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Parity Backed By Highest Court in the Land

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:04 -- SoberAmarillo

In case you did not already know the Supreme court recently supported the Parity Act.  The decision was 6 to 3 of the nine judges.  Basically anyone at up to 400% of the federal poverty level can receive mental health and substance abuse services through the ACA.  According to a website not connected the article; http://familiesusa.org/product/federal-poverty-guidelines this is as high as $47,000 a year for a single household.  A household of 4 is up to $97,000 a year.  Don’t take my word for it:

More Serious Drinkers

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 16:14 -- SoberAmarillo

The National Institutes of Health are a part of the US federal government.  When they say alcohol use rates are up it refers to a very specific kind of user.  In this case users meet the criteria for clinically significant use.  In other words, the numbers of folks having serious alcohol issues is up.  At least here in America.  Reportedly this is the second leading cause of “preventable death” in America.  Do I have proof problem drinking is up?  Don’t take my word for it:

Lessons of Mickey Mouse

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:59 -- SoberAmarillo

It’s a small world after all.  How much are people drinking and/or using around the world?  Which countries are at the top of the list?  Who is at the bottom?  Glad you ask.  Apparently this information is publicly available for U.N. countries.  This article pulls that information and puts it into one place.  The June publication of Addiction reportedly has all the details.  However, the rest of us have this link.  So how does the good ol’ US of A rank?  Don’t take my word for it. 

Alcohol and Neuroimmune Signaling

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:42 -- SoberAmarillo

It turns out treating symptoms of the disease may prove helpful.  This article discusses an up and coming approach to alcoholism.  It involves, “Neuroimmune signaling and the activity of immune-related genes.”  While still in the early stages they claim it does show promise.  However, what do those words mean?  How would something like that even work?  Don’t take my word for it:

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Recovery App

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 09:49 -- SoberAmarillo

Can someone in recovery, especially newly in recovery, have too many tools?  How about turning your smart phone into one of those tools?  To quote an old advertising slogan we, “don’t ever leave home without it.”  The self named “next generation” of recovery apps is now out.  It is called the Cassava app.  Among its features are recovery motivational articles – directly to your smart phone.  Don’t take my word for it.

Food and Addiction Relapse

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 09:39 -- SoberAmarillo

Ever see someone get clean and sober then pack on the pounds?  Is there a link between the two events?  This author says absolutely.  Even adding statements like, “often exacerbating relapse.”  She has so much to say she wrote a book on the topic of nutrition.  Also, of course, she has her own television show.  Curious?  Which show?  What book?  Don’t take my word for it!

Spirituality Matters

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 09:28 -- SoberAmarillo

Hello readers.  As a person struggles to get and stay clean all they have to change is everything, right?  Sounds easy enough.  When working through these struggles people naturally seek comfort.  Typically this is done in the old ways playing a part in the current issues.  This author suggests spirituality as a replacement to the previous destructive patterns.  How could this be?  How might that work?  Don’t take my word for it:

2016 Presidential Candidates (so far)

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 17:42 -- SoberAmarillo

On this site it should be no surprise to the regular readers this article is about the candidates stances on substance abuse.  At the time it was written there were four candidates for US president.  One of the strong suits of this article is it links the quotes and statements to the source for you.  So, what are the candidates stances on substance abuse?  As you might guess some are more straight forward than others.  Don’t take my word for it:

Substance Abuse Professional Shortage

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:38 -- SoberAmarillo

Ever of this concept?  Here in Amarillo we are painfully aware of it with the closing of Amarillo College’s training program.  According to this article there are only two states worse off than Texas.  This article predicts a “perfect storm” of factors crashing together in the next five or so years.  It cites many reasons and some possible solutions.  It also reinforces the statistic of substance use disorders affecting about 10% of the general American population.  Don’t take my word for it:

Dopamine 101

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 09:54 -- SoberAmarillo

Ever hear the word dopamine before?  It clearly plays a role in addiction.  But how?  This article explores dopamine as it relates to addictions.  The link mentions opioids, but the author in fact discusses addiction in general.  The only specific measures are tobacco, meth, marijuana, and heroin.  What does the article say about addiction, dopamine, and those drugs?  Don’t take my word for it:

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