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A New Synthetic Drug – 2C-E?

This new synthetic drug 2C-E does not yet have many street names and although not sold at smoke shops like many other designer drugs, it is still readily available.  The drug is normally used by an under-educated demographic along with alcohol and other drugs.  This co-abusing along with very little data on effects, side-effects, long-term issues, and withdrawal dangers causes for a very volatile and often harmful situation.  Parents, family, and friends need to educate themselves as much as possible if they believe a loved one is using or addicted to synthetic  drugs.

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2C-E is a psychedelic and phenethylamine that was originally synthesized by Biochemist Alexander Shulgin. It is normally swallowed, or crushed and snorted. It is normally purchased online, and can’t be found in stores or smoke shops.

What are the effects?
Some user’s claim the effects are very similar to LSD. An increased awareness of senses, such as taste, touch, smell, and especially sight has been reported. Moderate to extreme time dilation, or lack of knowledge of time passing has also been reported.

How long does it last?

It usually takes anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes to initially start feeling the effects of 2C-E, but they normally last anywhere from 4 to 9 hours. Rarely it has been report that a user has felt the effects for up to 24 hours.

Adverse Reactions

Confusion, difficulty concentrating, and/or scrambled thoughts have been reported in moderate doses of 2C-E, as well as muscle tension and aching, paranoia, fear, nausea, vomiting, increased perspiration, and increased heart rate.


There have not been any reported withdrawal symptoms associated with 2C-E.  However, the drug is new and known to be dangerous and does not have a lot of research on it.

In the News

In 2011, a group of young adults aged 16-21 ordered 2C-E online and all tried it together at a spring break party. This resulted in a mass overdose, with 10 kids needing medical treatment. 2 of them were in critical condition, and one passed away due to the drug use. "We're told that amongst teens, these kind of substances are thought to be somewhat safe because they're seemingly legal," says Paul Sommer, Sheriff Commander of Anoka County. "They're far from safe."


Information on another designer drug: Krantom

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DBT Skills – Building Mastery and Positive Experiences

Kristen SroczynskiBy Kristen Sroczynski, SUDC


Good afternoon New Roadians and friends!
As a team and family, we push forward through the emotional regulation skill set. Last week we learned the skill of P.L.E.A.S.E. to reduce emotional vulnerability. Remember? :)


P-treat physical
E-eating a healthy well balanced diet
A-avoiding mood altering substances
S-sleep hygiene
E-regular Exercise


This week we are focusing on the skills of BUILD MASTERY and BUILDING POSITIVE EXPERIENCES. I love teaching these two skills because I'm soooo good at them! Lol! They are simple, and easy to grasp, and we do so much of them here at New Roads!


The aspiring therapists were attending their first class on emotional extremes. "Just to establish some parameters," said to the professor, to the student therapist from Arkansas, "What is the opposite of joy?" "Sadness," said the student. "And the opposite of depression?" he asked another young lady from Oklahoma. "Elation," she said. "And you sir," he said to the young man from Texas, "How about the opposite of woe?" The Texan replied, "Sir, I believe that would be giddy-up."
Hahahaha, I crack myself up, still! Lol!


Depression is merely anger with enthusiasm.
Why do psychics have to ask your name? Hmmm..yeah!?
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines. :D
I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol. (Those of you that know me should chuckle cause I have the speeding tickets to prove it:)
I tried sniffing Coke once, but the ice cubes got stuck in my nose! Heheheheee
I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out:)


"What the hell just happened? Why is Kristen sending me this crap in the middle of a DBT email?" you ask yourself. Well, it's because I just practiced my new build mastery skill of joke telling and I'm sure you all are laughing, so together we just built a positive experience. Lol! (Work with me, guys!)


So, the build mastery skill is doing something you're good at to make you feel competent, confident, and in control. It should be somewhat challenging and something you can do in the moment. Recently, I got dumped so I turned to my skills of jewelry making, candle making, and writing poetry, to help get me out of a funk and create positive emotions. This skill totally works! I love it! Healthy hobbies and mastery skills create successful recovery!


