A ‘SMART’ Alternative to 12-Step Programs

Since its inception in the 1930s, 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) have been the dominant model of recovery. Such programs operate on the disease model of addiction and their treatment plan is based on individuals adopting “spiritual principles,” one of which is to submit to a higher power — but that doesn’t work for everyone. What if you don’t …

Former Details Magazine Editor Unmasks Himself as Another Face of Opiate Addiction

The face of drug addiction continues to evolve in public consciousness as more people, from all walks of life, step forward to share their struggle. Last week, celebrity psychologist and self-help book author Dr. Jordan B. Peterson revealed a life-threatening addiction to anxiety medication benzodiazepine, and today, a major men’s magazine editor has taken his professional mask off to expose …

Why Is the ‘God Thing’ In Alcoholics Anonymous A Hot Button Issue?

In Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step Meetings around the world there is no subject that stirs more debate or antipathy amongst members than mentioning the word God.  This is ironic since God or a higher power is referenced more than 400 times in the Alcoholics Anonymous book, alluded to (directly and indirectly) in 7 of the 12 steps, and belief in a …

Justin Bieber Docuseries Explores His Depression, Anxiety and ‘Crazy Scary’ Pill Addiction (Video)

Justin Bieber gets candid about his mental health struggles and treatment in YouTube docuseries Justin Bieber: Seasons, which showcases a new angle of the pop star as he reflects on navigating his tumultuous teenage years as, quite possibly, the most famous human on the planet. “I started valuing the wrong things in this business because there were things dangling in …

Suicide Rates Climb in CDC Mortality Report

Suicide is among the top 10 causes of death in the United States, and the statistic, unfortunately, continued to climb in 2018. According to this month’s mortality report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide deaths rose 1.4 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. The CDC found 47,173 registered deaths in 2017 were intentional, and that number increased …

Demi Lovato Sings Powerful ‘Cry for Help’ at Grammys in First Performance Since Overdose (Video)

Demi Lovato gave Grammy viewers a powerful glimpse into the mind of an addict on Sunday night with an emotional performance of a new song called “Anyone,” marking the beginning of her comeback since suffering a drug overdose in 2018. The song was so personal, she got choked up at the start and had to collect herself before singing the …