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Author Archives: Bruce Hodges

COVID-19 and Ria Health: What Do I Need To Know?

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How we are addressing the coronavirus (COVID-19) for our members and partners  Every day, we’re empowering people who want to change their relationship with alcohol to live better and healthier lives. Today, we are experiencing an influx of new members due to state mandated “shelter in place” orders and the need for health systems to […]

A Milestone: Ria Health Is Now Accredited by The Joint Commission

In October 2019, at the company’s San Francisco headquarters, Ria Health underwent a rigorous review by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading evaluation agency for health care organizations. As a result, Ria has been certified in the Behavioral Health Care category, and awarded the Gold Seal of Approval® for “continuous compliance with the commission’s performance […]

An Entertainment Giant Tackles Addiction and Recovery

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Recently the veteran industry magazine Variety unveiled The Recovery Issue, a series of 12 articles on addiction in the entertainment world. Reports from people in television, film, music, and theater call attention to the very real issue of alcohol use disorder (AUD) and the process of getting sober. In an article on television shows, Caroline […]

Ria Wins First Prize at Ignite Fire Pitch Competition in Houston

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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 […]

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