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Building A Solid Support System in Recovery

June 22, 2017 2:39 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , , ,
Support System Sign Post

When we enter the early stages of post-treatment recovery, it’s the people around us that comprise our support system and will ultimately be our primary source of strength on some of our most vulnerable days. Despite it being a critical element of our continuing recovery, it can be harder than we may realize to find […]

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What Type of Addiction Treatment Program is Right for Me?

June 19, 2017 9:35 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , , , , ,
Addiction Treatment Program Doctor and Patient.

It’s a question every person entering treatment for addiction must ask themselves: What type of addiction treatment program would be the right fit for me? The answer to this question is contingent upon a variety of factors and should be considered closely before making a decision. The wrong facility or program can very quickly discourage […]

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Drug Overdose Now the Leading Cause of Death for Americans Under 50

June 8, 2017 8:45 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , , , ,
Graves signifying deaths from drug overdose.

The Office of the Attorney General reports that fatal drug overdose rates hit a new in 2016. They also report that this year’s spike represents the largest single-year increase in American history. In 2015, there were approximately 53,000 fatal drug overdoses in the United States, up from the more than 47,000 the year prior. Preliminary […]

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Assessing The Lingering Emotional Trauma of the Manchester Arena Attack

May 24, 2017 2:45 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , ,
Recovering from the trauma of the Manchester bombing.

It’s been less than 48 hours since Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton of Libyan descent, detonated a homemade bomb outside Manchester Arena, at the end of a concert by pop singer Ariana Grande. In the hours following the attack, media outlets from all over the world have been reporting on every aspect of the story, […]

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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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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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Are Recovery Schools the Wave of the Future for Juvenile Addicts?

February 21, 2017 4:47 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , , ,

Addiction has many casualties. Depending upon when, in one’s life, substance abuse takes hold, it can take away any sense of normalcy that so many of us take for granted, including a decent education. Many parents of young addicts are forced to choose between their children’s education and their recovery. The Substance Abuse and Mental […]

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Gregg County Perfectly Represents Texas’ Diverse Addiction Problem

January 17, 2017 6:29 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , ,

Gregg County Sherriff Maxey recently spoke before members of the Longview Griggton Rotary Club about the multi-pronged addiction threat facing Gregg County and the rest of the lone star state. The talk provided illuminating insight into the pervasive and devastating public health issue that addiction represents in Texas, as well as its impact on communities across the state. Cerliano highlighted the most urgent drug threats in the area and the conditions that lead to and sustain abuse on an individual and community level. Gregg County has experienced a steady methamphetamine problem for years, mostly because it is easy to make and it’s cheaper than heroin and cocaine, which are also readily available in the area.

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A SAFE and Happy Halloween: Alcohol and Halloween’s Burgeoning Relationship

October 31, 2016 4:36 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , ,

This year Americans will have spent approximately $8.5 billion on Halloween. Translation: it’s not just a kids’ holiday anymore. While many of us still celebrate the occasion by taking our children or nieces and nephews trick-or-treating, or sitting at home and watching scary movies, Halloween has become an increasingly social (and increasingly adult) affair. As yesterday’s children become today’s adults, many keep the spirit of Halloween alive and well, and take their love of the holiday to new and more mature heights. This past weekend, many of us took part in Halloween celebrations that had little or nothing to do with children. There were parties, club outings and all other manner of grown-up events where the costumes were elaborate…and the alcohol was flowing.

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Sing Your Life: The Positive Impact of Singing on the Brain

October 21, 2016 4:34 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , ,

Ever notice how we often sing when we’re excited, exuberant or motivated? This is not a coincidence. Nor is it a coincidence that over 30 million adults in America are in choirs. Whether we’re in the car, performing live, singing with our friends, cleaning our houses or in any other environment, singing just makes us feel better. This is one of the reasons why, regardless of whether or not we’ve ever picked up an instrument, we can all benefit from music therapy. Group-singing, in particular has been said to elicit feelings of camaraderie, jubilation and fulfillment. The reasons for this are many and varied.

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