Rahul Gupta, ally of Sen. Manchin (D-WV), would oversee drug policy strategy if confirmed
Gupta, a primary-care doctor who previously served as West Virginia’s health commissioner, led Biden’s transition efforts for the drug policy office and serves as the top health official at maternal and child advocacy group March of Dimes, would be the first physician to serve as drug czar if confirmed by the Senate.
To disease, or not to disease? In addiction circles, that is still the controversial question, despite its official, decades-long recognition as such by the American Medical Association (AMA). Notably, several other Western democracies don’t formally classify addiction as a disease – even though the most prolific treatment for addiction, 12 Step programs, are openly recognized and encouraged. Let’s discuss why “disease” is one word that should be abandoned from addiction terminology.
David Aden2021-06-21T19:28:24-04:00October 12th, 2020|
SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date: | Contributor: Source: ( ) | Category: Summary and Analysis... A fascinating article by William White describing the way choice relates to addiction treatment. The article touches on factors which have tended to marginalize choice including an emphasis on the neurobiological: "Based on the work of Volkov and other scientists, one could posit addiction
David Aden2021-06-21T19:23:26-04:00November 14th, 2019|
The beat of drums marked the start of Day 2 of the Multiple Pathways of Recovery Conference (MPRC). This morning’s keynote speaker was Don Coyhis of the Mohican Nation who began his presentation by introducing native American musicians whose traditional drumming and singing called attendees together. 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
David Aden2021-06-21T19:23:26-04:00November 13th, 2019|
(11/13/2019) This year’s 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 conference. The conference began with a presentation from the always entertaining, funny and poignant Mark Lundholm. Lundholm has turned his years of addiction and decades in recovery into a comedy “hammer” that disarms while it communicates. At one point during the presentation,
SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Four Treatment Facilities Honored in Analysis of Post-Treatment Outcomes Date: | Contributor: Source: Addiction Professional (10/7/19) | Category: Summary and Analysis... This article concerns the first annual awards given to programs for post-care abstinence rates which ranged from 65% for the Gold Winner to 42% for the Bronze winner. The results were based on a study done on
SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Belief, Behavior, and Belonging: How Faith is Indispensable in Preventing and Recovering from Substance Abuse Date: | Contributor: Source: Journal of Religion and Health (7/29/19) | Category: Summary and Analysis... 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
SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date: | Contributor: Source: ( ) | Category: Summary and Analysis... 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