Oct 20 2017

Recovery courts divert vets from jail, into treatment

For nearly 30 years, drug courts – sometimes called “recovery courts” have offered a treatment alternative to jail for criminal defendants who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. More recently, local court systems across the U.S. have been developing a new type of recovery court, tailored to meet the...
Oct 21 2016

Anyone Can Escape Addiction—But Fatalistic Views of Biology or Trauma Persuade People Otherwise

October 21st, 2016 Earlier this year, Maia Szalavitz, my fellow Influence columnist and an old comrade-in-arms, released her masterful book, Unbroken Brain, one that displays skills I only wish I had, and that I try to emulate. In it, she’s kind enough to praise my own Love and Addiction (1975, with...
Sep 30 2016

“Hey Mama!”—A Letter From a Daughter, Lost Because She Couldn’t Get the Right Help for Her Drug Problems

October 3rd, 2016 Editor’s note: The letter below, which has been lightly edited for length and clarity, was written by Elizabeth Elliot* to her mother in late 2010. Elizabeth was then in a halfway house in New Jersey, following a spell in state prison for drug-law violations. The return address on ...
Aug 23 2016

Addiction Treatment Should Be the Work of Liberation—But What Does Such a Model Look Like?

August 24th, 2016 All forms of psychopathology impair the freedom of the individual, but addiction* is a particularly intense form of slavery, argued psychoanalyst and addiction psychologist Dr. Jerome Levin. This in itself is not a particularly new insight; in fact, the word addiction is rooted in ...
May 19 2016

“Light That Fire”—How Drug User Unions Fight for Better Laws and Self-Defined Recovery

May 20th, 2016 In a small room at a health clinic in Greensboro, North Carolina, five people are gathered around a wide table beneath a whiteboard bearing inspirational slogans. An addiction recovery meeting, right? Well, kind of. “We’re a national drug user union,” a woman tells the newcomers aroun...