Psychedelics in Addiction Treatment


Editor’s Note: For decades, brain chemistry has been a growing field of knowledge on many fronts, including addiction treatment. Early work with psychedelics for addiction treatment in the 1950’s and 60’s – in which Bill Wilson took part – was brutally truncated by the War on Drugs, even though it … Continue reading

AA, Alcoholism and Medical Science


AA never really opened up a channel for two way communication with the medical community. By Brent P. Who Me? My name is Brent and I’m an alcoholic, crack addict and opioid addict. So, in a nutshell, nobody special. But in qualifying as an alcoholic and addict (one in the … Continue reading

The 10 Hardest Drugs to Kick


Editor’s Note: I have a friend who describes herself in the rooms of AA this way: “My name is Joanne and I am an alcoholic and an addict”. Being addicted to more than one substance is not the exception but the norm. Nor should identifying in this manner be frowned … Continue reading

A Buddhist Path to Recovery


A more diverse world of treatment options casts a wider net for addicts who’ve fallen through the cracks. By Mark Hay Originally published in GOOD on February 18, 2016 At the age of 18, Mary Stancavage started to drink – hard. Freshly transplanted to San Jose after growing up alone … Continue reading

Ten Ways to Stay Sober


This article was first published on March 8th on The Fix: 10 Ways to Stay Sober When Everything’s Falling Apart. We are re-posting it here today for two reasons: first, it is an excellent article and second, it is an inspiration for us as we continue to work on The … Continue reading

Substance Abuse Treatment Begins With Research


Foreword by Chris G: This article describes Dr. Willenbring’s history of research, and the clinic he has set up to provide treatment based on the best scientific evidence available – something typically ignored by existing treatment facilities. Dr. Willenbring points out that after years of chemical use & abuse, an … Continue reading

Addiction and Suffering – Gabor Maté

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Dr. Gabor Maté specializes in the study and treatment of addiction and trauma. He is well known for his firmly held belief in the connection between mind and body health. Dr. Maté’s bestselling books include the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. Rather than offering … Continue reading

Is Substance Use the Treatment or the Disease?


Editor’s Note: Most of us seem to believe that alcoholism is a kind of treatment: an attempt to resolve an underlying trauma or a “spiritual void” and not, initially at any rate, a “disease” of the brain. Is that correct? If not, why the emphasis, for example, on dealing with “character defects”? This … Continue reading

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

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Editor’s Note: As you are probably aware, we are working on putting together The Practical Book: Tools We Find Helpful in Recovery. Many people find that meditation is one of those tools. In fact, three people have chosen that as their topic for the book. Today we are sharing an … Continue reading