Step Nine of AA: Honor

Step Nine of AA: Honor

Society sees the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as the Bible for anyone looking to recover from an addiction.  The program has an estimated success rate of between 8% and 12% according to addiction specialists, and AA has approximately 2…

Dope is Unbearable: The OD Movement

Why Stopping Drugs is Unbearable

The question, "What happens to heroin addicts when they quit cold turkey, and why is it so unbearable?" popped up on my Quora feed the other day. This post is taken, in part, from my response. There are different levels…

Jeanette Ballien: The OD Movement

Jeanette Ballien: Emily’s Story Pt. II

Jeanette Ballien joins us in this episode to share her story of strength, perseverance, and hope in dealing with her daughter's heroin addiction. In case you missed part one of this series, where I talk Jeanette's daughter Emily, it is…

Ketamine for Depression

Ketamine and the Problem with 12 Step

Editor's note: This is not meant to be a criticism of Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, or 12 Step Programs.  I love the program, rather it is meant to spark the discussion on addiction to change the dialogue and to reassess the problem of drugs in society. Now I’m going to cram more themes into this post than I should try, but here goes...

The Spectrum of Drug Use

The Spectrum of Drug Use

What do you think are the differences between drug use, chemical dependency, and addiction?  Are there differences? What’s your opinion? My take is this: there are significant differences between the three and, when viewed as a whole, they make up the spectrum of drug use.