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What’s New in Treating Alcohol Use Disorder?

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Prior to COVID-19, Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) was among the most significant public health challenges. Recent data now suggest the pandemic is responsible for at least a 20 percent increase in excessive drinking, which scientists believe may contribute to measurable increases in alcohol-related disease in the coming years. For those with drinking problems and their… Learn More »

Addressing Our Unprecedented Suicide Epidemic

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National suicide rates have increased 30% in the past two decades, with ages 10-14 and 25-35 showing the highest rates. COVID-19 has contributed to the suicide burden, particularly for Black, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Hispanic males. While it has long been thought that mental illness is the driving factor, recent data for the… Learn More »

Learn What’s New in the 5-Actions Program™ (Culture Heals in Alaska)

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Since launching the New Mexico 5-Actions Program™ for addiction in November of 2020, hundreds of people have signed up and utilized the program personally and/or professionally. During this time, we have listened to feedback and incorporated it into a more robust, user-friendly version of the program that was launched in Alaska in April 2022 under… Learn More »

Growing Up Emotionally: Learning to Live from Your Head and Heart

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Research has shown that a good life is built around nurturing relationships, and that emotional attunement is among the most important developmental skills necessary for initiating, developing, and maintaining healthy relationships. Yet for many, experiencing emotions in the body and using them as an attunement bridge to others is foreign territory. The disconnect from the… Learn More »

Remembering Who You Are: The Direct and Indirect Paths to True Self

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We’re not born with a sense of Self, it’s something we construct throughout our lifetime beginning with the emergence of representational thinking around the ages of 3 or 4. As we learn our name, differentiate our likes and dislikes, develop skills to categorize the world around us, and embrace living as a Self separate from… Learn More »

Addressing Addictions to Technology

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The internet was commercialized in 1995, iPhones introduced in 2007, and the iPad in 2010. In March 2021, Pew Research Center published results from a survey showing that more than eight-in-ten U.S. adults go online at least daily, and 31% reported being on online almost constantly. Today, 95% of Americans have a cell phone, over… Learn More »

From Rat Park to the Adaptive Paradigm of Addiction: Insights from Dr. Bruce Alexander

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“I do not know how a world society of 8 billion people facing jet-propelled technological modernization, political chaos, and ecological disaster can function well enough that most people can put together the reasonably full lives that can protect them from dangerous addictions.” – Dr. Bruce Alexander, 2022. For more than half a century, Dr. Bruce… Learn More »

Five Things to Know Before You Get Sober with Nico Morales

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While addiction for most is years in the making, addressing it often happens in critical life moments where there is little time to understand and plan for the many ups and downs of recovery. In his book, Five Things to Know Before You Get Sober, Nico Morales offers those contemplating recovery some hard won insights… Learn More »

Addressing Burnout at Work, Home, and in Life: Update Since January

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While the pandemic has become more manageable and masks have largely come off, many are struggling with a new reality of life marked by considerable uncertainty. The rules of yesterday are being rewritten as we negotiate new hybrid models of work, changes in education, and ways of functioning in our families. Added to the mix… Learn More »

Addressing the Crisis of Fentanyl Overdose

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In October of 2022, a well-attended Fentanyl Summit was held in Bernalillo County to discuss the fentanyl crisis in New Mexico. The slogan of the summit – Keep New Mexico Alive – aptly summed up the problem with fentanyl. Since coming on the drug scene in 2014, it’s now the primary drug responsible for overdose… Learn More »

The Benefits of Peer Recovery Support

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The key to overcoming addiction is engaging in healthy, supportive relationships that are more rewarding and powerful than substances and addictive behaviors. Research has shown that among the most effective ways to initiate and maintain stable recovery is through the utilization of peer recovery support services that encourage pathways to wellness. Peer support services include… Learn More »

Navigating the Behavioral Health Treatment System in New Mexico

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Navigating the mental health and addiction treatment system can be challenging for someone who knows the system, but it is even more difficult for the everyday person looking to access treatment. In this long-awaited webinar, seasoned clinician and CEO/Founder of Serna Solutions, Brian Serna, LPCC, LADAC, will walk you step-by-step through New Mexico’s behavioral health… Learn More »