Building positive experiences is increasing positive events in your life to create positive, pleasant emotions. The New Roads family provides a lot of opportunities for our clients to practice this skill in the amazing recs and activities we do!


Some great, simple skills we can easily continue to practice in our own lives!! PRACTICE, PRACTICE, and VALIDATE, VALIDATE!


Have a great week ya'll and I look forward to building more positive experiences with all of you and our clients!
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DBT in Drug Rehab: G.I.V.E & F.A.S.T

By Kristen Sroczynski


Good afternoon, DBT New Roadians and Bloggers!

We had a great week gathering together as clinicians and educators last week in our DBT training. We were able to completely invest in our family team, our clients, our program, and our continued progress in making us an elite DBT facility. It was exciting and rewarding to hear that we are ahead of the game. We still have some more work to do, but nonetheless, we are moving forward and I am passionate about our DBT program and the direction we are taking. I'm honored to be a part of the continued education with the DBT skills and thank you all for the continued support!

Last week we looked at objective effectiveness using the famous skill of DEAR MAN. Remember? I presented a DEAR MAN asking for chocolate for Brittany and myself. As we move into this week we are working on our relationship effectiveness and our self-respect effectiveness.

Often times here at work, I can be pulled in different directions, clients can be very demanding without using any patience, I might be getting lashed out at for asking clients to follow a rule, in a hurry to run a group, or to catch up on notes. Life around the New Roads parts can move pretty fast . It's easy to react  in my relationships rather abruptly and before I know it, I'm yelling, "CALGON TAKE ME AWAAAAYYYYY AND YOU, LEAVE ME ALONE! " ( I would never actually say this to a client, but the thought has crossed my mind! )   :D
Because saying stuff like the above or reacting rather than responding, is not the best way to attend to my relationships, I use the skill of GIVE to be more effective in my relations.

G- I use a gentle approach by not attacking and staying away from the "You should.....", statements
I- I act interested by maintaining eye contact, having an open body position,, and paraphrasing
V- I validate the feelings and the experience
E- I use an easy manner with my tone, volume, and presentation

I am known for my ability to deliver what I like to call "Carefrontation." I am not a "sugar coater", but I do use care and concern in my communications with our clients. I practice the skill of FAST.

F- I am fair in my interactions
A- I don't apologize for calling it like I see it
S- I stick to my values and speak a lot of integrity
T- I am always truthful

Hopefully, ya'll can use these skills in your own lives! Try 'em...they work if you work 'em!!! PRACTICE, PRACTICE AND VALIDATE, VALIDATE! After you use them, then you can have Calgon whisk you away! Lol! Have a great week, my dearest New Roads family and friends!


DBT in Recovery: Interpersonal Effectiveness

DBT in Drug RehabGood afternoon, my dearest New Roads family and recovery bloggers!

Last week in DBT we looked at "wise mind" and the skills that go into being core mindful. The three "what" skills of observe, describe, and participate were taught in conjunction with the three "how" skills of non-judgmental stance, one-mindful, and effectiveness. I stepped out on my porch with the birds and coffee in hand, and began to use my core mindfulness skills to transition my thoughts into the next skill set of Interpersonal Effectiveness. Most of you know that my morning time on my porch is where my inspirations come from for these posts. "Hhhhmmm...Interpersonal Effectiveness...my relationships with others...what do I want to present...how do I want to present it...hhmmmmmm.? Attending to relationships, balancing priorities vs. demands, balancing the wants-to-shoulds, and using build mastery in my relationships while keeping, establishing, and maintaining self-respect...hhmmm...yeah? Great stuff, I should have lots to say, but zero's on creative insight. Well, hopefully, as I use my wise mind, it will come to me," I thought to myself. So, I go back inside and continue with my regular, structured, morning routine.

