Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Fix: Addiction and Recovery, Straight Up
Best of the Week:
November 29–December 5
COMING UP IN THE FIX// A Day with Cambodia’s Needle Exchange * Interview with Drug Policy Alliance Director Ethan Nadelmann * Death Row Drugs * Hep C Q&A * Have We Grown Past Anonymity? * Freedom and Recovery * Sober in Mexico* PLUS: Other incisive articles

IN THE ROOMS// Is AA at Fault for the Murder of One of its Members?
No. But that isn't stopping AA critics from seizing on a tragedy to state their case.
By Zachary Siegel
ART// The Man Behind 'Faces of Addiction'
“I have a few rules. I don’t get intimate with anyone and I don’t buy or do drugs. Everything else is open.” ~ Chris Arnade
By Regina Walker
PROFESSIONAL VOICES// Inside the Mind of An Addiction Medicine Physician
The Director of Stanford's Addiction Medicine Program, caught between protocol and her own bruised ego.
By Dr. Anna Lembke
TREATMENT// Shortcuts to Recovery
A survey of four medical treatments to aid recovery.
By Jeanene Swanson
WILD LIFE// Animal Addicts
How monkeys, elephants, dolphins and cats get high, and how it could change the war on drugs.
By Daniel Genis
Covered Insurance Deductibles May Mean Lower Treatment Costs at Year’s End
Kansas Law Requires Drug Testing of Welfare Applicants
California Parolees Getting Arrested on Purpose to Smuggle Drugs Into Jail
Michigan Approves, Florida Rejects Welfare Drug Testing
Smart Drug Modafinil Doesn’t Work If You’re Already Smart
Wes Bentley: There's Life After Heroin Addiction
Light Up The Rooms
This week, Zachary Siegel pondered who was to blame when someone is murdered in AA. Readers sympathized and contemplated the root cause:
This death is a great tragedy. Whether or not AA is responsible, or found responsible, this case has brought into the light a darker side of AA which many people are familiar with, but which an even greater number of people seem to be unaware of or turn a blind eye to. This is getting some media attention, and I wonder if shining the light on these issues will have any sort of disinfecting effect on the more toxic side of AA culture, even nothing becomes of this legal murder case in question.
I agree with the author that the problem is actually much larger than AA, is systemic in nature and has to do with how our society tackles addiction and social dysfunction. Many people in America still assume that all places offering help for addiction are safe places, but maybe now the rose tinted glasses are slowly being lowered.


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