Today, Fisher is in recovery and an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University. His new book The Urge: Our History of Addiction – part memoir, part history – looks at the importance of careful language when talking about addiction, and how treatment has historically ignored its complex socio-cultural influences.
I’m troubled because while dry drinking campaigns benefit many, they do not help the individuals that I have worked with over the years. These attitudes and campaigns do not contribute to a more nuanced discussion about substance use. Instead, they perpetuate the idea that quitting drinking for a month is a choice, and an easy and positive one at that.
Reduce social inequalities: the demand for drugs is greatest in neighbourhoods where young people grow up feeling they are already life’s losers.
Americans often see the more destructive side of addiction, drug crime, people slumped in doorways and family members who are spiraling downward. Less visible are the people who survive the illness and rebuild their lives.
"We are literally surrounded by people who are in recovery from a substance-use disorder, but we don't know it," Kelly said.
Marc Lewis, a former drug addict and current neuroscientist, says the medical model of treating addiction needs to be challenged.
Who can honestly say that they don’t use drugs? I’m not necessarily talking about illegal drugs, like marijuana or psychedelics. Alcohol is a drug. Nicotine is a drug. Caffeine is a drug. Aspirin is a drug. Many kids are on Adderall and many parents and grandparents take Viagra.
Chris Herren, former professional basketball player, author and wellness advocate, has shared his story of recovery with over 1 million people nationwide. The First Day film chronicles this journey revealing Herren’s vulnerability and his profound connections with high school students who, in turn, have shared their stories of struggle and strength. Through the power of storytelling, The First Day addresses issues that school systems, communities and people across the country are impacted by, directly or indirectly, each day including substance use, other harmful behaviors and mental wellness.
Carl Hart is a neuroscientist and drug addiction expert at Columbia University. In a recent TEDMED talk, Hart spoke about drug addiction and the many misconceptions surrounding the topic — and how those misconceptions can mislead drug policy.
Many of those battling addiction are often able to mask it, but substance use can still affect their work performance. In addition to being detrimental to the employee’s quality of life, addictions can negatively impact a company’s overall productivity, cause increased absenteeism, lower morale, risks to on-the-job safety and more.
The standard definition of drug or alcohol addiction is that it's a chronic, incurable disease of the brain.
Is it possible to cure yourself of addiction without professional help? How often does that happen? Of course it's possible. Most people recover and most people do it on their own. That's in no way saying that everyone should be expected to quit on their own and in no way denies that quitting is a hard thing to do.
Rising numbers of drug users suggest a need for a more subtle policy.
The surgeon general’s new approach on substance abuse has policy implications for law enforcement.
When you are still employed, as more than 70% of substance users are, it’s easy to convince yourself that everything is under control.
Distorted thinking is a hallmark of addiction, and the irrationality can get quite extreme. As drugs took over and ruined my life, I kept telling myself, my friends, and my family, “I’m still employed. I’ve got this.” I was overdosing on heroin, but saying, “It’s not that bad, I’ve got a job.”
Often when reading about drug addiction, especially in relation to the impact on family, you come across one of two perspectives. Recovery from substance abuse, or resignation to a very final loss, usually death. Being stuck somewhere between those two places and totally unsure of which outcome you’ll be left with can be overwhelming, alarming, and confusing.
A powerful new book argues for a new understanding of substance abuse.
The news about addiction — rising rates of addiction, record numbers of overdose deaths, and the like — tends to be bleak. As clinicians and researchers, however, we have the good fortune to often see its bright side: recovery.
There is no “one true way” to end addiction—and the idea that “one size fits all” can be harmful and even deadly in some cases.
No one said recovery would be easy. And for the majority of addicts and alcoholics, detox is just the beginning.
An old sickness has returned to haunt a new generation.
Amid an opioid crisis, authorities overestimated the danger of prescription painkillers—while doing too little to identify patients at risk of addiction.
Opioid addicts are turning to online forums for advice about quitting. Their conversations have a lot to teach us about drug use and public health.
It is a sad irony that rehab is life-saving, yet the weeks and months immediately following checkout are among the most vulnerable times in an addict's recovery. It can take up to a year for the areas of the brain responsible for impulse control and emotion regulation to return to normal functioning.
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This popular claim lacks evidence and leads to poor policy.
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For all the varied treatment methods Heroin use remains a significant addiction problem world wide. In the United States one alarming trend is that the age of first use such that 1.5% of 9th graders report using heroin.
Fentanyl may be hiding in the drugs you’re using. You won’t see it, smell it or taste it, but it can kill you. BE DRUG SMART. Don’t use alone. Start with a small amount. Learn about naloxone.
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The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), created this Web site to educate adolescents ages 11 through 15 (as well as their parents and teachers) on the science behind drug abuse. NIDA enlisted the help of teens in developing the site to ensure that the content addresses appropriate questions and timely concerns.
The need for finding an opiate addiction rehab or heroin detox center has never been higher. 100 people die every day in the United States due to an opiate-related overdose or one person every 15 minutes. While there is no overnight cure for this devastating problem, long-term opiate recovery is possible. Learning more about opiates, addiction and the rehabilitation process is the first step in getting help.
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