Three recent reviews call into question the conceptualization and treatment of addiction as a chronic disorder.    Lopez-Quintero, C., Hason, D. J., de los Cobas, J. P., Pines, A., Wang, S., Grant, B. F., & Blanco, C. (2010).  Probability and predictors of remission from life-time nicotine, alcohol, cannabis or cocaine dependence:  Results from the National Epidemiologic(……)

Few discussions within the addictions field have generated more vitriol than the extremely polarized debates between advocates of harm reduction and advocates of abstinence-based approaches to addiction treatment and recovery support.  The chasm between these ideological poles has widened over the course of my career, but there is a recent trend toward discovery of common(……)

In 1976, 52 prominent Americans publicly proclaimed their recovery from alcoholism as part of the National Council of Alcoholism’s Operation Understanding–a public education initiative designed to address the stereotypes and stigma attached to alcoholism.  It was a watershed moment in the history of addiction recovery in the United States., but an event that would not(……)

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is too often relegated to the status of stepchild of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  NA’s unique history, culture, and distinctiveness are routinely obscured within references to “AA and other Twelve Step programs.”  For the past several years, Chris Budnick, Boyd Pickard and I have been conducting research on the history of NA, and(……)