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November 2011 Newsletter
Published by Elements Behavioral Health


Sonic Drugs a New Threat to Teens?

Elements Acquires The Recovery Place

Are Doctors Short-Changing Patients By Prescribing Suboxone?

An Interview with Acupuncturist Margot Chambers

Makers of OxyContin Concealed Its Addictive Nature

5 Steps to Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude in Addiction Recovery

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Sonic Drugs a New Threat to Teens?

Everything Addiction | November 11, 2011

A recent study from the University of Pittsburgh and Dartmouth University suggests that music can influence teens’ decision to use drugs and alcohol. Teens listening to rap, R&B and hip hop can expect to hear three brand-name alcohol references per hour, potentially leading to teen alcohol abuse and other risky behaviors.

But can music itself get teens high? Some experts say yes. Known as sonic drugs, or i-dosing, some websites claim that listening to a specific type of sound can make someone feel high. Users choose from a menu of single drugs or “packs,” which range from a few dollars to almost $200. Sonic drug options include marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, hallucinogens and prescription drugs.


Elements Behavioral Health Acquires The Recovery Place Addiction Treatment Center in Florida

Elements | November 2, 2011

Elements Behavioral Health, a leading provider of addiction and mental health treatment programs, announced today that it has acquired The Recovery Place addiction treatment center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


Are Doctors Short-Changing Patients By Prescribing Suboxone?

Addiction Treatment Magazine | November 14, 2011

For many individuals suffering from opioid dependence, the simple and quick solution that many doctors seize upon is to prescribe Suboxone. But is this really the solution? Aren't doctors short-changing their patients by latching onto this prescription drug as a one-size-fits-all panacea?

In order to more fully comprehend what's at stake and look at where this kind of thinking may be a bit off, let's look at what Suboxone is and what it is intended to do.

An Interview with Margot Chambers, Acupuncturist at Promises

Elements | October 26, 2011

Holistic medicine has been part of Margot Chambers’ life since she can remember. As a child, Margot had an illness that baffled western medical doctors. Her parents, who had always embraced homeopathy, brought Margot to a holistic doctor. He advised them to eliminate all sugar, nitrates and preservatives from Margot’s diet, and she never had another seizure again. This experience, Margot says, helped shape the way she sees the process of health and healing.

Read more about Margot and using holistic medicine in addiction treatment...

Makers of OxyContin Concealed Its Addictive Nature

Elements | November 11, 2011

We now know that OxyContin is a dangerous, highly addictive painkiller that has turned normal, law-abiding Americans into "hillbilly" heroin addicts and criminals. We also know that executives at Purdue Pharma, the company that manufactures OxyContin, covered up the data that would have predicted such a result.

The investigation into the mismarketing of OxyContin is novel in that it did not begin with prosecutors hoping to impose civil fines on a pharmaceutical company that engaged in wrongdoing. Instead, the government wanted to put those responsible in jail.

Learn more...

5 Steps to Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude in Addiction Recovery

Promises | November 11, 2011

"I'm different from everyone else." This belief lies deep in the hearts of most addicts. Believing that we've been wronged and viewing the world as a harsh, unfair place allows us to continue our destructive behaviors. And while addicts have faced a number of obstacles that others have not, we are more helpful to others and to ourselves if we choose to be thankful for all that we do have.

It has been said that, "Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life."

Learn about five steps you can take to cultivate an attitude of gratitude this holiday season...

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