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Drug War = Culture War?

A friend, Matt, wondered if the premise of this Frank Rich column will have implications for drug policy: What has happened between 2001 and 2009 to so radically change the cultural climate? Here, at last, is one piece of good … Continue reading

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“shaming,” “stigmatizing,” and call-outs

Something is amiss in recovery advocacy. Earlier this week, the Surgeon General’s office tweeted the following paraphrase of a speech given by the Surgeon General. (Later clarified to be incorrectly transcribed.) Addiction is not a moral failing and that it … Continue reading

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I really hope they are willing to listen to the evidence

If you spend much time following news about addiction treatment, you’ll start to notice a pattern. There’s a lot of skepticism about addiction as a disease and abstinence-based treatment. Somehow, addiction treatment has become a front in the culture wars and … Continue reading

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Most popular posts of 2015 – #1 – Why so irrational about AA?

Gabrielle Glaser has gotten another AA bashing article published and it’s getting a lot of attention. Of course she doesn’t really offer a tangible alternative. I’m not going to write another piece rebutting it, but I’ll point you to a … Continue reading

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Why so irrational about AA?

Gabrielle Glaser has gotten another AA bashing article published and it’s getting a lot of attention. Of course she doesn’t really offer a tangible alternative. I’m not going to write another piece rebutting it, but I’ll point you to a … Continue reading

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Their every truth . . .

…most men have bound their eyes with one or another handkerchief, and attached themselves to some one of these communities of opinion. This conformity makes them not false in a few particulars, authors of a few lies, but false in … Continue reading

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The soul of addiction treatment

I’ve never met Scott Kellogg, but I appreciate his presence in the field. He’s struck me as a pragmatist who tries to find third ways and has a conservative temperament. There are too few people who fit that description. His recent piece … Continue reading

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Strange conclusions – updated w/ link

We’ve been seeing a lot of claims about the comparative effectiveness of AA or 12 step facilitation (TSF) versus motivational interviewing (MI) or motivational enhancement therapy (MET), most recently here. That AA/TSF is superstitious  voodoo and MI/MET is rational, evidence-based … Continue reading

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Cannabis Sense

A study finding brain changes in casual users of marijuana got a lot of press last week. There were people seizing upon it as proof of marijuana’s danger and other attacking or debunking the study. Those who attacked the study … Continue reading

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What policy would minimize total damage?

Mark Kleiman responds to a WSJ column expressing concern about increases in marijuana use leading to increases in schizophrenia. Kleiman responds to the specific concerns and then steps back to frame the larger policy decisions. The author of the WSJ … Continue reading

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