Thursday, June 29, 2017

Betty Ford Foundation San Diego Reports Increase in Teen Admissions During Summer



SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Summer brings an increase in teenage admissions to drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics, according to addiction specialist Jessica Wong of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation San Diego.
Teenagers have less supervision and more time to experiment when they're out of school and parents are at work, said Wong.
Wong is spreading the word about the dangers of summer through "The Top Secret Project".  Parents can tour a staged teen bedroom to learn how their children may be consuming drugs and alcohol, and the devices they're using.
Click on the link above to see how teens are using innocent items like jewelry, gummy bears and tampons.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Fight Opioid Addiction Through Education, Progressive Treatment

SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - Opioid addiction is a problem that many Americans don’t have an answer for.


This month, federal authorities claimed one of the largest fentanyl seizures in U.S. history-- 97 pounds representing millions of lethal doses --from a house in San Diego.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed three adults found dead in a Vista home a few weeks prior to the bust were killed by fentanyl overdoses.
Dr. Brian Couey, Clinical Director for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, joined News 8’s Heather Myers Wednesday to talk about the opioid epidemic and how the foundation is working tirelessly to fight it.
A recent collaborative study between the foundation and the University of Maryland suggests that people have varying levels of susceptibility to opioid addiction and misuse. The research claims that mental health, substance abuse history and family history are all considerable factors.
“We can always look at a drug and vilify it… but the problem is really addiction,” Dr. Couey said. “How do we treat addiction? How do we identify people that are most vulnerable and tailor treatment approaches to mitigate potential problem these people can experience?”
As the epidemic grows, the chances of someone you know experience opioid addiction or misuse grows. But the signs of addiction can be less obvious compared to other illicit substances.
Signs of potential misuse, according to Dr. Couey, include slowed motor movements and suspicious behavior like dishonesty.
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is giving addiction patients hope with progressive, evidence-based  approaches.
“We also really want to train physicians on how to monitor and identify substance use issues in their patients and to be more judicious when prescribing people with vulnerabilities,” Dr, Couey said.
He added that physicians only get an average of 7 to 14 hours of training in addiction over the course of their entire medical training curriculum, so the foundation has launched a summer institute for medical students to help them get ahead of the curve.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Critically Acclaimed "Midlife Ganger: Redemption Song" One-Man Show Returns by Popular Demand







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What:

"Midlife Gangster Redemption Song - The Life and Times of Bullet James."

"Midlife Gangster" serves as a prequel to how James became the "Extractor," the pioneer in the intervention world and creator of the Extreme Intervention Model.  Today, James helps young addicts in highly dangerous situations by extracting them off the streets and sending them to treatment. A&E followed James for a docu-series called "Extractors."

"Midlife Gangster" is a dramatization of how James made it off the streets and out of the depths of addiction.

Official Trailer: 
https://youtu.be/4cDzBEOuIV0

Who:

Evan "Bullet" James
Extreme Interventionist

When:   

Saturday November 12th
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Where:
The Flight Theater
6472 Santa Monica Blvd 
Hollywood CA 90038




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Critically Acclaimed "Midlife Ganger: Redemption Song" One-Man Show Returns by Popular Demand
Audiences Will Depart on a Journey From The Depths of Addiction to The Healing of Redemption in The Life and Times of Bullet James

Los Angeles, CA (November 12th, 2016) -- Extreme Interventionist and star of A&E's Extractors, Evan "Bullet" James, is returning to the East Coast for the critically acclaimed "Midlife Gangster: Redemption Song - The Life and Times of Bullet James," a one-man show dramatizing his chaotic journey from almost dying of a cocaine overdose in a gas station bathroom to redemption with a purpose.  "Midlife Gangster" will be coming to The Flight Theater for one performance on November 12th at 3pm.   

"Midlife Gangster" examines the life of a man now known to be a pioneer in the drug and alcohol intervention world. Mr. Evan "Bullet" James is the inventor of the Extreme Intervention Model, a category of intervention meant for individuals in extremely dangerous situations.  In the past 23 years, Bullet has sustained over 1,214 successful interventions and has saved countless lives.  His work was recently captured by A&E for the docu-series "Extractors."

"Bullet" narrates and dramatizes his turbulent, insane, hilarious, heart wrenching journey from a broken home to star athlete to being enticed to run with street gangs....all of which led to a life of wasted potential, drug addiction, jails, institutions, homelessness and eventually trying to commit suicide on a rainy fall night in 1987.

Midlife Gangster serves as the prequel to how Bullet became "The Extractor," and captures the true devastation of addiction.  Bullet gives a performance of epic proportions, and delivers a "life transforming show." Says LA Splash Magazine.

