This classic Greek myth is illuminating for understanding the call that drugs, alcohol and certain behaviors have for people who have struggled with addiction.
It is possible to identify some features of good recovery or successful remission without having to pledge allegiance to any particular side of the addiction debate.
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, opioid addiction is driving the increase in drug overdose deaths for all racial groups, but especially whites.
AAers have a useful acronym: FEAR, which stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. Acting on FEAR can lead to some dire consequences.
What role might race – and racism – play in the significant difference in increased rates of overdoses of whites and blacks?
The increasing rates of illicit drug and alcohol use by seniors has largely flown under the radar.
Those struggling with heroin addiction must weigh the risks and rewards of a medication being used to block the drug’s high.
When treating addiction, why not equally support programs that target brain receptors and alternative treatments that address the psychological and social dimensions of addiction?
Achieving self-knowledge is already a difficult task, but the difficulty level can be particularly increased among those struggling with addiction. In fact, self-deception often goes hand-in-hand with chemical dependency.
Usually one doesn’t think about physics in the context of addiction, but there is a valuable lesson to be learned courtesy of quantum mechanics and relativity.
If disease branding works well with conditions that were previously stigmatized, then why hasn’t disease branding worked for Substance Use Disorders?
Johann Hari’s conclusion that good or bad environments cause addiction rests upon an assumption that addiction is all in the brain or addiction is all in the environment.
Men need to take responsibility for the prevalence of thirteenth stepping in AA. As feminists have been saying for decades, “Rape is not a women’s issue.”
Suffering is a part of life. But, there are times when a person cannot make sense of his suffering. In the throes of it, a person experiences an existential concussion.
Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Living a life of active addiction is not fully living. The drugs are the primary focus in the worst throes of addiction.