Medical mistrust as a two-way street

Austin posted yesterday about Jon Soske's piece selecting an addiction/recovery element to keep, one to drop, and one to modify. The element Jon chose to modify is "medical mistrust." A couple of sentences exploring this concept really grabbed me. The pandemic made even more visible the intensity of suspicion regarding health institutions and the medical … Continue reading Medical mistrust as a two-way street

Your Help Needed! Medical Workforce Addiction Recovery Affinity Groups

Hi all, This post is a request for your help. I'm involved in the formation of an addiction recovery affinity group (AKA employee resource group) in a hospital. We have well over 2000 staff and roles range from administrators to food service to RNs to housekeeping to doctors. I'm interested in models and examples for … Continue reading Your Help Needed! Medical Workforce Addiction Recovery Affinity Groups

Useless, yet full of urgency and importance

A friend shared this REALLY good post. It's a must-read for anyone working in the helping professions. I've written before about the importance of guarding against stealing pleasure through vicarious nonconformity and transgression. I've always struggled with conceptualizing and articulating this clearly, but Joe Wright, MD very clearly captures a very important dynamic for anyone … Continue reading Useless, yet full of urgency and importance

More Highlights from The Biden Administrations Drug Policy Strategy and Lessons from Portugal

Yesterday, I shared a couple of highlights from this Brookings event. Here's another interesting portion. Portugal's Lessons for the US https://youtu.be/mb1ftlQiJEI?t=2348 Keith Humphreys on Portugal's lessons for the US. I'm based in California and many people who are in west coast cities often call me about their their concerns about drugs. Sometimes they're elected officials, … Continue reading More Highlights from The Biden Administrations Drug Policy Strategy and Lessons from Portugal

Highlights from The Biden Administrations Drug Policy Strategy and Lessons from Portugal

Portugal's drug policy gets a lot of attention as a model policy, but details get considerably less attention. I watched this Brookings seminar a few weeks ago. It was a great opportunity to hear about it straight from the source. I decided to pull together some highlights for all of you. The role of harm … Continue reading Highlights from The Biden Administrations Drug Policy Strategy and Lessons from Portugal

What should be the gold standard for addiction treatment?

This was originally published in a 2019 National Association of Social Workers’ Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug specialty section newsletter. The most striking thing about substance abuse treatment is the mismatch between the duration of treatment and the duration of the illness.—Robert DuPont, MD DuPont R. (March, 2018) Interview with Brian Coon. Interview presented at the NC … Continue reading What should be the gold standard for addiction treatment?

What should we do with objectionable findings?

I recently came across a couple of items responding to reactions to research findings that were considered objectionable. "We reserve the right to eject objectionable persons" by City of Vancouver Archives is licensed under CC BY 2.0 First, Noah Smith responds to calls to suppress findings that parental incarceration is correlated with the following benefits to their children, "reducing … Continue reading What should we do with objectionable findings?