Excellent journalism and research.
ASAM Weekly is a publication of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) circulated by E-mail to “more than 25,00 addiction professionals” every Tuesday and provides news briefings of top stories related to addiction medicine. This weeks issue includes a National Survey on Drug Use and Health study correlating drug use with suicidal ideation, original research involving individuals under community corrections supervision suggesting a strong link between social isolation (“thwarted belonging”) and alcohol use with homicidal and suicidal ideation, as well as a thought provoking Huffington Post piece entitled “When ‘All or Nothing’ Means Life or Death” that questions the 12-step abstinence based model currently monopolizes addiction treatment in the United States which the author notes “is not only harmful and killing people,” but also “defies much of what we know about addiction.”
ASAM Weekly Editor-in-Chief William Haning apparently disagrees as he recommends the abstinence based 12-step groups currently managing state physician health programs…
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