12 Concepts of Recovery That Have Stood the Test of Time

1. Purpose. I emphasize natural recovery from addiction. In particular, I talked about quizzing a large audience of participants at the International Cannabis Business Conference about their smoking histories. From one half to two-thirds of the group who had ever smoked had quit, virtually none had quit a smoking addiction… Read more »

One Pill or Twelve Steps?

People have strong feelings about Alcoholics Anonymous—it’s that program we love or hate, it’s everything or it’s nothing. A recentAtlantic article that lauded the drugnaltrexone while denigrating 12-step recovery is part of the growing firestorm of anti-Alcoholics Anonymousism. Naltrexone was developed 20 years ago to treat drug addiction because of… Read more »

10 Reasons To Stay Sober

As of one week ago, I am officially in my last month as an undergrad, which means an insane amount of final homework and papers. I now have post-graduation plans, which include moving back in with my parents and commuting an hour to and from a job every… Read more »

On The Road to a New Life

In less than a week I’m hitting the road and making a new start. Feeling sufficiently clean if not always serene, I know the time has come to make a change. For the past three years, I’ve been living in a rural mountain town, about an inch from… Read more »

Shock Treatment in Prison

If shock camp is our best hope for reforming incarcerated addicts, then New York State has a big problem. I cannot speak for everyone. Perhaps, there are a few people who have benefited from the program (although I doubt it). All I can speak for is my own… Read more »

New Treatment Drug Decreases Desire for Meth

A study conducted by UCLA researchers found that naltrexone, a drug used to treat alcoholism and opioid addiction, may also be effective in helping meth users shake their desire for the notoriously addictive stimulant. The randomized double-blind experiment involved two groups consisting of 30 methamphetamine users who were… Read more »