Overdose and Other Drug and Addiction Myths

January 27, 2018

Everything you believe about drugs/addiction is wrong. EVERYTHING. It matters. I.  Drug Overdose Tom Petty died from, according to the New York Times headline, an “Accidental Drug Overdose.” Here’s the coroner’s list of the drugs found in Petty’s system: fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetyl fentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl. Petty’s death is not accurately classified as […]

Let’s Commend Fact-Based Thinking: Except With Alcohol

January 25, 2018

Kurt Anderson commends rationality and science (except for alcohol, of course). I have to tip my hat to New York magazine writer and public radio host, Kurt Anderson, for passionately detailing how America has descended into irrational and magical thinking(“How America Lost Its Mind”), since I wrote about this idea (“America, Land of the Irrational”) in PT in 2008. Why, […]

Addiction is NOT a disease

January 14, 2018

THE GROWTH OF ADDICTION TREATMENT in the United States, predicated on the idea that alcoholism and addictions of all kinds are diseases, is a public-relations triumph, and not a triumph of reason or science. The idea that modern addiction treatment—like that provided at private alcoholism hospitals—is eminently successful is a myth. More people quit alcoholism […]

Self-manage your ‘addiction’ with the Life Process Program

January 7, 2018

The disease model of addiction does more harm than good because it does not give people enough credit for their resilience and capacity to change. It underestimates people’s ability to figure out what is good for them and to adapt to challenging environments. At the same time, it disempowers people, because it fails to hold […]

How to Beat Addiction

December 25, 2017

This program points out many actual stories of recovered addicts, virtually all of whom did it on their own. These cases come from all walks of life, and from all of my many activities. That is, some are based on interviews I have conducted with addicts or former addicts, some come from my therapy experiences, […]

Why It Doesn’t Make Sense To Call Addiction A Disease

December 19, 2017

We frequently hear from people who say: “I drink too much sometimes, but I don’t think I’m an alcoholic. And I don’t want to stand up and talk about myself in front of a group. Is there any other way I can change the way I drink?”   “I’m overweight, but I understand that people […]

People All Around Us Quit Addictions

December 18, 2017

In spite of what the government and treatment programs tell us, we all know that many people escape addictions without treatment. How do we know? Because so many of us, our friends, and our loved ones have quit addictions, including the most common drug addiction, smoking. You have heard, and no doubt believe, that smoking […]

A case for safe injection facilities in Chittenden County

December 4, 2017

Guest Column: A case for safe injection facilities in Chittenden County By Zach Rhoads By Observer November 30, 2017 During a press conference Wednesday, State’s Attorney Sarah George announced she will support legislation to legally permit state-run “supervised injection facilities” — where drug users are permitted to consume or inject drugs under medical supervision. George […]

Roy Moore, Sex, Republicans, and Religious Conservatism

November 24, 2017

Conservative Republicans and Christians aren’t against sex — just adult sex News item: Roy Moore, the Republican senatorial candidate from Alabama, stands accused of dating teenagers when he was a professional in his 30s (to which he has largely conceded) and — criminally — of sexual petting with a 14-year-old. Roy Moore stands out even […]

What’s Wrong with Plagiarizing?

November 13, 2017

Watch out if you object to plagiarism! Fareed Zakaria, CNN commentator, Yale trustee, Harvard Ph.D., Washington Post columnist, and best-selling author has now weighed in on his plagiarism. I find three things notable about his explanation/excuse-making and the reactions it has generated—especially in light of my experience reporting plagiarism to the Harvard Medical School some […]


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