Surviving Straight Inc, a Controlling Approach To Addiction Treatment Brings Disastrous Consequences

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One false dichotomy is consistently hurled around in the substance use debate: Should we send 'addicts' to jail, or should we recognize that they have a disease and do the compassionate thing - send them to treatment?  This is a load of nonsense for many reasons, but perhaps most poignantly for the fact that many rehabs are worse than prison.  Our example: a popular chain of adolescent rehabs called Straight Inc, which treated over 50,000 adolescents between 1976 and 1993.  They're the subject … [Read more...]

Charlie Sheen Turns On The Cult – And Feels The Wrath of Alcoholics Anonymous

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The latest news on Charlie Sheen is BIG news.  He has publicly called AA a cult, indicated that it's been screwing up his life for 22 years, and that it has control over his family.  These latest comments have brought things to a true tipping point.  He's being universally attacked as a crazy person for criticizing AA, and no one in the major media seems to have the slightest interest in investigating his claims.  I contend that Sheen's comments are 100% correct. While Sheen is the most … [Read more...]

Dr Drew Has Two and a Half Brain Cells

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Charlie Sheen is back in the news, and this time the media seems downright puzzled with his latest comments, they're almost ambivalent about commenting on them.  The stories are a mixed bag, but this seems to be the quote that has most people shocked and appalled: In the interview with former ESPN anchor Patrick, Sheen acknowledged that he's had "some problems lately" and said staying away from crack cocaine is good advice unless a person can "manage it socially."  Asked if he could, Sheen … [Read more...]

No Such Thing As A Former Heroin Addict?

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If you're wondering why people like me are so dead-set against the disease view of addiction, then this recent comment by Dr Drew Pinsky (of MTV and VH1 fame), should make it clear: There's no such thing as 'I was a heroin addict.' That doesn't exist in nature. This is, in a nutshell, the ultimate message from people in the recovery culture who push the idea that addiction is a disease. They're spreading a concept of addiction in which change is impossible, and anyone with a substance use … [Read more...]