A just-published review of the scientific literature on untreated remission from alcohol problems by Richard Mellor and colleagues offers insightful clues about the role of professional treatment and non-treatment resources in the resolution of alcohol problems. Here are some key findings and my take on their implications.Only a small subset of people with alcohol problems—about(……)

The culture of recovery in the United States is recognized in popular and professional consciousness through its increasingly elaborate tribal organization. For more than 150 years, individuals seeking mutual support for the resolution of alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems have organized themselves into closed societies.  Recovery mutual aid societies today span an ever-growing menu(……)

It has become fashionable by commentators in the addictions arena to point to research studies confirming three linked findings:  1) the course of alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems are highly variable rather than inevitably progressive, 2) the majority of people experiencing substance use disorders and broader patterns of AOD-related problems resolve these challenges without(……)

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(……)