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Resistance and Denial

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 14:31 -- SoberAmarillo

How do you work with resistance and denial?  There are likely as many answers as there are people to give them.  Whether with a family member or more formally this author, Dr. Grinstead, presents a straight forward 5 step process.  He seems to favor working at the cognitive level.  Those who have been around addiction for awhile know this to be a well documented approach.  What are his steps?  How do you move to the cognitive level?  Is it a tool you can use?  Don’t take my word for it:

Addiction As A Brain Disease

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 13:58 -- SoberAmarillo

Have you heard this debate or about this debate?  It is fascinating.  Who has the right to call something a disease?  Doctors?  Apparently not, they weighed in back in the 50s.  They said it is a disease.  Who then and why does it matter?  Dr Nora Volkow, MD (a real Medical Doctor type of doctor) seems to think it does matter.  She has a long list of qualifications and has been honored by magazines and groups both in and out of the addiction world.  Why does it matter?  How can one idea or another really make a difference?  Don’t take my word for it:

Living In Amarillo

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 09:11 -- SoberAmarillo

Did you see this?  Apparently Amarillo is 5th on a list of most dangerous cities in Texas.  What’s are these numbers based on?  Who figured it?  Don’t take my word for it.  We know from the stats our federal tax dollars pay for that the drug use rate of prisoners in jail connected to drugs or drug use is about 85%.  Now if only we had some kind of research connecting “good” substance abuse services to lower crime rates.  Oh wait, we do.  Guess what I’m going to say the answer to this problem is…  Hey, don’t take my word for it:

Drug Abuse Crisis

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:32 -- SoberAmarillo

Did you know we are in the middle of a national “drug abuse crisis”?  No kidding.  In the interest of giving credit where credit is due a congressional subcommittee actually called for experts in the field they were focused on to come speak to them.  No knee jerk reaction or passing a group of “fix it” bills.  Those of us on either side of the desk are well aware of this crisis, but yeah for some national attention.  The timing is good too.  Right on the heels of the NAADAC march on the hill day.  Could the two be connected?  You decide.  Which group?

The NFL and Drugs

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 15:33 -- SoberAmarillo

For those watching and paying attention the NFL and drugs have a long a rich history.  No pun intended.  Here is another round of drinking this time.  Whatever the reason it seems like a good thing when our field makes national news in a positive light.  This particular player states the counseling is helpful and other related good things.  Which player?  Which team?  What happened to his career?  Don’t take my word for it:

Risk of Leaving ACA

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 09:22 -- SoberAmarillo

What is ACA?  Against Clinical Advice is what ACA means this time.  Ever wonder if there was a way to tell at assessment what the odds of the patient leaving treatment without completing were like?  You are not alone in this line of thinking.  As rarely happens we have a sponsored Whitepaper.  For those not familiar with Whitepaper, they typically charge to view the research they publish.  Fairly heavily quoted and valuable information.  Most of the time those of us qualifying as “general public” never get access to them.  However, this one is sponsored so we can see it.  Which attitudes ne

What About The AMA Ban

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 16:15 -- SoberAmarillo

Did you hear about this?  The American Medical Association (AMA) is trying to figure out if drug companies should be allowed to advertise directly to consumers.  Unless you live in a cave or only watch Netflix you have no doubt seen the little cartoon butterfly and heard “for erections lasting more than eight hours” while eating dinner.  So what are the details here?  What would be the repercussions?  Are these ads regulated now?  Don’t take my word for it: 

Less Mental Services Equals Higher Emergency Department Visits

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 16:08 -- SoberAmarillo

After the collective, well-duh, take a look at this link.  Cutting community services “due to high cost” is not efficient or cheaper.  SAMHSA has told us for years a dollar spent on services saves $11.87!  Feel free to check their website for details.  In the mean time here is another in a going list of studies were a decision was made without all the facts and a huge cost was paid.  An unnecessary cost.  Basically Emergency Department visits tripled and length of stay increased by 55%.  Don’t take my word for it:

Is Anybody Listening?

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 15:57 -- SoberAmarillo

Apparently Addiction has taken the forefront as an election issue.  Even beyond the economy according to one poll.  Those of us getting “long in the tooth” know they are not two separate issues.  But wow.  Some people are listening.  Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton have it as part of their platform.  Hopefully this will encourage other candidates to “pick up the torch” as it were and “get on board” with the issue.  Which poll?  Who says?  Don’t take my word for it:

Sometimes It Happens

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 15:45 -- SoberAmarillo

On the heels of the death of Stone Temple Pilots or Velvet Revolvers ex-lead singer making the news and facebook it seems worth mentioning drug users die.  Sometimes while still in services.  Sometimes after leaving services.  And, unfortunately, sometimes after getting sober, yet still too soon.  It has been said there are only two kinds of retired drug counselors; those that lost clients and those that quit before it happened.  It seems not to matter which side of the desk your on the idea of 1000s of people passing away each day due to substance use or complications caused by use is very


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