Note: The views expressed in this article do not necessarily align with those of the Open Discussion Movement. It’s purpose is simply to provide additional dialogue.
A bar without alcohol: Brillig Dry Bar pop-up launches in downtown Ann Arbor
The article expands on the ideas expressed in our recent post outlining the spectrum of addiction. As the articles title implies, it provides an interesting differentiation between chemical dependency versus substance abuse.
An interview aimed at providing more understanding as to how the D.A.R.E. program- the staple curriculum of drug education and prevention in the United States- has progressed since its implementation in 1983. The interview sheds light on what the D.A.R.E. program is like now, the topics the program addresses, and the core idea of the teachings.
The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharmaceuticals, the company that makes OxyContin. For years the narrative surrounding the family, one of the richest in America, has been that they were removed entirely from the day-to-day business operations of the company.
This article comes from Psychology Today and was written by David Sack M.D. The article addresses five myths about addiction. The full article is available below, what are your thoughts?
This article examines new research published by Michigan State University. The university’s study shows a connection between heavy social media use and impaired, risky decision-making, stating that the effects are comparable in their adverse effects on the decision making process to those found in the brains of people with substance abuse problems.
This article discusses allegations made against Fall River city officials over discrimination against addicted people. According to Joseph Macy, a lawyer for the city, the permit denial was a straightforward application of the law: “Zoning rules don’t allow such a facility at that site.”
This article tells the story of Michael Babich, the former CEO at Insys Therapeutics, who pled guilty in federal court for his part in a nationwide scheme that bribed physicians to prescribe their fentanyl-based opioid drug to patients experiencing less than extreme pain.
In Dr. Sumrok opinion, “Addiction shouldn’t be called “addiction”. It should be called “ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking”. He believes addiction develops as the result of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in particular, how ten types of childhood trauma affect long-term health.
This statement comes from Grant Smith, the Deputy Director of National Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance and is available at drugpolicy.org. Smith issued the statement in response to President Trump requesting China take a harsher stance on fentanyl.
The article tells the story of a father, Paul DiGiacomo, whose daughter is a heroin addict. While watching an Anderson Cooper 360 segment on the opioid epidemic, Paul and his wife were shocked when their daughter appeared as an interviewee. So Paul packed his bags, went to the “methadone mile” where his daughter was located and set up camp.
This article was written by Lee Weber and appears in Addictionblog.org. Spelling errors aside, the article provides fantastic what the environment looks like in a situation with a parent dealing with addiction. While acknowledging you can’t make some achieve sobriety it offers useful information on what someone can do in a situation with a parent addict.
This article appears in The Medical News Today. The article provides a short explanation on the science behind the brain chemistry regarding the complex disease of addiction. The article focuses on two simple questions: What causes addiction and why does addiction occur.
This article appears in Psychology Today. The article provides interesting insight on how addiction is measured and how the success from coping with addiction is determined. It proposes alternative measures of success to the widely held abstinence based model.