Thanking my readers and “my addicts”

Those of you who remember record players probably recall the infamous “broken record” — which kept repeating the same sounds over and over. Maybe that’s me, but I thought I’d share a few more words of thanks. I finally finished editing the copy-edited manuscript of my book, a horrific chore that took three weeks, nearly […] (Read the rest.)

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The Birmingham Model — the view from the ground

…by Peter Sheath (lightly edited by Marc)… Here is a more detailed account of the community-wide treatment approach being implemented in Birmingham. Thanks very much to Peter for stepping up to the plate. Note that this post is a response to the questions and concerns raised by blog members following my last post. —————— I’m […] (Read the rest.)

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A community-based treatment initiative that just might work

Some of the comments following my last post asked the same question — and it needed to be asked: How might you apply this perspective? What kind of treatment program would embody these concepts? Let’s get concrete…how would it work? I more or less ended that post with the following proclamation (copied here, in part, […] (Read the rest.)

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Part 2: Treatment for addiction, not disease

As promised, here’s Part 2. But note that this section (on implications for treatment) is based on eight and a half chapters you haven’t read yet. To distill some of the main points is tricky, but here goes: Addiction is maintained by an entrenched set  of connections between the striatum — the part of the […] (Read the rest.)

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Toward an alternative approach: But first a word from our sponsor

Our sponsor is the brain, of course. So, before getting to Part 2, here’s an important message, also excerpted from the final chapter:   The term neuroplasticity has been bandied around a lot in recent years, but it’s been understood for at least a century. In Donald Hebb’s (1940s) memorable words: What fires together wires […] (Read the rest.)

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