0 Have your say Alcoholism has a devastating – but often-overlooked – impact on the loved ones of those caught in the grip of addiction. But one family in Yorkshire are amongst those who have managed to find a way out of the darkness. Chris Burn reports. “The days of living with an active alcoholic were the loneliest days of my life,” explains Mary, a mother-of-two from Sheffield. “I had been with my husband for 11 years but married for just one when the problem spiralled out of control.” “We used to go out drinking together and have fun. The problem was my husband had to be the last man standing, he was funny, loud, a real extrovert. ‘Just one more drink’, he would say. I didn’t know how the night would end up. Was it going to be fists through walls or doors or arguments threatening to leave me and that it was my fault and he was never coming back?” Mary, not her real name, is sharing her … [Read more...] about ‘My husband’s secret drinking ruined our lives and made me feel alone
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SAN FRANCISCO -- It has been dubbed "the Florida Shuffle." Drug addicts from across the country get lured to the Sunshine State for decades with the promise of treatment, only to be traded from one unscrupulous drug rehab to another. Meanwhile, the patient's insurance company gets milked for tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges. Many have overdosed and even died in the process, prompting Florida lawmakers to crack down on the scam. Now, some bad actors are luring their victims to California, CBS SF Bay Area/KPIX 5 reports. "He called me when he was in treatment and started telling me about California," said Rich Strickling, who lives in Ohio. He said he had a feeling something was up when his 22-year-old son Alex, a recovering heroin addict, called to tell him he was planning to leave his treatment center in Florida for a new rehab facility in California. Days later, he got another call: Alex had overdosed and died in a motel room just a few miles from his … [Read more...] about Father blames “body broker” after son dies in drug rehab
STOW, Mass. — As soon as Julie Eldred was granted probation for stealing jewelry to buy drugs, she got busy fulfilling the judge’s conditions. She began an intensive all-day outpatient treatment program. She even went an extra step and started daily doses of Suboxone, a medication that can quell opiate cravings. Then she relapsed and snorted her drug of choice — fentanyl. To stop from plunging into free fall, she asked her doctor for a stronger dose of Suboxone. She stayed clean the next day. And the next. But the following morning, 11 days after her probation began, she had her first drug screen and tested positive. Traces of fentanyl had lingered in her system. Within hours, she was shackled, strip-searched and incarcerated. Should an addict’s relapse be punished with a criminal sanction? Eldred has put that question before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in a case that may have widespread ripples, as hundreds of thousands of addicted people tumble … [Read more...] about She went to jail for a drug relapse. Tough love or too harsh?
Melissa Nann Burke Detroit News Washington Bureau Published 9:38 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018 Washington — A U.S. House committee probing the national opioid epidemic is seeking documents and answers from call centers — including one in Macomb County — about their business practices The inquiry includes questions about how much the call centers are paid to solicit and refer patients to specific treatment centers. Letters went out from the committee this week to executives at eight call centers including Elite Rehab Placement CEO Thomas Kearns in Macomb, in addition to businesses in Florida, California, Texas, Tennessee and Georgia. Bipartisan leaders of the House Energy & Commerce Committee say they're worried about reports from health officials and news outlets about so-called "patient brokering." These "body brokers" rely in part on call centers and aggregators to generate leads on potential patients for treatment centers, which … [Read more...] about U.S. House panel probes exploitative tactics in rehab industry
The last thing Lizabeth Loud, a month from giving birth, wanted was to be forced into treatment for her heroin and prescription painkiller addiction. But her mother saw no other choice, and sought a judge's order to have her committed against her will. Three years later, Loud said her month in state prison, where Massachusetts sent civilly committed women until recent reforms, was the wake-up call she needed. "I was really miserable when I was there," the 32-year-old Boston-area resident said. "That was one bottom I wasn't willing to revisit again." An Associated Press check of data in some key states has found that the use of involuntary commitment for drug addiction is rising. And in many places, lawmakers are trying to create or strengthen laws allowing authorities to force people into treatment. Lawmakers from the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations accused wholesale drug distributors of being responsible for shipping millions of prescription opioid pills to West … [Read more...] about Use of Forced Rehab on the Rise in Opioid Addiction Battle