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Don't Believe The (Marijuana) Hype

By Maia Szalavitz

What most people think they know about marijuana—especially media columnists—is just years of unscientific, paranoid, and even racist government propaganda. MORE  

The value of "Affluenza," Addiction and Parental Neglect As Get Out of Jail Defenses

By Maia Szalavitz

The drunk-driving teen who killed 4 walked, blaming it on "affluenza," a so-called "disease" that makes the rich unable to understand the consequences of their actions. Where does that leave addicts and the rest of us? MORE  

How Addiction Treatment Killed Cory Monteith

By Maia Szalavitz

From his first rehab in his early teens to the intervention staged by Glee co-creater Ryan Murphy in March, the star was failed in every possible way by an abstinence-only recovery culture. MORE  

The Dumbest Article You'll See About Addiction

By Maia Szalavitz

A piece in Slate last week mocked me and my sobriety. I'll live. But the writer's arrogant disregard of the facts of addiction, anti-depressants and recovery is too damaging to ignore. MORE  

Exaggerating the Risk of Drugs Harms Us All

By Maia Szalavitz

Doing drugs can be plenty harmful. The same goes for other activities, from big wave surfing to heli-skiing. But our tendency to overestimate the risks of drugs hampers our ability to tackle addiction. MORE  

"Gruff Love" in AA vs. "Tough Love" in Rehab

By Maia Szalavitz

Some things done in 12-step meetings may be humiliating or hurtful—but when done in treatment programs, they're toxic to mental and physical health. The difference is about power. MORE  

Zoloft Put the Pleasure in My Sobriety

By Maia Szalavitz

"Better living through chemistry" isn't just a slogan: I've been on antidepressants for 20 years, and can still remember exactly when the first one started to work—allowing my recovery to begin for real. MORE  

Overdose Drug's 1000% Price Hike Sparks Outrage

By Maia Szalavitz

Advocates for naloxone push the FDA to make the life-saving drug more affordable. MORE  

The Plural of Anecdote Isn't Data

By Maia Szalavitz

When addiction treatment is evaluated, what clients say is too often given the same weight as what science has proven. Even if you think confrontational tactics worked for you, you're probably exaggerating. MORE  

The Loneliness of the Addict Activist

By Maia Szalavitz

Since AIDS, I've worked to try to help addicts unite as a political force. Go ahead and laugh. But we remain the only "disease community" that can't stand up for itself. MORE  

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