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 […]

Helping – Not Hurting – Victims of the Opioid Epidemic

There are lots of blameworthy villains responsible for the prescription opioid epidemic – e.g., greedy/ruthless drug companies and distributors; careless/corrupt doctors and pharmacies; and a government overly influenced by big pharma lobbyists that was shamefully asleep at the regulatory switch. Most of the villains have escaped meaningful accountability or righteous punishment. There are more than […]

KY Sues Walgreens For Its Dual Role in the Opioid Crisis

Kentucky's AG seeks to hold Walgreens accountable for opioid overdoses.

At the corner of happy and healthy? Not in Kentucky. The Bluegrass State was home to over 3,700 drug overdose deaths between 2014 and 2016, and the Attorney General plans to hold Walgreens responsible for playing a role in those tragedies. Kentucky is suing the pharmacy chain for acting as both distributor and dispenser of […]

Trump Signs Opioid Law to End ‘Scourge’ of Drug Addiction

Blue states. Red states. Left-wing. Right-wing. The November elections emphasized how diverse political stances can be in our nation. Yet, one issue has brought leaders together. Leaving party lines behind, politicians are working to battle the opioid crisis in America. This unity is evident in the legislation signed by President Trump on October 24th. In […]

Is My Loved One an Unfit Parent? Part 1 

Childcare can drop dangerously low on the priority list as addiction takes over a home.

The pantry was nearly empty. Two solitary cans of soup accounted for its remaining contents. The fridge was barren and icy. The kindergartener and toddler sitting on the filthy living room floor had dirty clothes and rumbling stomachs. The five-year-old hadn’t been to school in two days, but that was preferable to last week, when her mom forgot to pick her […]

An Expert’s Top 5 Takeaways from Beautiful Boy

Chief Clinical Officer Tom Doub shares his thoughts about the film Beautiful Boy.

Released earlier this fall, Beautiful Boy is a film about the relationship between a father and his teenage son who struggles with addiction. The movie is based on the memoirs of both the father, David, and his son, Nic: Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff. Thousands of families […]

Norway’s Safe Injection Sites to Battle Overdose Epidemic 

Norway developed a pilot that will prescribe diamorphine to treat up to 400 people.

As part of a controversial scheme set to begin in 2020, Norway will be giving away free heroin — and a safe space to take it in — to people addicted to the drug. In an attempt to combat the country’s overdose epidemic, creators of the plan believe that it will reduce crime rates and drug-related deaths, as well as build trust between […]

Congress Comes Together to Pass Opioid Legislation

This month, members of Congress passed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act

Bipartisanship is in short supply these days in Washington, D.C. That’s why it’s heartening to see Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill come together to fight a problem as consequential as the opioid addiction epidemic currently ravaging communities across the United States. In early October, members of Congress managed to reach across the aisle to […]

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