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Abstinence

The Rehab That Teaches You How to Drink Safely

By Hunter R. Slaton

Is moderate drinking a realistic treatment goal for drug users and heavy boozers? The Fix visits a radical Beverly Hills rehab to find out. MORE  

"Sober February" Is Hot New Trend

By Nina Puro

Founder Greg Rutter tells The Fix about the annual booze-free challenge that's taking off in Brooklyn. MORE  

About-Face: Hazelden Offers Maintenance Treatment

By Maia Szalavitz

The influential rehab's policy change will roil the abstinence-based recovery movement. MORE  

Half of Counselors Don't Always Advise Abstinence

By Valerie Tejeda

The last 20 years has seen a dramatic rise in addiction counselors willing to consider moderation as their clients' ultimate goal. MORE  

Morning Roundup: November 5, 2012

By The Fix staff

Zetas cartel takes over Mexican state, drinkers binge more in bars close to home, and US Navy officers fired for drunken misconduct in Russia. MORE  

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Methadone

By Maia Szalavitz

Just like ex-junkie Russell Brand, I used to believe that “maintenance” was as bad—if not worse—than active addiction. Here’s how I came to understand how fatally wrong I was. MORE  

The Book on Drugs

By Tony O'Neill

JR Helton hates literary writers, recovery memoirs, and everything he learned when getting his MFA. But he loves drugs and has written a magnificent book about them. MORE  

Video: Russell Brand Speaks in UK Parliament

By May Wilkerson

The comedian tells a British drug policy committee that addicts are sick, not criminals, and calls for more compassion. MORE  

Are You an Addict, a Normie—or Neither?

By Will Godfrey

Most people think they're either an addict or not. But a growing school of thought defines addiction as a much more nuanced condition. The Fix asks some "almost alcoholics" how they see themselves. MORE  

Susan Cheever on the Real Bill W.

By Susan Cheever

On the anniversary of his 1971 death, the AA founder's complicated life is more instructive than ever in an increasingly tumultuous world. MORE  

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