About Michael Rass
Michael Rass has written 57 articles so far, you can find them below.

Why Women Need to Work on Relationships in Addiction Treatment

After completing treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD), female patients frequently go back to their lives with a hopeful attitude and the expectation that previous relationships can be resumed without too much of a change. However, if problematic intimate relationships, sexuality, and family conflicts are not dealt with effectively or not addressed at all,

Why the Whole Family Needs Recovery from Addiction

Addiction is a family disease. The Recovery Book advises family members of people in recovery that “Everyone in your family, as well as other people in your lives, have been affected by addiction in some way. Now you all need to work on getting your lives back to some kind of normal.” This advice is

Why Many Professionals Face an Elevated Addiction Risk

People with addiction are often portrayed as hopeless social derelicts or hedonistic rock stars. Rarely are media articles about substance use disorders accompanied by images of well-dressed, intoxicated lawyers or pictures of doctors misusing drugs from the pharmacy. In reality, however, many highly respectable occupations feature elevated rates of addiction. Professional occupations demand superior levels

With Drug Overdose Deaths Rising, Rehab isn’t About Giving Up One Thing

Drug Overdose Deaths Rising: It Isn’t About Giving Up One Thing Drug overdose deaths are occurring at record levels in the United States. According to the latest statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US drug overdose deaths surpassed the 50,000 mark for the first time in 2015, reaching 52,404 fatalities.

Dangerous Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder and Addiction

A strong connection between substance misuse and mental illness has long been recognized. The National Bureau of Economic Research reports that “people who have ever experienced mental illness consume about 69 percent of all the alcohol, 84 percent of all the cocaine, and 68 percent of all cigarettes.”   The comorbidity of substance use disorders

Why Acceptance is Pivotal to Recovery from Addiction

Why Acceptance in Addiction Recovery is Pivotal “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt” is a humorous quote often attributed to Mark Twain. In psychology, denial refers to a defense mechanism, first postulated by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, in which a person faced with a fact too uncomfortable to accept rejects it instead, denying its veracity

The Connection Between Anxiety and Addiction

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses in the United States. An estimated 40 million American adults suffer from some type of anxiety disorder in any given year. That is approximately 18 percent of the population. Among American children, such disorders are even more prevalent, affecting more than 25 percent of children between

One Day at a Time: Revitalize Your Recovery

One Day at a Time: Revitalize Your Recovery Recovery from addiction can be a long and arduous journey. Along the way, many are tempted to forget that recovery is a continuous task. If you start to slack off, a relapse can sneak up on you. It starts with cutting corners. Recovery efforts usually do not

The Opioid Epidemic in Hays County Texas Continues To Rise

Opioid Epidemic in Hays County Texas Drug overdose deaths in Texas have been leveling off in recent years according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hays County—situated between Austin and San Antonio—seems to buck that trend. Local addiction counselor Tori Bowman told Communityimpact.com that a quarter of her patients

New Jersey Holds Town Hall Meetings on Reorganization of Addiction and Mental Health Services

New Jersey Holds Town Hall Meetings on Reorganization of Addiction and Mental Health Services By Michael Rass New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said the opioid crisis will be his primary focus before he leaves office in January. In his final state-of-the-state address, Christie called that crisis “one that is ripping the very fabric of