Posted on November 30, 2012 in Alumni
Self-disclosure Can Be Good – and Good for You
Not long ago, Mehmet Oz – you probably know him as Dr. Oz – asked a great question in his blog: Have you ever noticed how good you feel after venting? It doesn’t matter to whom you vent – a friend, a therapist, even a stranger who was willing to listen. Revealing what you’re feeling actually makes you feel better.
Indeed, self-disclosure has an array of health benefits, not the least of which is that it activates the brain’s intrinsic “reward” pathway, which can improve a person’s mood and diminish his or her stress level. This pathway, which was the focus of a May 2012 study cited in Dr. Oz’s blog, produces feelings of reward, desire, and satisfaction.
Oh, and when it’s suppressed? That can lead to depression – and even to alcohol and drug addiction.
Posted on July 12, 2012 in Event
The Thirty Eighth Annual TAAP State Conference on Addiction Studies
Dr Powers will be signing his new book “When the Servants Becomes The Master”. Don’t miss this unique event and the chance to meet Dr Powers in person.
“2012 Leagues Under the Sea: A Treasure Chest of Education”
Date: July 26-28, 2012
Location: Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade
9821 Colonnade Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78230
Posted on July 3, 2012 in Alcohol and Drug Treatment
If you or a loved one is in need of drug and alcohol treatment, the wide range of facilities and levels of service can be overwhelming–multiple providers, varying philosophies, different treatment modalities, pricing differences, insurance and more. Where do you look for help? And how do you choose the best option?
A quick Internet search will lead you to a myriad of treatment providers. The good news is that virtually all these providers have web sites equipped with helpful self-assessment tools and contact information to speak with knowledgeable professionals.
Posted on May 10, 2012 in Event
2012 NAATP Annual Addiction Treatment Leadership Conference
May 19 -22, 2012
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass
Presented by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers
Where the Leaders in addiction treatment come together to discuss the important issues, showcase innovative resources and programs and network with other decision makers of addiction treatment.
The Right Step / Spirit Lodge / San Cristobal : booth #53-54
Posted on April 10, 2012 in Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Addiction is a disease, and every victim “treats” it in a different way: with opiates, with cocaine, with alcohol. Each “treatment” ravages victims’ minds and bodies until they are able to get clean and sober through a program like The Right Step’s. However, alcohol addiction does differ from other substances in several key ways, and it’s important to recognize both the similarities and differences.
How Alcohol is Different From Other Drugs
Many drugs are illegal to use in any situation, and most require at least a doctor’s prescription. Alcohol, by contrast, is a relatively uncontrolled substance: once you reach 21 years of age you can purchase it freely. As such, it’s everywhere, and our culture glorifies and, sometimes, even rewards drinking in certain circumstances, such as parties, clubs, and sporting events.
Posted on March 29, 2012 in Detoxification
If this isn’t the first time you’ve considered helping a loved one treat an addiction problem, odds are good that you’ve seen information on the Internet about attempting to go through alcohol detoxification without the supervision of a doctor. While it is true that some people are able to go through the process safely, we cannot stress enough that alcohol detoxification can be deadly without medical supervision, and a trip to the ER may not be fast enough to save a life if something goes wrong. Here are some of the risks taken those who attempt alcohol withdrawal without medical help:
– Hallucinations leading to injuries or accidents
– Lethal dehydration
– Heart attack
Soldiers returning from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan are likely to have developed serious drinking problems, a recent study finds. Isabel Jacobsen, who has a Masters of Public Health and works for the Naval Health Research Center, led the study that surveyed over 48,000 servicemen and servicewomen both before and after their deployment over a five year period. Their findings showed that among those National Guard or Reserve members who were deployed with combat exposure, over 40% of them developed either new-onset heavy weekly drinking, binge drinking, or other alcohol-related problems. These numbers were higher than those service members who were not deployed; specifically, those who fought in combat were 63% more likely to develop drinking problems than non-deployed personnel.
“In Texas, someone is hurt or killed in an alcohol-related crash every 19 minutes, and drunk driving claims five lives every day.”
Drunk driving is a violent and deadly crime that happens far too often in our nation today. In the United States, crimes involving drunk driving actually happen more than any other type of crime. Texas sits at the top of the list, second only to California, for traffic deaths that involve the abuse of alcohol. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2004 in Texas, 1,642 motorists were killed in alcohol related accidents. What may be more disturbing than this however, is the age of the drivers being caught drinking and driving.