Addiction Epidemic: (Not) the Christie Report

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 […]


How to Interrogate a Criminal Suspect, a la Dostoyevsky

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 […]


The Dean of USC’s Medical School Used Addictive Drugs

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 […]


Why They Let O.J. Out

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 […]


The Myth of Addiction as “Equal Opportunity Destroyer”

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 Nation

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 […]


Anthony Bourdain’s Updated Addiction Report Card

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 […]


Our Drug Death Epidemic Is Worse than Ever But everything we say and do to combat it accelerates the problem.

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 […]


I’m Sorry If You Can’t Drink Alcohol

June 12, 2017

It’s a regrettable loss to your life, which you may find necessary. I have an older friend (even older than me!) who can no longer drink alcohol or coffee. She has had an unusual drinking career. She came from a Midwestern WASP family who didn’t drink at home. She went to an Ivy League college at a […]


How The Today Show and Ronan Farrow Kept Me from Telling the Truth About Addiction

June 8, 2017

  Source: Vice on-line magazine I have described how liberals are the most ardent supporters of the disease theory of addiction. (Disclosure, I am a liberal.) This truth was driven home for me by my recent humiliation on The Today Show at the hands of Ronan Farrow.  Farrow presented three related woman who had each […]