Best Practices

Best practices do exist for addressing the drug abuse problem. And they are not limited to a single approach or a single aspect of the crisis. Drug-free programs exist that help people achieve a life without drugs. Prevention programs are in use that lower the number of children who begin taking drugs. Community responses have been instituted that leverage the power of community connections to address problems associated with drug abuse. These stories highlight best practices.

Natural recoverers kick addiction without help

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A Harvard Medical Publishing article about how to end addiction without having to use any drug or going to a treatment center. It stresses that "natural recoveries," often can end addictions.  This two step process involves doing something new to fill that void in your life that the addiction took. Take up a new hobby, ...Read more


Recovery houses pushed to accept MAT

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The story covers the change-of-heart of an operator of recovery houses who was originally opposed to serving those in recovery who were on Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) drugs. The operator now runs houses that accept people on MAT drugs and the story describes the general trend towards accommodating the population of patients using MAT. Although the ...Read more


Woman lost 2 sons in one night to opioids

This article describes the mission of a mother, Becky Savage, who lost two sons on a single day to accidental overdoses of prescription opioids combined with alcohol. Her story highlights the need for a broad response to the opioid crisis including education and prevention.  After just three community pill drop-off events organized by Ms. Savage, ...Read more


What does this small town know that drug addiction authorities don’t?

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This story highlights the importance of a multi-prong, community-based approach for addressing the opioid crisis. In contrast to reductionists who seem to be saying that medication is the lynchpin for all successful treatment, the Massachusetts town of Greenfield has put individuals, community and coordinated action at the center.  The results so far are promising and ...Read more


Oscar-nominated film on drug court shows rehabilitation possible

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The Netflix documentary "Heroin(e)" focuses on the drug court serving Huntington, West Virginia, "ground zero" in the US Opioid Crisis. The court has had impressive victories rehabilitating addicts. It offers a treatment program centered on mandatory drug testing, addiction treatment, community service and counseling to give participants a chance to turn their lives around. The film ...Read more


Addiction and the Brain-Disease Fallacy

A great summary of the problems with the brain disease model of addiction (BDMA) including references to the science that demonstrates its limitations, a discussion of the marketing that has placed it into the category of orthodox dogma and the deleterious effects it has on efforts to effectively deal with the current opioid crisis.  The ...Read more


An alternative approach to overcome addiction

This is a promotional site for a book about addiction that rejects the notion that addiction is a disease while also differing from the approach taken by 12-step programs. The author, Stanton Peele, is well-known in addiction circles having published twelve books on addition, his first in 1975. Peele's approach is an example of the ...Read more


Tribe Celebrates Opening of New Treatment Center

A new wellness center was opened in Washington by a local indian tribe. The center grew out of one family's pain at loosing a son to addiction and will incorporate Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT).  The opening ceremony included the reading of 44 names of people who went through treatment and are now drug- and alcohol-free. Unfortunately, ...Read more


How treating opioids with more opioids has divided the recovery community

In this story, the PBS Newshour presents a long-form look at some aspects of the rift being generated in the recovery community by the all-or-nothing stance sometimes associated with the implementation of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). The article also helps to illuminate some of the fundamental differences in intended result -- long-term maintenance versus working towards ...Read more


Scotland gets first ever ‘drug rehab village’

An article in The Herald describes a new program opening in Scotland that establishes a community to be a  rehabilitation, training and support center for former addicts. As per the article, the program is designed around a successful community in Italy. Mark Bitel, a former addict and trustee of the Independence from Drugs and Alcohol Scotland ...Read more