I just ate a bowl of grapes, and not only do I feel full, I also feel skinnier. 🙂

Plus, I can stick a cold grape in-between my cheek and gums, cooling the pain a little bit and stretching out my facial muscles at the same time.

(Okay, my grapes didn’t look like this picture, but still…)

Let’s get to know Phoenix House

Wikipedia:  Phoenix House was founded in 1967 by six heroin addicts who met at a detoxification program in a New York hospital. Phoenix House played a role in creating the country’s first correctional treatment unit, a model now widely replicated in prisons throughout the country and abroad. Phoenix House was also an early provider of treatment as an alternative to prison.

In 1983, Phoenix House opened its first Phoenix House Academy, a residential high school where teens receive substance abuse treatment as well as daily on-site academic education. Eleven Phoenix House Academies now operate in seven states and have been designated a “model program” by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2005. The organization is funded mostly by government contracts, but also receives philanthropic support for a portion of its $100 million annual budget. In addition to residential treatment, Phoenix House’s continuum of care includes prevention and education, outpatient services, sober living and recovery support, as well as specialty programs for mothers with young children, crimininal justice clients, and the military community.

Phoenix House is affiliated with COAF (Center on Addiction and the Family). COAF helps families affected by alcohol and other drug abuse and also runs the Facts on Tap education campaign for college students.

After completing work on Cadillac Records, BeyoncĂ© Knowles donated her entire salary to Phoenix House. BeyoncĂ© also visited the Phoenix House Career Academy at Jay Street in Brooklyn, New York in preparation for portraying singer Etta James, who was once addicted to heroin. BeyoncĂ© and her mother and business partner Tina Knowles later founded the Career Academy’s BeyoncĂ© Cosmetology Center, which offers a seven-month cosmetology training program for adults.

Founder Michael Rosenthal opposes the legalization of marijuana, and has opposed needle exchanges to provide clean needles to addicts.

10/15/2012, Phoenix House Founder Joins Anti-Legalization Teleconference.  See more at:

(Some of the) Board of Directors

Richard L. Plepler: Co-President, Home Box Office

Tina Brown: Founder, The Daily Beast

William D. Rifkin: Vice Chairman of Mergers and Acquisitions, J.P. Morgan

Byron R. Wien: Vice Chairman, Blackstone Advisory Services, The Blackstone Group, L.P.

Charles A. Heimbold, Jr.: Former Ambassador to Sweden and Chairman Emeritus, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Brendan L. Hoffman: President and Chief Executive Officer, Lord & Taylor

Frank Doroff: Vice Chairman Ready To Wear and Bloomingdale’s Direct, Bloomingdale’s

$61 million+ from government contracts (FYE 6/2013)

4/24/2013, Phoenix Houses of N.Y. misused $223,000 in state funds: audit.  New York Controller Thomas DiNapoli found Phoenix Houses of New York spent state funds to pay for perks for its executives.

“Phoenix House is a nonprofit drug & alcohol rehabilitation organization with over 130 programs in nine states, serving 18000 adults and teens each year.”

8/2/2013, Howard P. Meitiner Appointed to New York State Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council – Phoenix House President & CEO Howard P. Meitiner is appointed to the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council by Governor Andrew Cuomo, confirmed by the New York State Senate.  Our services include treatment for substance abusers with mental health problems and programs for mothers with children, outpatient and residential treatment for military personnel, veterans, and their families, impaired driver programs, and a detoxification program center.,24.htm

Revenue: $50 to $100 million (USD) per year

Competitors: Unknown

3/28/2014, Time to Reroute the Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline [Right into rehab]

Click to access Phoenix-House_2012-Annual-Report1.pdf

If you want to be legitimate, you gotta have an awards ceremony.

“Our Military Services Program in New York, tailored to the special needs of veterans, operates a treatment program on Long Island, with a broad array of ancillary services. The program expanded in FY 2012, opening a Manhattan unit that provides both outpatient services and residential care.”

“Our agenda for youth has broadened with the addition of new adolescent services.”

Watch out, parents, they’re coming for your kids!

“Since 2008, marijuana use is up 18% for adolescents 12 to 17.”

Thank god!  That means they’re not drinking alcohol or snorting spice.

9/29/2014, Hydrocodone rescheduling takes effect Oct. 6

Dr. Andrew Kolodny, for one, is applauding the rescheduling of HCPs, saying that the explosion in prescriptions for HCPs such as Vicodin (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) has been the single biggest contributor to the rise in opioid addiction.

