Campus Life 101: Staying Sober

The Wall Street Journal featured an article on colleges setting up courses, scholarships and centers to welcome recovering addicts also citing the formation of the Association for Recovery in Higher Education to aid those Americans seeking treatment for substance abuse, in the 18 to 24 age range- the fastest growing demographic. During the decade ended in 2009, treatment providers say the number of students in that age range seeking help more than doubled.  The article went on to say that “Left to fend for themselves amid opportunities and pressure to partake, students often drop out or flunk out. College administrators say booze and drug usage plays a role in the 20% dropout rate of among college freshmen.”  Our own Dennis Marcellino, a celebrity musician, author and inspirational speaker, is a past member of Sly & the Family Stone (the #1 band in the world in 1970 and voted as one of the top 10 bands of all time by MSNBC), The Elvin Bishop Group and The Tokens, famous for “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” As an entertainer, he abused alcohol and drugs for 18 years (29 years ago) and not only lived to tell about it (unlike a number of his other colleagues), but he’s also developed a very successful program that leads to a permanent end to abuse and addictions.
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2011 Designated as “The Year of the Family Caregiver”

The U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) has designated 2011 as “The Year of the Family Caregiver,” a yearlong celebration to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the NFCSP. AoA is working in concert with national caregiver organizations and associations to mark this important achievement. AoA is also encouraging states and communities to recognize the important role family and friends play in caring for friends and loved ones, and to celebrate the impact of caregiver support services, including the NFCSP. AoA has created a new web site to assist states and communities in designing and holding NFCSP 10th Anniversary events. Here you will find materials and resources to assist in planning events and recognizing caregivers. 
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Malpractice Reform in Texas: Review from Dr. Carroll

Today, in his blog comments, Dr. Aaron Carroll reviewed the results of the 2003 Texas tort reform by stating: “If you believe that tort reform <worked in Texas> than you must believe that (1) it makes doctors want to practice there and (2) lowers medical costs which will then (3) lower the cost of insurance and (4) result in fewer people being uninsured.  And, it seems, many of you believe Texas proves this to be true. You couldn’t be more wrong.  Since tort reform, the number of doctors per population remains stable, health care costs have gone up (along with insurance costs), and the number of uninsured remains the worst in the nation.”  Read Dr.
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