When treating addiction, why not equally support programs that target brain receptors and alternative treatments that address the psychological and social dimensions of addiction?
Addiction Is Not a Disease of Free Will
Ibogaine has become increasingly popular in recent years for the treatment of drug and alcohol dependence, but how safe and effective are the treatments?
Ibogaine and Related Compounds: Safety and Effectiveness
Are there any real benefits to homeopathic medicine? Recently released data seems to indicate the answer is no.
Homeopathic Remedies: Helpful, Harmful, or Harmless Hype?
Despite earning separate DSM classifications, a debate over the strength of the correlation between substance use and other mental health diagnoses still lingers.
Is “Dual Diagnosis” Even Necessary Anymore?
This may just be one example of harm reduction allowing one alcoholic to improve his quality of life. But he didn’t die. I didn’t “let him” use and watch him spiral…
Harm Reduction in Action: Here is Ed’s Story
Although a few areas such as New York have made progress in this direction, the country lags behind and remains mired in a slough of ignorance and overdose death.
Death After Treatment for Heroin Dependence
A number of people expressed anger and indignation at Part 1 of this series, with some suggesting that I had “turned” into an AA supporter, but my views have not changed.
Setting the AA Record Straight Part II: Myths and Facts About the Program
Implicit bias is a well-studied phenomenon. The phrase refers to the unconscious attitudes we have towards groups of people. So, what does this look like in treatment?
Check Your Blind Spot: Understanding Implicit Bias
The very nature of addiction makes that phrase, “just say no,” or moderating, almost impossible. In the privacy of their own hell, they deem themselves weak, moral failures.
Are You Really Sober if You’re on Medication-Assisted Treatment?
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.