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Anyone Can Escape Addiction—But Fatalistic Views of Biology or Trauma Persuade People Otherwise

Earlier this year, Maia Szalavitz, my fellow Influence columnist and an old comrade-in-arms, released her masterful book,Unbroken Brain, one that displays skills I only wish I had, and that I try to emulate. In it, she’s kind enough to...

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In Addiction, We Must Constantly Reassert That Research Beats Experience

A piece on The Influence last week by Patrick Hilsman, a member of this publication’s editorial team, strikingly recounted his experiences—both pleasurable and harrowing—with heroin, to which he was once addicted. He contrasted these personal experiences with some received...

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Seven Things We Must Understand About Addiction to Undo the Mistakes of the Past 40 Years

When Archie Brodsky and I were writing Love and Addiction in the early 1970s, a medical resident told us, “Oh, we’ve established what addiction was long ago.” It turns out, that wasn’t true. In 2013, DSM-5, the most recent...

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Sometimes I Worry That AA’s Media Fan Club Won’t Be Enough to Secure Our Addiction-Free Future

We heard last week how Arianna Huffington, running her eponymous publication, bravely fought against criticism of 12-step programs in a report on heroin addiction in Kentucky that was eventually nominated for a Pulitzer. Should that surprise us? Of course...

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Addiction Is Always There – How To Keep From Drowning In It

We are recognizing that addiction is a regular part of life, and it scares the hell out of us. When I published Love and Addiction with Archie Brodsky in 1975, we received catcalls from my fellow faculty members at...

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By Storming to Gold, Simone Biles Conquered Our Obsession With Trauma

Answer me this: How does a child taken from her addicted mother become the best athlete in the world? Simone Biles is the most dominant athlete at the Rio Olympics—and being recognized as the greatest women’s gymnast ever. Biles, who is...

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Chronic Brain Disease and Addiction

Abstract The world, led by the United States, is hell bent on establishing the absence of choice in addiction, as expressed by the defining statement that addiction is a “chronic relapsingbrain disease” (my emphasis). The figure most associated with...

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Does the Word Addict Cause Harm?

This week on Talk Recovery, Dr. Stanton Peele discusses: ‘Does the word addict cause harm?’ Listen to his response.

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Is treatment about creating ideal citizens?

The commission’s 16 included a few ‘experts by experience’ in the form of past problem drug users or drinkers, but what of the wider views of those it is hoped will ‘recover’ from such problems? When in 2014 problem...

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Reports on Prince’s death underline our need to learn how to use drugs better

When a famous person dies mysteriously and prematurely these days, we are instantly led to consider their drug use as cause of death. Prince, the multi-talented musician and entertainer, who was found dead at his estate outside Minneapolis last...

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