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The Council on Recovery places great importance on our efforts to inform the public about the prevention and treatment of alcoholism, drug abuse, other addictions, and co-occurring mental health disorders. On this page, you will find the latest news and announcements regarding our work.  Read our press releases. Download our Press Kit. View our media coverage. For our latest blogs, click here.

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On our blog, we speak out on current events and important issues related to recovery, as well as provide helpful links to articles, reports, newscasts, videos, social media, and other sources of useful information. Here are some of the highlights: 

  • Common Bond Creates Specialty Macaron to Support National Recovery Month

    Common Bond Creates Specialty Macaron to Support National Recovery Month

    During National Recovery Month, Common Bond will offer a specialty macaron benefiting The Council on Recovery. A nod to the end of summer, the macaron features a vanilla shell, cherry limeade ganache and nonpareils in our brand’s signature colors. The limited-time macaron will be available at all Common Bond locations …Read More »
  • Grief and Addiction

    Grief and Addiction

    This blog post is contributed by Lori Fiester, LCSW-S, ADS, CIP, CDWF, Clinical Director of The Council on Recovery Grief is an often overlooked feeling in clients who are on the path of recovery. Research indicates unresolved grief can lead to addiction as the person searches to numb the feeling …Read More »
  • The Origins of Co-Occurring Disorders

    The Origins of Co-Occurring Disorders

    This blog post is contributed by Izzie Karohl, NREMT, Policy Research Intern SAMHSA’s 2020 National Survey of Drug Use and Health estimates that 45% of adults with a substance use disorder also have a co-occurring mental health condition. Because people with mental health conditions make up such a large portion …Read More »
  • RECAP: The Council Recognizes Former Interns and Fellows at Reunion Event

    RECAP: The Council Recognizes Former Interns and Fellows at Reunion Event

    Last week, former interns and fellows of The Council on Recovery gathered at the Hamill Foundation Conference Center to celebrate the impact and legacy of the Behavioral Health Training Institute, which has trained more than 120 Bachelor’s and Master’s level interns, recovery coaches and postgraduate fellows. We also recognized the …Read More »
  • The Importance of Compassion and Connection in the Referral Process

    The Importance of Compassion and Connection in the Referral Process

    This blog post is contributed by a counselor with The Council’s Outreach, Screening and Referrals department, which provides free screenings and referrals to detox services, inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities, and other recovery options. A while ago, a client was referred to me from the Harris County Psychiatric Center. During …Read More »
  • Combatting the Stigma of Addiction

    Combatting the Stigma of Addiction

    We have understood addiction to be a disease for nearly a century, yet shame and stigma continue to keep people from seeking treatment and support. This has always been the case, but skyrocketing overdose deaths, substance abuse, and suicide rates both locally and nationwide renew a sense of urgency in …Read More »
  • RECAP: Danny Trejo’s Story of Recovery & Redemption Inspires Hundreds at The Council’s 37th Annual Spring Luncheon

    RECAP: Danny Trejo’s Story of Recovery & Redemption Inspires Hundreds at The Council’s 37th Annual Spring Luncheon

    Actor, activist, author and restauranteur Danny Trejo inspired a crowd of more than 900 Houstonians with his story of recovery and redemption at The Council’s 37th Annual Spring Luncheon on Thursday, April 21, 2022. Presented by The Moody Endowment, the event raised more than $450,000 to help local individuals and …Read More »
  • Addiction & The Family: Unwritten Roles & Unspoken Rules

    Addiction & The Family: Unwritten Roles & Unspoken Rules

    This blog post is the second in a series contributed by Rachel Evans, LMSW, of the Center for Recovering Families at The Council on Recovery and Ashley Taylor, MSW, LMSW, of Heights Family Counseling. Read the first post here. When someone has a substance use disorder, the people within their …Read More »
  • Finding Recovery at The Council’s Luncheons

    Finding Recovery at The Council’s Luncheons

    The Council’s beloved Annual Speaker Series is more than a luncheon: time and time again, it has served as the starting point in a person’s recovery journey. It’s a big claim – and to the outside observer, may seem far-fetched. How could a luncheon be the doorstep to recovery? The …Read More »
  • Announcing Danny Trejo as Keynote Speaker for our 37th Annual Spring Luncheon

    Announcing Danny Trejo as Keynote Speaker for our 37th Annual Spring Luncheon

    The actor, activist, author and restauranteur Danny Trejo will tell his story of recovery and redemption on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at the Hilton Americas – Houston hotel. The Council on Recovery is excited to welcome Danny Trejo as the keynote speaker for our 37th Annual Spring Luncheon on Thursday, …Read More »
  • Now is the Time to Address Co-Occurring Disorders

