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Doctor’s orders: Don’t quit drugs without me

Doctors are taught from year 1 Medicine (if not before): First, do no harm. And yet, in treating addicted individuals, doctors often do more harm than good — by obstructing or totally derailing the recovery process. That should never happen! I want to show you what I mean by telling you part 2 of Sally’s […] (Read the rest.)

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The opiate rainbow and the pot of gold

I haven’t been blogging since last spring, and even then it was pretty sketchy for a couple of months. Why the melt-down? For one thing, I was on drugs. Uh-huh, it’s true. And I was in pain and fairly miserable. So today’s post is about my own drug use, not anyone else’s. No theories to […] (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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Opioid substitutes: Take as needed

Last post I shared a conundrum with you. I’d written a chapter for a book for addiction doctors. But when I learned the title of the book I decided (after all that work!) to withdraw it. Was that the right thing to do? Your comments convinced me it wasn’t. My chapter urged practitioners to view […] (Read the rest.)

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Do I have to think like a doctor to help heroin addicts?

Hi again. I know I haven’t been posting much lately, but it’s time to get back on that horse. One thing I did in the interim was write a chapter for a volume on addiction. Which led to a strange conundrum…and some soul searching. But before getting to that, I’ll tell you what inspired me […] (Read the rest.)

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