To show your support for National Recovery Month, take part this week in the 2009 South Florida Rally for Recovery. Intherooms.com will be hosting the event, and all proceeds raised from the $9.00 participation donation will go towards recovey scholarships for people in the community. Intherooms.com is one of the biggest online recovery social-networking sites with 45,000 members whose combined recovery time totals more than 131,000 years. Below is the day-long scheduled events list. For more information, click the following link: Take Part.
2009 South Florida Rally for Recovery Event Schedule
Gates open for registration and package pick up.
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
5K Walk over the MacArthur Causeway
10:30 AM – 10:50 AM
Rhythm Flow (Spiritual Drum Circle)
10:50 AM – 11:10 AM
Proclamation by Miami Dade County Mayor
SPEAKER: Ivette Torres – SAMHSA
Proclamation by City of Miami Mayor
11:25 AM – 12:10 PM
Aces Up Kings: Amazing Classic Rock Cover Band
12:15 PM – 12:25 PM
SPEAKER: Howard Finklestein – Broward County Public Defender and Star of Channel 7 TV Show “Help Me Howard”
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Kristin Cappiello – (Sober Singer) Acoustic Guitar accompanied by an electric violinist
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
SPEAKER: Judge Giselle Pollock – Broward County Drug Court Judge & Judge Jeffrey Rosenik – Dade County Drug Court Judge (Retired 2009)
1:25 PM – 2:10 PM
Richie Supa with Ricky Byrd of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and the Hep Cat Boo Daddies. Ricki Byrd will be playing his hit song “I Love Rock and Roll” and the Hep Cat Boo Daddies will be backing Richie Supa and Ricky Byrd on “Amazing”, “Pink”, and “In The Rooms”.
2:25 PM – 2:35 PM
SPEAKER: Mr. Raynor – SAMH Corp. of Florida
2:35 PM – 4:00 PM
Eric Burdon and The Animals
Just today, IntheRooms.com unveiled a new Facebook app for users that personalizes their profiles by showing their recovery time to friends. Additionally, the new ITR Facebook app shows the combined recovery times of all ITR members, which now totals over 100,000 years. Finally, the IntheRooms app also serves as an easy way for friends who may be struggling with recovery to register for free and get help at ITR.
For those who have never heard of IntheRooms, it is at the forefront of the online recovery community with more than 50,000 members worldwide that connect regularly to form one of the biggest recovery social networking sites on the web. The great thing about the idea behind ITR is that it is free and open to all fellowships. This is unique because it opens all the recovery knowledge from all the fellowships to everyone.
This way, an AA member with 30 years in recovery could mentor a new Gamblers Anonymous member with any questions or concerns and help them stay on the path to recovery no matter if it’s a meeting day or not.
Just this week, IntheRooms.com launched there National AA Meetings Database. The website and project are truly one of a kind, as it uses similar technology to Wikipedia, which allows users to update the pages themselves and make any necessary corrections.
Not only does the IntheRooms.com National AA Meetings Database serve as a internet space where anyone can find an AA meeting locally, it can also be accessed by anyone nationwide, free of charge, in order to find an AA meting locally or while in a visiting city. As it stands, the AA Meetings Database is divided by country, state and city/county.
For those who are unfamiliar with IntheRooms.com, it is the premier recovery network site on the internet. IntheRooms.com has more than 40,000 members with a combined recovery time of over 100,000 years. Further, anyone can join free of charge and begin connecting with others in recovery across the globe, and across fellowship lines.
Please find the database at:
This last Friday, June 1st marked the debut of Khloe Kardashian’s new radio show, “Khloe After Dark.” The first installment of Khloe After Dark (Miami) offered music, as well as an interview with drug recovery experts, co-founders of IntheRooms.com, Ron Tannebaum (RT) and Kenny Pomerance.
