Behavioral Health

How the Disease Theory Ruined Harm Reduction

Our universal acceptance of the medical myth of addiction is deadly. The following was live-blogged from my presentation at Galway, Ireland, including material from my forthcoming book with Zach Rhoads, Outgrowing Addiction: With Common Sense Instead of “Disease” Therapy. Harm reduction treatments and strategies like long-term MAT and reducing painkiller prescriptions have been accepted across […]

Severe Addiction and the Destruction of Imagination and Hope

To say severe addiction strips away or erodes a person’s agency is a viable candidate for statement of the most obvious. Work with enough clients, be connected to people in the deepest throes of addiction, or live with your own, and you’ll see that rational capacities become increasingly compromised. Means-ends thinking may go on the […]

Calls to Suicide Crisis Lines Double Since 2014 

The latest figures from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline show calls doubled from 2014 to 2017.

Suicide rates in the U.S. have increased by nearly 30 percent since 1999. The latest figures show that approximately 45,000 Americans killed themselves in 2016. Anne Schuchat, M.D and Principal Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has spoken of the impact that suicide has in America:  “Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans […]

Making Pain Management Safe: It’s a Complicated Task

Since pain is subjective, is it fair to develop a one-size-fits-all treatment plan?

More than two million Americans suffer from substance abuse issues related to prescription painkillers and this epidemic takes the lives of more than 90 Americans every single day. These alarming statistics led researchers to ask: How do we make pain management safe? Specifically, how can we balance opioid prescription length and the risk of dependence? […]

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