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New Study Reveals Shocking Data on References to Drugs in Music

April 25, 2017 4:05 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , , , ,

Rock and roll and hip-hop have been closely linked to counterculture over the past few decades. They have developed an association with sex, substance abuse and violence, as have genres like heavy metal, jazz and other supposedly edgier categories. A new study, however, has many questioning their own conventional wisdom based on findings that country […]

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Three Career Choices that Are Prone to Higher Rates of Addiction

April 18, 2017 4:10 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , ,

When we start to examine our career choices early on in life, we immediately start making inevitable comparisons: money vs. time; opportunity vs. job scarcity; travel vs. telecommuting, etc. Very few, if any, of us are thinking about the likelihood that we’ll wind up succumbing to substance abuse and addiction by the sheer nature of […]

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Sanctuary City Penalties Shine Light on Intertwined Fate of Addiction and Immigration Policy

April 3, 2017 7:25 pm / by RU Texas posted in
Attorney General Jeff Sessions at White House Podium

Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions took to the White House briefing room and announced that cities where police arrested illegal immigrants for other crimes and knowingly kept their immigration status from the federal authorities (aka sanctuary cities) would be subject to funding freezes if they continued to fail to comply with federal law. The […]

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Your Guide to A Happy, Safe and Sober Saint Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2017 7:12 pm / by RU Texas posted in
Sober Saint Patrick's Day

Although Saint Patrick’s Day is holiday which celebrates Irish culture and spirituality, it has become an occasion that transcends cultural parameters, particularly here in the United States. For those in the recovery community, however, it can also be one of those days the reality of recover must be reinforced and they’re put face-to-face with the […]

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Is It Time To Adopt A State-by-State Approach to Addiction Treatment?

March 14, 2017 11:20 am / by RU Texas posted in , , , ,

Yesterday it was announced that the American Addiction Treatment Association launched new industry regulations for addiction care facilities in the state of Michigan. Michigan is the ninth state in which AATA membership resources are available to industry professionals, sober/transitional living facilities, and addiction treatment centers. AATA has previously launched regulatory compliance resources in California, Arizona, […]

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Misinformation Plays Significant Role in Texas Drug Epidemic

March 9, 2017 1:22 am / by RU Texas posted in , , , , , ,

It’s, frankly, little surprise that many healthcare organizations and state agencies would have a hard time keeping up with the glut of addiction-related fatalities consuming the United States. The reality is that this urgent and pervasive public health issue is growing faster than we, as a nation, can get our arms around it. The fact […]

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Aetna Loosens Restrictions on Addiction Treatment Coverage

February 28, 2017 1:23 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , ,

And now a bit of good news for addicts and their families who are concerned about treatment access in this uncertain healthcare climate. Leading health insurance provider Aetna recently announced plans to remove what has been critical roadblock for those seeking coverage for medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. The change will be implemented starting in March and will apply to all Aetna’s private insurance plans. Aetna, who is one of the world’s largest health insurance companies, is the latest provider to announce such plants over the past few months. Anthem and Cigna also announced looser restrictions on MAT with more and more Americans succumbing to overdose.

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Can Ketamine Be Used to Cure Alcohol Addiction?

January 30, 2017 6:30 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , ,

It’s been demonstrably effective in the treatment of depression; but can the tranquilizer ketamine be effective in the treatment alcohol addiction? Researchers at University College London believe so and are moving forward in an effort to prove it. Project leader Ravi Das and fellow researchers are working to determine whether or not ketamine can rewrite memories in order to reduce cravings and diminish the chance of relapse. Ketamine blocks a receptor in the brain that is instrumental in the formation of memories. Das and his colleagues are testing ketamine’s applicability in the treatment alcohol use disorder (AUD) by creating memories and then blocking them.

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Recovery Unplugged Featured in El Paso Inc. Article

January 24, 2017 6:30 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , ,

Recovery Unplugged had the honor of being featured on the popular Texas News and Lifestyle website Elpasoinc.com last week. The piece highlighted the Recovery Unplugged treatment approach and the positive impact of music in addiction treatment. It also included first-hand insight from some of our very own staff and former patients. Recovery Unplugged was honored and grateful to be featured in the piece, and we look forward to illustrating the innumerable benefits of music in addiction care when and wherever possible and appropriate. As pioneers of music-based treatment, we welcome any and all opportunities to further discuss its successes, evolution and future.

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