Finally, the semblance of a debate with Nora Volkow!

Addiction.com invited Nora Volkow to pit her “disease” argument against my (and others’) “learning”  model of addiction. She declined, or at least didn’t agree, but I’m happy to announce that we have finally sort of crossed swords in the Huffington Post Blog network. Here’s her initial post and here’s my response. And I’m really pleased […] (Read the rest.)

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Salon.com agrees that addiction may not be a disease

Or at least they agree that the point is worth considering. Their review of my book is quite positive. Laura Miller, a senior writer for Salon, got most of it right, and she didn’t shy away from the details. Way better than a kick in the head. A couple of relevant quotes: One of those […] (Read the rest.)

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Unavailing labels: my name is not “addict”

…by Matt Robert… When I was finally ready to stop, I began the ignominious journey of failing at rehab after rehab. My resolve to stay clean was firm, but I often struggled with aspects of treatment. One of the most baffling things to me was how people were told to refer to themselves in meetings. […] (Read the rest.)

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Relapse, prelapse, and mindfulness

…by Matt Robert… Wouldn’t it be nice if we never had to think about our addiction ever again? I posted about 10 months ago on the benefits of mindfulness in recovery. One of the points was that mindfulness informs all cognitive-behavioral approaches: it’s important to pay attention to what you’re telling yourself, and that takes […] (Read the rest.)

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A new look: merging approaches to addiction

Hello people. I’m writing this using a voice recognition app — and then editing the result. Which is pretty strange after all these years using my fingertips. I had a torn tendon in my shoulder repaired last week, and for the next 5 weeks I will have to keep my right arm in a sling. […] (Read the rest.)

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