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Gratitude As a Lifestyle

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:55 -- SoberAmarillo

With Thanksgiving around the corner gratitude and thankfulness seem to be closer to the surface.  That being the case the newly merged Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has released an article on the topic of gratitude.  Addict or not an extra helping in our lives would, no doubt, improve our dispositions and get us focused.  Hope you enjoy the article:

http://www.hazelden.org/web/public/gratitude-list-in-my-heart.page

Cigarette Prices Linked to Alcoholism

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:55 -- SoberAmarillo

We now have proof of what we thought for years.  The study from Washington in this article links higher cigarette prices with lower alcohol consumption.  The exception you ask?  Wine.  Apparently wine drinkers are less likely to smoke than other drinkers.  As a result, higher cigarette prices have less effect on wine purchases.  Don’t take my word for it:

Synthetic Drug ER Visits Up

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:10 -- SoberAmarillo

Say it isn’t so.  SAMHSA reports that ER visits due to synthetic drug use is up and likely still rising.  In one age group the number has actually doubled.  How can this be?  At least in Amarillo we have groups that make this issue the focus of their energies.  However, the problem is still here and here in force.  For those that don’t know most of these drugs are illegal in Randall county, but not in Potter county.  Some states have even passed laws that are intending to get in front of this ever changing and always growing issue.  In spite of all of this the issue is ever changing and alw

The 7% Majority (marijuana)

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 15:26 -- SoberAmarillo

So more and more states lean towards legalizing or at least decriminalizing marijuana.  (If you still need reasons why this is bad check earlier post.  If you still need more reasons seek help.  From me or others having the actual facts.)  So where is the country now?  According to this source we are at a point where 7% more of the American population believe marijuana should be legal.  This site breaks it down by state and year.  Don’t take my word for it:

Sleep Issues in Recovery

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 15:07 -- SoberAmarillo

We have all known for years (decades?) that Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, sometimes called PAW or PAWS, can and does include sleep issues as a symptom.   A simple Google search will show that sleep issues are numerous anyway.  However, what is the impact on the addict in early recovery?  What interventions hold up to review?  How can we best help our clients or ourselves through this symptom?  Don’t take my word for it:

Meth Antibody

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 14:56 -- SoberAmarillo

Hello and welcome to the Holiday season.  On the agenda for this holiday is the methamphetamine antibody.  What’s this you ask?  Basically the idea is to trick the body of an addict into thinking meth is a virus.  Then the body will treat and process it differently.  One such change is thought to be a reaction that will prevent the meth user’s brain from receiving the meth.  Unlike the similar try with alcohol this time the medication will not need to be taking daily.  Reportedly not even weekly.  Trials on mice look promising.  Don’t take my word for it:

Group 101

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:20 -- SoberAmarillo

This is part of a series of articles on groups and group behavior.  It is specifically written on how to handle disruptive group behavior from the standpoint of the group facilitator.  It presents a series of behaviors with possible solutions.  Good for young professionals to see solutions before they have to face them.  Also good for more experienced professionals to review and/or “have a leg to stand on” when dealing with difficult clients.

Number 1 Health Crisis

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:04 -- SoberAmarillo

Since it is posted on this site you have likely guessed it is not the flu.  You got it, addiction.  If you ignore the lost lives and forever changed family costs substance addition costs America $524 to $559 billion a year.  Those figures are courtesy of NIH, a branch of a branch of our Federal Government.  They are not the only ones that think it is a crisis.  Don’t take my word for it:

Marijuana Testing By Breathalyzer

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:52 -- SoberAmarillo

The link below will take you to a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) study published in Clinical Chemistry.  The full study is available for download there.  While not yet commercially available this research points to breathalyzers being able to be used possibly within the first 2 hours of smoking.  They are not just for alcohol anymore.  Don’t take my word for it:

 http://www.clinchem.org/content/59/12/1780.abstract

The Future of Substance Abuse Careers

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:39 -- SoberAmarillo

If you agree with the described solutions in this article or not the issue has been discussed for years.  Our field is aging.  While demand for services seems to be holding steady the pool of trained and newly trained professionals seems to be diminishing (especially in our area).  This article presents the idea that turnover is as much as twice that of “other professions.”  Organizations like TAAP and NADAAC work directly on some of the causes, but it leaves an uncertain future.  Don’t take my word for it:

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