Addiction can make life seem hopeless, but there is hope. Recovery is out there and attainable by anyone who is willing. is a resource for addicts in the Texas Panhandle who are looking for help or wanting to take part in the annual event. This is a place where change can begin. Please browse the site and contact any other the treatment providers that are in our list.

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So What About Wax?

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:44 -- SoberAmarillo

Ever hear of this?  Odds are good you have if you live in Texas.  Wax is a highly concentrated form of marijuana.  Much like the early days of methamphetamine the police and DEA are finding these production sites when they explode, burn things down, or catch people on fire (OOOPS!).  By the way, it is illegal in Washington and Colorado.  As you may guess, it is fast on the rise there too.  Don’t take my word for it:

A NSDUH Barrier Breakdown

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:51 -- SoberAmarillo

So the NSDUH came out as reported in an earlier post.  As reported every year for a long long time only a small percentage of those classified as needing treatment for substance use received any.  This article talks about reasons why that might be.  As always we are limited to just the questions asked.  However, here is a plug for the OSAR.  YOU GO!!  On the barriers list is no way to pay.  Thank you state of Texas and those that work in the OSAR program.  Don’t take my word for it:


A New Opioid Drug Bill

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:34 -- SoberAmarillo

A new bill promises to help stamp out opioid use in America.  This bill has several approaches and $80 million or so dollars behind it.  Read the link.  Make up your own mind if you think it is a  good plan or not.  Don’t stop there though.  Go the extra step and let your congressman know how you would like her/him to vote.  You decide if put into place this bill could be helpful or not.  Don’t take my word for it:

Big Marijuana

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:42 -- SoberAmarillo

Hello Amarillo-ians.  In the near future is a state level vote on marijuana legalization.  Does your representative know how you feel?  Do you know how you feel?  After the myths and propaganda are cut away what are the facts?  What is the social cost?  Who is paying that cost?  Well, the social cost is high and climbing.  “We the people” are paying it.  Not we the pot smoking people, but all of us.  There exist in Amarillo a hour and a half presentation to scratch the surface of this issue.  In the mean time, don’t take my word for it, look what it has already done to Colorado:

UAs, Beating The Cheating

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:51 -- SoberAmarillo

In our forensic laden world a whole lot of faith is placed in the “evidence” by the general public.  Unfortunately that sometimes bleeds into the field and related fields.  Sometimes probation officers, judges, and the like find themselves having to say something like, “the forensic evidence says he was clean.”  Even though professionals and others in recovery are watching this client stagger around, slur their speech, and peer out through red eyes.  This article focuses on how to reduce and test for UA tampering.   How you ask?  Don’t take my word for it:

No More Tobacco At CVS

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 16:54 -- SoberAmarillo

What is the one drug that kills more people than all other drugs plus suicide plus homicide plus other stuff combined?  Estimates are someplace around 440,000 a year dead.  You guessed it, tobacco.  CVS recently took a big risk and said no more!  No more will they sell tobacco.  Not only is getting hard to find a place to smoke now it is getting hard to find a smoke!  Bold move CVS, may your profits more than cover the loss.  Don’t take my word for it:


Tue, 09/09/2014 - 16:48 -- SoberAmarillo

The new NSDUH is out.  SAMHSA, or a branch of the federal government dedicated to mental health and substance abuse, releases a study called the National Survey on Drug Use and Health or the NSDUH.  As we like to call it, the ns DUH!!  It frequently puts into writing and confirms what we already know in the field.  This makes it a great source to quote.  Among other things it says the percent of those receiving the treatment needed for substance abuse is just over 10%.  Let’s see how the Parity Act affects this in the future shall we?  Don’t take my word for it:

What Kills 54 Americans A Day?

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 16:41 -- SoberAmarillo

Hello fellow readers.  Recently after years of work, the prescription drug that kills just over 54 Americans a day has been more restricted.  Why you ask?  Because it kills 54 Americans a day.  Otherwise known as 20,000 people a year.   Imagine, if you will, the volume of people affected by such a high death rate.  With the recent submission of medical drugs out of the K-2 line to the FDA less of this killer may be needed anyway.  What drug am I talking about?  Even if I told you I would say, but don’t take my word for it:


Recovery Month!!

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 16:32 -- SoberAmarillo

For those of you that don’t know September is the month labeled as “Recovery Month.”  This is no doubt due to the fact that people only get clean in September.  No really, this month more than any other has been set aside to honor those in recovery and those that helped them get there.  This goes all the way to the top folks.  Historically the President of the United States declares it so.  This year is no exception, but don’t take my word for it:


Suicide Rates and Drugs

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:34 -- SoberAmarillo

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!!  Suicide rates are higher among drug users.  Who knew?  We all did, right?  Every now and then someone in the professional world challenges this idea.  Some even have stats that seem to say this is not the case.  Well guess what.  This is the case.  This has been the case for at least a decade.  However, now you can say, but don’t take my word for it.  Take SAMHSA’s.


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