Addiction can make life seem hopeless, but there is hope. Recovery is out there and attainable by anyone who is willing. is a resource for addicts in the Texas Panhandle who are looking for help or wanting to take part in the annual event. This is a place where change can begin. Please browse the site and contact any other the treatment providers that are in our list.

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Addiction Is A Brain Disease

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 15:38 -- SoberAmarillo

The National Institutes of Health are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  They have just issued a statement on the fact addiction is a brain disease.  Not a matter of willpower.  Not solvable by good intentions, but an actual brain condition.  Luckily a treatable one.  Also included in this article is more on which part of the brain and a brief gene discussion.  Don’t take my word for it:

Death In Recovery

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 09:29 -- SoberAmarillo

On the heels of the loss of a dear recovered professional, working in the opportunity to help others recover, William White has opened a white article on being in recovery and passing away.  Typically the general public cannot access White papers.  This is an exception.  If you are so motivated please access it and the discussion on it.  No doubt there is much the recovery community has to teach “ivory tower” types on this topic.  As always, don’t take my word for it:

Binge Drinking During Adolescents

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 09:06 -- SoberAmarillo

Having memory problems?  Binge drink in adolescents (or before)?  It’s your LTP.  You heard me right.  Don’t bother telling me you having drank in 30 years.  Sure you can build skills around it.  Maybe even function as a totally “normal” adult.  Especially in today’s society.  However, the damage is still there.  Please don’t take my word for it:

How Is Our Drug Use and Mental Health

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 16:11 -- SoberAmarillo

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) releases reports from time to time.  After gathering the information, processing it, and publishing it usually it is about a year behind.  However, it is the most up to date available.  Additionally, this information is broken into regions usually covering several states.  These regions are sometimes broken into information by state.  Wanna know if we are getting better or worse?  Curious how we rate verses other states in our region?  Don’t take my word for it:

Marijuana Increases Other Illicit Drug Use?

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 09:46 -- SoberAmarillo

It’s alphabet soup time.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has just released the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).   It appears to show an increase in illicit drug use other than marijuana positively correlated to an increase in marijuana use.  In other words it looks like those using more marijuana are likely to use more other drugs as well and have alcohol related issues.  Isn’t it great the survey is called the NS-“DUH”?  Don’t take my word for it:

Medical Mental Health

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 09:35 -- SoberAmarillo

Reportedly America does poorly compared to the rest of the world in the medical “cost/outcome profile.”  As best it has been explained other countries have better medical outcomes, dollar per dollar, verses America.  Let’s not forget the poverty line in America is also higher implying dollar per dollar, you would get more goods and services in the other countries.  All of this information taken into account this author states there still seems to be a void in the current medical care model.  He will suggest what it is and how to deal with it.  His plan?  Don’t take my word for it:

September Is…

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 14:20 -- SoberAmarillo

Recovery month.  That’s right, people do in fact recover from the world of addiction.  Even from co-dependency.  It’s crazy talk I know!  September is the month dedicated to this concept.  There is power in the stories these folks have to tell.  Encouragement and strength for those just starting a walk of recovery.  There is even a movement called “Faces and Voices of Recovery” devoted to the idea successful recovery is good for America.  Seriously.  Here in Amarillo we celebrate too.  This year come eat free food and see all the services available to Amarillo and the surrounding area.  Be

JAMA on Medical Marijuana

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 12:16 -- SoberAmarillo

What do doctors as  group say about medical marijuana?  JAMA or the Journal of the American Medical Association recently had a lot to say.  Oddly the story was picked up by very few media outlets.  The Denver Post was among these.  Most of us do not have access to JAMA, but the link to the abstract is provided below.  The Denver Post cites it and Yale’s response to it as not meeting FDA standards and “patients suffered side effects with disturbing frequency.”  Don’t take my word for it:

Breast Cancer And Alcohol

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:48 -- SoberAmarillo

What is the connection between breast cancer and alcohol?  Is there a connection between the two?  If alcohol is good for you, heart disease and all, how can it cause breast cancer?  Is it the alcohol or is it the smoking done while drinking?  So very many questions and so few answers.  Mixed messages abound everywhere.  Even if the media is removed from the issue truth is still unclear.  Except for the one thing that is clear.  Women who drink are more likely to have breast cancer.  Why?  How exactly?  Don’t take my word for it:

Motivational Intervention Is Not Enough

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:34 -- SoberAmarillo

According to this article brief motivational interventions are not enough to affect heavy drinking.  Clearly this is not a surprise for those of us with an understanding of addiction.  Apparently, alcoholics need more than the time they spend in Emergency Rooms to make life changes.  Please disagree and absolutely don’t take my word for it:


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