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Dark Genies, Dark Horizons: The Riddle of Addiction

By |2022-04-05T15:41:00-04:00March 8th, 2022|Communities, Medical Model, Policy Makers, Real Stories|

This is an article by Dr. Sally Satel (bio), practicing psychiatrist and lecturer at the Yale University School of Medicine, published in Culture and Politics Liberties journal. She references the story of the late Anthony Bourdain (celebrity chef and TV host) and his lifetime struggle with addiction. The title for her article was inspired by this story from Bourdain as she recounts in the article: By the time of his (Bourdain’s) visit to Provincetown in 2014, a wave of painkillers had already washed over parts of Massachusetts and a new tide of heroin was rolling in. Bourdain wanted to see it for himself and traveled northwest to Greenfield, a gutted mill town that was a hub of opioid addiction. In a barebones meeting room, he joined a weekly recovery support group. Everyone sat in a circle sharing war stories, and when Bourdain’s turn came he searched for words to describe his attraction to heroin. “It’s like something was missing in me,” he said, “whether it was a self-image situation, whether it was a character flaw. There was some dark genie inside me that I very much hesitate to call a disease that led me to dope.”  

Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk for opioid addiction

By |2021-07-05T17:52:52-04:00July 5th, 2021|Policy Makers, Research, Studies and Reports, Service Providers|

People with low levels of vitamin D might be at an increased risk for opioid dependence or addiction — and the deficit could be fixed with cheap and accessible supplements, a new Massachusetts General Hospital study indicates. “Our results suggests that we may have an opportunity in the public health arena to influence the opioid epidemic,” said Dr. David Fisher, director of the MGH Cancer Center’s melanoma program and an author of the study published Friday. Fisher and his colleagues found that vitamin D deficiency strongly increases the craving for opioids, potentially putting people at a higher risk for addiction.

We’re Overlooking a Major Culprit in the Opioid Crisis

By |2021-06-21T19:24:57-04:00June 19th, 2021|Pharma, Policy Makers|

Journalists have largely presented the overdose crisis as a story of three interconnected and perhaps inevitable waves. First, drug companies, led by Purdue Pharma, maker of the notorious OxyContin, convinced gullible doctors to prescribe unneeded opioids. ... The second wave in this narrative begins around 2011, when states cracked down on “pain clinics” that were really pill mills, offering doses for dollars. ... Finally, the third wave was initiated by dealers about four years later. Seeing a chance to make even more money, they began to cut heroin with illicitly manufactured fentanyl and various other synthetic opioids, which are both cheaper to make and more potent.

Multiple Pathways of Recovery 2019 Second Day Keynote

By |2022-03-25T13:50:36-04:00November 14th, 2019|CSDAP Original Content, Pathways to Recovery|

This is an article about the keynote presentation from Day 2 of the Multiple Pathways of Recovery Conference 2019. The keynote speaker was Don Coyhis of the Mohican Nation. Coyhis is the President and Founder of White Bison, Inc., an American Indian non-profit organization that offers “sobriety, recovery, addiction prevention, and wellness/Wellbriety learning resources to the Native American/Alaska Native community nationwide.” It would be nearly impossible to meaningfully impart a full understanding of Coyhis’ talk. However, a sampling of his comments may give a sense of his observations and parts of it may become available online in upcoming weeks.

Multiple Pathways of Recovery 2019 First Day

By |2022-03-25T14:01:58-04:00November 13th, 2019|CSDAP Original Content, Pathways to Recovery|

This year’s (11/13/2019) Multiple Pathways of Recovery conference (MPRC) began today. Bigger than last year’s -- with nearly double the attendees -- it comes at a time of greater urgency than ever for the recovery movement. And as Michael Askew, Director of Recovery Advocacy for the organizing force behind the conference, CCAR, pointed out, MPRC is the recovery

Addiction is a Complex Condition

By |2022-05-31T12:42:09-04:00November 9th, 2019|Communities, CSDAP Original Content, Policy Makers, Service Providers|

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 addiction, it is

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