City Whispers: Sobriety, The Border…And Wrestling?


Understanding the Numbers: Substance Abuse in Austin

In the midst of the vibrant culture and energy that defines Austin, there’s a quiet struggle that many face – substance abuse. It’s a challenge that transcends demographics and affects individuals, families, and friends.

According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly 14% of American men, 18 and older, acknowledge their struggle with alcohol abuse. Here in Austin, we find ourselves at the forefront of a national challenge. Statistics reveal that one in every six residents battles with drugs or alcohol use.

Briarwood on North Lamar Blvd offers medically supervised & individualized detox programs.

Emerge Recovery specializes in care for women’s substance abuse, mental health and trauma.

Breaking The Cycle

Exploring the UT Austin’s findings, you can quickly uncover some concerning trends:

  • Methamphetamine use is on the rise, surpassing other drugs at a stifling rate.
  • While cocaine and benzo use is down, a surge in overdose fatalities demands attention.
  • Travis county, by far, has the most fentanyl deaths than any other county in Texas. Primarily white men ages 25-35.

The journey to sobriety is a profound one. It’s marked by courage, resilience, and a commitment to healing. If you or someone you know is grappling with substance abuse, it’s crucial to move past denial and shame. Seek support, whether through local resources, counseling, or community groups. Men in Recovery and Alcoholic’s Anonymous are two we highly recommend.

Beyond Dry January

Addiction is not recreational. It’s not a desire. It’s a physical and psychological dependence. For those that struggle with substance abuse, sobriety isn’t just a month-long commitment. It’s a life-altering decision that yields both short and long-term successes. It’s about regaining control, showing up for your loved ones, and rebuilding your sense of integrity.

In Austin, the road to sobriety is a collective journey. Let’s come together and support one another in overcoming the challenges of substance abuse. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength. There’s a community here ready to stand by you. The next time you come in for a cut, we’d love to grab you an alcohol-free Hop Water.

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