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The gifts of time: Understanding and growth beyond addiction

…by Hildur Jónsdóttir… I have a problem with the term recovery. For many of us recovery implies that there once was a wholeness that was shattered through addiction, a wholeness that we need to recover, find again. I have toyed with the word restoration, but likewise, often there is little to restore. For many of […] (Read the rest.)

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Moving on from the Twelve Steps: They truly helped until they truly hindered

…by Eric Nada… Hello again, and Happy September!  This guest post accomplishes something far too rare: a balanced perspective on the Twelve Steps. They can be a real boon when structure and connection are most needed, and a hindrance when it’s time to keep growing. ……………………… I am 22 years away from heroin and the […] (Read the rest.)

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Addiction as choice — responsibility without blame

…by Hanna Pickard… Hanna is one of several addiction researchers who wrote commentaries about my book and my theory of addiction. Here she explains how we can view addiction as guided by choice without the extra baggage of blame, shame, and stigma. Following are segments of her revised commentary, which can be seen in full […] (Read the rest.)

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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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