addiction

The Rise and Fall of Confrontational Alcohol Addiction “Treatment”

Confrontational counseling, sometimes known as attack therapy, is most commonly associated with so-called "therapeutic communities" for people with addictions. It…

January 18, 2024

Kentucky Shelves Plan to Use Opioid Settlement Cash for Ibogaine Pilot

A plan in Kentucky to create an ibogaine treatment and research pilot with opioid settlement funding has run aground. It…

January 9, 2024

When People Ask Harm Reductionists, “What About Treatment?”

“What about treatment?” I’m commonly asked this question by well-intentioned folks when I say I am a harm reduction advocate,…

January 8, 2024

Neither Snake Oil Nor Silver Bullet: Ibogaine for Opioid Use Disorder

“But as fascinating as the pharmacology of ibogaine [is], it is the chemistry of this alkaloid that is overwhelmingly awesome.”…

December 15, 2023

NIDA to Fund Development of New Psychedelics-Based SUD Treatments

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is soliciting proposals to develop psychedelics into treatments for substance use disorder (SUD), with…

November 10, 2023

Hospital Addiction Consult Teams Seek to Fight Stigma, Meet Needs

As people continue to suffer with the many preventable side effects of not having a safe drug supply, Addiction Consult…

November 2, 2023

Why I Won’t Celebrate National Recovery Month

It’s National Recovery Month. But I won’t be evangelizing about my recovery, taking the first or any other step on…

September 14, 2023

A Daughter’s Life and Death, Seen Through a Harm Reduction Lens

The book Addicted and Convicted: Letters from a Lost Daughter, published in August, tells the story of how Elizabeth Elliot…

September 6, 2023

The False Claim That Addiction Is “All About the Dopamine”

It seems today that everyone and their brother knows about the dopamine hypothesis of drug addiction. The popular version, simply…

July 13, 2023

Drug Courts Don’t Just Force People Into Treatment. They Deny Us, Too.

Standing in the courtroom as I awaited sentencing, the light tapping of the stenographer gave me déjà vu. The watchful…

July 6, 2023