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IN 1971 Richard Nixon fired the first shot in what became known as the “war on drugs” by declaring them “public enemy number one”. In America and the other rich countries that fought by its side, the campaign meant strict laws and harsh sentences for small-time dealers and addicts. In the poor, chaotic countries that supplied their cocaine and heroin, it meant uprooting and spraying coca and poppy crops, and arming and training security forces. Billions of wasted dollars and many destroyed lives later, illegal drugs are still available, and the anti-drug warriors are wearying
Drug and alcohol addiction alters the complex structure and function of the brain. This is a simple statement, but it explains in a nutshell why most addiction treatment professionals view addiction not as a moral failing or an indication of weakness or lack of willpower, but as a chronic disease.
What a faith-based program uses as a measurement for success is a key indicator of its true mission. Recruiting people into Christianity should not be the goal that supersedes long-term recovery, says Erik Hines, director of Addiction Campuses in Tennessee, a for-profit treatment center.
The majority of people can handle wagering on ponies for the Kentucky Derby, scratching off Lotto instant tickets and playing the slot machines or a late night poker game.
Researchers at UCLA are studying whether mHealth tools can be used to help gambling addicts – the first of what they hope will be several projects to test the efficacy of the technology on people with behavioral health disorders.
More than 15 years ago, when I proposed the ideas for the book that would become Sober for Good – about hundreds of people who recovered in many different ways – my editor was shocked to learn that recovery is possible without joining AA and following its tenets.
As more states begin to legalize cannabis, there are more opportunities than ever to become a 'potrepreneur'—drug money is no longer dirty money. If getting rich by rolling up is no longer restricted to underground drug lords, why is it that the people who are disproportionately affected by the war on drugs are not the ones benefiting from the economics of legalization?
The 18-year-old had stabbed himself four times in the neck and chest with a pair of scissors. Alone in his dorm room, he had suddenly felt trapped, convinced that the only way to get out was to kill himself.