect change in the world? Perhaps your desire is to take a vacation, meet the man/woman of your dreams, or improve the relationship you have with friends, a spouse, children, or business partner. Whatever your desire may be, you are going to need a strategy to make it your reality. Here are 5 Steps to Manifesting Your Desire: 1. Be Specific. What is my desire? Whether you are picking a career, a life partner, a healthy and fit body, or improving your relationships, you need to be clear about what you want and what you are hoping to feel once you have it. It is not enough to say I want a job that I love in marketing. You need to be specific. Marketing what? What type of people do you want to work with? How many hours a day do you want to work? Do you want to travel? And so on. The next important question to ask yourself is how do you want to feel when you are finally doing your dream job in marketing? Yes, ‘what do I want to feel about myself?’ Perhaps it is ‘I am creative,’ ‘I am successful,’ ‘I am confident,’ ‘I am important,’ ‘I am significant, ‘I am valuable,’ ‘I am wanted,’ ‘I am appreciated, ‘I am respected, ‘I am grateful, ‘I want to make lots of money and feel financially abundant’ and so on. Let’s look at picking a partner. Whether in business or in life, there is not much of a difference in the process. I want to be in a loyal, committed relationship where honesty, trust, and mutual effort are the cornerstones of the relationship. I want to feel confident and safe, supported and backed up, I want to feel kind, loving, and generous. I want to feel important, significant, and valuable. I want to feel that my partner inspires me to be the best person I can be. You need to be specific about what you want and how you want to feel when you have it. 2. Get It In Your Mind’s Eye Now envision your life doing this career, having this partner, or whatever your desire is. Can you envision what your life looks like if the desire is to manifest and what it would feel like? What do you have to give up to have this? Are all the things you listed in step 1 what you want to feel when you have what you desire? Do you still desire that

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT – Life of Purpose Treatment

July 12, 2016
Life of Purpose Treatment Facility Florida Atlantic University – Boca Raton FL In today’s facility spotlight, we want to highlight the very first primary care addiction treatment center on a college campus in the United States, Life of Purpose, on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton FL.  The academically focused substance abuse disorder treatment center specializes in the treatment of young adults, age 17 and older, whose education has been disrupted by substance misuse. The team at Life of Purpose, headed by CEO Andrew Burki, MSW, provides a framework for success in recovery and purpose in life through specialized, academically focused substance use disorder treatment.  “At Life of Purpose, we offer primary and intensive outpatient treatment, academically focused aftercare, and recovery housing,” said Burki. “This model offers the real-world exposure and the tools necessary for growth and the development of young adults we see every day.” The Program is situated among three exceptional academic institutions in Boca Raton, Florida. Located at Research Park on the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) campus just north of Palm Beach State College, and in close proximity to Lynn University. Life of Purpose Florida clients may be enrolled in any of these institutions, or other ones of their own choice regardless if these are four-year colleges or not. The Florida Program Offers: 60 Day Primary Residential / Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) 15-30 Day Transitional Placement 90 Day Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) 90+ Day Academically Focused Aftercare Programs 180 Day Luxury transitional housing programs known as Life in Progress (Primary Residential / PHP Housing is located about three miles from FAU’s campus and features 24-hour supervision with gender-separate living areas. Transportation is provided to and from all activities.) The transitional housing program is open to all individuals in recovery. Even patients that are not members of the Life of Purpose alumni community can live in the sober dorms. Life in Progress is a gender-specific, male luxury housing option conveniently adjacent to FAU, Lynn University, and Palm Beach State College. For female clients, there are several supervised, alternative sober living options available close by, and the program is in the progress of securing space to open a luxury housing option for females. “At Life of Purpose, we realize that all of our clients are unique, and that each individual’s path to academic success can vary. Upon admission, we assess the needs of each client in order to determine which ancillary services might best aid them in their pursuit of an education, ” said Burki, whose treatment model also emphasizes relapse prevention. The program is situated among three academic institutions on the Florida Atlantic University campus in Boca Raton, Florida. The vision of the facility is to foster success in recovery and purpose in life through truly specialized, academically-focused substance use disorder treatment™. Currently the facility provides the support these three campuses need, helping patients in early recovery succeed as students, and create meaning in life. Read More at https://www.lifeofpurposetreatment.com/ Save Save
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LIFE CHANGING – LIFE CHANGERS

