Stanton explains drug harm reduction to Bill O’Reilly

April 25, 2017

 


The New Recovery

April 5, 2017

Recovery is about purpose and meaning in life, not “sobriety” and meetings. We have been sold a bill of goods by Big Recovery—AA, 12-step rehab, Hollywood, even public health. This is the strange myth that people enter “recovery” when they become sober—that is, they cease using this or that substance, or perhaps all substances. Let’s […]


The Solution to the Opioid Crisis

The Solution to the Opioid Crisis Everyone has a solution for the Opioid Epidemic. Heres a real one. Here’s what we must do to improve our addictive situation In 2016, the American Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, announced in a new report on addiction, as though he had just discovered the structure of DNA, “Addressing the […]


Trump Won’t Reduce the Ravages of Drug Addiction

Trump Won’t Reduce the Ravages of Drug Addiction His proposed recovery programs mean nothing while people are in despair. A strange thing happened when MSNBC’s  “All In” host Chris Hayes interviewed New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan about the unending growth in opioid-related deaths at which New Hampshire is an epicenter. As Democrat Hassan recited all of […]


Normalizing Drug Use

January 17, 2017

We have entered an era in which drug use is widespread, almost ubiquitous, and yet at the same it is viewed as unmanageable and uncontrollable. We need instead to accept and to regulate drug use. Several recent key writings in the popular and academic press point to the following developments: We are in a pharmacological era […]


The Good and the Bad of Trauma Theory in Addiction

January 10, 2017

Why the Life Process Program doesn’t focus on trauma—it doesn’t work! Trauma theory has come to dominate addiction practice.  It is commonplace to hear assertions that all addiction is due to trauma, or the converse—no one can escape the trauma in their lives.  Both of these statements are not true, as I will illustrate with […]


Why Critics Are Afraid to Admit That NIDA’s Addiction Model and AA Are Two Sides of the Same Coin

December 14, 2016

As our predestined fates would have it, several prominent books (including by authors as distinguished as Marc Lewis, Sally Satel and Johann Hari) have recently confronted the supposedly scientific neurobiological chronic brain disease theory of addiction. The theory, which is associated worldwide with Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), was […]


That Time When a Devastating Attack on a Seminal Controlled Drinking Study Set Us Back Decades

November 22, 2016

Recent reports on the harm reduction movement portray its rude health—yet simultaneously, a catastrophic event could at any point challenge its growing acceptance. To me, the situation recalls a disastrous confrontation that long negated a hugely promising development, before “harm reduction” was even a phrase. This contributed to countless tragic deaths—although one in particular sticks […]


Like Bad Drug Laws, the Disease Theory of Addiction Ruins Lives: We Must Target Both

November 5, 2016

Disease Theory of Addiction The disease theory of addiction underpins punitive and abhorrent drug policies—but in fact, its negative impact is evenworse than this. Recently, two notables on an addiction theory list to which I used to belong debated the relationship between the disease theory of addiction and drug policy. One, my fellow Influence contributor […]


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

October 25, 2016

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 praise my own Love and Addiction (1975, with Archie Brodsky), as “groundbreaking.” I’ll add my voice […]