Op-Ed: “Society is collapsing” and reflections on addiction

I find this statement, from Russell Brand's interview at BBC, quite interesting - and very relevant with the social climate of our time: "Society is collapsing, and people are starting to recognize that the reason they feel like they're mentally ill is that they're living in a system that's not designed to suit the human … Continue reading Op-Ed: “Society is collapsing” and reflections on addiction

Does a 12-step based recovery program work?

There appears to be some aversion to attending, participating in, and following the 12-steps of sober support meetings. The underlying question: does a 12-step program help people achieve sobriety? In Chapter 2, of the second edition of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, we read the following introductory statement: WE, of Alcoholics Anonymous, know thousands … Continue reading Does a 12-step based recovery program work?

Nature of Substance Use Disorder and Social Responsibility

Within the past year, we have heard stories from social media, news outlets, and ongoing conversations around the rise of the opioid crisis. Reading through the various commentary, there is a noticeable trend of individuals caught up in emotional responses. Yet, as a society, do we fully comprehend the nature of addiction and how individuals … Continue reading Nature of Substance Use Disorder and Social Responsibility

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic in American Society is imperative

What we do know is this: Substance use disorder creates a stronghold that prevents individuals from living productive and healthy lives. For this reason, "Substance misuse is a major public health challenge and priority for our nation" (Sylvia Matthews Burwell - Secretary US Department of Health and Human Services). Since this has become a major public health challenge, there is overwhelming evidence that supports policies and programs that focus on prevention, treatment, and sustained recovery (Burwell). What is leading this evidence is our advanced "...understanding of substance use..." as a "...chronic neurological disorder" (Burwell). A focused goal comes out of the report as the aligning of mainstream health care and substance use disorder treatment in order to address the overall health and wellness of an individual.