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18
Jul

THE SPEED LIMIT

I recently attended a meeting generously hosted by the Department of Social Development. The invited audience, except for myself, all had one thing in common. Each was a representative of an unregistered rehab located in and around Cape Town. The purpose of the meeting was to bring these aberrant operators into the fold and provide them with a step by

8
Jun

A SEVERE DOSE OF AFFLUENZA

Are all addicts the same? I recently attended an addictions conference in London. One of the presentations that caught my attention focused on the problems presented in treating high net worth individuals, or more often, their children. We are talking about Saudi princes, political kleptocrats, Kazakhstani royalty, popstars and real-estate billionaires. People whose money supply is literally endless. The talk

9
Nov

Alcohol vs Marijuana: Which Is More Harmful To The Brain?

Researchers studied the brain scans of more than 1,000 individuals to determine which substance was more damaging to the brain. When it comes to long-term effects on the brain, researchers have found that alcohol may be more damaging than marijuana, according to a new study in the journal Addiction. More specifically, researchers at University of Colorado Boulder and the CU Change

8
Nov

DON”T PANIC, IT’S ORGANIC

The Constitutional Court recently declared that the prohibition of cannabis cultivation and use within the privacy of one’s own home impinged on the constitutional rights of the individual and has instructed Parliament to change the legislation accordingly. This progressive thinking on the part of the Constitutional Court reflects the principle of respect for the rights of the individual in a

10
Sep

Addiction is often affectionately described as a chronic, relapsing condition like a peptic ulcer!

Addiction is often affectionately or ominously described as a chronic, relapsing condition – something like a peptic ulcer or arthritis except a bit more dangerous. The problem with this description is that it is both inaccurate and irresponsible and in the hands of any self-serving addict, it simply invites a relapse. “I have a relapsing condition and that is why

24
Aug

The 12 Steps and Addiction Treatment – an opinion

Spiritual programs like AA have long served as the mainstay of addiction treatment. So have people who are recovery successes. That’s the problem. A friend recently asked what I’ve got against spirituality in addiction treatment, citing my opposition to the inclusion of 12-step work in rehab and my insistence that medical experts—not people in recovery—be in charge of addiction care that

20
Aug

The Sad Story of Addiction Treatment and the Internet

The Internet has changed the way we communicate in ways previously only imagined. In addition to its instantaneous electronic wizardry, the fact that the internet is largely unregulated is an added attraction, especially to scoundrels who seek to exploit the net for their own nefarious ends. This results in all sorts of private and public disasters – revenge porn, thought

18
Aug

Sobriety Changes With Time

When I first got sober a little over five years ago, I couldn’t imagine a time when sobriety wouldn’t be front and center in my life. The beginning of sobriety felt so all-consuming. It came into play in every aspect of my life and dictated what I chose to do and who I chose to do it with. It was

24
Jun

‘Gaming Disorder’ is classified by WHO as a mental health condition. Wow…..

Watching as a video game ensnares their child, many a parent has grumbled about “digital heroin,” likening the flashing images to one of the world’s most addictive substances. Now, they may have backup: The World Health Organization announced “gaming disorder” as a new mental health condition included in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases, released Monday. “I’m

19
Jun

Gaming Addiction ?? to be included in ICD -11 diagnostic codes

James was in his 20s when he started gaming in the mid-1990s. A long-time interest in building PCs had developed into an initially healthy interest in first-person shooters like Counter Strike and Team Fortress, which he’d play at weekends and when he came home from work. It was the online element of these games, he says, that really changed his