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MD Specialty

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 10:51 -- SoberAmarillo

Did you hear about this?  Apparently on March 14th a new medical specialty was born into this country.  Given the information is posted here you can rightly guess it is an addiction specialty.  It seems the long awaited next step from the folks that brought us addiction as a disease some 60 years or so ago.  Why does it matter?  How did it happen?  What took so long?  What can we expect from the medical field now?  Don’t take my word for it:

Do Americans Overuse Opiates?

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 09:35 -- SoberAmarillo

Evidence would seem to say yes.   Per person we use 3-5 times the amount of any other country.  So, what do we do?  Is there another way?  Do we have options?  What is the rest of the world doing to manage pain that we are not doing?  Oddly enough, did you know the use of opiate based pain relief actually makes pain stronger in people if used over time.  Here is one alternative method supported by research.  Don’t take my word for it:

A Note on Exercise

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 09:09 -- SoberAmarillo

UT at Austin brings this ancient, well known, seldom used topic back out into the light of day.  It has been a long standing idea regular exercise can treat mild depression as well as some moderate depression cases.  Also, regular exercise is helpful in treating symptoms of bi-polar.  Even severe cases of depression seem to benefit from regular exercise.  Therefore, it should come as no surprise to anyone reading this exercise is, in fact, a great way to mediate or treat symptoms related to withdrawal from substances.  What is regular exercise?  How hard do you have to workout?   How often?

The New Children of Users (FASD)

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:55 -- SoberAmarillo

Ever hear of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?  More commonly called FASD.  The word alcohol is a little misleading.  In the wide range of available drugs out there more than just alcohol causes issues with unborn children.  Please remember there is a certain ratio of children born with FASD symptoms to parents without use histories.  However, these symptoms appear in significantly higher percentages of children born to parents with use disorders.  What are the symptoms?  Where is the newest research looking?  Don’t take my word for it: 

Cannabis Moving Forward

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 13:50 -- SoberAmarillo

In spite of all the reasons against it, medical and otherwise, marijuana use seems to be rising.  Therefore, it is likely time we talk about treating its abuse related issues.  Believe it or not marijuana appears to follow the same addiction needs as every other drug on the planet.  No really.  This article reminds me of a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry way back in Vol. 43, No.

What Are The Feds Saying Now

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 11:15 -- SoberAmarillo

If you’re like me the name Michael Botticelli has little, if any, meaning.  Apparently he is the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.  At this time he added chatting on Facebook to a group of family members of addicts to his job description.  What did he say?  Which issues did he respond to?  Don’t take my word for it:

A Brain Disease

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 09:25 -- SoberAmarillo

All of our regular readers are familiar with this idea.  Seeing it in a magazine like Forbes, however, brings to mind the Lego song.  Ya know, awesome!  Back in the 1950s the American Medical Association attempted to end this debate.  Clearly it didn’t work.  Have you ever considered what the outcome might be if the hours upon hours and dollars upon dollars were actually spent to help the addict verses arguing about the addicts condition?  Why now?  What exactly are they saying?  What support do they have?  Don’t take my word for it:

Look To Your Left…

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 09:11 -- SoberAmarillo

The Affordable Care Act and other measures have now opened treatment to millions more people.  Just ask them, they have the numbers.  Crazy to think about for those of us who have fought for it for years.  Now we have a new problem.  See the substance abuse counselor on your left, the one on your right, the one in front of you, and the one behind you?  Next year one of them will have left the field.  Not moved to another job in the field, but left entirely.  Gone.  This is a national statistic of course.  In Amarillo this poses a unique issue.  We no longer have a program to provide this sp

From A Neurobiological Angle

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 10:39 -- SoberAmarillo

Long long ago in a city far far away the American Medical Association (AMA) classified addiction as a disease.  When this happened the debate did not stop, but the behavior of those understanding changed.  NIDA, your tax dollars at work, has just published a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine.  This paper dares to say not only is addiction a disease, but it follows the early, middle, and late stage disease model.  If you’re really cool you call it the predomal, crucial, and critical stages.  In fact, the study even goes so far as to say there are neurobiological changes associated

America Loves Our Drugs

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 09:54 -- SoberAmarillo

In spite of the current hype the two most abused drugs in America currently are alcohol and marijuana.  In fact, use of both of these drugs is up to an all time high.  Pun intended.  To spite only having around 20% of the world’s population we here in America consume roughly 80% of the world’s drugs.  Go us!  Over the last few years the amount of both alcohol and marijuana consumed per capita is now up.  Up by how much?  Any particular group having a faster rate of increase?  Don’t take my word for it:


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