Can Mindfulness Meditation Prevent Relapse?

Meditation

By Elizabeth Brico Published in The Fix on February 21, 2018 Mindfulness meditation teaches people how to accept suffering as a normal, cohesive experience, and then move on from it. Relapse has always been a harsh reality of addiction, but as the opioid black market fills with powerful synthetics, relapse … Continue reading

Addiction, Recovery, and Personal Character

Addiction Recovery Character

By Bill White This article was published on February 16, 2018, in The Selected Papers of William L. White The devastating effects of addiction on physical/emotional health and social functioning have been meticulously catalogued, but far less attention has been given to its toll on character and the role character … Continue reading

Recovery Pathways are not always a Pathway

Mosaic

By Bill White Originally posted on June 3, 2016 on Selected Papers of William L. White The addiction recovery experience has been sliced and diced in all manner of categories: secular, spiritual, and religious; natural recovery, peer-assisted, and treatment-assisted; and abstinence-based, moderation-based, and medication-assisted, to name just a few.  Recovery … Continue reading

20 Things We Realize When We Quit Drinking

Drinking Booze

The original title of this article was “20 Common Things People Realize When They Quit Drinking Alcohol” Sofia Adamson, Staff Writer, Waking Times Originally published on July 10, 2017 Of all the culturally conditioned behaviors we’ve mindlessly adopted, alcoholism is one of the most curious. We know it is highly … Continue reading

Psychedelics in Addiction Treatment

Handshake

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

Comorbidity

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

Butt

By Jacqueline Detwiler Originally published in The Fix Many factors determine whether you’ll become addicted to a drug: your genetic makeup, social history, the drugs your friends take, how much money you make. But the chemical makeup of drugs guarantee that certain drugs are more addictive than others. The hardest … Continue reading

A Buddhist Path to Recovery

Meditation

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