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

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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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Holding Them Accountable: Find Out Where Your Candidates Stand on Addiction Treatment

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As coverage of the 2016 presidential election dominates virtually every media outlet in the country, far less attention is being paid to the down-ballot races that will be decided on the same day. We’ve only recently begun to hear about the importance of these contests, and it’s been largely in relation to the race for the White House. On November 8, 2016, Americans will determine the outcome of 469 separate elections (34 Senate seats and all 435 House seats) that will arguably prove to have more impact on their everyday lives than who’s sitting in the Oval Office. This is an opportunity to affect real change in their community and let their voices be heard.


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Bunavail to Be Covered Under Texas Medicaid Program

Fotolia_99228708_M.jpgIf you or someone you care about are living in Texas and are currently struggling with opioid addiction, you may have access to a new medication resources to combat cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The state’s Medicaid program has announced that it will be approving anti-opioid drug Bunavail starting January 1, 2017. A product of North Carolina-based BioDelivery Sciences International, Bunavail is a combination buprenorphine and naloxone. It comes in the form of a sublingual film in a citrus flavor. Similar to Suboxone, the drug has been increasingly effective in treating the perils and rigors of long-term opioid withdrawal. The drug should be taken only when prescribed by a qualified physician.


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

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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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The Importance of Specialized Therapies in Addiction Treatment

RU-texas-whitepaper1-shadow.jpgRecovery Unplugged recently published a FREE white paper on the positive impact of music in addiction treatment, and its power to heal those suffering from deep-rooted emotional trauma. We are exceedingly proud of our own Dr. David Kramer for his authorship of this document and look forward to being an integral part of the ongoing conversation conversation regarding more progressive and specialized therapies in addiction care. The days of cookie-cutter treatment are over. Addiction is an unpredictable disease that impacts many, if not all, aspects of sufferers’ lives. Patients in treatment will benefit best from a program that is equipped and inclined to offer the most targeted treatment possible. A fundamental element of this approach is the inclusion of innovative supplemental treatment therapies.


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Kratom Stays Off of Schedule 1 List Pending Further Inquiry

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Plans by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to classify kratom as a Schedule 1 drug have been temporarily halted amidst a lawsuit by a group of vendors. The resolution comes after impassioned advocates took to social media, and the scientific community voiced concerns over their ability to further research the plant. The DEA has reconsidered plan, which they made public on August 31, to place kratom into the super-restrictive category after it received more than 2,000 phone calls, most of which were opposed to it. The agency now plans to open up a public comment period where those who have used kratom for medical purposes can share their experiences and relay the plant’s clinical value.


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Taking It with You: Embracing Music in Everyday Recovery

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At Recovery Unplugged, we commonly hear concerns from prospective patients about their lack of musical experience prior to treatment. They’re concerned that they have to have an overtly musical background as a pre-requisite to taking advantage of our program. The truth is that everybody can benefit from music therapy, regardless of whether or not they’ve ever picked up an instrument, written a lyric or even attended a concert. If they have a favorite song, or simply a song of which they’re particularly fond, they can experience the healing power of this modality. Invariably, they wind up understanding the universal nature of music-based therapy, and many even wind up integrating music into their everyday recovery well after they leave our program.


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