A doctor’s view on what doctors CAN’T do for addicts

…by Bill Abbott, M.D…. Bill has been a long-standing member of this blog community and he has contributed his leadership and knowledge to the SMART Recovery movement. Thanks, Bill, for taking the time to share your thoughts here. ………. I’ve recently completed two books. The first is Marc Lewis’s recent one and it is a […] (Read the rest.)

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Chasing Johann Hari: Should we legalize drugs?

I had read about a third of Johann Hari’s powerful book, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, in quick snatches during my weeks of travel. I’d seen his TED talk and read reviews in the press. He’s the guy who traveled the world uncovering the damage done by […] (Read the rest.)

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Home again

It’s good to be back. I took my kids to school this morning. The air was fresh and the bushes were sparkling with dew. The Rhine (which they call the Rijn) was placidly flowing by, the odd boat tootling along. And Isabel and I had a few hours to reconnect last night. Which was especially […] (Read the rest.)

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Battle lines being drawn…

Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.  Do you remember that song from the late sixties? By Buffalo Springfield? Anyone else that old? Here, have a listen. I’ve been in Australia for about three days. I say “about” because I truly can’t keep track anymore, though I could look it up. I dreamed that I was in […] (Read the rest.)

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When healing trumps abstinence

The sign on the door of the Insite supervised injection site was gone again. Russ wasn’t surprised. He said it happened all the time, so we continued our tour outside. We walked down a couple of blocks inhabited by the most dessicated, fragile, and helpless humans I’d ever seen except maybe in India. They looked […] (Read the rest.)

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