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 […]
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 […]
When you think of foster care, what images come to mind? For many, one of the first images is the stereotypical scene of children being wrenched from a mother’s arms and thrust into a system where they will be shuffled from home to home for the rest of their childhood. In truth, this has happened. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Here’s what we know so far. Sexual assaults often involve alcohol consumption, and alcohol consumption is a reason some victims may not report sexual assaults. But what happens after the sexual assault and reporting are over? After the Assault Evidence suggests that rape victims have higher rates of drug and alcohol consumption. They also have a greater […]
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 […]
Commonly prescribed for anxiety and insomnia, benzodiazepines — such as Valium, Klonopin, and Xanax — are under scrutiny as an increasing number of Americans are becoming dependent on them. Some critics warn that the overuse of benzos could be our next drug epidemic. Benzodiazepines work by depressing the central nervous system. They slow brain activity related to anxiety and stress, which in […]
It will shock you. It will educate you. It will give you hope. On October 17th, the new PBS series Addiction premiers – and it could very well change your life. Not only will you hear first-hand stories from people struggling with addiction, you’ll also learn about cutting-edge work of dedicated doctors and scientists who are determined […]
The Senate officially confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court Justice on Saturday, Oct. 6. Several protestors in the public viewing gallery interrupted the vote, arguing someone accused of sexual assault should not hold such a position. Alcohol’s Impact on Reporting Sexual Assault Following Kavanaugh’s hearing, many women have come forward sharing their reasons for not […]
Recently, I traveled to Portland for a conference, an Oregon city I hadn’t visited in several years. As I walked the streets during breaks in my work schedule, I was surprised at the number of homeless people camped out on every corner. Tents adorned the sidewalks, campers panhandled pedestrians who walked by, and garbage was […]
In the wake of sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the conversation has abruptly moved away from the misconduct allegations and towards the question of whether Kavanaugh drank too much (or even lied about it before the Senate Judiciary Committee). Earlier this summer, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to […]
Massachusetts General Hospital is the first emergency department to offer buprenorphine to patients with opioid use disorder who want to start treatment immediately. Doctors who want to prescribe buprenorphine, likely as a key part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) plan for opioid use disorder, can now opt to complete an eight-hour course—which includes listening to people who are on MAT and how it […]
He was supposed to be their leader. Their provider. Their hero. Gary’s kids looked to him to protect and guide them. He wanted to be the type of father they could love and respect – look up to. If they knew the truth, his image would be shattered. If he told them about his addiction, how […]
Linda lived in a nearly constant state of anxiety. Every day, she worked so hard at her job – but her efforts were as much about hiding her addiction as completing her workload. She couldn’t afford to lose this job. She was convinced her employer would boot her if they knew about her struggle with […]
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