Social anxiety/phobia, often mischaracterized as extreme shyness, constitutes a potential pathway into addiction and a major obstacle to addiction treatment and recovery. Robert and Kaisha could not be more different at a quick glance, but they shared the curse of what others perceived as extreme shyness. Robert and Kaisha dreaded any social situation filled with(……)

I believe we live in the greatest era of snake oil salesmen in the history of mankind. —Michael Crichton, Next, 2006 The addictions treatment field has grossly oversold the effectiveness of a single episode of brief clinical intervention. For more than two decades, calls have increased for a radical redesign of addiction treatment and related recovery(……)

Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter. –African Proverb From Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton: “Why do you write like you’re running out of time?” Me: “Because I am.”                         In the late 1990s, I experienced an epiphany of sorts—a sudden awareness that the addiction field had acquired a massive body of(……)