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Author Archives: Bruce Hodges

Ria Wins First Prize at Ignite Fire Pitch Competition in Houston

Last June, Ria Health’s chief financial officer, Jen Douglas, met the women who run the Ignite Healthcare Network Fire Pitch Competition. Sponsored by the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute and the Texas Halo Fund, the competition recognizes healthcare companies founded and led by women. Over the next few months, Jen spent a considerable amount of […]

Public Image and Private Reality: Celebrities and Alcohol

Constantly in the spotlight, triumphs and foibles of celebrities are magnified to the umpteenth degree. And the rise of social media has only increased the scrutiny. Further, many famous people feel obligated to project an image that everything is fine, when sometimes in real life that is not the case. But that “public image vs. […]

How Telemedicine Is Changing Alcohol Treatment

People who are ready to reduce or eliminate their alcohol intake are increasingly turning to telemedicine. But not everyone understands what telemedicine is or how convenient it is to use. The C Three Foundation has partnered with Ria Health to explain telemedicine, why it is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to see […]

3 Ways to Become More Self-Compassionate

In the third season of the television series Breaking Bad, protagonist Jesse Pinkman winds up in a recovery program for methamphetamine abuse. When his group therapist explains how addiction ruined his life—causing him to kill his six-year-old daughter—Jesse asks how he came to terms with the tragedy. “I did hate myself for a long time,” […]

Talking with Kids About Alcohol: 11 Tips

Teaching kids about alcohol safety can feel as uncomfortable as explaining “the birds and the bees.” But it’s never too early to start the conversation, considering most teens happen upon booze before leaving the nest. Parents can take the first step towards guiding their teens away from alcohol abuse by following these suggestions. 1) Learn […]

Does Alcohol Really Spice Things Up in the Bedroom?

Today’s culture is replete with images of alcohol and sex, to the point where romantic occasions seem incomplete without the “lubricant of love.” And where the media is concerned, alcohol is the ultimate aphrodisiac. Think chilled wine to top off anniversaries; glasses of champagne at glamorous banquets; or fruity drinks on bikini-clad beaches. But to what […]

Do You Know Someone in an Occupation with a High Risk of Alcohol Issues?

It’s no secret that some people make drinking a daily routine. The habit can culminate into full-fledged addiction over months or years. But marital strife, financial obstacles, and bickering children aren’t the only factors at play. Some workplace environments act as perfect incubators for addiction. A bad job can encourage on-the-job drinking or push employees […]

The (Simply Explained) Science Behind Hangovers

Some controversies may forever divide our nation: political party preferences, tax rates, how much time kids should spend surfing the web, and the proper pronunciation of “GIF.” (Come on, people, it’s not peanut butter! Ahem.) But, oh yes, there is one thing we can all agree on: hangovers are the worst. If you’ve ever enjoyed […]

Alcohol and Affluence: Are the Poor Really the Heaviest Drinkers?

They say money can’t buy happiness—nor can it guarantee freedom from addiction. If anything, money could even contribute! For decades, Americans have been fed a one-dimensional depiction of alcohol abuse. As a result, most of us share an unflattering mental image of problem drinkers as unkempt winos who, unable to sustain stable careers or relationships, […]

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