Addiction & Alcoholism
Chasing the Scream
The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
By Johann Hari
Review by Daniel J. Dunleavy on Tue, Sep 5th 2017.
Chasing the Scream by Johann HariJohann Hari is an award-winning British journalist who has written for major news outlets around the world. In Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, Hari investigates two major facets of the modern drug problem. On the one hand, he describes the history of and contemporary policies toward psychoactive drug use, highlighting the United States' "War on Drugs". This twentieth century government initiative, which levied strict criminal punishments toward drug-dealers and drug-users domestically and abroad, is contrasted with shifting policies and practices around th
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The Big Fix
Hope After Heroin
By Tracey Helton Mitchell
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jun 20th 2017.
HBO's documentary Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street (sometimes available on Youtube) was released in 1999. It followed several young people who were regular heroin users. One of them was Tracey. She went on to stop using drugs, and now she is married with three children. She works as a counselor to people with substance abuse problems. The Big Fix is her memoir. Most of The Big Fix is Mitchell's own story. There are a couple of sections at the end of the book about drug policy and advice for people who are trying to stop using. She is skeptical about the 12-step approach, which dis
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The Big Fix by Tracey Helton Mitchell

Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation
A Neurobiologically Informed Holistic Treatment
By Alexandra Katehakis
Review by Anna Westin on Tue, May 9th 2017.
Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation  by Alexandra KatehakisWith insight that can only be developed from years of professional experience and detailed research, counselor and clinical director Alexandra Katehakis provides a comprehensive account of sex addiction from a neurobiological perspective. Dr. Patrick Caines hails the book as a 'touchstone…for understanding addiction', and the detail and depth with which it provides an overview of the field leaves me in no doubt that he is correct.  In Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation, Katehakis suggests that sex addiction needs to be understood in detail as an addiction that can be engaged w
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Drug Dealer, MD
How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why Itís So Hard to Stop
By Anna Lembke
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jan 24th 2017.
It's long been clear that doctors in the USA have been far too ready to prescribe opiates to patients and that they are largely responsible for the crisis of opiate addiction in which we find ourselves. Lembke's excellent book Drug Dealer, MD explains how this came about. It's a short book, concisely written, giving plenty of examples of patients' stories while at the same time showing trends in policy and national practice. The book has 10 chapters covering many aspects of the story. One of the most interesting is the change in attitude towards pain. Pain used to be viewed by docto
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Drug Dealer, MD by Anna Lembke

Illness or Deviance?
Drug Courts, Drug Treatment, and the Ambiguity of Addiction
By Jennifer Murphy
Review by Anna Westin on Tue, Dec 13th 2016.
Illness or Deviance? by Jennifer MurphyIt is rare that addiction literature is able to present detailed personal narratives within an informative and critical perspective that leave the reader feeling they have gained clear insight into a particular situation.  Illness or Deviance? Drug Courts, Drug Treatment, and the Ambiguity of Addiction presents just such an account, engaging with the interaction between drug addiction and the American penal system.  Jennifer Murphy’s sociological account of addiction gives the reader an overview of American drug culture, while exploring key concepts such as stigma and the histo
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Addictions
A Social Psychological Perspective
By Catalina E. Kopetz and Carl W. Lejuez (Editors)
Review by Anna Westin on Tue, Aug 23rd 2016.
It is often difficult to find a comprehensive overview of current addiction research that encompasses more than one perspective in an in-depth and carefully considered manner.  However, Addictions: A Social Psychological Perspective, edited by C. E. Kopetz and C. W. Lejuez manages to do just this.  The volume contains a broad spectrum of papers that gives insight into the contemporary challenges and developments in addiction from a social psychology perspective.  Challenging the 'reductionist tradition of approaching addiction from a medical model' (2016, p. ix), these assorted
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 Addictions by Catalina E. Kopetz and Carl W. Lejuez (Editors)

Addiction
A Philosophical Perspective
By Candice L. Shelby
Review by Susanne Uusitalo, Ph.D. on Tue, Aug 23rd 2016.
Addiction by Candice L. ShelbyCandice L Shelby's monograph provides a new, empirically informed, philosophical account of addiction that sheds light to the lives of addicted individuals and their treatment in the society. The approach is unique, as it draws on various fields of theoretical philosophy in light of empirical research on addiction. She argues that seeing addiction either as a disease or a choice is a false dichotomy and offers her account of addiction as an emergent process of a set of complex processes. Shelby's task is ambitious as the perspective touches upon highly theoretical issues in philosophy of mind
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Free Refills
A Doctor Confronts His Addiction
By Peter Grinspoon
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 19th 2016.
Peter Grinspooon recounts the story of his prosecution for misusing his doctor privileges to get himself drugs, and his road to both recovery and gaining back his license to practice medicine. He sets out the details of his past, his deteriorating marriage, and his relationship with his young children. It's a complex story because there are many different elements. His father was a famous psychiatrist who advocated for the use of marijuana as a form of pain control, and his parents led a somewhat bohemian life, often smoking pot at home with friends. Grinspoon had three brothers, one a twin. H
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Free Refills by Peter Grinspoon

 
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