Harm Reduction Explained

If you are not ready to totally abstain, you can at least minimize the risk to your health, career and relationships by utilizing at least some of the elements of Harm Reduction. Here is a brief introduction, then additional short videos explain each element. 

The Old 12-Step Model is Falling by the Wayside

In 2006, one of the most prestigious scientific research organizations in the world, the Cochrane Collaboration, conducted a review of the many studies conducted between 1966 and 2005 and reached a stunning conclusion: No experimental studies unequivocally demonstrated the effectiveness of AA” in treating alcoholism. This group reached the same conclusion about professional AA-oriented treatment … More The Old 12-Step Model is Falling by the Wayside

A New High of Epidemic Proportions-Has it Entered Your Home?

A terrifying new “legal high” has hit our streets. Methyl-carbonol, known by the street name “wiz,” is a clear liquid that causes cancers, liver problems, and brain disease, and is more toxic than ecstasy and cocaine. Addiction can occur after just one drink, and addicts will go to any lengths to get their next fix … More A New High of Epidemic Proportions-Has it Entered Your Home?

Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Death-Unnecessary yet Inevitable

So, so sad-Russell Brand on Phillip Seymour Hoffman– In spite of his life seeming superficially great, in spite of all the praise and accolades, in spite of all the loving friends and family, there is a predominant voice in the mind of an addict that supersedes all reason and that voice wants you dead. This … More Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Death-Unnecessary yet Inevitable

Addiction and Oxytocin

A recent post mentions a new study that shows the effectiveness of Baclofen in the treatment of alcohol addiction. Other studies show that one of the effects of the medication is on the level of the “love drug” oxytocin, that plays a role in bonding behaviors. Maybe that’s why so many drinkers experience the bottle as a … More Addiction and Oxytocin

Savoring Each Sip!

A recent study shows that when we aren’t paying attention to what we eat, we tend to eat more and even get hungry sooner.  When we are distracted, we can’t remember how much we’ve eaten and memory is tied to satiety. Researchers found that distracted eaters, who were playing computer solitaire, “felt significantly less full just … More Savoring Each Sip!

Can’t Lick that Darn Habit? It’s Wired into Your Brain

The desire to drink is truly “wired into our brains.” Bad habits are ingrained very deeply and intensely. Why are they stronger than good habits? -because we’re like toddlers who love and crave immediate reward. Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and an authority on the brain’s pleasure pathway says … More Can’t Lick that Darn Habit? It’s Wired into Your Brain

Study Shows Baclofen Effective Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

Good news! A small, but good study, using a “gold standard trial design and evaluation methodologies,” replicated the Italian study finding that Baclofen is effective in the treatment of alcohol addiction.  A previous post talks about French cardiologist Dr. Oliver Ameisen’s discovery while treating himself. He was desperate for help after trying every known remedy. In … More Study Shows Baclofen Effective Treatment for Alcohol Addiction