Fresh cup of coffee, start a load of laundry and fold the ones I did yesterday, make my bed, catch up on work emails, pick out my clothes for the day, and have a cigarette pondering when I'm going to quit. Check! I have just enough time to step into my library ( aka the bathroom...LOL! ), before I have to hop in the shower. One of my guilty pleasures (besides smoking, which I intend to quit), is reading People magazine. As I engulf myself and try to stay current on my entertainment news perusing the latest who's with who, I think to myself, "Daaamn, these people could use some interpersonal effectiveness skills!:)" Lightbulbs, fireworks, dancing fairies in my head, and BAM!, here in glossy, flashy, enticing print, is my DBT lesson to impart! Lol! I crack myself up!!! :D

As I flip through the pages of glitz, glam, dysfunction, and despair among America's famous folks and couples, the Lindsay Lohans, the Amanda Bynes, and the Olsen twins, I am also struck by the ones that are doing well and seem to use Interpersonal effectiveness skills.

This week I am introducing this skill set and highlighting situations for using interpersonal effectiveness.

Attending to relationships- don't let hurts and problems build up, use skills to head off problems, and resolve conflicts before they get overwhelming. Like Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. She is easy to get a rise out of according to Blake, and so they work out their issues and operate with total honesty letting each other go through one another's phones to head off problems.

Balancing priorities vs. demands- reduce or put off low-priority demands, ask others for help, say "no" when necessary, and when there is not enough to do, create structure and responsibilities. Like Brad Pitt taking care of Angelina Jolie after her double mastectomy. Her health is more important than trips to Africa or movie deals. She is telling people no and creating time to be with her family.

Balancing the wants-to-shoulds- looking at what you want to do and what you should do and having a healthy balance of both, getting yourself taken seriously, getting others to help you do things, and saying "no" to unwanted requests. Like Catherine Zeta-Jones Douglas, recognizing when her Bipolar is getting bad and checking into a mental health facility to take time for herself and stabalize. Meanwhile, Michael takes charge after he had his battle with cancer, tending to Cathy, and now is taking on the acting role of Liberace.

Building mastery and self-respect- interact in ways that make you feel competent and effective, not helpless, stand up for yourself, your opinions, your beliefs, and follow your own wise mind. Like the Boston bombing survivors. Many of them lost limbs, but are returning to their lives with radical acceptance and doing exactly what they did before, even ballroom dancing. They provide inspiring stories of hope and healing.

Let's take the initiative this week to validate our clients when they are in situations to use their interpersonal effectiveness skill set. Present them teaching and coaching opportunities for their own interpersonal sucesses. Remember...PRACTICE, PRACTICE. and VALIDATE, VALIDATE!

Thanks ya'll! Have a great week!


DBT and the Wise Mind

By Kristen Sroczynski



Good afternoon my blog family! As most of you know, I like to draw from my own experiences to model how the skills can be used in real life situations. Most of the time I try and use humor to help teach the skills, but as we just learned in the distress tolerance skill set, life without pain is unrealistic. It is about one's ability to tolerate pain skillfully without compounding it with more suffering. My own story is a somber one this week drawing from the skill of "wise mind."


I was able to spend some time with my last remaining uncle. He is 88yrs old, his kidneys are failing and only functioning at 19%. When they kidneys get to only functioning at 15%, the rest of the body shuts down. Needless to say...it's close. Reacting the way I normally would as far as completely breaking down emotionally and making a scene, I used my "wise mind" and did something different. I radically accepted that yes his time is close, but he was able to complete his last remaining goal of seeing all of the family. Instead of falling apart, I was able to keep it together for my own parents, and enjoy my remaining time with uncle Bud. "Wise Mind!"


 We learn that addiction is 50% genetics, and 50% environment. Being as that I myself am I recovering addict, and once married to a man that still suffers with the disease and is in and out of the prison system, I prayed that my son would have seen how the disease plays out and make different choices for himself. That he would have seen and felt the pain as a child coming from addicts as parents. Unfortunately, he has is having to do things the hard way. Growing up I reiterated to my son over and over how he would be super vulnerable to the disease because of having it on both sides of his family. He would proclaim, that he would never follow down the same path I took.


