addiction

Epigenetics, Trauma and Addiction: What We Do and Don’t Know

Ever since Gabor Maté discussed epigenetics in his book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts (2008), it has become a…

December 21, 2022

Managed Alcohol Programs Offer Harm Reduction to Unhoused People

It’s a bitterly cold day in Montreal. The snow is falling in thick, cartoonish flakes, relentless winds have dropped the…

December 6, 2022

The History of the “Allergy” Myth of Alcohol Addiction

In 2022, it is still not uncommon to hear people claim that an addiction to alcohol is an “allergy.” Little…

December 2, 2022

Studies Investigate Antipsychotics as Adjuncts to Opioid Use Disorder Meds

John* grew up in a family severely impacted by substance use disorders. He started using heroin at 15, and he…

November 10, 2022

Rehab Profiteering and Abuse: The Lesson of National Medical Enterprises

It seems like every other day we see a news story about a profiteering addiction rehab engaging in unsavory conduct,…

October 28, 2022

Buprenorphine Access: Telehealth Revolution Faces Uncertain Future

This summer, a young woman was revived by paramedics after an overdose at her home in Upstate New York. She…

October 25, 2022

Advocates Condemn California’s New Forced-Treatment Law

On September 14, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Act into law. The legislation…

September 16, 2022

How 12-Step Programs Became Embedded in US Hospitals

When I first went through treatment for an alcohol problem back in the 1990s, I was shocked to find out…

September 7, 2022

How Deep Does New Jersey’s Anti-Stigma Messaging Really Run?

Counties across the state of New Jersey trumpet their commitment to ending stigma against people with addiction. In 2018, for…

July 21, 2022

Inebriate Asylums to Narcotic Farms: Addiction Treatment’s Cruel Roots

Kenneth Anderson founded HAMS (Harm Reduction, Abstinence and Moderation Support) in 2007 as a free online support group for people…

July 7, 2022