All proceeds will be donated to Teen Adolescent Placements Services. Since 1995 T.A.P.S., a non profit organization, has been assisting families in crises with drug addicted teens and young adults. taps14.org


ABOUT EVAN BULLET JAMES: 

Evan “Bullet” James is a leading expert in the field of ‘extreme’ drug intervention services.  With twenty three years of experience in the industry, Bullet is one of the most highly regarded and sought-after drug interventionists in the world. He is also the creator of the “Extreme Crisis Intervention” model.  Founded in 1996, Extreme Intervention specializes in crisis intervention and transport services, missing person investigation and recovery and legal advocacy services. Bullet’s company has also managed some of the most complex, high-profile drug, alcohol, sexual addiction, gang, missing persons, and cult intervention cases in the world, helping over 1200 families both here in the United States and overseas. The team’s numerous success stories include helping clients from the celebrity, corporate and professional athletics arenas. As one of America’s preeminent substance abuse counselors, Bullet has helped run the unique non profit organization TAPS (Teen Adolescent Placement Services) for the past twenty years with his partner “Uncle Tony Pallotto.” Bullet received his certification in drug and alcohol counseling from U.C.L.A.’s Chemical Dependency Program and is a certified Speared Raiter Systemic Family Interventionist, trained under the auspices of the prestigious Sierra Tuscon Treatment Facility. Prior to founding Universal Crisis Intervention, Bullet was co-facilitator of the Betty Ford Center’s Family Outreach Program.

Click here for the official trailer: https://youtu.be/4cDzBEOuIV0

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A&E Extractors Evan "Bullet" James to Speak at Pasadena Recovery Center


Bullet is one of the most highly regarded and sought-after drug interventionists in the world, and will be sure to wow the audience with his riveting story of addiction and redemption





Pasadena, California (PRWEB) May 17, 2016 -- Pasadena Recovery Center is pleased to welcome Extreme Interventionist and star of A&E's new addiction show "Extractors", Mr. Evan "Bullet" James, to their groundbreaking speaker series on Wednesday, May 25th at 12 P.M. James is a leader in the field of ‘extreme’ drug intervention services and has handled thousands of cases both here and abroad. James has over twenty years of experience in drug intervention and rehabilitation placement, and is a highly respected authority in the addiction industry.
“We are so very honored to have Mr. Evan "Bullet" James as our featured guest for this month's speaker series," says Michael Bloom, CEO of Pasadena Recovery Center. "We are all looking forward to hear what this incredible man has to say, as well as learn more about the Extreme Crisis Intervention model."

Evan “Bullet” James is the Founder, President, and Director of Universal Crisis Intervention (U.C.I. Extreme Intervention) in addition to being a nationally recognized motivational speaker in the area of drug intervention. With twenty three years of experience in the industry, Bullet is one of the most highly regarded and sought- after drug interventionists in the world. He is also the creator of the “Extreme Crisis Intervention” model. As one of America’s preeminent substance abuse counselors, Bullet has helped run the unique non profit organization TAPS (Teen Adolescent Placement Services) for the past twenty years with his partner “Uncle" Tony Pallotto.

Extractors, which premiered April 17th on A&E, followed Bullet and his team as they located, intervened and extracted young men and women whose uncontrollable addiction to drugs or out of control behavior had led them into situations they could no longer get themselves out of.
Standard interventions take place in a safe and controlled environment with family and close friends; Extractions, both performed and created by Mr. Evan "Bullet" James, can take place anywhere, anytime, and the team of extractors never know what or who is behind the closed door housing the troubled individual. Extractions are used when individuals are in dangerous, life-threatening situations and must be taken out of harms way immediately. Bullet will share his incredible stories with Pasadena Recovery Center's audience, and will take each individual on a journey of redemption and hope.

Pasadena Recovery Center Speaker Series hosts amazing authors, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and experts to talk about their personal experiences with addiction and the way it has affected both themselves and the people around them. Previous guests include Dr. Drew Pinsky, Bob Forrest, Mackenzie Phillips, Robert Shapiro, Steve-O, Kristen Johnston, David Sheff, Kevin Sabet, Pat O'Brien, Candy Finnigan, and many more.

Pasadena Recovery Center: Located in the charming historic district of Pasadena, the Pasadena Recovery Center was co-founded in 2000 by renowned psychiatrist Dr. Lee Bloom, his daughter Alison Triessl, and his son Michael Bloom. The 98-bed drug and alcohol treatment center is nationally known for its 12-step based comprehensive treatment program and highly skilled, licensed and certified staff. Pasadena Recovery Center is dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive care to those suffering from chemical dependency and is
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proud to offer lifesaving and life-changing treatment at an affordable cost. Pasadena Recovery Center offers in- network providers for insurance. The Pasadena Recovery Center’s goal is to reintroduce sober individuals into society with the skills necessary to lead meaningful, productive lives and offers sober housing in addition to treatment. Spruce House is located only minutes away from their facility and is committed to providing an affordable home-like environment for men in early recovery from chemical dependency. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

