A dramatic piece of addiction research used to prop up the brain disease model of addiction was blown to pieces this year: cue induced craving. You’ve probably seen this “science” portrayed on television over the years. Some very serious looking scientists in a quiet lab full of fancy equipment put a cocaine addict into a […]
The hysteria and myths about alcohol, other drugs, and addiction runs deep in American culture – and I believe it is causing us to have more problems with alcohol and other drugs. The more people learn the truth, the more we can create a cultural shift that decreases these problems. The following is my study […]
Julie Eldred is a heroin user who violated probation by testing positive for an opioid. She’s contesting the probation violation ruling all the way up to Massachusetts’ State Supreme Court on the grounds that relapse is a symptom of the disease of addiction, and it’s therefore a cruel and unusual punishment to put her in […]
A few years back I read Thomas Szasz’s Ceremonial Chemistry and The Myth of Mental Illness, and found them both to be brilliant and enlightening books. Yet he’s dealing in nuanced issues, and sometimes it’s easy to miss the point. When there’s an army of people threatened by his discussions of these nuances, they want you […]
Real Alcoholics are more likely to recover than Heavy Drinkers according to data in the government’s latest large scale epidemiological study, NESARC-III.
Wanna deal with your “self-medication” based addiction? Try this: recognize the fact that your substance use isn’t medicating anything, that is, that you are taking the wrong medicine. Once you know this, you can stop it. Let’s tackle the issue of stress, a ubiquitous experience that is widely believed to be relieved by alcohol. This […]