Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Fix: Addiction and Recovery, Straight Up
Best of the Week:
October 31–November 7
COMING UP IN THE FIX// Addiction in the Hispanic Community * Relapse Dreams* Smuggling Drugs in Prison * My Year in Rehab * Elders and Addiction * Steroids and Wrestlers * The Marchman Act * New Pro Voices * PLUS: Other incisive articles
FOCUS// Harm Reduction at a Crossroads
A report from the 10th National Conference of the Harm Reduction Coalition.
By Tessie Castillo
PROFESSIONAL VOICES// The Experience Machine
What if a problem from Philosophy 101 could help improve our understanding of addiction? Would it make it easier for us to treat addiction without the stigma?
By Richard Juman
COMING CLEAN// Overcoming "Failure to Launch" with Bob Forrest
Recovery is a dirty business. Bob Forrest has the track record—and the forward thinking—to clean it up.
By Dawn Roberts
BOOKS// Top Four Recovery Memoirs, Then and Now
Four of our favorite addiction memoirs, and seeing where the authors—Jerry Stahl, Colin Broderick, Joe Clifford and Alan Kaufman—are today.
By Regina Walker
CARRYING ON// Miss Wisconsin on Honoring Her Brother's Legacy
Raeanna Johnson talks to The Fix about how being Miss Wisconsin helps raise awareness of the ultimate price of addiction.
By McCarton Ackerman
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Wants Drug Tests for Welfare, Unemployment Recipients
Could an MRI "See" If You Will Become a Habitual Smoker?
First Pap Smears Were Conducted On Drunk Guinea Pigs
Arkansas Governor Will Pardon Son On Felony Drug Charge
Gene Regulation May Control Addiction, Depression
Silk Road 3.0 Launches To Largely Negative Reviews
Preventative Caring
This week, Tessie Castillo reported on the 10th National Conference of the Harm Reduction Coalition. Readers were bewildered as to why everyone isn't behind harm reduction:
All types of people benefit from harm reduction. Not just members of so called marginalized groups. Harm reductionist's often do angel's work. They save lives! Lives of people who are mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, friends and workers. All people, black or white or purple; straight or gay; religious or atheist benefit from knowledge and practice of harm reduction methods. The numbers are sound and the evidence is in! I appreciate the author wishing to be a good voice for harm reduction. But really- who cares if an advocate is gay or a drag queen or a soccer mom? I just don't get it.


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