[Liar, liar, pants on fire.  Again.]

“I think this is going to have an enormous impact on bringing the epidemic to an end,” Dr. Kolodny, chief medical officer at the Phoenix House Foundation and director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, said in an interview.

Well, then nothing more needs to be done, right?  No more restrictions?  But, Dr. Kolodny, you advocate for restrictions all over the place.  You freaking sell out.

Dr. Kolodny disclosed that Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing does not accept any industry funding. It is a financed as a Phoenix House program.

Well, well, well.  Now, who funds Phoenix House?  Would that be the federal government?

Cancer patients be like, phew, at least the medical industry doesn’t want to take away pain medications to treat cancer.  Yes, cancer patients, but what happens when you’re in remission? How long do you think it will be before cancer patients aren’t allowed pain medications either?

9/16/2014, Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers Quadrupled in Past Decade: CDC [for white people]

However, in 2011, benzodiazepines — sedatives used to treat anxiety, insomnia and seizures — were involved in 31 percent of the narcotic painkiller deaths up from 13 percent in 1999, according to the report published Sept. 16 in the NCHS Data Brief.

There was also a dramatic rise in the number of deaths in white people from opioid use; it was 4.5 times higher in 2011 than it had been in 1999. [The real reason for calling it an epidemic.] The increase in the number of deaths from opioids doubled during the same time period for blacks, and increased just slightly for Hispanics, the study authors said.

Kolodny said these painkillers are intended for use in the days following surgery or an accident, or as palliative care for cancer patients. The bulk of the prescribing, however, is for chronic conditions. “That’s what’s really fueling the epidemic,” he said.

[Liar, liar, pants on fire.]

“Doctors prescribe narcotic painkillers much more cautiously to their non-white patients,” he said. “When doctors have a black or Latino patient, they are more concerned about the possibility of addiction or diversion of the drug — patients selling the medication — so they prescribe more cautiously. Stereotyping is having a protective effect on minorities,” Kolodny said.

[Is this really true?  So, Kolodny is saying that doctors are racist?  Gee, with friends like Kolodny, doctors don’t need enemies.]

Kolodny added that to address the problem, addicts need better access to treatment. “We need a vast expansion of treatment.”


2014 Medical Legal Summit, Kolodny Keynote Speaker

“The Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance is the only national organization created to meet the needs of professionals in the claims and litigation management industries. Founded in 2007, the CLM currently has more than 25,000 Members and Fellows — a number that grows by hundreds each month.”

So maybe it’s the American Bar Association that funds PFROP?

5/24/2014, Bad Medicine – Part 11 – Undoing The Damage Of The Painkiller Push

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Major pharmaceutical companies saw dollar signs when they first began to push doctors to freely prescribe powerful opiate-based painkillers for just about anything, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.

That was 15 years ago and now we have a true public health crisis as a result…

Kolodny has mentioned this 15-year figure before, but Intractable Pain Acts went into effect in the 1990s, so where he came up with it, I have no idea.

“Of course, this was all made up.”  [Andrew Kolodny]  Pot meet kettle.

4/22/2014, Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval

Moxduo for the first time combines morphine and oxycodone in one capsule. It’s designed to provide quick relief to patients suffering severe pain from accidents or surgeries, such as knee replacements, back surgeries or cancer operations, says Ed Rudnic, COO ofQRxPharma, the company that makes Moxduo.

The drug allows patients to take lower doses of the two narcotics than they’d need if they took either of the medicines alone, Rudnic says.

“We believe that we’ve achieved some benefit in reducing the risk of some of the respiratory complications of these strong opioids,” he says.

8/25/2014, In States With Medical Marijuana, Painkiller Deaths Drop by 25%

Not so fast, said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, chief medical officer at Phoenix House, a national nonprofit addiction treatment agency. He said that the immediate reduction in overdose deaths is extremely unlikely to be due to the substitute use of the herb, for one simple reason: Marijuana isn’t widely prescribed for chronic pain.

I really wish reporters would stop describing Kolodny’s cash cow as a “nonprofit.”  And everyone knows that doctors don’t “prescribe” marijuana — they certify a patient’s medical condition.

“You don’t have primary care doctors in these states [prescribing] marijuana instead of Vicodin,” he said. Even in states where medical marijuana is legal, it is only prescribed by a small subset of doctors, and, therefore, probably couldn’t explain the huge decrease in opiate-related overdose deaths.

Hey, dude, ever heard of the underground market?  Home growers?