Although, some local news sources in Miami criticized Khloe After Dark, as far as a radio show, for its lack of organization, I found that the interviews with the founders of IntheRooms.com was informative and helpful to the recovery community and the community as whole. I also thought that Khloe Kardashian’s co-host Terrance did a great job and that Khloe was more then good for being a newcomer to celebrity interviews.
In a phone interview with IntheRooms.com co-founder Ron Tannebaum, he said: “I thought the show went great. Khloe is a very nice person.” He also said that at first people were calling in about to ask about drugs, but that he and Kenny quickly turned the conversations to recovery and getting help at IntheRooms.
Over the next couple of months, Khloe After Dark will air on Miami Y100 radio station, every Friday between 11pm–2am.
According to Forbes.com the FDA of Jordan and German courts banned the sale of Red Bull Cola energy drink after a study showed minute traces of cocaine in the beverage. The Study was released by the German based, Nordrhein-Westfalen Institute of Health and Work, last month.
The Examiner.com also reported that Austrian authorities confirmed the allegation when they too found traces of cocaine in Red Bull Cola. The exact amount found was 0.4 micrograms of cocaine per liter. The Examiner article paraphrased Austrian health ministry spokeswoman, Sigrid Rosenberger, and noted the amount of cocaine is around the “lowest detectable levels” and “poses no real health risk.”
Nonetheless, Red Bull of Santa Monica California is defending their cola energy drink. Red Bull cited that cocoa leaf extract is used for flavoring but the alkaloid is removed during the process; it is the active chemical in the drug, cocaine.
The legal standard calls for de-alkalization before cocoa leaf products can be shipped from the Andean region where they’re manufactured. Red Bull also cited that their own tests have never shown traces of cocaine in the Cola energy drink line.
The Insider recently reported that actress Mackenzie Phillips will be making an appearance on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew as the third season’s “Sober Coach.” Past Sober Coaches of Celebrity Rehab have included actors such as Gary Busey.
According to TMZ, Mackenzie Phillips entered rehab for the tenth time in September of 2008 after being busted for cocaine. Further, most of the related cocaine charges have been dropped; upon completion of a drug diversion program, the remainder will be dropped as well.
TMZ also noted that those close to Mackenzie Phillips believe, “Mackenzie has done a complete 18,” adding that Phillips herself says, “the arrest saved her life.” Fans of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew will have to keep an eye out as there is currently no set air date for the episodes that feature Mackenzie.
A lot of buzz has been circulating over the last year about the yet unreleased, video game, “Heavy Rain.” So why is this DanJ09 news, you may be asking? Well, the game features a “One-of-a-kind” scenario that we find relevant to recovery and addiction. Still, the video game Heavy Rain deserves full attention, as people are already denoting it as a “possible classic” after only seeing a few previews and demo versions.
A longtime coming, Heavy Rain was developed by the French video game developer Quantic Dream. When asked about the game, Heavy Rain director, David Cage, recently explained to reporters: “Story is the core essence of the experience.” Cage added: “You need to create moral choices for the player that won’t be black and white that will be really difficult to answer. We want players to ask themselves, ‘What would I do if it were happening to me?’ and the answer [to not be] obvious.”
So what exactly is Heavy Rain director David Cage talking about, well, the video game features FBI profiler Norman Jayden as it main character, who is not only fighting the demons in the game by trying to hunt down and capture the serial killer, the “Origami Killer,” but also fighting his own demons; namely, his prescription drug addiction to a fictionalized drug called “Triptocaine.”
In Heavy Rain, Norman Jayden uses Triptocaine (prescription psychoactive drug) to function in his everyday routine. However, Jayden has built a serious addiction and really wants to wean himself off of Triptocaine. In short, players must make crucial decision that affect Norman Jayden’s life and Triptocaine addiction by choosing when to give him doses and when to make him quit altogether. In the screen shot I saw, there were buttons that players could choose at crucial moments that read, “cold” (assuming, cold turkey), “withdrawal,” or “Triptocaine.”