Reasons for being a heroin addict

…by Lynn K. Thorsen… Out of the blue I found this poem in my inbox this morning. I contacted the author, Lynn, and she gave me permission to publish it here. You will see why I had to share it with you. ……………….. Top Ten (Reasons I Addicted Myself to Heroin)   Because when I […] (Read the rest.)

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Hart to Hart: drug use, race, and addiction

I got back Saturday from a 3-week extravaganza: first the Nobel conference on Addiction, then two weeks as a visiting prof at Gustavus College, and then a week in Toronto, catching up with relatives and friends, hanging out with my daughter, and doing about one talk per day on…you know, addiction not being a disease, […] (Read the rest.)

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Beginner’s mind and recovery

…by Matt Robert… “If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.” Shunryu Suzuki A friend of mine has a son who had to present at Show-and-Tell. He came up to his dad […] (Read the rest.)

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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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