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Jason Powers, M.D., holds a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Originally trained and board certified in family medicine, Dr. Powers re-dedicated his career to helping addicts and their families after he personally faced addiction. Dr. Powers is now also board certified in addiction medicine and works passionately as chief medical officer at Right Step and Promises Austin to help addicted individuals and their families embrace the healing path of recovery. Dr. Powers has been recognized four times as a top addiction doctor by H Texas Magazine, and is currently president of the Texas chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a local expert for The Partnership at Drugfree.org. Dr. Powers is also the author of the comprehensive book about addiction When the Servant Becomes the Master.

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The Unexpected Benefits of Those Embarrassing 'Uh-Oh' Moments

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 9:28 AM

"The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them -- especially not from yourself." -- Daniel Dennett

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in May implored the class of 2016 at the University of Rhode Island to learn from their mistakes, crediting one of her blunders as...

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Assassins, Drug Dealers Share Fondness for Fentanyl

(2) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 6:38 PM

The toxic agent used by assassins in the Middle East and in counterterrorism operations in Moscow is now wreaking havoc with the havoc already created by America's prescription drug and heroin crisis.

The potent drug making a resurgence on the streets is fentanyl, a synthetic opioid we've been prescribing...

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Can You Say to an Addict That You've Never Made a Bad Choice?

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 1:16 PM

Chris Christie isn't the doctor in the GOP race for president, but suddenly he sure sounds like it.

Take, for example, the New Jersey governor's impassioned speech on drug addiction that has gone viral with more than 8 million views. Yes, you read that right. A speech about...

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Khloe, Lamar, Lines in the Sand and the Puppy Effect

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 4:55 PM

"Khloe to Lamar: You Do Drugs Again, I'm Gone for Good!" -- TMZ, Oct. 26, 2015

We may never know whether Khloe Kardashian really gave her estranged husband, former Laker and reality star Lamar Odom, a made-for-the-tabloids ultimatum. But if she did, the world understands why.

Odom...

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Blaming Gun Violence on the Mentally Ill Is Easy, but Ignorant

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 6:49 PM

A meme that circulated recently on social media suggested that the days of going to our comedians for levity and our politicians for public policy are over. According to the post, we now get our belly laughs from Donald Trump and discussions of serious social issues from the likes of...

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Science Says Participation Trophies Are a Big Win for the Little Ones

(7) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 8:57 AM

The pee-wee soccer season has come to an end and the Red Dragons squad of 5-year-olds has gathered with their parents for the team party. Just a couple of hours earlier, they were locked in combat with the Incredible Hulks, swarming the YMCA field like crimson and forest green bumblebees,...

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For an Addict in Denial, Tomorrow May Never Come

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 9:04 AM

Addiction is the one disease that seems intent on keeping the inflicted convinced that they don't have a problem.

It is a sneaky disease, working with its partner, denial, to further its insidious goals. The smoker has a persistent cough, but swears he'll quit next week, after his big presentation...

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Smiles Mean Money in France, But Hidden Benefits Are Even More Enriching

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 6:54 PM

"A person who smiles a lot is either a fool or an American."
-- Russian adage

The French government has launched a new  campaign  to make its citizens smile in an effort to promote a more welcoming environment for tourists. But science tells us that...

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Are You Brave Enough to Follow Your Passion?

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 2:23 PM

Imagine what the world would look like if every person used the highest expression of his talent instead of merely slogging into work every day.

That's the "fantasy" of Larry Smith, who, in a mesmerizing TED Talk that's received nearly four million views, tells people why they're going...

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Hopeful Thinking (Not Optimism) Step One to Help Turn Baltimore Around

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 6:00 PM

It was a shocking image. A dozen or more black baby dolls, nooses around their necks, dangling from a West Baltimore tree. Was the racial tension that recently boiled over in the city, resulting in burning structures and looting and tear gas, being answered with a sickening reminder of Jim...

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Empathy and Compassion: The Awesome Sauce

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 2:52 PM

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive." -- The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama will mark his 80th birthday this summer in Southern California with a three-day global summit on compassion, a virtue His Holiness calls fundamental to our survival as a...

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Kids in Groundbreaking 'Kindness Curriculum' Get Better Grades

(3) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 1:15 PM

For all those tiger moms who grill their children on the multiplication table as they scramble their eggs each morning, it may be time to focus on another kind of knowledge.

Like learning to contemplate the simple act of breathing. Paying attention to the present moment. Becoming less reactive...

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Nationwide's Buzzkill Supported by Science

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 11:48 AM

If Peyton Manning humming the Nationwide Insurance jingle didn't burn the company's name into your brain over these last few months, its dark, despairing Super Bowl spot surely did the trick.

If you saw the ad, you remember it. In a playful tone, a sweet young boy discusses the...

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Find Your Happy Place at Work

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 4:05 PM

It seems that it has become the national pastime to complain about your job. Long hours, low pay, lack of appreciation, boredom -- they're the "Four Horsemen" of the daily grind. Ask someone how his job is going, and you can bet one of these dark riders will gallop to...

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A Stop-the-Presses Kind of Moment

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 11:29 AM

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." --Plato

Are human beings rotten to the core? Have we become so hardened, so cynical, that we can only expect the worst of our fellow man? It certainly seems that way when a simple act of kindness, a display...

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Waiting for Merlot: Why Experiences Make Better Gifts Than Stuff

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 4:38 PM

What to get? What to get?

How are you going to continue your spotless record of finding each of the people in your life the perfect holiday gift? Or more likely, how are you going to end that losing streak? ("Wow. A toaster oven. Gee, thanks!")

Where do...

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Even Superheroes Shouldn't Fly Drunk

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Recovery Lessons From Iron Man

In a world full of threats, both jihadist and viral, economic and climatic, finally there is some good news. There still could be an "Iron Man 4." God knows we could use the help, even if it's just for the escape.

Of...

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'You Can Be a Millionaire... and Never Pay Taxes!'

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 11:31 AM

Steve Martin, in his white-suited '70s splendor, smug self-satisfaction on his face, repeats the assertion in his best infomercial voice, then adds: "You say, 'Steve, how can I be a millionaire and never pay taxes?'"

"OK first," he explains, "get a million dollars."

Then, when the tax man comes to...

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Stoner-Turned-Doctor Sees Dark Side of Pot

(15) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 5:12 PM

"Sam," by his own admission, is a marijuana addict. In the two years since he started smoking pot, he "graduated" to opioids, which is the reason he landed in treatment. He was willing to stop using the pills, accepting the program as a means of breaking the ties of his...

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Elsa the Snow Queen and the Transformative Power of Self-Love

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 11:45 AM

Life lessons come to us from many sources. But who would expect to receive a message relevant, even central, to the recovery process from drug and alcohol addiction at an elementary school graduation?

Delivered by, of all people, a woman dressed as the title character from a hit animated Disney...

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