addiction

Does a “Dialectical Abstinence” Program Qualify as Harm Reduction?

I first heard the term “dialectical abstinence” in the summer of 2019, several weeks into an intensive outpatient program (IoP)…

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My Friend Died Because of Philly’s Addiction-Treatment Smoking Ban

I met Bobby in 2011, when we were both residents in a local recovery house. Bobby was 19 years old…

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Trump’s 2020 Drug Strategy Includes Harm Reduction (Sort of)

President Donald Trump's administration introduced the first national plan on substance use disorder treatment as part of its annual drug…

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Can Psychedelics Find Acceptance in the Recovery Community?

Can psychedelic drugs like LSD and MDMA help people who are recovering from addiction? A new research group is looking…

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Beyond Harm Reduction: Encouraging Positive Drug Use

A traditional anecdote tells of a congressman answering a constituent's inquiry about his position on alcohol. "If you mean the…

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Forced to Quit Methadone Because of His Adderall Prescription

Breadman came to me recently with a harrowing story. Aged 43, he lives in South Philadelphia and acquired his nickname…

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West Virginia Senator Calls Syringe Exchanges “Failed Experiment,” Seeks to Ban Them

In West Virginia, which has the highest rate of opioid-involved overdose deaths in the US, injecting drugs with shared needles…

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In Defense of the Concept of Addiction

The term—and concept of—“addiction” is regularly frowned upon or even attacked by people in our field. But it won’t disappear,…

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Southerners With Substance Use Disorders Wrongly Denied Disability Insurance

Staff confusion and incompetence seem to be responsible for the wrongful denial of disability insurance to people with substance use…

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Coerced Into Rehab? Here’s a 28-Day Survival Guide

January traditionally sees a surge in rehab admission rates. And if you’re going to residential addiction treatment by choice, I…

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