    Now is the Time to Address Co-Occurring Disorders

    As Houston’s leading nonprofit provider of prevention, education, and outpatient treatment services for addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, The Council on Recovery has helped thousands of people enter recovery and families heal. As a leader though, it is our obligation to do more than serve. We need to look …Read More »
  • The Impact of Addiction on The Family System

    The Impact of Addiction on The Family System

    The process of addiction recovery is rarely linear, nor does it only impact the person working to overcome substance use disorder. When addiction is viewed as a systems disease, it can be addressed throughout the whole system. By viewing this process in a more collaborative light, we are able to …Read More »
  • A Message to Those Affected by the Opioid Crisis

    A Message to Those Affected by the Opioid Crisis

    This blog post is authored by Mary H. Beck, LMSW, CAI, President & CEO of The Council on Recovery Most of us are well aware of the opioid crisis facing our communities. We read the grave statistics about addiction and overdose deaths experienced by so many. Impassioned advocates call us …Read More »
  • The Council Responds to the State of Emergency on Child and Adolescent Mental Health

    The Council Responds to the State of Emergency on Child and Adolescent Mental Health

    The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Children’s Hospital Association declared a state of emergency in child and adolescent mental health, citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the inequities that result from structural racism. The Council on Recovery remains steadfast in our goal to …Read More »
  • Do You Know the Signs & Symptoms of Substance Use Disorder?

    Do You Know the Signs & Symptoms of Substance Use Disorder?

    The term “substance use disorder” is frequently used to describe misuse, dependence, and addiction to alcohol and/or legal or illegal drugs. While the substances may vary, the signs and symptoms of a substance use disorder are the same. Do you know what they are? First a few definitions: Signs are …Read More »
  • The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 45

    The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 45

    Guest Blogger and long-time Council friend, Bob W. presents Part 45 of a series dealing with Alcoholism and Addiction from a Mystical, Mythological Perspective, reflecting Bob’s scholarly work as a Ph.D. in mythological studies. In the aftermath of the fall of Rome in the 5th century and the loss of …Read More »
  • 9th Annual Run for Recovery Raises Money for The Council on Recovery

    9th Annual Run for Recovery Raises Money for The Council on Recovery

    The 9th Annual Run for Recovery took place Sunday, November 2nd. One of Houston’s largest recovery events, the race attracted more than 400 people of all ages. Runners, walkers, and other supporters of recovery participated in the 5K run/walk (timed and untimed) and Kids Race along scenic Memorial Drive next …Read More »
  • Rock Legend Alice Cooper Helps The Council on Recovery Raise $495K to Fund Addiction Prevention, Education, & Treatment Programs

    Rock Legend Alice Cooper Helps The Council on Recovery Raise $495K to Fund Addiction Prevention, Education, & Treatment Programs

    Alice Cooper, the Godfather of Shock-Rock and Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer thrilled an audience of more than 1100 with his personal story of recovery from alcoholism and  addiction this past Thursday at the Hilton Americas-Houston. In the process, he helped The Council on Recovery raise more than $495,000 to provide addiction …Read More »
  • The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 36

    The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 36

    Guest Blogger and long-time Council friend, Bob W. presents Part 36 of a series dealing with Alcoholism and Addiction from a Mystical, Mythological Perspective, reflecting Bob’s scholarly work as a Ph.D. in mythological studies. In 1993, comedian Bill Murray stared in a film called Groundhog Day. It is about a …Read More »
  • Magic Mushrooms (Psilocybin) Remain a Popular Hallucinogen

    Magic Mushrooms (Psilocybin) Remain a Popular Hallucinogen

    Among the hallucinogens abused by those who have a substance use disorder (SUD), psilocybin mushrooms are still a popular source of getting high. Similar to other hallucinogens, such as mescaline and peyote, and known on the street as “magic mushrooms”, they contain the hallucinogenic chemical psilocybin and are found throughout …Read More »
  • 2018 Houston Opioid Summit Creates Vital Awareness and Cooperation in the Battle Against Opioid Addiction

    2018 Houston Opioid Summit Creates Vital Awareness and Cooperation in the Battle Against Opioid Addiction

      For two full days last week, nearly 250 leaders from across Harris County gathered  at The Council on Recovery’s first Opioid Summit. In keynote addresses, topical breakout sessions, panel discussions, round-table discussions, and interpersonal networking, people on the front-line in battling the opioid crisis exchanged ideas, information, and experience …Read More »
  • CDC Report: Excessive Alcohol Use and Risks to Women’s Health

    CDC Report: Excessive Alcohol Use and Risks to Women’s Health

    Recently reported data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are shedding new light on the links between excessive alcohol use by women and the increasing risks to female health. Here are vital the facts from the CDC. Although men are more likely to drink alcohol and drink …Read More »

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