What I’ve Finally Concluded About 12-Step Programs After 25 Years Writing About Drugs and Addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous and the rest remain the biggest and most polarizing force in the addiction community. I quit heroin and cocaine using the steps and have covered addiction as a journalist—and I’d argue that the picture is decidedly mixed.
MAIA SZALAVITZ · SEP 24, 2014
Anyone who deals with addiction in America has to reckon with Alcoholics […]

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Uses of diverted methadone and buprenorphine by opioid- addicted individuals in Baltimore, Maryland

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The Science of Addiction

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Response to Ohio State Medical Board

To The Ohio State Medical Board,

It has come to our attention that the Board is proposing some very significant changes on the requirements for Buprenorphine prescribing. The intent of this letter is for us to review some of the concerns we have and how we believe they will harm patient care, reduce access to treatment and lead to […]

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Confronting the Stigma of Opioid Use Disorder— and Its Treatment

The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman from a heroin overdose tragically adds another name to the list of celebrities who have lost their lives to addiction. Increasing numbers of overdoses from prescription opioids and a more recent increase in heroin-associated fatalities have caused heartbreak in communities across the country. More than 30 000 deaths from […]

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Natural Recovery from Heroin Addiction: A Review of the Incidence Literature

Dan Waldorf & Patrick Biernacki

Dan Waldorf, M.A., has worked in the field of addiction for over ten years. His initial work was with a study of addict careers in New York City at Columbia University which culminated in the book, Careers in Dope. Since that time he has been involved with numerous evaluations of drug […]

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Dying To Be Free

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Informed Consent in Opioid Addiction Treatment: An Ethical Obligation

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Why the Naloxone? | An Epidemic of Addiction

Why the Naloxone?

By J.T. Junig, MD, PhD

Suboxone is a medication that contains buprenorphine plus naloxone, an antagonist at the mu receptor used clinically to reverse opioid overdose. Subutex and the generic equivalent of Subutex contain only buprenorphine.

The role of naloxone is difficult to understand without knowing a couple facts about the GI system. The human […]

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After 75 Years of Alcoholics Anonymous, It’s Time to Admit We Have a Problem

Challenging the 12-step hegemony.
MAIA SZALAVITZ · FEB 10, 2014

For much of the past 50 years or so, voicing any serious skepticism toward Alcoholics Anonymous or any other 12-step program was sacrilege—the equivalent, in polite company, of questioning the virtue of American mothers or the patriotism of our troops. If your problem was drink, AA was […]

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