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Drug Courts Attacked 11/16/2009

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Lawyers will lose clients if Drug Courts grow–that’s their big beef!

“The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers reveals a startling comfort with distorting facts and ignoring the truth. In misrepresenting its recent anecdotal report as a “study,” the NACDL chooses to ignore two decades of conclusive research, including hundreds of studies that prove drug courts reduce crime, reduce drug abuse, reunite families and save considerable money for taxpayers.”

Read more: http://www.nadcp.org/node/445

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Veteran Drug Courts 11/12/2009

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What are Veterans’ Treatment Courts?

Veterans’ Treatment Courts are hybrid Drug and Mental Health Courts that use the Drug Court model to serve veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders. They promote sobriety, recovery and stability through a coordinated response that involves cooperation and collaboration with the traditional partners found in Drug and Mental Health Courts. Great idea!!

http://www.nadcp.org/learn/veterans-treatment-court-clearinghouse

My Publisher is Green! 11/10/2009

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Over 100 bloggers will take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner #greenbooks http://bit.ly/2Mm1rI

My book is listed as #89 or go to link below to read Review:

Green Books Campaign: 1 Day, 100 bloggers, 100 green books, 100 reviews

Living In Oneness 11/09/2009

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New article posted today:

http://rewritinglifescripts.com/blog_rewriting_life_scripts/

Great Article! 11/05/2009

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Short article of interest posted on the DailyOM: 

November 5, 2009
Making It Happen
Go for ItThere are times in our lives when all the signs seem to be pointing us in a particular direction. Our thoughts and dreams are echoed in the songs and stories we hear and the media we see. Maybe the message we are getting from the universe doesn’t even make sense in the “real” world, but somewhere inside, these urges feel right. Maybe you feel you are being told to move to a new city although your life where you are is just fine. Or maybe you feel the desire to pursue a new direction in your career when it never really interested you before. When we spend time getting in touch with our higher selves, our intuition sends us directives to lead us to become our best and most fulfilled selves. And when we are open and listening, the next step is to take action and go for it.

Once we make the decision to pursue our inner urgings, the universe sets into motion the means for all sorts of details to fall into place. A sense of peace will come over us, because we know that any questions will no longer make us wonder if our dreams are possible, but how to make them happen. Instead of deterring us from our goal, these questions only serve to clarify our focus to move us forward. We need not throw caution to the wind to follow our dream. The positive shift in our energy affects everything around us. Like a rush of water, it goes ahead to clear debris from our path so that we can go forward. Our new attitude also attracts likeminded people. Sometimes even the most unlikely angels arrive to help us along our way with the information and support we need.

Wherever your dreams are pointing you today, take a step. Take action and manifest your inner urges and soul whisperings.

What are your thoughts on this article?

Heroin Treatment Programs Lacking in Our Prisons 11/02/2009

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Lack of Opioid Addiction Treatment in Prisons: Misperceptions and Missed Opportunities

http://www.atforum.com/newsletters/2009fall.php#opioid

“Recovering The Self” 10/29/2009

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Great Review for the new inspirational Journal “Recovering the Self” posted on AllBookReviews: “The premier edition of this informative journal is laden with handsomely arranged themes of recovery and healing.” Read More…

http://www.allbookreviews.com/Default.aspx?tabid=560

Keep Our Drug Courts 10/26/2009

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Good article today:

Keep drug courts — they’re effective

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers chooses to attack our nation’s most successful justice intervention for substance abusing offenders: drug courts (Cynthia Orr, Sept. 29 Other Views column, Rethink how we fight drugs).

It minimizes the impact of drug courts like the one in Miami-Dade, which has restored more than 12,000 lives and reunited tens of thousands of family members. NACDL only begrudgingly accepts drug courts as an interim improvement over the war on drugs until decriminalization is accomplished.

Two decades of research have proven that drug courts reduce crime, reduce drug abuse and save considerable money for taxpayers. The most conservative estimate is that every $1 invested in drug courts reaps between $2 to $3 in direct cost-savings to society.

Between 50 percent and 80 percent of all crimes are committed by substance abusers. NACDL’S assertion that drug courts are only treating low-level offenders is patently false. The majority of drug courts now treat serious offenders who have failed repeatedly in treatment and other dispositions.

NACDL recommends that drug courts treat high-risk offenders who would otherwise be in jail or prison bound in programs that do not require a guilty plea for entry.

But this would mean that serious and potentially violent offenders would face no legal repercussions whatsoever if they failed to complete treatment or even to attend it. When we consider the safety of our communities such recommendations cannot be taken seriously.

DOUGLAS B. MARLOW, chief of science, policy and law, The National Association of Drug Court Professionals, Alexandria, Va.

New Article Posted 10/21/2009

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New article posted regarding Addiction: What’s Really Going On?.”

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/123983#

Women in the Dark 10/21/2009

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New article posted today which I wrote for Irene Watson’s blog: “Re-writing Life Scripts.”

I would love to hear your feedback on this article…

http://rewritinglifescripts.com/blog_rewriting_life_scripts/