THE ETHICS OF PUBLIC RECOVERY SELF-DISCLOSURE (BILL WHITE, BILL STAUFFER, AND DANIELLE TARINO)

Ethics involves the application of moral principles to promote good and prevent harm. Ethical decision-making within our service and advocacy activities is an assessment of the ratio of potential benefits to potential harms in any course of action—with a particular emphasis on “first do no harm.” Such decision-making involves asking ourselves three questions. First, what … Continue reading THE ETHICS OF PUBLIC RECOVERY SELF-DISCLOSURE (BILL WHITE, BILL STAUFFER, AND DANIELLE TARINO)

Residential treatment: making things better

There’s a bit of attention being given to residential rehabilitation in Scotland at the moment – something that’s good to see. A working group that I was part of has made recommendations to the Scottish Government which have been broadly welcomed. It’s good to hear that the Public Health Minister, Joe Fitzpatrick, has pledged £90,000 … Continue reading Residential treatment: making things better

Follow the science . . .

A version of this post was originally published in June 2020. I’ve been thinking a lot about the convergence of several cultural trends: historically unprecedented access to information; the atomization of media and information sources; the tribalization of media and information sources; scientism as a cultural force that: lacks epistemic humility; is often dismissive of … Continue reading Follow the science . . .

harm-free addiction?

I stumbled upon this interesting study that’s based on a thought experiment. Researchers asked smokers the following question, “Imagine that a new ’clean’ nicotine product has been developed. This new product is as satisfying to use as smoking cigarettes. It is also as addictive as cigarettes, but it is far less harmful than cigarettes. It … Continue reading harm-free addiction?

Sentences to ponder

Evidence-based practice (EBP). What is it? Take a look at the graphic above. According to American Psychological Association and the Institute of Medicine, there are three components: (1) the best evidence; in combination with (2) individual clinical expertise; and consistent with (3) patient values and expectations. Said another way, EBP is a verb. Why then … Continue reading Sentences to ponder