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Addiction Is A Disease!

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:25 -- SoberAmarillo

If you have been on either side of the desk for very long you have no doubt been exposed to this argument.  The American Medical Association ended it in the 50s, yet it continues to hang around.  If it makes you feel any better, or if you need another source for it, here you go.  The latest chapter at the national level of this debate.  NIDA director, Dr. Nora Volkow, calls out the author of an article.  We do not have access to the full article near as I can tell.  Here is an overview.  Don’t take my word for it:

Joining Forces

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:06 -- SoberAmarillo

Historically speaking the more different folks at the table who understand substance use the better.  Sometimes they are “odd mates” as the saying goes, but usually services improve.  Here is one such example.  Reportedly the effort has also caused a similar affect in surrounding areas.  What was the combo?  How did it work?  Don’t take my word for it:

Show Me the Quick Fix

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:02 -- SoberAmarillo

Here is someone your client or you likely don’t even know.  Yet he is telling your client or you everything the counselor has already said.  Addiction is a process in taking months/years/decades, so it is a process out.  Please don’t take my word for it:

Obama’s Clemency

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 15:24 -- SoberAmarillo

Did you hear about this?  In his final days as a US president Obama has made a clear statement regarding nonviolent drug offenders.  He granted clemency to 76 such inmates.  Regardless of your political views it seems the office of the President has stated prison is not the place for these people.  It is unclear if treatment was part of the deal, but we know as ASAP has pointed out several times treatment works where prison fails.  Congratulations to the 76 either way.  Don’t take my word for it:

Evidenced Based Services

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 15:08 -- SoberAmarillo

For years we have heard these words.  Now funding seems more and more tied to the idea of evidenced based or not at all.  There are clearly pros and cons to the idea.  Most of us have no choice remaining.  For the rest of us time is limited.  So how do you pick one?  How do you know it is a good fit for your clients?  Or for your staff?  This article offers some possible solutions.  It definitely offers some resources to find solutions.  Don’t take my word for it:

Medical Marijuana Leads to More Nonmedical Use

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 14:47 -- SoberAmarillo

No really.  From either side of the desk this makes common sense.  Consider how many folks get treated annually for nonmedical use of other prescriptions.  This article cites the NSDUH and basically claims nonmedical marijuana use rates are higher in “medical marijuana” states than those not having a medical marijuana law.  They use the adolescent demographic to make their point.  Don’t take my word for it:

Narcissism in Addiction

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 15:29 -- SoberAmarillo

Reportedly around 50% of narcissist are also addicts.  This means you are likely to see one or two hundred in your career as a counselor or person living in recovery.  While not a new problem surprising little is studied.  If not handled correctly this author calls them exhausting.  Here are some ideas about enablers, rehab, and other topics specifically related to this type of person.  What are they?  Don’t take my word for it:

The Addicted Brain Works Differently

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 15:10 -- SoberAmarillo

Evidence continues to mount in the study of brain addiction.  Among the latest additions is this study discussing the brains of undergraduate students and the link to addiction.  Alcoholism in this case.  Because if you want to study alcoholism undergraduates are clearly the way to go.  This study actually breaks the parts of the brain out and looks at them in comparison.  The results?  Don’t take my word for it:

“Medical Marijuana” is Not Legal Even In Colorado

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:56 -- SoberAmarillo

One can only imagine all the cases in Colorado about marijuana.  The Colorado supreme court just made national news by stating employers in Colorado have the right to fire any employee that tests positive for marijuana.  Even if they have a prescription and are smoking off-duty.  To add insult to injury for NORML it was a unanimous ruling!  Don’t take my word for it:

Driving Goes to Pot

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:26 -- SoberAmarillo

In a recent study the effects of driving drunk were compared to the effects of smoking marijuana.  Drunk driving was measured by a BAC of 0.8 as is the national standard.  But what should the standard be for smoking marijuana?  Great question huh.  Before we get into the study please take a moment and consider the amount and THC percentage marijuana smokers put into their/our bodies.  At last count the DEA talked about marijuana sold as “average weed” being around 10 to 12% THC.  So, not the good stuff, but not the cheap stuff.  The same group of information discussed 5% as being the lowest


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