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.

Belief, Behavior, and Belonging: How Faith is Indispensable in Preventing and Recovering from Substance Abuse


This potentially game-changing study quantifies the economic value that faith-based programs bring to drug prevention and treatment. We plan to do a more complete analysis of the report's findings but wanted to make it available sooner rather than later as it was recently widely announced. Minimally, the report highlights the importance of supporting public policies ...Read more

Addiction is a Complex Condition


History has made it clear there is no simplistic, single-model solution to addiction. We can’t arrest our way out of the problem, nor can we eliminate drug abuse by trying to scare everyone out of starting. Similarly, it’s long been known there are many pathways to recovery. In our attempts to understand and address drug …Read more

Medication Assisted Treatment: Solution or Set-Up for Opiate Addicts?


This article, written by a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, articulates the problems associated with a single pathway approach to recovery. It focuses on drug treatment approaches that exclude alternatives in favor of long-term reliance on drugs such as methadone or Suboxone. This includes a caution against the likely unintended consequences of wholesale  adoption of ...Read more

Natural recoverers kick addiction without help


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


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?


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


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