There is only one way to “recover.” Hint: it’s not a program, treatment, medication, support system, alternative coping method, therapy, etc. The only way to recover is…
Two fairly recent stories discussing Suboxone / Buprenorphine have me shaking my head. In one, a pregnant woman who had already quit using opiates was punished for refusing to take Suboxone. In another, it is claimed that Glee actor Cory Monteith wouldn’t have died from overdose, if only he had been prescribed some sort of […]
“So, what exactly is addiction?” And in response, he calls it a reflex, and he describes what I think we’re supposed to believe is the neural activity involved in the reflex. But he never quite describes how that translates into the actual behavior that’s usually described as addiction – nor does he assert, in his response, that it even does translate into the action of substance use. Instead, he offers a sort of half-answer, that encourages the listener to fill in the gaps, and become smokescreened into believing that substance use, for addicts, is an involuntary behavior akin to a sneeze or blink. What else could his use of the term “reflex” imply?
Slate.com recently featured an article by Yale Psychiatry resident physician Arjune Rama in which he interviewed comedian Marc Maron (host of the populare WTF podcast) about addiction, titled What Marc Maron Taught Me About Addiction. However, it seemed more like Maron was interviewing the doctor: Slate: A big problem for psychiatrists when it comes to understanding […]
Let’s stop contradicting the anti-12-step/anti-disease-model message by recommending other avenues to perceived weakness, powerlessness, and dependency. It’s time for this movement to get self-critical, and find some consistency.
“All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.” -Blaise Pascal