9 Things I’ve Gained In Sobriety

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When I first ventured into sobriety two years ago, a family friend, who is also sober, said to me: “You’ll be amazed how full your life can be.” At the time, I didn’t believe that. My life was full when I was drinking—at least I thought it was…. Read more »

Modern Therapeutic Communities for Addiction

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Contrary to what readers may have thought, TCs remain widely utilized, especially for certain populations of substance misusers. Developed as alternatives to traditional treatments, maligned in the past for demeaning and punitive interventions, Dr. George DeLeon argues that modern therapeutic communities, with flexible treatments and lengths of stay,… Read more »

Dr. Denial = Death

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Katherine West was a 14 year old with an eating disorder. Her condition was serious enough that her physician and psychiatrist ordered a 12-week stay of residential treatment, to which she was promptly admitted. Six weeks into therapy, the largest insurer in the United States (Anthem) decided that… Read more »

The Heroin Vaccine You Never Heard Of

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By Brent McCluskey A potential wonder drug has seen scant media attention and even less development money. A promising heroin vaccine has been in the works for some time, and it has even shown great success in clinical trials on rats. Yet, this wonder drug has received little… Read more »