My debate with Nora Volkow

So many of you have asked how it went last night, I thought I’d try to give you my take on it, right here. In a nutshell, it went very well. After working for days (sweating, obsessing, etc) on my Powerpoint presentation, Isabel forced me (don’t ask me exactly how) to redo the whole thing […] (Read the rest.)

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Happy New Year! Yes, I’m still here

Hello readers, Some of you have noticed that I haven’t posted much in the last few months. The last post published, by Hildur Jónsdóttir, was I thought very beautiful and meaningful. So…not a bad place to end for the season. Please take a look if you haven’t read it yet. Blogging has been an incredibly […] (Read the rest.)

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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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Part 2. Drug users aren’t the bad guys: Opioids treat emotional pain too

Point of clarification: I didn’t mean to imply that people who take opioids for reasons other than physical pain are to blame for the opioid “crisis” or the overdose epidemic. Let me retrace my steps. I recently pasted and posted my article, published in The Guardian, arguing that opiates prescribed for people in pain are […] (Read the rest.)

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Untangling the confusion between the “opioid crisis” and the overdose epidemic

Hi all. I haven’t been blogging for a while, partly because I wasn’t sure I had anything new to say. But the “opioid crisis” is obviously on everyone’s mind. So, I wanted to get the facts straight, and I pitched an article to The Guardian, published yesterday, based on what I found. The response has […] (Read the rest.)

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