Best addiction and recovery blogs

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We’re just past the six month mark on Recovery Review with 40,000 visitors to the site. Here are the five most-read blogs on the site – the five best addiction and recovery blogs. Gold standard addiction treatment This article highlighted the fact that doctors with addictions get a very different standard of treatment from their patients […]

Technology and Recovery part 2 – guest blog by Glyn Davies

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Mobile Phone Technology and Recovery The recovery-oriented techniques we learn online do of course need to be put into practice as this is where we see real behaviour change. And it’s great to see the shift towards health-focussed apps. Over recent years there has been an acknowledgment that many who are digitally excluded from regularly […]

Who’s “we”? by Jason Schwartz

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This article has been forwarded to me by several people. Its author has been writing a series of articles that seek to redefine addiction and recovery. As Eve Tushnet recently observed, “There’s another narrative, though, which is emerging at sites like The Fix and Substance.com.” This sentence is representative of this alternative narrative: “The addiction field has struggled with defining recovery […]

Dopamine and addiction – the difference between wanting and liking

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Dopamine is important for reward, but is it directly related to pleasure? Research suggests that dopamine is more important for ‘wanting’ (motivational drive) than for liking. You might have a pathological ‘wanting’ your drug of choice, even after you have long stopped ‘liking’ it. Opioids and endocannabinoids may be more important for liking. In this […]

Why many in recovery are dying of addiction

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How many recovering people smoke cigarettes? In Scotland, just under a fifth of the population smoke, but in treatment populations the rate is between 60-90%. Travellers looking for mutual aid meetings will often be guided by the group of smokers outside the church hall. Some of those people in long term recovery are dying of addiction. […]

Addiction and recovery quotes

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Here are few addiction and recovery quotes that have caught my eye recently. Some wise words and poignant reflections that are worth savouring. I used to think a drug addict was someone who lived on the far edges of society. Wild-eyed, shaven-headed and living in a filthy squat. That was until I became one… ~Cathryn […]

AA or NA for drug dependent clients?

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In addiction treatment, study after study has shown a link between attending mutual aid and better outcomes for substance user disorders. These better outcomes include abstinence and there is consistent evidence of health cost savings. In Scotland we are fortunate to have around 1000 mutual aid meetings running weekly in our cities, towns and villages. […]

Pain needs painkillers – right?

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Overprescribing of opioid painkillers has caused harm to many people. Problems include addiction, loss of social functioning and increasingly, though still relatively uncommonly in the UK, to death. Concerns have been raised about deaths associated with tramadol in particular. I’ve written before about the lack of evidence of effectiveness for opiates in chronic pain, but it […]

Do we disable people by calling addiction a disease?

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I spotted a tweet a few weeks back vigorously opposing calling addiction a disease. A few weeks before this, someone I follow on Twitter was advocating for the terms “addict” and “alcoholic” to be abandoned because they are stigmatising. I thought of the tens of thousands of recovering people meeting weekly in Britain’s six and a […]