Unethical care, shoddy care, and the “poverty industry”

As someone who spent 25 years working for a nonprofit providing long-term residential addiction treatment, I'm of two minds about the state of residential treatment in the US. On the one hand, our agency struggled mightily to maintain high-quality, ethical, evidence-based care that kept patients engaged and supported them through the treacherous first 1-2 years … Continue reading Unethical care, shoddy care, and the “poverty industry”

Sober 21

I stumbled on Sober 21 this morning, which describes itself as "a compendium of essays by, and interviews with, sober musicians". The editor's introductory essay describes the project as follows: It’s a free resource for musicians who want to begin the journey, or are new to the path of getting clean and sober from drugs … Continue reading Sober 21

Legal drugs the #1 and #3 causes of preventable death

From the recently updated NIAAA fact sheet on alcohol and health: An estimated 95,000 people (approximately 68,000 men and 27,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The first is tobacco, and the second is poor diet and physical inactivity. Of course, there are … Continue reading Legal drugs the #1 and #3 causes of preventable death

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