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From Recovery Supergirl to Harm Reduction Warrior: My journey from 12 Steps to HAMS

…by April Smith… What’s HAMS? If you don’t know about it yet, this guest post says it all: HAMS stands for Harm Reduction, Abstinence and Moderation Support. I’ve recognized and admired this organization for years, and I’m delighted to have April tell you more about it. ………………………… I went to rehab at age 40 after […] (Read the rest.)

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From alcohol addiction to social drinking: a taste of Heaven or return to Hell?

…by Kate Benet… Marc here: Perhaps the one question I get asked most often is whether it’s possible to go back to safe use (of alcohol or other substances) after being addicted. So, after reading Kate’s story, please reserve half a minute to read my comments at the end. It seems crucial to embed the […] (Read the rest.)

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How the shift to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) influences (or doesn’t) conventional views of addiction and treatment

…by Nick Jaworski… After nearly 80 years, addiction treatment in America is slowly warming to the idea of multiple pathways to recovery, after viewing the 12 steps as the only “real” way to recover. MAT (medication-assisted treatment) is among the most promising. This is a guest-post by Nick Jaworski, owner of Circle Social Inc., a […] (Read the rest.)

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12-step conditioning: the cure and the cost

…by Eric Nada… This remarkable guest post dives back into the controversy surrounding the rigidity of the 12-step approach. ……………………………….. I left 12-step involvement after 20 years of committed membership. It was surprisingly difficult. Of course, it was difficult to stop shooting heroin too — so difficult that I eventually stopped trying to stop. By […] (Read the rest.)

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(Most of) Maia Szalavitz’s 10 steps to transform addiction treatment

For years, Maia Szalavitz has been making insightful, practical, and evidence-based contributions to the struggle against “the War on Drugs” and the harmful policies that emerge from it. With her permission, and the permission of editor Will Godfrey, I’m posting passages from an article she published in Filter, a magazine covering drug use, drug policy […] (Read the rest.)

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