THE TIME IS NOW FOR A RADICAL TRANSFORMATION OF ADDICTION TREATMENT BY WILLIAM WHITE, GARY MENDELL, AND SAMANTHA ARSENAULT

Countless people have had their lives positively transformed by addiction treatment. But tragically, this is not the norm. Despite decades of advancements in science, pharmacology, and technology, the continuum of evidence-based addiction treatment services remains largely unavailable to those in need. The addiction treatment system is hindered by fragmentation, outdated treatment philosophies, and a payment system that perpetuates antiquated care models and discourages the adoption of best practices in the field. The historical rise and development of the current addiction treatment system explains the evolution of a broken system, and sheds light on new solutions. Today, drug policy leaders, frontline addiction professionals, and affected individuals and families are calling for radical changes in the design and delivery of addiction treatment. It’s time for change. It’s time to protect our families. THE EARLY DAYS OF AMERICAN ADDICTION TREATMENT Treatment and recovery support for addiction began in the mid-1800s, with the nation’s first… Continue reading

Healing an Addiction-Damaged Relationship: Active vs. Passive Truth-Telling – Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S

In a previous post to this site, I wrote about the ways in which active addicts damage important relationships, especially their intimate connection with a spouse or partner. In that blog, I noted that the most significant damage, in the eyes of a long-suffering significant other, likely centers not around what you did in your addiction, but around the loss of relationship trust created by your addiction. In short, when we’re active in our addiction, we lie to ourselves and everyone else in our lives—especially the people closest to us. In addition to outright lies, we keep secrets, we blame, we manipulate, we gaslight, and we abuse relationship trust in a hundred other ways. We do this habitually, often without thinking. To repair our addition-damaged relationships, the lies, secrets, and manipulation must stop. As far as our partners are concerned, us getting sober is great and they’re very happy about… Continue reading

Listen to Your Body and Believe What it Says – By Kyczy Hawk

As a person in recovery I have been taught the danger signs of emotional relapse. Everyone I know who has returned after a slip tells a similar story: no meetings, no program and emotional relapse. How this relapse let’s itself be known is individual, but there are certain universal signs and they start in the body and move through the emotions and influence the disease centers in our minds. Yes, addiction is a disease of body, mind and spirit. It returns in just that way. Most of us have heard of HALT; Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. I add an “E” to the end, spelling it HALTE. The “E” stands for ego. Often an emotional relapse will creep in through one of these doors. If not addressed, not only will I become”unlovely” and fall back into old forms of behavior, but my old stress responses will emerge. One set of… Continue reading

Genetics and Addiction: Am I Born This Way? – Lee Weber

Genetics can indicate addiction development, but it is not the only factor to determine susceptibility. What we know is that the presence or absence of some genes can increase the possibility of one to become dependent. Even though science try to find the biological differences that have effect on some people, it doesn’t mean that you are born as addict. What it actually means is that certain genes can affect your willingness to quit once you start using drugs, or cause more severe withdrawal symptoms while coping with addiction. On the other hand, genetics can also influence people to hardly become addicted by making them feel sick when using some substances. In this article we explain: How can the family history have influence on us to become addicted Are there possible ways to predict our addictive behavior by looking at our genes? What are our chances to prevent development of… Continue reading

Not Your Classic 12th Step Call; Grrr-Attitude Problem – By Mark Masserant 

Some are sicker than others and Crazy Paul’s first name was a heads-up for the newcomers in the rooms. No other warnings were necessary—as soon as they listened to him babble for a couple of minutes, they knew his tip didn’t go to the top. Crazy attended meetings in our neck of the woods while he sweated out another court date, the by-product of the latest of a handful of DUI’s he collected around the Midwest. The prior cases he picked up forced him into a few geographics, but they produced the same results. Accordingly, wherever he went, there he was—geography wasn’t the problem. He swore it was a conspiracy, of course. They were all after him.  Hence, his travelling drunk-driving show had swerved into our town, seeking refuge. To nobody’s surprise, he infracted again and spent a grueling night in our county jail, or the “Hooterville Hotel” as he… Continue reading