Today, he is singing a different tune. I took him to court yesterday facing some significant drug charges around marijuana use. For those of you that know me, I'm a highly emotional person. I wanted to fall apart sobbing, blaming myself, and pleading for him a different lifestyle. As much as I want to save him from heartache and pain, I have to radically accept that he will make his own choices good and bad. I had to implement my own "wise mind" and let him face the impending consequences of his actions.


We have come to that time in in addiction treatment DBT model where we begin the skills training from the beginning. We are learning and refining skills in changing behavioral, emotional, and thinking patterns associated with problems in living, that is, those causing misery and distress. The behaviors to decrease are interpersonal chaos, labile moods and emotions, impulsiveness, and confusion about self. The behaviors we aim to increase are interpersonal effectiveness skills, emotional regulation skills, distress tolerance skills, and core mindfulness skills.


We are starting again with the core mindfulness skill set, first focusing on the skill of "wise mind"- balancing our emotional mind with our logical or rational mind. We will then transition this week into the 3 what skills of mindfulness and then the 3 how skills. Stay tuned for more strategies to stay mindful. Have a great week! PRACTICE, PRACTICE and VALIDATE, VALIDATE!


Thanks for your continued support!

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DBT Morning Lesson – Radical Acceptance:)



Good afternoon, My New Roads Blog family! :)

Awwww! A beautiful Tuesday! Opening my eyes and using my awareness to bring forth a "half-smile", I reflect on all of the wonderful things I get to do today! I edge myself to the side of the bed and proceed to stand up when I hear my bones a cracklin'. I go to move forward and my right leg is severely stiff. I head to the kitchen and realize I'm out of coffee:(! "I'm too old to feel like I do with no coffee," I say to myself.


Just a sign of the rest of my morning I guess.  From there, I go to my closet to figure out what I'm going to wear. Horribly indecisive, I pick out pants and a shirt. Putting the jeans on, I notice they are considerably tighter than they were last week. Next the shirt..."Oh God, this one won't work, it draws attention to my "healthy tummy:)!


Next...Crap!, where did that hole come from? God, grant me the strength.... Lol! Third times the charm, I could wear this one, but no clean matching undershirt! Ok, ok, breath...I head to the dryer and there...cue choir of angels...is one that will work! Whew!" Lmao:) I didn't approve of how my morning was going, but I accepted it nonetheless. Painful as it was,I was able to radically accepted that not all mornings run as smoothly as I would like.


Kari’s Addiction Recovery Success Story

IMG_1132Kari is a residential and transitional living program graduate from New Roads Treatment Center. Kari came to New Roads after a long bout with her heroin addiction that followed her father’s suicide. Upon her arrival Kari knew she had a long road ahead of her with a lot of hard work but was willing to tackle the task head on.


During her almost one year stay at New Roads Kari worked with her primary therapist, Dr. Don Beck, and the entire New Roads team to build a healthy future. She was able to celebrate her father’s life on the anniversary of his suicide sober for the first time with the support of the New Roads’ community. She mended important family relationships and was fortunate to gain her independent identity free from substances.


Kari now has a career with the United States Postal Service, a home of her very own and healthy, sober relationships. We are so proud of Kari and pleased to see how wonderfully she is succeeding in her sober life!


Facts About Alcohol Addiction

One of the more key aspects to long term recovery for addiction is education.  At New Roads we make sure our clients are not only aware of their own afflictions, but of an overview of addiction and mental health.  This ranges from national statistics on substance abuse to the very warning signs of early abuse.



facts about alchol dependence

Peter has been certified in substance abuse counseling and loves marketing.


8 Questions With A Drug Treatment Professional

What would you tell an addict about addiction, or getting help?


