Are You Really An Addict?

Are you really an addict? The words we use to describe ourselves are crucial to determining the way we feel and define ourselves. Modern science acknowledges the spectrum of severity of substance use disorders and the various effective approaches based on the severity of the problem. Not everyone who has a problem is addicted or […]

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Science Says Drink To Your Health (In Moderation)

Alcohol use problems take place on a spectrum. It is paramount for the user to make choices based on their values. It is most sensible to approach any use of substances from a Harm Reduction perspective. For most, personal responsibility and self -management of choices is the preferred lifestyle which can involve a cost-benefit analysis. […]

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The Biggest Lies in Recovery, pt. II: Recovery Failure

I strongly believe that there are numerous myths and false perceptions in the recovery community and am in alignment with a more positive, self empowering approach. Full Spectrum Recovery and Counseling is committed to a 21st century perspective that acknowledges the capacity of the individual to make healthy choices to enhance their well being and […]

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The Biggest Lies in Recovery, Part 1

Full Spectrum Recovery and Counseling is dedicated to providing 21st century information and guidance for recovery. As a recovery coach,I have found that the language and myths of recovery can create obstacles to progress. This series of articles from Practical Recovery has helped us move from a 20th century approach into a realistic, pragmatic and […]

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SMOKE IT! Promoting a change of opiate consumption pattern – from injecting to inhaling

Heino Johann Stöver1 and Dirk Schäffer2 Background Intravenous drug use has been predominantly practised since illegal heroin use became known in Germany in the early 1970s. The available data suggest that the risk of accidental overdose when smoking heroin is substantially reduced compared to injecting a substance of unknown purity and quality. Moreover, the risk […]

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Abstinence vs. harm reduction

Addiction Blog Published: January 5, 2013 By Josh Thompson, Alcohol addiction is a complex problem with no easy answers.  Is alcohol abuse a mental illness?  Experts don’t agree. Even when it comes to peer-reviewed research on how to treat alcohol addiction, the studies are often conflicting. Yet the recovery community in the U.S. so often […]

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The Courage of the Harm Reduction Therapist

The Courage of the Harm Reduction Therapist By Richard Juman 12/11/14 A master therapist discusses the things that can keep him up at night in his work with clients who are still using substances. This week Professional Voices features an interview with Dr. Tom Horvath, a leader in the progressive treatment of addictive disorders and a […]

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The ‘Third Wave’ of Substance Use Treatment

The ‘Third Wave’ of Substance Use Treatment By Debra Rothschild 02/05/15 How the culture and treatment of addiction are finally changing. For many years, society viewed addiction as a moral failing, and substance misusers were almost always referred to with the familiar language of stigmatization—drunks, junkies, crackheads. So, addiction came as a double whammy—the addiction […]

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