The five ways hundreds of thousands of people are coerced into 12-step programs

The myth is that 12-step programs and their associated treatment industry thrive simply because Americans love them. In fact, both are substantially built on and maintained by force. This contradiction necessitated the invention of the idea of denial.

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Which is more addictive, coffee or nicotine? If you’re asking, you can't understand the answer

What does it mean to label something addictive, and how can we suddenly decide something is addictive where previously it was not? After all, isn’t addiction a biological marker in our brain?

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The New York Times' coverage of Prince's death feeds a dangerous and cruel opioid myth

Immediately on learning Prince was taking Percocet, the addiction commentariat held forth: Opioid use causes addiction, which causes overdose!

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The new eugenics: Why blaming mental illness and addiction on genetics is so damaging

Modern genetics doesn’t forcibly sterilize people. But fashionable theories around it put us in boxes just as eugenics once did, harmfully ignoring cultural and social differences and individual change.

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How the rumors about Prince's death show Americans' lack of skill in using drugs

When a famous person dies mysteriously and prematurely these days, we are instantly led to consider their drug use as cause of death.

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Can you drink huge amounts of booze without becoming an alcoholic?

Karl Ove Knausgård, a Norwegian now domiciled with his wife and four kids in Sweden, is perhaps the world’s most revered living writer.

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Nightmare scenario: President Donald Trump dictating US drug policy

It looks increasingly as though Donald Trump will become the Republican candidate. And some reputable analysts thenfavor him to become president.

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