Addiction Professionals in the Pandemic – Josh Meisler

Who are you? My name is Josh Meisler. I am a social worker and father of two school-aged daughters. What do you do professionally? I manage Recovery Support Services programming for Growth Works Inc. We are a non-profit agency based in Wayne County, Michigan. Do you have any personal interest in addiction and recovery that … Continue reading Addiction Professionals in the Pandemic – Josh Meisler

Families: forgotten in addiction treatment?

Addiction is an equal opportunity condition. Families get to suffer alongside the person with the problem. But as Alex Copello and Jim Orford noted in a past Addiction editorial, there’s a paradox here that needs attention. Firstly, evidence suggests that when families are involved by treatment services, retention in treatment is better. Retention in treatment is … Continue reading Families: forgotten in addiction treatment?

Developing insight, destabilizing insight

I was poking around in some journals looking for something to post about. I found 3 articles that interested me. One describes the intuitive truth that insight is associated with change, while the other two seem to complicate acquiring that insight. Broken brains? Photo by meo on Pexels.com Curing the broken brain model of addiction: … Continue reading Developing insight, destabilizing insight

The Seed Vault of Recovery History and Our New Recovery Advocacy Movement

This week, I listened to an excellent interview on The Best Minds Podcast featuring Harvard trained physician and internationally recognized addiction expert Dr Robert DuPont. I was struck by his humble wisdom. He spoke about his early work with methadone patients and how many of them eventually died from alcoholism. He spoke about how narrowly … Continue reading The Seed Vault of Recovery History and Our New Recovery Advocacy Movement

Is it okay to drink if you are in recovery from opiate dependence?

In times past, for those with opiate use disorder who were in treatment in therapeutic community settings, as progress was made and days abstinent from opiates grew, a beer might be allowed by staff, say on a Saturday night, in a supervised and supported fashion.  Not in any service I have worked in, but nevertheless true … Continue reading Is it okay to drink if you are in recovery from opiate dependence?

“I was running a heroin treatment program, they died of alcoholism”

David's post from yesterday explored some of Robert DuPont's research on programs for addicted physicians. Here's a recent interview with Dupont that explores his experience as a pioneer in methadone treatment, the cultural specificity found in 12 step meetings, the disease model, the "hijacked" brain, physician recovery programs, prevention, and engagement in treatment.