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Dr Jeremy Martinez was guest for the latest Speaker Series event at Pasadena Recovery Center on Wednesday night March 20th giving an excellent presentation on the rapidly growing epidemic surrounding prescription drug abuse and addiction.
Watch for more great events to come at
Pasadena Recovery Center
Dump those (prescription) Drugs… National Pharmaceutical “Take-Back Day” from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday
An estimated 200 million pounds of unused prescriptions are gathering dust in American medicine cabinets.
Read about a national campaign to collect and safely dispose of unused, old meds sitting around your house
We have an official date and time for the kickoff of Dr. Drew’s new show, “Rehab With Dr. Drew,” which was filmed at the Pasadena Recovery Center and stars PRC staffers Shelly Sprague and Bob Forrest. From the VH1 blog:
Dr. Drew and his expert team of doctors and counselors are returning to the small screen is just a few short weeks, and this time, their target has changed. Though Drew and his team at the Pasadena Recovery Center have focused their efforts on celebrities in the past, this sixth season of his VH1 series will instead turn the cameras on regular folks who are battling addiction and journeying to sobriety. Rehab With Dr. Drew will feature old faces like Shelly Sprague, Bob Forrest, Jennifer Gimenez, and Dr. John Sharp, as well as eight previously unknown patients who desperately sought their help. This brand new show premieres on Sunday, September 16 at 8 p.m ET/PT. For more information, read the press release below.
WITH THEIR ADDICTION ISSUES
Premieres Sunday, September 16 at 8 PM ET/PT
Pasadena Magazine published “A Legacy in Bloom: At the Pasadena Recovery Center, compassion is a family tradition” in April 2011. We’re reprinting the piece by Linda Immediato below but you can view the original here.
The waiting room of the Pasadena Recovery Center is sun-drenched, warm, painted with soft, muted colors. Orchids bloom in pots on little wooden tables, sleek post-modern chairs line the walls, above hang photographs of exquisite and exotic locales. It looks more like a lobby in a boutique hotel than a rehab hub.
The building was purchased by the late Dr. Lee Bloom with his daughter, criminal defense attorney Alison Triessl, in 2000. Bloom brought his son Mike on as “the money guy.” And after major renovations, the center greeted its first patient in January 2001.
The center treats everyone — and they mean everyone — from celebs to people who would otherwise go to jail, or have gone to jail (no violent sex offenders or anyone deemed a threat to the health and safety of others). The PRC provides scholarships for those who need financial assistance, accepts all insurances and offers a wide range of healing services, from group counseling and one-on-one sessions to acupuncture, yoga, art therapy and massage. And the 50 staff members employed at the center work to help people afflicted with a variety of issues, from alcohol, drug and sex addiction to eating disorders.
Several reality shows have been filmed at the center including all three seasons of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew and several episodes of A&E’s Intervention.
“When VH1 and Dr. Drew approached us to do his reality shows, my father and I thought it was absolutely perfect,” says Mike Bloom.
Dr. Lee Bloom, who passed away last year, had treated 18,000 people in his life and was widely known and respected by clients and staff alike for his compassion. Mike Bloom remembers his father instilling that same compassion into his sister and him from a young age. “We’d be on our way to a Dodger game,” he says, “but he’d have to stop and do an admission into a psychiatric hospital. We’d be sitting there in our Dodger shirts and hats waiting, while someone was brought in with restraints. I feel like we’ve been cultured into this. I’ve been doing this by osmosis for as long as I can remember. My father used to say, ‘I’m leaving a legacy to my kids.’ And he’d say it in half-joking way, but it is truly a legacy that we inherited.”
Treissl agrees. “This is our life’s work. People have causes and things that mean something to them and for us it’s helping people get recovery.”
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (NCASA) at Columbia University has just released an important must-read five year national study – Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice – that finds that only one in 10 people with addiction to drug and/or alcohol reports receiving any treatment at all. That is a travesty.
Other highlights from the report:
- Forty million Americans ages 12 and older (16 percent) have the disease of addiction involving nicotine, alcohol or other drugs, a disease affecting more Americans than heart conditions, diabetes or cancer; another 80 million people are risky substance users – using tobacco, alcohol and other drugs in ways that threaten health and safety.
- About 7 in 10 people with diseases like hypertension, major depression and diabetes receive treatment; only about 1 in 10 people who need treatment for addiction involving alcohol or other drugs receive it while the number receiving treatment for nicotine is not even known.
- Addiction treatment facilities and programs are not adequately regulated or held accountable for providing treatment consistent with medical standards and proven treatment practices.
- In 2010 only $28 billion was spent to treat the 40 million people with addiction. In comparison, the United States spent:
- $44 billion to treat diabetes which affects 26 million people;
- $87 billion to treat cancer which affects 19 million people;
- $107 billion to treat heart conditions which affect 27 million people.