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What gets you sober — God or your neurons?

…by Lisa Martinovic… There’ve been times during the life of this blog that the Great 12-Step Snowball Fight has erupted — as is typical for any blog, podcast, or article on addiction. I’m not a fan of AA, but I’m not a 12-step basher either. I like to keep an open mind, and I thought […] (Read the rest.)

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When is “controlled drinking” possible?

…by James Morris… The great “controlled drinking” debate has a controversial history dating back to the 1960’s. Since then, politics, addiction ideology, and evidence have often been hard to separate. In the 1970’s the Sobells were vilified for allegedly skewing the results of research showing that some dependent drinkers achieved controlled drinking, but they were […] (Read the rest.)

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Soft drugs, addiction, and legalization: What can Canada learn from other countries?

…by Hanna Anderson… In marijuana news, the government of Canada is looking to create and finalize a bill that will legalize marijuana in the spring of 2017. Some changes are already in motion. Just recently, Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould, announced the Task Force for Marijuana Legalization responsible for creating Canada’s drug policy on marijuana […] (Read the rest.)

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Radical rehab: Colin Brewer tells his own story

…by Colin Brewer… Greetings from London and thanks, everybody, for what are — amazingly for this field — almost entirely positive comments on the ‘language’ analogy that I first suggested in 1989 and that my co-author Emmanuel Streel and I have been writing about since 2003. (Emmanuel is a neuropsychologist but also a psychopharmacologist.) Since […] (Read the rest.)

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Out of the box

…by Matt Robert… There is a well-known unconscious defense mechanism in psychology—compartmentalization. All humans compartmentalize. It’s one of the ways we make sense of the world, putting things in little boxes, so we can understand and move through the world more effectively. But compartmentalization can cause more harm than good. Especially when it comes to […] (Read the rest.)

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