June 29, 2016
Every now and then our team of lawyers at DrugandAlcoholattorneys.com come across professionals in the business of fighting addiction that we think are worthy of special recognition; Game changers in our Industry, Life changers to many. So as part of our recurring editorial “Life changing – Life Changers”, please let us introduce Michael Gonzalez. www.recoveryfirstinterventions.com. Michael is in the business of saving lives, working primarily on the frontline with the entertainment industry and high profile clients, living with them and helping them get back on track.  “The easiest way to describe it”, said Michael, “If I am there it’s because they are out of control and out of options…because I don’t work with easy cases”. At Michael’s Company Recovery First Interventions, they offer real solutions to help treat loved ones deadly dependence upon alcohol and drugs. They act as a trusted partner, offering a customized and comprehensive plan of action to help addicts find their way out of the darkness of addiction, and into the light of recovery.  These custom plans often times are built on a foundation of regimented exercise, because most addicts have deep-seated emotional issues they must address, and exercise helps many addicts through those early dark days, providing a healthy substitute for compulsive behavior. Exercise on its own is not a cure for addiction but growing evidence suggests it plays an important role in helping addicts recover and avoid relapse. Many treatment centers use exercise as part of their treatment, and there’s science to back up their approach. Scientists have found that intense exercise causes a release of endorphins and endocannabinoids (eCBs), a marijuana-like substance that enhances the natural high. ECBs do not increase following low-intensity exercise such as walking. Studies have found that exercise produces an effect that helps the brain recover from a substance-abuse disorder. Just as drug abuse often leads to a cascade of destructive, negative behavior, regular exercise has a positive ripple effect. Once they start exercising, recovering addicts feel better and look better, which encourages them to improve their nutrition, quit smoking and get adequate sleep. The role of exercise in recovery is a complicated mix of behavior and neurobiology, but scientists have found evidence that exercise affects the brain in many of the same ways as stimulants, opioids and alcohol. To see why Michael and numerous other Therapists and Medical Professionals think consistent exercise is a critical part of recovery, check out this article in The Crossfit Journal called “Sweat and Sobriety”. http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ_01_2014_Sweat_Achauer4.pdf

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MARCHMAN ACT & BAKER ACT

June 24, 2016
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MARCHMAN ACT & BAKER ACT We received a lot of response at Drug and Alcohol Attorneys to our first blog on the Marchman Act, and a few questions on the difference between The Baker Act and The Marchman Act; The Baker Act deals with mental health patients, and The Marchman Act with drug and substance abuse patients.  We wanted to send our readers to another source of great information on the differences at the Clerk of Courts in Tallahassee FL, where there our numerous downloads on both. http://www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/faq/mentalhealth.aspx If you have an additional questions  regarding the Florida Marchman Act, you can always call our professional staff at Drug and Alcohol Attorneys for a free consultation.

WHAT IS THE MARCHMAN ACT?

June 22, 2016
The Florida Marchman Act is a legal intervention process helping compel a substance abuser to get court ordered and monitored Assessment, Stabilization and long-term Treatment for their drug or alcohol addiction.  The Florida Marchman Act is a civil procedure that allows the friends or family of a substance abuser to confidentially petition the court to obtain confidential court ordered assessment, stabilization and long-term treatment. Our law firm handles all aspects of litigation involving the Florida Marchman Act, and as attorneys representing families we ensure the successful implementation and use of this complex law.  Our experienced attorney’s will: Obtain confidential, court ordered drug and alcohol intervention, assessment and stabilization. Bring peace of mind to family members. Connect you with quality professionals to create a long term, financially effective treatment plan. Help with individuals who have co-occurring substance abuse disorders and mental health issues. Assist with treatment insurance: SSI; Medicare; Medicaid; and cash pay. Provide treatment facility locations. (Throughout Florida) Create and implement strategies to resolve pending civil or criminal court involvement. Help involve existing caregivers in your loved one’s treatment The filings of a Marchman Act attorney are not a matter of public record, so any treatment ordered for a loved one is strictly confidential and protected by Federal HIPAA laws related to confidential medical records. Drug and Alcohol Attorneys, Inc. is a statewide law firm with Marchman Act Attorneys serving every county in Florida. We assist clients nationwide who seek treatment facilities in Florida. To view more information and and/or download official documents and handbook for Florida’s Marchman Act, please see the links below from our friends at the Florida Department of Children and Families: The Florida Substance Abuse Impairment Act (166kb) Brief Overview Policies and Procedures.  NOTE: To view this file you must have PowerPoint or the PowerPoint viewer installed on your computer. User Reference Guide (2003) (4 MB pdf)Laws, Rights, Responsibilities and Forms. Marchman Act Manual  – The 2003 Marchman Act User Reference Guide . (PDF) Save