That is such a hard question because everybody is so different.  I would just tell them that there is a better way to live.  Whatever they are using to lose themselves is not the answer, whatever pain they have can be resolved.  I know they are just surviving no matter what their level of addiction, if they are functioning with it they are still just surviving, not living.  I would tell them to take a chance and trust someone.


What is your definition of addiction?


I don’t know that I have ever had one.  I have seen people completely lost in their addiction and they only use once a week.  I have seen perfectly functioning people that use everyday that aren’t addicts.  To me addiction is a diagnosable condition when the individual has only one priority for the day or week – to remove themselves from whatever reality they are living in. 


What are some very telling signs a person is in trouble?


People can hide addiction fairly well for long periods of time.  However, in the end whatever substance they are using will take over their life.  It really depends on the substance to see physical signs of abuse, however no matter what they are using there are usually some behavioral, emotional, or mental symptoms.  I would look for any changes in lifestyle or odd behaviors, look for significant amounts of time the person can’t be accountable for, look for drop in work production or wanting to be social. 


What would you tell the loved ones trying to get help?


I would tell them to be strong and to remain hopeful.  I would remind them that the addict has to understand there is a problem, all enabling has to be removed.  To get help for someone all of their loved ones have to have a unified front.  And I would tell them it may not just take one time at a drug treatment center, it can be a long process and just keep supporting.


What is your view on effective and ineffective treatment?


I strongly believe that the treatment has to be individualized.  What works for one person may not work for another.  A dedicated and invested staff is essential to effective treatment.  From the graveyard shift support staff all the way to the CEO of the program, every employee must take an engaged role in each and every client trying to better themselves and their life.  There can be no chinks in the armor.


What questions would you ask or what would you look for in a program?


I would want to know the credentials of both the program and the staff.  I would want to know if they stay connected with their graduates and if they are active in the addiction community.  I would ask if they have made any significant changes in treatment approaches and what the morale of the current community is.  I would want to talk to some past graduates and get a clients perspective on the program.


What makes a program different, special?


The employees are the heart and soul of any program.  As long as you find a treatment approach that best fits your needs the staff is what will really set it apart.  It is important to be able to form strong and trusting bonds with your treatment professionals.  Of course extravagant food, activities, and scenery are always nice tooJ


What are your personal views on length of stay?


I understand that most people want to be in and out of treatment in 3 or 4 weeks and be done with addiction forever.  That is unrealistic, understand that you are changing how you live, who you associate with, your entire lifestyle.  This takes real world tools to make this happen.  It is something that is extremely difficult to essentially teach yourself in a short period of time.  The longer time you have for this the better chance for long term sobriety. 


Success After Drug Treatment!

One of the most difficult aspects to measure a drug treatment center by is successful outcomes.  Although every program has a good idea of how many of their clients complete their program or graduate versus how many don't.  This can be a good indicator of a caring staff at a program, but not so much for long term positive outcomes.  We understand how important this idea of successful long term sobriety is to families seeking help for a loved one.  We encourage all of our graduates to keep and touch and let us know how they are doing so we can get an idea how are program is affecting clients in the long term and if changes need to be made.


Meet Ray Russo, he came to New Roads Residential Treatment Center from Rhode Island after multiple failed attempts at treatment and a very serious heroin overdose.  Resulting of his most recent overdose Ray suffered extreme memory loss and was desperate for change. He knew he wanted to better himself and that he did.


Ray spent more than a year completing New Roads’ residential, transitional living and outpatient programs. Through his journey in treatment he built lasting friendships, repaired relationships with his family, resolved legal issues and built a solid foundation for a fulfilling and sober  life.


Today, Ray lives in Salt Lake City with his girlfriend. He has a career working for Elevated Billing Solutions, a company that specializes in insurance billing for substance abuse and mental health services. This allows Ray to give back by advocating to obtain funding for individuals in need of the very treatment that he says saved his life. We couldn’t be more proud of Ray for his successes!