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Planet Addiction Recovery
9 months ago

Planet Addiction Recovery

The notion behind “stuff” has plagued the planet for as long as we have been around. The issue derives from our belief in a linear system while we live on a …
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Video: The History of Opioids
11 months ago

Video: The History of Opioids

Over the next few days, we’ll explore the history of opioids through 4 short videos. We’ll learn about the expansion of opioids in medicine, how they’ve changed over the years, and how they’ve been …
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The ‘Rat Park’ Comic, Part 1
1 year ago

The ‘Rat Park’ Comic, Part 1

A set of little-known experiments carried out over 30 years ago showed the profound impact that environment has on the possibility of becoming addicted to drugs. The following webcomic by …
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The ‘Rat Park’ Comic, Part 2
1 year ago

The ‘Rat Park’ Comic, Part 2

The Rat Park experiments sought to show that underlying psychological issues as well as environmental conditions play a significant role in someone’s path to addiction. This is part 2 of the webcomic …
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A Sober History of American Drinking
2 years ago

A Sober History of American Drinking

Susan Cheever, the recovering alcoholic daughter of author John Cheever (whose own struggles with alcohol are legendary), has written a new book called Drinking in America: Our Secret History.  The book outlines the unexpected ways drinking …
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Addiction Diction: The Origin of the Word Addiction
2 years ago

Addiction Diction: The Origin of the Word Addiction

The now familiar medical diagnosis of addiction did not really exist until the late 19th century. The earliest use of the word was as an edict of Roman law. In …
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On America’s 80-Year Addiction to A.A.
2 years ago

On America’s 80-Year Addiction to A.A.

This June, millions of recovering alcoholics will not raise a glass to celebrate the eightieth anniversary of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The centrality of toasting in our culture reflects AA’s near-impossible …
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How We Talk About Addiction
2 years ago

How We Talk About Addiction

Here’s some remarkably cool charts on the history of the word “addiction” & the language surrounding the word. Linguists will delight at these stunning graphs, charting the history of “addiction” in the U.S. and spotlighting how …
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Drug Culture in 1960s San Francisco
2 years ago

Drug Culture in 1960s San Francisco

By  • History, Video

The current surge of illicit drug use is not the Bay Area’s first — the 1960s were legendary. Peek into late 1960s drug culture with this video featuring songs from Bob …
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This Chart From 1790 Shows the Dangers of Alcoholism
2 years ago

This Chart From 1790 Shows the Dangers of Alcoholism

After the Revolutionary war, Americans were drinking staggering amounts of alcohol. Tastes were swiftly changing from ciders and beers, the preference of colonial times, to hard liquors from the nation’s …
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