In bringing treatment to the people who need it most, we must find the places where they can be helped without turning them over to the machinery of powerlessness.
People laugh at the notion of addiction to things other than drugs – like love – because they don’t understand addiction.
In the United States today, our goal is to shunt the troubled/addicted individual out of the home and into treatment. By itself, that doesn’t work.
My three adult children enjoy drinking, but aren’t alcoholics. Can you do this as a parent, even if you yourself have had a drug or alcohol problem?
An Irish-Canadian writer and Irish director made a film about traumatized people that doesn’t diagnose them – what a miracle!
The stars of two new movies star decidedly deranged, however they can’t explain how they got that way.
Miley Cyrus, unlike many former child stars, has a career plan. Miley’s, however, seems to include her drug use.
Though Amy Winehouse drank herself to death, the alcohol was not her primary addiction. Amy’s lyrics make it clear that the troubled singer was, in fact, a love addict.
If you’ve ever tried quitting an addiction to drugs, alcohol or smoking, you know how hard it is to get sober. And yet, despite the difficulty, love addiction is harder to quit than any substance or chemical.
Are one in ten of your neighbors addicted to heroin? If you agree that is unlikely, it is important to examine Baltimore’s inner city in light of the recent death of Freddie Gray.
How we resolve these incompatible models of addiction will be the story of addiction treatment and policy in the 21st Century.
The exposure model of addiction doesn’t make much sense, does it? We are no longer in the business of drug prevention. We are now practicing addiction prevention.
One time my wife and I took a long ride on a crowded bus. Several rows ahead of us sat a psychotic man who never stopped talking to himself. But he knew that I was listening.
This post is one in a series about how we separate ourselves from crazy people because they frighten us, and because we wish to make clear that we are not like them.
We are frightened of crazy people, for a variety of reasons. We want to show—if only to prove we are normal—that we know that they are crazy and to reject them.
You may have to unlearn much of what you have been trained to do. In this new substance use world, here are five principles for counselors to remember in treatment.
I like to focus with clients on examples of people who function well under stress. These people often turn such events to their advantage. Here is the case of Tom Brady.
We asked our professional contributors to reflect on the year, and share with us the most shocking or significant event that left an impact on the addiction industry.
Are you following NPR’s podcast series? I am 90 percent sure Adnan Syed isn’t guilty. But let’s get one thing straight: psychopathy isn’t the issue – guilt or innocence is!
Why would addiction and drug abuse be “at unprecedented levels” in Afghanistan, a country that has cultivated poppies and smoked opium indigenously for centuries? I’ll give you the top three reasons.
There is nothing more essential for you to rely on than your resilience if you want to avoid, or overcome, addiction. So I don’t dwell on childhood traumas…
Mania-depression was almost unknown in the United States, especially for children, into the 1970s. Today, the U.S. has the highest bipolar rate in the world. Why?
By now we’ve all seen the elevator video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer. Ask yourself these five important questions about domestic violence and mental illness.
At some point well into our therapeutic relationship, because I felt badly for her loss and I wanted her to know I had experienced a similar event, I told her that my brother…
Robin Williams’ apparent suicide is being used as an argument for more mental health treatment. Does that argument – or the treatment – work?
Alcoholism and addiction are rarely permanent—they are more likely to be so if you are convinced that they are. People working in the addiction field who don’t know this are guilty of malpractice…
Vermont’s governor famously devoted his entire State of the State Address to Vermont’s heroin crisis. And, so, it was natural for a new heroin scare to be featured on NBC’s recent program…
Five trends are driving a slow, but ultimately cataclysmic shift in addiction treatment. Together, these five insights point addiction treatment in an entirely new direction from that we have been pursuing for decades.