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Feeling Equals Healing

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 13:40 -- SoberAmarillo

Wouldn’t it be great if people in recovery could never experience another “negative” emotion?  If when we have gained recovery these emotions are a thing of the past?  Well that is simply not the case.  Even the great spiritual leaders of all time felt emotions they dealt with on a regular basis.  Not only is this normal and expected, it may even show those in recovery are getting better.  Let’s face it, only those intoxicated, dead, or really on the edge of crazy never feel.  What do we do about getting better?  Don’t take my word for it:

Gun Violence and Mental Illness

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:41 -- SoberAmarillo

Remember the very public mass shootings and the fall out caused?  In every case “mental illness” is reported as a factor.  Some would say as a leading factor.  Thus leading to the idea that psychiatric care can predict and even stop shooters.  Is psychiatric care an actual leading factor?  In short, nope.  This will be no surprise to those experienced with substance use, but the first listed factor is substance use.  So let’s cut funding for these programs universally across the country.  What’s the worst that can happen?  Add this to the already massive list.  Don’t take my word for it:

Finally, Marijuana Stats From CO and WA

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:13 -- SoberAmarillo

As predicted federally illegal marijuana use has sky rocketed.  Not as predicted 26 of the 31 cities in Colorado that voted to legalize marijuana have now voted to make it illegal in their city.  This article also points out (as previous blogs on this site have) that the millions spent to get this vote were from organizations in other states.  Remember the argument for legalization that went something like, “its marijuana!!  People will just get stoned and sit on the couch!!”  Turns out people committing “disorderly conduct” crimes is up 51%.  If only someone could have predicted this befor

Marijuana, The Money Crop?

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 13:48 -- SoberAmarillo

The short answer is not just no, but not even in any way.  The group in Massachusetts that poured money into legalizing marijuana in California, Colorado, and other states did so by comparing marijuana to alcohol and tobacco.  Their propaganda lacked the complete story, but let us say it is the same.  To be clear it is NOT.  Some states, like Wisconsin, keep really good records.  That one state makes revenue on alcohol and tobacco sells, sure.  It also keeps records on the cost minus this revenue.  Wisconsin also tracks people as well as money.  In dollars the state loses $11.3 billion doll

Distance Therapy Not a Replacement

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 13:30 -- SoberAmarillo

As technology advances the question of serving “rural and frontier” areas of our country (like Amarillo and surrounding areas) continue to resurface.  Their appear to be two sides to the issue.  Quite simply “it works” verses “it doesn’t work.”  A simple Google search will point out pages of folks ready willing and able to provide “distance therapy.”  This article tackles this question.  Their conclusion?  In cases of substance abuse it works as an enhancement, but not a replacement.  What does that mean exactly?  Don’t take my word for it:

Anti Suicide App (by SAMHSA)

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 13:08 -- SoberAmarillo

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a branch of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  SAMHSA has recently announced it will ring in the new year with an App.  This is app is specifically designed for substance abuse and mental health professionals in the treatment of Suicidal clients.  To my knowledge it is the first one that is not designed for the client, but the caregiver.  GO TEAM!!!  Don’t take my word for it:

Parity Back In the Spotlight

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:22 -- SoberAmarillo

Mental health parity, which went into effect in 2009, basically says mental health and substance abuse have to be funded at physical care levels.  Apparently 60 Minutes ran a story about how this is not the case.  They included lists of pending law suits and the name of a medical doctor that makes over $25,000 a month working from home.  Their indication is that he is paid to refuse claims.  With a mental health services denial rate of over 90% versus around 50% for medical claims commercial insurers seem to be in a position to lose several cases.  Oh well, the big stacks of money plus inte

FASD Four Times Higher Than Thought

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:41 -- SoberAmarillo

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a birth defect caused by the mother’s use of substances during pregnancy.  Substances other than alcohol have been linked to this disorder.  Most notably inhalants and marijuana as well as alcohol.  Recently SAMHSA supported this study on the rate of FASD.  Due to the fact the full article is not available to the general public there will be a spoiler.  The FASD rates in the sample were at least double, maybe quadruple the rates predicted from earlier studies.  They midpoint at 3.6 times higher.  Don’t take my word for it:

The Comedy In The 12 Steps

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 17:25 -- SoberAmarillo

For decades the 12 step idea has changed lives of addicts and the numerous people who they touch.  If used appropriately they contain a massive amount of power.  This writer links that mentality to the rules of “improv” comedy in his article.  He states that following these three simple rules of comedy will improve the way you deal with your recovery.  He adds personal personnel examples and explanation.  What are the three rules you ask?  Don’t take my word for it:

Opioid Use Leads To Heroin?

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 16:04 -- SoberAmarillo

According this article about the CDC heroin use related overdoses is up.  Why you ask?  Reportedly it is a multiphase issue.  Two causes seem to be blamed more than any other.  First, the supply of Heroin in the United States is apparently up.  Second, the free flowing use of prescription opioids leaves patients looking for a better supply for the resulting addiction.  Something about brain pathways and drug seeking behavior.  Don’t take my work for it:


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