Signs of Change

That's progress, right? One of many things that have changed, albeit slowly.

Attitudes towards addiction can change. I have proof.

Not long ago I was startled to hear my own doctor, a diabetes specialist, compare recovery from diabetes to recovery from an addiction. Not because that's a bad comparison -- there are plenty of similarities -- but because for so many years, such comparisons, made by addiction specialists, were flatly rejected by many physicians.

"Addiction is not a disease," a rheumatologist insisted some years ago over dinner. I could tell he was spoiling for an argument, so I decided not to give him one.

"So what's a disease?" I inquired.

He had to admit that was actually a good question. It's one of those terms that has been given many meanings.

"Well, then, if we can't even agree on a definition, how can we say addiction doesn't qualify?"

That earned me a long explanation that could be summed up as: it just doesn't. Addiction wasn't a 'real' disease because it was self-induced -- meaning the user had given it to...

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Native Cannabis

Somehow he contrived to approve the establishment of 36 industrial-quality black market cannabis farms on properties that had been dedicated to raising corn for traditional Native ceremonies.

Native Cannabis

Somehow he contrived to approve the establishment of 36 industrial-quality black market cannabis farms on properties that had been dedicated to raising corn for traditional Native ceremonies.

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Anyway, it’s clear from this and a host of other examples that for some offenders at least, simple incarceration is never enough.

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Labeling Benzos

For a long time, many medical professionals were resistant to the idea that benzos could be hazardous unless the patient took too many at once, or mixed them with alcohol.

White Collar Addiction and Relapse

For most recovering folks, establishing sobriety included a conscious, deliberate commitment to healthy involvement with others in recovery, accepting guidance and support instead of relying solely on one's own resources.

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Protected

...the more hierarchical the workplace-- military, police and fire departments, certain bureaucracies, for instance-- the more likely it is that such behaviors will be protected.

White Collar Addiction and Relapse

For most recovering folks, establishing sobriety included a conscious, deliberate commitment to healthy involvement with others in recovery, accepting guidance and support instead of relying solely on one's own resources.

More on Incentives

One program complained that the incentive program seemed to work best with people who were already more motivated, and not as well with more resistant clients.

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