Harm-reduction as a means for abstinence

This article provides support for the notion that harm-reduction is an effective means to change drinking habits for the better and is effect even at moving toward total abstinence. Who knew? http://www.substance.com/guess-what-harm-reduction-is-a-common-path-to-abstinence-from-alcohol/

Peter Ferentzy interview confronting common beliefs about addiction and recovery

This is a compelling interview in which Peter Ferentzy provides some insights that confront the common wisdom of addiction and recovery. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/harm-reduction/2013/08/16/the-myth-of-hitting-bottom?goback=.gde_2362728_member_266622944#!

Critiquing the DSM V (which was released between May 18th and May 22nd, 2013

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/12/medicine-dsm5-row-does-mental-illness-exist From the article: “Psychiatric diagnosis is often presented as an objective statement of fact, but is, in essence, a clinical judgment based on observation and interpretation of behaviour and self-report, and thus subject to variation and bias.”

Interesting article on the stigma of addiction

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130409120623-25760-why-is-addiction-still-considered-a-personal-weakness