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How Science, the journal, held up harm reduction for decades.

http://www.thefix.com/content/alcoholism-paper-%E2%80%9Cproved%E2%80%9D-harm-reduction-was-wrong

Where the 12-step thing has the most to own up to is its role in impeding harm reduction interventions to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS. Why was it that Australia and England and the Netherlands were able to stop the spread, and keep the number for injecting drug users under 5-10%, and the U.S. was not? It's that notion that abstinence is the only permissible approach, that we are not going to "enable" a junkie by giving him a clean needle. There has to be a kind of owning up to that role in hundreds of thousands of people dying unnecessarily.
A 1982 study published in Science is an affront to science and the addiction field.
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And are we simply barking up the wrong tree in response to our current failures?
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New paperback edition of Love and Addiction, with contemporary commentary by Archie and me, and a smashing blurb from Johann Hari, now available at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Love-Addiction-Stanton-Peele/dp/098538722X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0
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SMARTRecovery® PRESENTS:
Recreating Addiction Treatment for the 21st Century
SATURDAY, May 16, 5PM EDT
Dr. Stanton Peele
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Dr. Tom Horvath

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Don't we all have addictions? Does that mean we're diseased?
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http://www.thefix.com/content/addiction-american-apple-pie
So, to borrow some phrases from literature: Addiction, where is thy sting? (William Shakespeare) Never send to know who is addicted; it is you. (John Donne)
And that old classic: Addiction is as American as apple pie. (H. Rap Brown)
When does something veer off from being normal and accepted to being called addictive? The answer isn’t in our neurosystems.
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My talk with Tom, below

The Three "C"s of Addiction Treatment: Change, Choice, Commitment

Tom and I will explore where we have been and, more importantly, the continuing direction of change in the addiction field.  We will try to project the future of addiction treatment. In order to accomplish this, we have come up with three key organizing principles:

Change:  Addiction treatment has changed remarkably during our careers, in some cases, involving our personal efforts. We entered the addiction field at a time when to mention harm reduction or alternatives to the 12 steps was to endanger one's career, when to label something other than a drug "addictive" was ridiculed, when the idea that illicit drugs might become legal was incomprehensible, and when to suggest that the concept of addiction was itself changeable was met with disbelief.  Obviously, the field has raised all of these shades to peer out at new treatment vistas.  But what listeners should know is that the change rate in the field is accelerating, and what is "true" now is shifting under our feet.

Choice: All of the changes above create choices: to use or not to use, to abstain or to reduce or improve problematic use; to rely on AA or another type of group, to seek some other kind of therapy, or to improve one's life outside of therapy or a group; to regard one's problem as a disease or as a life problem or as a simple matter of life adjustment; to regard oneself as an addict or alcoholic or as just a person who has one or more appetites out of balance, perhaps only temporarily.  These choices in how to view addictive problems are open to every human being. As for providers and funders of treatment, they too must recognize the existence of alternatives and to offer these choices, or else allow clients to exercise these choices elsewhere.
Commitment: Choice is the result of people having different experiences, values, and mindsets.  They find that different ways of dealing with life, and life problems, work better or worse for them. Or, people just want to do things their own way -- people like to exercise choice.  One result of this preference for choosing is that people do better when they follow a path of their own choosing -- they are committed to this path. In this sense, there can never be a "best practices" protocol that lays out every step of the treatment process as, for instance, might be done with an infection, or with diabetes.  Thus the addiction field must recognize the need for people to select and commit to their own (informed) choice, including maintenance, abstinence, improvement.
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Relapse is common for drug treatments—but worse is when people attribute their recovery to them.
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