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Opioid Misuse Rates

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:13 -- SoberAmarillo

So we are hearing a lot lately about the misuse of prescription pain killers commonly called opioids.  So what are the rates among those suffering from chronic pain?  How do we begin to figure that out?  This article has an answer to both questions.  It also cites several sources of supportive information.  Always a bonus.  What are the rates?  What are the addiction rates of the same population?  Don’t take my word for it:

http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml

Linking IV Drug Use and HIV

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:03 -- SoberAmarillo

For those still needing proof of HIV and IV drug use being connected be joyful.  Here is some more.  According to the New York Times  this small town of Austin, Indiana is the latest in a long line of evidence.  Much like smoking we are not allowed to force people to smoke to see the results.  However, like smoking, other proof exist.  Don’t take my word for it:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/us/small-indiana-city-races-to-curb-hivs-spread.html?_r=0

What Kills 100 Americans A Day?

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:22 -- SoberAmarillo

Well, since it is posted here, no doubt it is drug related.  According the CDC it is opioid based medications.  The FDA reports this is a problem.  The solution?  Develop abuse deterrent medications.  Three immediate reactions occur in substance abuse counselors spoken with in Amarillo.  They were, in no particular order; seems like a good idea in theory, anyone remember the last “non addictive” medication for sleep, and, “is there no way to monitor this and get people to treatment if they need it?”  What do you think?  Also, don’t take my word for it:

Is Logic Enough?

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 09:42 -- SoberAmarillo

Ever work with someone best described as a train wreck about to happen?  Much like the old saying you know it is going to be bad, but you just can’t look away.  Users very clearly have an emotional response to these habits.  As such what do we do to address this?  Is it enough to provide logical responses and logic based options if they do not illicit an emotional response?  How do we add emotion to the logic?  Don’t take my word for it:

The Trouble with Opinion Driven Policy

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:06 -- SoberAmarillo

On the heels of S683 (to move marijuana to a schedule 2 drug) we have a steady stream of articles like this one.  This article was submitted by a MD.  A real doctor of medicine.  It falls into good company of medical doctors with marijuana concerns.  The article starts with shifting public opinion using adolescents as proof then moves to what makes this a bad idea for the world.  It uses facts verses emotion charged arguments.  Things like 3 times high psychosis rates and cognitive impairments the likes which youth never catch up from.  Don’t take my word for it:

E-cigarettes and Risky Behavior

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:51 -- SoberAmarillo

There is a fair amount of speculation related to e-cigs and other behaviors.  Evidence on health effects is becoming clearer, but this article is not about health effects.  This one focuses on other behaviors the study authors have classified as risky.  As one might predict part of them are in line with other tobacco risk rates.  Don’t take my word for it:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_151462.html

Potter Verses Randall County

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:16 -- SoberAmarillo

The national, by county, health ranking system is out.  We here in Amarillo sit on the county line.  Those of us in the field have asked some very specific questions like, “why is k2 illegal in Randall county, but not in Potter county.”  What about other county differences?  What difference do these things make in the “big picture?”  Of the 237 counties in Texas where do Potter and Randall stand on overall health and is it really that different?  The answer is YES.  Way different.  How exactly?  Don’t take my word for it:

The Secret To Happiness

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 09:18 -- SoberAmarillo

Altruistic purpose!  “Now that I’m clean how can I be of use to myself, much less anyone else?”  So now what?  The rules I had for living no longer apply.  “My purpose for living is gone and I miss it!”  “Now I have all this time.  How do I not be bored?”  The statements are many and varied.  The solutions don’t have to be.  Individualized sure, but one concept.  Armed with education on enabling wind up and take off.  Don’t take my word for it:

http://www.recoverytoday.net/articles/630-altruistic-purpose

Recovery?

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 09:00 -- SoberAmarillo

What does this word mean, recovery?  Why recovery and not cured?  Ever hear a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing?  Decades ago a little bit of knowledge was all we had.  Unfortunately many members of the general public are still there.  No doubt we all have what experts in other fields would call a little bit of knowledge.  However, this is our field.  We do and have done great things.  How did we move from a “chronic illness” club to beat clients with to a life of recovery to brace clients up?  This article has a brief history of major players with a link for more information.  T

SAMHSA’s Texas Report

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 14:20 -- SoberAmarillo

Ever wonder where Texas stands in the country on drug trends?  Curious how many people get treatment and what for?  Wonder if we are using more or less drugs than in the past?  If so, have I got a link for you!  This study will no doubt be quoted in future articles and studies.  We could give you all these answers, but don’t take my word for it:

http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/State_BHBarometers_2014_2/BHBarometer-TX.pdf

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