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New guide attempts a modest AA update.The founders of AA published their book, Alcoholics Anonymous (The Big Book) back in 1939. The world has changed a great deal since then, so it’s not surprising that there have been periodic calls for an update. Barring an official revision, which is unlikely, Hazelden, the Minnesota treatment organization, has published an updated companion volume to the Big Book. (Narcotics Anonymous published their version of the basic text in 1962). “The […]
Testing treatments for nicotine, heroin, and gambling addiction.Several addiction studies were among the highlights at last month’s annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) in San Diego. Studies released at the gathering including therapies for nicotine and heroin addiction, as well as some notions about the nature of gambling addiction. And now, as they say, for the news: — Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), the controversial technique being tested for everything […]
The Big Three are now in it to win it. If there was ever any doubt that major tobacco companies have designs on the emerging electronic cigarette market, a recent roundup in the Wall Street Journal makes the case with ease, something that eager acolytes of e-cigs are anxious to avoid. No doubt about it, Big Tobacco wants in. Results from intensive test marketing in Colorado have, like a political primary, provided an early indication of where the popularity lies. Reynolds […]
"If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going." –Prof. Irwin Corey I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I don’t really like addiction memoirs—with notable literary exceptions, from Thomas de Quincey to William S. Burroughs, including worthy modern efforts from James Brown, Jerry Stahl, Sacha Z. Scoblic, and others. Writing well about addiction is a rare gift, and newcomer Jessica Hendry Nelson, in If Only You People Could Follow […]
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