Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Fix: Addiction and Recovery, Straight Up
Best of the Week:
December 27–January 2
COMING UP IN THE FIX// 2014's Crazier Drug Stories * Tonier Cain: From Streetwalker to Advocate * Alcoholic Liver Disease * Hep C Q & A * Pro Voices *Positivity * The Last Milligram of Subutex * Netflix Addiction? * New Ask an Expert on Antidepressants and Sex Drive * Happy New Year! * PLUS: Other incisive articles
RESOLUTIONS// A New Year’s Toast
“Make mine a soda, please, barkeep, with lots of ice.”
By Bill Manville
STEPPING OUT// How to Use 12 Step Principles to Treat Trauma
A creative clinician finds a new application of trusted principles in her work with trauma victims.
By Rivka A. Edery
CRIME AND TREATMENT// Do Drug Treatment Programs in Prison Work?
The prison system is a revolving door, through which hundreds of thousands of people, many of them with mental illnesses or drug addictions, cycle through again and again. Is it time to change the formula?
By Seth Ferranti
NOT MISSING// Missing My Crazy Self—Finding Myself
The new sober me romanticized the drunk me. Until I went back . . . .
By Jowita Bydlowska
LOOKING BACK// 10 Things I Don’t Miss About Drinking
#5. My reputation: People knew who I was because of my actions at parties, which at the time almost made me proud, but now is beyond embarrassing.
By Beth Leipholtz
AAA Offers Safe Rides Home For New Year’s Eve
The Mavericks Oust Bassist for Opiate Addiction
Teen Eating Disorders Masked By ‘Successful Dieting’
Medical Marijuana Delivery App Shut Down By Judge
Drug Use on the Rise in Canadian Army
Amanda Bynes: Sober and 'Off Medication'
Stepping Outside The Lines
This week, Rivka A. Edery shared how she uses the 12 steps to heal trauma victimes. Most readers opposed her methods, but some saw merit in her treatment plan:
You display here a depth of understanding regarding the healing and restoration available in the 12 steps of a person who is in trouble and needing to find a better way to continue in life. Certainly and necessarily difficult in parts, but ultimately freeing. Before reading I had an initial negative reaction (the steps are ours, for us), but I understand now how utilizing the steps could greatly benefit someone like Ms R. Who could possibly be against easing someone's pain? 


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