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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.

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: 

  • New Study Finds Distressing Increase in E-cigarette Use by Middle and High School Youth

    New Study Finds Distressing Increase in E-cigarette Use by Middle and High School Youth

    Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), battery-powered devices that provide nicotine and other additives to the user in the form of an aerosol, have become the most popular form of tobacco use among middle and high school youth. The recent National Youth Tobacco Survey, 2011-2018 found a distressing increase in the use of …Read More »
  • Baby Boomers and the Alarming Increase in Alcohol Use Disorders

    Baby Boomers and the Alarming Increase in Alcohol Use Disorders

    Baby Boomers are the fastest growing segment of the population. They’re also the group with the most dramatic increase in harmful alcohol use. According to a research published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, increases in alcohol use, high risk drinking, and alcohol use disorders (AUD) among adults 65 years and …Read More »
  • How Pornography Affects the Teenage Brain – An Infographic

    How Pornography Affects the Teenage Brain – An Infographic

    Pornography addiction is an adolescent high-risk behavior that is escalating across all segments of the teenage population. By viewing sexually pornographic material, adolescents may face potential emotional, psychological, social, and physiological disorders and issues. The Infographic below, designed by helpyourteennow.com, illustrates the effects that pornography can have on developing adolescent …Read More »
  • #192aDay Campaign Launches to Remember those Lost to Addiction

    #192aDay Campaign Launches to Remember those Lost to Addiction

    This week, Addiction Policy Forum launched the #192aDay awareness campaign to honor those lost to drug overdose and other complications of substance use. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s 2017 data revealed that more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses — 192 a day — making it the leading …Read More »
  • Millennials, Social Media, and Depression

    Millennials, Social Media, and Depression

    [From a Jan. 10, 2019 article by Kristen Monaco, Staff Writer, MedPage Today] Facebook “addiction” — not only spending lots of time on Facebook but also seeing negative social impacts from it, yet craving it and trying unsuccessfully to cut down — was associated with impaired decision-making in one study and …Read More »
  • Sobering Facts About Holiday Drunk Driving

    Sobering Facts About Holiday Drunk Driving

    This is the season for celebrating with family and friends. But, when it comes to drunk driving, this most joyous time of year is also the deadliest. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every holiday season, hundreds of lives are lost due to drunk drivers. Drunk driving …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 »
  • Alarming Increase in Adolescent Vaping and Nicotine Use in 2018

    Alarming Increase in Adolescent Vaping and Nicotine Use in 2018

    An alarming increase in the prevalence of vaping among adolescents has raised public health concern, according to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Research into vaping among teens was conducted by the University of Michigan. It indicated a sharp increase in the prevalence of nicotine …Read More »
  • Debunking the Myths About Holiday Drinking & Driving

    Debunking the Myths About Holiday Drinking & Driving

    Celebrating the spirit of the holidays often includes drinking holiday spirits. Most people celebrate responsibly. But during the holiday season, people are more likely to drink beyond a safe limit than at other times of year. And when driving is involved, the resulting consequences can be tragic. Despite all the evidence …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 »
  • The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 43

    The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 43

    Guest Blogger and long-time Council friend, Bob W. presents Part 43 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 multi-season show, Stargate SG – 1 and its offshoot, Stargate Atlantis, there is a …Read More »
  • New Study: Hangovers Impair Thoughts & Performance Even After Alcohol Leaves the Bloodstream

    New Study: Hangovers Impair Thoughts & Performance Even After Alcohol Leaves the Bloodstream

    According to a recent study, the effects of a hangover from heavy drinking on our thoughts and performance may last longer than originally thought. The study, published in the journal Addiction, indicates that impairments in cognition observed in drunk individuals still occur the day after a session of heavy drinking, …Read More »
  • The Council’s Speakers Series Luncheons 2000-2018 – A Galaxy of Stars

    The Council’s Speakers Series Luncheons 2000-2018 – A Galaxy of Stars

    The Council on Recovery’s 2018 Fall Luncheon with Alice Cooper was the 36th Luncheon  in the The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series. Since 2000, the Waggoners Foundation along with, more recently, the Wayne Duddlesten Foundation, have underwritten the production of a Spring and Fall Luncheons. These luncheons have raised millions of …Read More »
  • The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 42

    The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 42

    Guest Blogger and long-time Council friend, Bob W. presents Part 42 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 an earlier note, I talked about the Greek experience of hieros gamos, the idea of …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 »
  • Senator John Cornyn Visits The Council to Host Roundtable Discussion on Opioid Addiction in Houston

    Senator John Cornyn Visits The Council to Host Roundtable Discussion on Opioid Addiction in Houston

    U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) visited The Council on Recovery on October 30th to host a roundtable discussion on opioid addiction in Houston. The discussion came a week after the President signed into law legislation that was originally introduced by Cornyn and U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA). The new law, …Read More »
  • The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 41

