Category: Addiction

Nov 23

Second Edition of Empowering Your Sober Self

[Translate] The second edition of my book, Empowering Your Sober Self: The LifeRing Approach to Addiction Recovery, is now off the press and on sale via lifering.com. The text of this second edition corrects several typographical errors. The worst of these was the inexcusable misspelling of the last name of Jean Kirkpatrick, founder of Women …

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Nov 23

Poison Pill

[Translate] This animation from a German team encapsulates many people’s experience with alcohol and other addictive drugs.  Kudos to the makers for conveying an important story without using a single word. Thanks to Byron Kerr for passing this along.

Oct 25

Alcohol in the Body

[Translate] The other day I saw (in a movie) a waiter set fire to a dessert pan doused in cognac.  It flared dramatically, as if it were gasoline or lighter fluid.  Hm, I thought, why would anyone put that kind of chemical into their body? Now here’s Healthline.com with a new interactive graphic detailing 23 …

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Feb 05

In Praise of CVS

[Translate] It isn’t every day that an unreconstructed sixties radical gets to say something positive about a megabillion corporation.  But CVS’ s decision to stop selling tobacco products definitely deserves a few words of praise. The rationale — that selling tobacco products contradicts the store’s mission of promoting health — is certainly solid, and the …

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Jan 13

Toward the ATOD Market

[Translate] This utopian idea has been gestating in my head for some time.  Now it looks like the Zeitgeist is opening up for it to emerge. Item:  an Oregon state legislator, Mitch Greenlick, has introduced a bill to make tobacco a prescription drug, and to criminalize off-prescription use.  Greenlick is chair of the Oregon House Committee …

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Nov 27

Kindle Edition of my Empowering Book Back Up

[Translate] The Kindle e-book edition of my Empowering Your Sober Self book was off market for a few days last week.  It is back up now, actually a little better than before: the Table of Contents is more detailed, and an embarrassing typo (misspelling the name of Jean Kirkpatrick, founder of Women for Sobriety) has …

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Nov 27

Provide Alternatives to 12-Step Or Else!

[Translate] Provide secular alternatives to 12-step treatment, or else!  That’s the message of the Hazle v. Crofoot decision issued this fall by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  My analysis of the case appears this month in Counselor Connection, the online newsletter of Counselor Magazine.  This goes out to addiction counselors nationwide, but whether many …

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