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Take Part in 2009 South Florida Rally for Recovery

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2009 South Florida Rally for Recovery

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

7:00 AM
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

IntheRooms.com Launches National AA Meetings Database

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IntheRooms.com AA Meetings Database

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:
http://meetings.intherooms.com/wiki/AA_Meetings

Khloe After Dark Radio Show Debuts in Miami

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khloe after dark

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.

Heavy Rain Addiction and Recovery Video Game

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Heavy Rain Video Game

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.”

A&E Obsessed TV Series Premiere

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Obsessed TV Series

On Memorial Day (May 25th, 2009), A & E will premiere the latest installment of their “Original Non-Fiction TV Series,” called “Obsessed.” Similar to their hit TV show “Intervention,” A&E Obsessed will also portray a very realistic (uncut), documentary-style TV Series that deals with treatment. The difference is that instead of dealing with addiction, “Obsessed” deals with the mental health condition, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

As part of an eleven episode TV Series, A & E Obsessed will air weekly at 10pm ET/PT. Each TV Show will be an hour long and focus on a different person living with anxiety disorders, including Panic Disorder, Hoarding and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

For those unfamiliar with OCD, the DSM says it is “characterized by obsessions (which cause marked anxiety or distress) and/or compulsions (which neutralize anxiety).” Often, a symptom of people living with OCD is uncontrollable rituals of repetition such as, hand washing, door locking, counting, and cleaning often. If the ritual is not performed, it only results in further anxiety.

Marshal University Football Players Plead Guilty to Possession of Marijuana

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Huntingtonnews.net recently reported that two starters of the Marshall University football team entered guilty pleas to possession of Marijuana charges this last Monday May 11th.  The two Marshall University football players implicated are Darius Marshall and DeQuan Starling.  The judge that oversaw the cases, Magistrate Darrell Black, sentenced both players to six months of unsupervised probation.  Under current state law, both players will be able to remove any record of the cases upon completion of probation.

Originally, the two players were busted by police while smoking marijuana in a curbside parked car.  The nature of the crime would have warranted that the incident be treated as a felony rather than a misdemeanor, but as admitted by both players, they “dodged a bullet.” However, the Marshall University football players weren’t as lucky on the filed as both were suspended indefinitely from playing.  Before the incident, tailback Darius Marshall was considered an NFL prospect, leading the team last year in rushing with 1,117 yards and five touchdowns, but it will be unclear as tohow severely the situation will affect him until he comes up for the draft.  Here at DanJ09, we wish the two football players the best and hope they are able to get help and return to the game soon.