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Are We Diseased? The Inconsistencies and Implications of the Disease Model of Addiction

Are We Diseased? The Inconsistencies and Implications of the Disease Model of Addiction

February 21st, 2017

I have spent the last ten years of my life considering what it means to be an addict and what it means to have the disease of addiction. A look here at the inconsistencies that I see within this model of addiction, and how it affects those of us who work in the field.

Racism and Substance Use: The Systematic Epidemic of Addiction

Racism and Substance Use: The Systematic Epidemic of Addiction

January 15th, 2017

A fresh look into the responsibility that society plays in how people use drugs and, more importantly, how people find recovery. Ideas that get us to pause and think…more from addiction treatment clinician, Scott Novotny, here.

1 Unmanageability: A.A.’s Greatest Contribution to Addiction Treatment

Unmanageability: A.A.’s Greatest Contribution to Addiction Treatment

December 2nd, 2016

A call to treat people where they are at. Are you ready to look at addiction from another angle? How Step 1 can influence the way that we view the disease model of addiction. Plus, more thoughts here.

5 Mourning an addict's death in the midst of stigma

Mourning an addict’s death in the midst of stigma

October 18th, 2016

The opioid and opiate epidemic is taking lives at an alarming rate. How can those mourning a loss cope? Suggestions here.

1 Why a person gets addicted to drugs: The humanness of addiction

Why a person gets addicted to drugs: The humanness of addiction

September 26th, 2016

Holly Parker, Ph.D. places addiction in a larger human context, calling for compassion, understanding, and support. Her argument? The stigma linked to substance addiction is a form of social denial about just how human it is to turn to alcohol and drugs to steer clear of what hurts. More here.

4 The principles of A.A. & N.A.: Is total abstinence helping or hurting addicts?

The principles of A.A. & N.A.: Is total abstinence helping or hurting addicts?

September 25th, 2016

12 step support groups believe that total abstinence is the only means to complete recovery. But, can this notion be more harmful than beneficial for some individuals in recovery? More on why no one should be stigmatized for their drug replacement and maintenance, here.

Rehabilitate, Don’t Incarcerate

Rehabilitate, Don’t Incarcerate

July 15th, 2016

A look at why we should consider rehabilitation for drug users. Addiction treatment works!

1 Why is addiction a brain disease?

Why is addiction a brain disease?

February 6th, 2016

A look at the modern research of the brain as related to addiction from contributor and neuroscientist, Derek Simon, PhD. More here.

2 The courage to change the things we can: Addiction reform now!

The courage to change the things we can: Addiction reform now!

January 29th, 2016

A look at the changing topography of the American political landscape regarding drug sentencing and access to care.

2 Trust and addiction recovery

Trust and addiction recovery

November 13th, 2014

Becoming vulnerable is an important aspect of addiction treatment. How do you begin to be honest with yourself? Tips here.

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