Category: Opinions

  • Releasing the motivation bottleneck – Helping addicts by making recovery easier

    My friend Patrick as SpiritualRiver reminded me of an issue that I think is somewhat obvious to many drug addiction researchers but may not be to others. The way I see it, there is a specific reason behind much of the research into medications, or other interventions, that will help drug addicts in their transition […]

  • Believing in Recovery: Addiction treatment and faith

    Sarah Henderson return with another article about addiction treatment and recovery. This time, Sarah gets all philosophical with us and discusses the concept of faith in recovery. Personally, my faith is and always has been very logic-based. I’m not a very spiritual person, and the things that are most important to me are usually right […]

  • Two forms of alcoholism: One which warrants a chronic disease model, and college

    I respect Stanton Peele, if for no other reason than simply because he is well informed and doesn’t mind telling us all about the way he sees things. However, even the mighty sometime misstep, and this article is about what I see as one of Dr. Peele’s errors. Why Stanton Peele thinks addiction isn’t a […]

  • Demand & Money: Why Mexican drug cartels aren’t losing this war.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again, but the Mexican drug war isn’t going to be won anytime soon, not while there’s black market demand for narcotics over here in the good old U.S. of A. The reasoning isn’t complicated and it shouldn’t take a RAND foundation study, or a man of […]

  • “Addicted” – Recovered and Helping: The reality (tv) of addiction treatment.

    With the success of shows like A&E’s Intervention and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, America has shown an almost insatiable appetite for television programs that deal with addiction. Whether this reflects the breadth and depth of the addiction problem in this country or a national appetite for tragedy and schadenfreude is open for debate, but […]

  • Physical addiction or psychological addiction – Is there a real difference?

    This is another one of the basic questions I get regarding addiction. It seems that people think about physical addiction and psychological addiction as somehow separate processes. I think this distinction makes no sense. Even if people really meant what they were saying, the brain is undoubtedly part of the body, and therefore, psychological addictions […]

  • Twilight star Chaske Spencer reveals his drug addiction past

    Kudos to Spencer, one of the stars of “Eclipse,” the most recent (and last?) movie in the popular Twilight series. Apparently, he told not only the rest of the cast, but now also People Magazine, about his addiction to alcohol, cocaine, and heroin. Like me, Spencer became one of the “recovered addicts” only after going […]

  • The business of addiction treatment and health care

    Whether it’s you suffering with addiction or a loved one, it’s easy to forget that at least in this country, treating the sick is a cash-money-business. This is true for health-care as well as for addiction treatment, and as the polls right before the passage of the recent health-care reform suggest, enough Americans like it […]

  • Lindsay Lohan not drinking – cleared of false SCRAM bracelet alert

    Here’s a little follow-up to last month’s post about Lindsay Lohan: Lindsay Lohan’s SCRAM bracelet went off at an after party for the MTV Movie Awards on June 6, leading authorities to believe she had violated her probation and consumed alcohol. Lindsay was ordered to come in at 10AM the next morning for a urine […]

  • Tips for consistent boundaries and better addiction outcomes

    People close to addicts (mothers, wives, brothers, and such) often find themselves struggling when trying to decide how to treat the substance abuser. They feel betrayed when the addictive behavior is displayed, but are lost when it comes to what they can do. For example, a mother with an alcoholic husband may feel that it’s […]