Are we having Fun Yet? Drugs, Addiction, and Treatment.

Why do we as a society hate medication assisted treatment so much?  Why are we so sure that punishment and pain will change things for people who are addicted to drugs? I have spent the last 10 years fighting for change in the substance use field, fighting to end the drug war, working to change policies which […]

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Drug Use, Substance Misuse even Addiction should not prevent access to good health care!

Drug Use, Substance Misuse,  Addiction, Substance Use, …Whether or not a person uses drugs or is addicted to them, should not affect whether or not a doctor will see them, treat them with dignity, respect, or listen to them for that matter, but it does!  I have experienced the most horrific stigmatizing ordeals with medical professionals, […]

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Help me I love an addict!

Help me I love an addict!  What do I do, my _______is an addict, is something that I hear every day.  People call my phone in tears, desperate for answers.  Unfortunately, there is tons of information, much of which comes out of the mouths of people who just do not know what they are saying, or […]

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How do we stop using drugs? Does it take pain to change?

“Louise, you have obviously not hit bottom yet, you have clearly not had enough pain.”  I thought I might explode in anger or disintegrate into tears the last time a so-called-counselor said this to me.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  Two men in suits called me into a small room at the methadone […]

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Not one leg to stand on!

I am diagnosed bipolar, have struggled with substance misuse and found my way through these difficulties without using the traditional approaches that our society “approves” of.  I am not a member of AA or NA, I do not regularly go to church, I am not on psychiatric medication  and I just went through one of […]

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