Preventing and Handling Recurrences (aka “Relapses”): What Clients Need Most From Addiction Treatment

Recurrences can be of particular concern for people who go to strict abstinence-based programs, where they’re told that any use of substances is a “relapse.”

Kenneth Anderson Talks Harm Reduction, Activism, and Challenges in the Field

Our revealing chat with Kenneth Anderson, founder of the international organization Harm Reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support.

The Right Way – and the Wrong Way – to Deal With Our Opioid Epidemic

Drug companies and cartels kill 30,000 Americans a year, yet we see political hand waving, little action, and counterproductive mistakes.

One More Time: Can We PLEASE Do Away with “Relapse?”

Seldom with medical conditions do we use the term “relapse” when the symptoms come back.

Why Isn’t Endorsement of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Teens with Opioid Addiction a Bigger Deal?

Last fall, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a formal Policy Statement supporting the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for adolescents and young adults with opioid use disorders.

Can We Stop Calling It “Medication-Assisted Treatment”?

If addiction treatment involves using medication, why must we call it by a different name and relegate it to the outskirts of the recovery community?

Is Ecstasy a Magic Bullet for PTSD?

This premature, fake, media-driven endorsement may tempt many PTSD sufferers to give Ecstasy a try on their own, before knowing if it works and the potential harms.

Growing Research Interest in Non 12-Step Support Groups – Slow But Sure

Funding and research interests have been largely directed toward the study of AA and its 12-steps, while the study of alternative support groups has been neglected.

Opiates: Understanding a Use Disorder

Let’s talk about the medical side of opiate use and detail the warning signs an individual might have with an abuse or dependency problem.

Self-Possession and the Art of Recovery

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.