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Why We’re Losing the War on Addiction

When I began focusing on addiction in the late 1960s, people would ask why I was interested in the subject. “We already ...

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How Obama and Botticelli’s Drug Policies Contradict Their Own Life Experiences

In his memoir Dreams From My Father, Barack Obama described his youthful drug use. He discussed smoking “reefer” at Occi...

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Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” Shows Why Drug Decriminalization Is Essential

Michael Moore is a left-wing humanitarian documentary-maker who has tackled health care (Sicko), gun control (Bowling fo...

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Newsflash! Despite Our Drug-Related Problems, Non-Problematic Drug Use Is the Norm

Have you noticed a theme among a number of early articles on The Influence? They point out a phenomenon that will be ali...

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Six Dangerous Falsehoods Peddled by the “Frontline” Heroin Special

“FRONTLINE investigates America’s heroin crisis in a searing two-hour special that premieres Tuesday, February 23,...

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The Nightmare Scenario: President Donald Trump Dictates US Drug Policy

November 9th, 2016 Editor’s note: This article was written in March, before Donald Trump had secured the Republica...

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How Placebos Prove That People Conquer Addiction With Their Minds

Americans are dead set on finding a magic-bullet solution for addiction. And the leading experts in the field, including...

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Karl Ove Knausgård: In America, an Alcoholic—In Scandinavia, Just a Genius

Karl Ove Knausgård, a Norwegian now domiciled with his wife and four kids in Sweden, is perhaps the world’s most revered...

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Ibogaine to Cure Addiction? A Hot Take on Mexico’s Global Ibo Conference

I am sitting in the sun by the pool at my small hotel in Tepoztlan, Mexico, just after lunch, recovering from the Global...

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Who Pays for Our Addiction to Trauma Theory? The Poor, Even More Than the Rest of Us

Kenneth Anderson performed an invaluable service in The Influence recently by reviewing the literature on trauma, PTSD, ...

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The Shipwreck That Is ABAM: Ten Reasons the “New” Medical Model of Addiction Is Doomed

While some laud as a modern miracle the approval of a new medical specialty in addiction, officially crowned as ABAM (Am...

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Three Buddhist Truths About Curing Alcoholism, Demonstrated by My Enlightened Drinking Buddy

If you have the Buddhist gift of living in the here-and-now, share it. It’s your friends’ best, perhaps only, hope. Befo...

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Reports on Prince’s Death Underline Our Desperate Need to Learn to Use Drugs Better

April 25th, 2016 When a famous person dies mysteriously and prematurely these days, we are instantly led to consider the...

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The Diseasing of America: From OCD to PMS, We’re All Made Out to Be Sick

April 21st, 2016 [Editor’s note: This article is excerpted from Diseasing of America by Stanton Peele, which was f...

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What I Learned About Alcohol in the Hospital This Week: The Good and the Bad

I spent a night in the hospital this week (thank you, I’m quite well now). First, let me mention that you can̵...

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The New Eugenics: Why Genetic Theories of Mental Illness and Addiction Are a Damaging Dead End

May 9th, 2016 Modern genetics doesn’t forcibly sterilize people. But fashionable theories around it put us in boxes just...

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The New York Times’ Coverage of Prince’s Death Feeds Our Opioid Myth

May 12th, 2016 Immediately on learning Prince was taking Percocet, the addiction commentariat held forth: Opioid use cau...

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The Medical Report Shows Fentanyl—And That Media Narratives Around Prince’s Death Are Deadly

June 3rd, 2016 The medical examiner’s report released yesterday said that Prince died from an accidental overdose ...

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So It’s Hillary? On Drugs, She’s Barely Better Than Trump

June 7th, 2016 After a surprisingly long struggle, Hillary Clinton has essentially clinched the Democratic nomination, a...

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What the Incredible Voyage of This “Godfather” and “Dr. Strangelove” Star Tells Us About Addiction

June 13th, 2016 “Hillary goes nuclear on Trump,” read a recent Politico headline, describing the opening sal...

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Did I Just Win My 30-Year Debate With Ethan Nadelmann?

June 21st, 2016 I met Ethan Nadelmann in the late 1980s. I was working at a think tank near Princeton, Mathematica Polic...

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Count Me Out of “Recovery Nation”—Negative Self-Identity Is the Cruelest Stigma of All

July 7th, 2016 I can’t bear when people label themselves “alcoholics,” “addicts” or “in recovery.” I view it as a way of...

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If We Talk About Race Without Taking On Poverty, How Much Can Really Change?

July 15th, 2016 The New York Times ran three columns about race relations this week, all of which said the same thing: W...

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Four Times I Got Thrown Out of the Room for Telling the Truth About Addiction

July 26th, 2016 Sometimes standing up and speaking out is valuable and necessary. I’ve done plenty of it—some would say,...

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By Storming to Gold, Simone Biles Conquered Our Obsession With Trauma

August 10th, 2016 Answer me this: How does a child taken from her addicted mother become the best athlete in the world? ...

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Here’s Why Neither the Democrats Nor the Republicans Can Solve Our Addiction Problems

August 26th, 2016 Neither Democrats nor Republicans can solve addiction. Nor can they solve the issues around #BlackLive...

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Which Is More Addictive, Coffee or Nicotine? If You’re Asking, You Can’t Understand the Answer

August 30th, 2016 What does it mean to label something addictive, and how can we suddenly decide something is addictive ...

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Sometimes I Worry That AA’s Media Fan Club Won’t Be Enough to Secure Our Addiction-Free Future

September 13th, 2016 We heard last week how Arianna Huffington, running her eponymous publication, bravely fought agains...

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Addiction Expert: Howard Dean Clearly, Beyond Any Doubt, Has a Drug Problem

September 28th, 2016 Howard Dean, the physician and former governor of Vermont, Democratic presidential candidate and he...

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Seven Things We Must Understand About Addiction to Undo the Mistakes of the Past 40 Years

September 29th, 2016 When Archie Brodsky and I were writing Love and Addiction in the early 1970s, a medical resident to...

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