October 5, 2017

Americans have a different consciousness about alcohol as evil The key to ending alcoholism is to prevent anyone under 21 from drinking: “Alcohol is a drug – a powerful, mood-altering drug – and alcoholism is a disease,” says Dr. Robert Morse, board member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc., and recently […]

September 28, 2017

Depression grows in US and pharmaceuticals aren’t the answer—are hallucinogens? Time announces: (1) Americans are more depressed than ever, and getting more so: From 2011-2014, 13 percent of Americans 12 and older took an antidepressant up from 11 percent in 2005-2008 and 8 percent in 1999-2002. (2) Many Americans don’t respond to antidepressants, and there […]

August 7, 2017

Painkiller addiction is almost nonexistent, according to government data. News item:  The Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, headed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, was released.  It declares, in the most lurid terms, that we are undergoing an opioid addiction crisis which should be declared a national emergency. Fact check:  The government’s most thoroughgoing analysis of prescription medicine […]

July 31, 2017

How to motivationally interview supects courtesy Porfiry Petrovitch and Columbo.  This post is in response to Why They Let O.J. Out by Stanton Peele News item: Donald Trump has brought up the topic of how to treat suspects/arrestees in criminal cases. In his usual crude way (intellectually and behaviorally), he advised police not to protect the heads of suspects […]

What lessons do we learn from U.S.C. med school Dean Puliafito’s drug use? Developments concerning the use of a “very addictive drug” (this is how MedlinePlus refers to meth) by a prominent medical school administrator and physician seemingly call into question the verities with which medicine regards and deals with drug use. News item: The former […]

July 24, 2017

It wasn’t due to psychological growth. News item: O.J. Simpson, now 70 years old, was granted parole at a hearing yesterday in Nevada.  He has served nine years of a 33-year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping after he went to a hotel room in Las Vegas with armed men to recover personal memorabilia. The […]

July 10, 2017

The worst of the disease theory is that it says everyone is equally susceptible News Item: New county-level data from the CDC highlight the extreme geographic variation in opioid prescription rates, with some areas showing average morphine equivalents per capita 10 times greater than those of less-impacted counties. As seen in the map below, Appalachia appeared to be […]

Trauma psychology dominates the American psyche, even as it exacerbates trauma. It is now customary for every addiction and psychology treatment program—even those claiming to be CBT—to advertise that they deal with trauma. Trauma is the psychology/therapy wave of the moment, resembling the psychoanalysis craze of the 1950s-60s, with some key similarities, but the trauma meme is much more widespread in […]

June 27, 2017

He may smoke, he certainly drinks and, good God, that 60-year-old is trim!   This post is in response to Anthony Bourdain’s Addiction Report Card by Stanton Peele Anthony Bourdain is the worldly gastronomical traveler with an addictive past.  In his 2000 best seller Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain described his ascent into the premier kitchens of […]

June 22, 2017

“I have a theory, of which Maggie Hassan is but one example: We don’t really care whether people become addicted, or whether they die. We only care about maintaining our cultural blinders. All of our energy goes into that purpose.” Stanton Peele Here’s a comment from a famous guy who’s dissed me previously (prof of […]