    The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 41

    Guest Blogger and long-time Council friend, Bob W. presents Part 41 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. There is a literary device that was originated in classical literature and theatre known in Latin …Read More »
  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Takes Place Oct. 27, 10A – 2P

    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Takes Place Oct. 27, 10A – 2P

    Semi-Annual event provides safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs The Drug Enforcement Administration is hosting the semi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 27. The goal of the event is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, …Read More »
  • Methamphetamine Abuse: The Other Drug Epidemic

    Methamphetamine Abuse: The Other Drug Epidemic

    While the opioid epidemic continues to dominate the national headlines, methamphetamine addiction has emerged as a major crisis in Texas. A big problem Methamphetamine, known as “meth”, killed 715 Texans in 2016 compared to 539 heroin deaths. During the same period, U.S-Mexican border agents seized seven times more meth than …Read More »
  • News Release: Texas HHSC Receives $46M Grant to Fight Opioid Use Disorders

    News Release: Texas HHSC Receives $46M Grant to Fight Opioid Use Disorders

  • The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 40

    The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 40

    In the parlance of long-running, multi-season TV shows, the term “jump the shark” denotes that point at which the series popularity begins to decline.  It usually cites a particular show in which the characters in the show do something a bit absurd, maybe so much beyond the mythos of the …Read More »
  • <strong>Senate Passes Broad Opioid Package to Address National Crisis</strong>

    <strong>Senate Passes Broad Opioid Package to Address National Crisis</strong>

    The Council on Recovery applauds the U.S. Senate’s passage of the final version of a sweeping opioids package Wednesday. Passed with rare bipartisan support by a vote of 98-1, the bill will be sent it to the White House for expected signature. The bill represents Congressional response to the opioid …Read More »
  • Yale Study: Genes May Explain Why Alcohol Detox is Particularly Hard for Some People

    Yale Study: Genes May Explain Why Alcohol Detox is Particularly Hard for Some People

    New findings published in journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research Some heavy drinkers suffer intense withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking — some, less so.  A new Yale-led international study of individuals with alcohol dependence has identified gene variants that may help explain why “detox” from alcohol is particularly …Read More »
  • How Drugs Alter Brain Development and Affect Teens

    How Drugs Alter Brain Development and Affect Teens

    Changes in Brain Development and Function From Drug Abuse Most kids grow dramatically during the adolescent and teen years. Their young brains, particularly the prefrontal cortex that is used to make decisions, are growing and developing, until their mid-20’s. Long-term drug use causes brain changes that can set people up for addiction …Read More »
  • The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 39

    The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 39

    Guest Blogger and long-time Council friend, Bob W. presents Part 39 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 Greek mythology, the heiros gamos is a holy ritual, a sacred marriage of a god …Read More »
  • CNN Reports Nearly 30% of All Opioid Prescriptions Lack Medical Explanation

    CNN Reports Nearly 30% of All Opioid Prescriptions Lack Medical Explanation

    This CNN story reported findings of a recent study by the Annals of Internal Medicine that indicated nearly 30% of all opioid prescriptions lack medical explanation: (CNN) How large a role do doctors play in the opioid crisis? Nearly 30% of all opioids prescribed in US clinics or doctors’ offices lack a …Read More »
  • The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 38

    The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 38

    Guest Blogger and long-time Council friend, Bob W. presents Part 38 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 Herman Melville’s classic, Moby-Dick, Captain Ahab was near mortally wounded by a powerful albino sperm …Read More »
  • The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 37

    The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 37

    Guest Blogger and long-time Council friend, Bob W. presents Part 37 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. The story of Homer’s Odyssey, to which we keep returning as a classic Hero’s Journey, ends …Read More »
  • Time to cut back on drinking? Here’s how…

    Time to cut back on drinking? Here’s how…

    Written by Felice J. Freyer & published by The Boston Globe, the following article provides excellent tips to those who drink. Timely information for those who use, misuse, or abuse alcohol. Alcohol is deeply ingrained in American life, central to our habits of socializing, celebrating, and relaxing. But the pleasure …Read More »
  • As School Starts, Know the Facts About College Drinking

    As School Starts, Know the Facts About College Drinking

    As students start the Fall Semester at college, The Council on Recovery urges parents and students to consider the facts about college drinking from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Harmful and underage college drinking are significant public health problems, and they exact an enormous toll on the …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 »
  • The Lifelong Quest for Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 49

    The Lifelong Quest for Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 49

    Guest Blogger and long-time Council friend, Bob W. presents Part 49 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 all these Notes, the fundamental core element is the idea of the Hero, the individual …Read More »
  • The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 48

    The Lifelong Quest For Sobriety…The Ultimate Hero’s Journey—Part 48

    Guest Blogger and long-time Council friend, Bob W. presents Part 48 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 Hindu traditions, there is a long Sanskrit epic called the Mahabharata, about a multi-generational …Read More »

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