PASADENA RECOVERY CENTER HOST RABBI MARK BOROVITZ FOR SPEAKERS SERIES

Pasadena Recovery Center is pleased to welcome respected author and expert, Rabbi Mark Borovitz, CEO and Senior Rabbi of Beit T’Shuvah, a nonprofit, non-sectarian, Jewish addiction treatment center, to their groundbreaking speaker series on Wednesday, April 20th at 12 pm. Rabbi Mark Borovitz combines his knowledge of Torah, as well as his street smarts built from a life of crime, to shape his calling: helping recovering addicts find their way in the world
Rabbi Mark has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Moment Magazine, The Jewish Journal, The Wall Street Journal, and newspapers across the world, including Israel’s largest publication, Haaretz Daily Newspaper and has been a featured guest on national, local, and syndicated radio programs across the country.
After being released from prison in 1988, he began his work at Beit T’Shuvah. Over the past twenty-eight years, he has helped co-create one of the most exceptional approaches to addiction treatment and criminal rehabilitation and reintegration in the world. As his organization has grown, Rabbi Mark’s unique take on addiction treatment has solidified him as an expert and visionary in the field.
Michael Bloom, the CEO of Pasadena Recovery Center, will be introducing Rabbi Mark Borovitz, and following the talk, there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.
"We are honored to have Rabbi Mark as our featured guest for this month's speaker series," says Bloom. "We know he will provide a captivating, unique, and insightful presentation that cannot be missed." 
The Pasadena Recovery Center Speaker Series hosts noted authors, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and experts to talk about their personal experiences with addiction and the way it has affected both themselves and the people around them.
RABBI MARK BOROVITZ: Officially ordained in 2000 at the University of Judaism with a Master’s in Rabbinic Literature, Rabbi Mark Borovitz combined his knowledge of Torah and street smarts to shape his calling: helping recovering addicts find their way in the world. Spiritual Leader, Author, Senior Rabbi, CEO, ex-con, recovering alcoholic, and overall anomaly. He co-authored his biography, The Holy Thief: A Conman’s Journey from Darkness to Light for which the rights were recently optioned. The story of Mark Borovitz and his work is also featured in a chapter of the book, Stalking Elijah by Roger Kamenetz, and he and his wife Harriet Rossetto, Founder and Executive Vice President of Beit T’Shuvah, are the subject of the exclusive art book, Two Broken People created by acclaimed Director and Producer, Jack Bender. His newest book, Finding Recovery and Yourself in Torah: A Daily Spiritual Path to Wholeness (Jewish Lights Publishing), was recently released and is now available on Amazon.
PASADENA RECOVERY CENTER: Located in the charming historic district of Pasadena, the Pasadena Recovery Center was co-founded in 2000 by renowned psychiatrist Dr. Lee Bloom, his daughter Alison Triessl, and his son Michael Bloom. The 98-bed drug and alcohol treatment center is nationally known for its 12-step based comprehensive treatment program and highly skilled, licensed and certified staff. Pasadena Recovery Center is dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive care to those suffering from chemical dependency and is proud to offer lifesaving and life-changing treatment at an affordable cost. The Pasadena Recovery Center’s goal is to reintroduce sober individuals into society with the skills necessary to lead meaningful, productive lives.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

WILD ABOUT TRIAL PROVIDES LIFE STREAM OF JUSTIN HARRIS ROSS MURDER TRIAL


Wild About Trial™ will be live streaming from Cobb County for the State of Georgia vs. Justin Ross Harris murder trial (Cobb Superior Court, case no. 143124) when jury selection concludes, which could be as early as next week. The live stream will bring viewers gavel to gavel coverage via live video, live tweeting and immediate legal analysis as events unfold. The live stream will be featured on the Wild About Trial website and there will also be a link to the live stream page once the cameras start rolling.
Wild About Trial is the go-to home for trial enthusiasts. Wild About Trial has been streaming trials since 2012 beginning with Jodi Arias. Since then they've streamed every major trial from Oscar Pistorius, to Aaron Hernandez and Hulk Hogan. Recently, Wild About Trial partnered with Telepictures' nationally syndicated hit crime show, "Crime Watch Daily," who will also be streaming the trial via Wild About Trial's live feed. Wild About Trial has a regular weekly segment on "Crime Watch Daily," where Founder, Criminal Defense Attorney Alison Triessl, provides legal analysis of trending cases. 
According to the indictment by the Cobb County District Attorney, Justin Ross Harris left his 22-month year old son Cooper buckled into the backseat of the family's SUV for seven hours on a day when temperatures soared to nearly 90 degrees. An autopsy found that the boy died of hyperthermia. Harris is facing multiple charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children.
Wild About Trial is a free mobile app and website designed for those with a desire to know every last detail of the famous criminal trials in the news. Wild About Trial gives you access to all the court documents and legal commentary by our team of top legal analysts. In addition, Wild About Trial provides up to the minute reports from local reporters in the courtroom.
Wild About Trial provides unlimited access with play-by-play updates directly from the courtroom, biographies of all major players from judges to defendants, legal documents pertaining to the case, live video of court proceedings when available and in-depth analysis from the Wild About Trial team of legal experts.
To find out more, please visit http://www.wildabouttrial.com and follow us on Twitter @WildAboutTrial and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wildabouttrial
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