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Providing straightforward information pertaining to drugs, drug use & drug policy. The Grey Pages promotes drug-related literacy and advocates a system of viable and tolerant drug policies. This is my personal collection of commentaries, essays, tid-bits, and other such writings on everything ranging from drug use, drug policy and drug-myths, to drug-science, addiction, human behavior, and the workings of the human brain. I started this blog with a particular focus on opioids, and over the past year have found my interest gravitate toward the intriguing, ever-changing world of designer intoxicants (i.e. "research chemicals" or "designer drugs").

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Natural Recovery From Heroin Addiction

It's more common than you might think, especially when one buys into the notion of addiction as a "life long, incurable, relapsing illness". Some of the literature out there, which examines alcohol addiction and heroin addiction, serves to further suggest that it's not. The rates of "remission" or abstinence for those who never receive "clinical treatment" or "12-step" help for their addictions are identical to the recovery rates for those who complete treatment programs and attend 12-step meetings. In some cases, the research (along with overwhelming anecdotal experience) suggests that exposure to the treatment-recovery culture actually makes recovery & positive change less likely.

I published this entry after seeing a piece over at thecleanslate.org.

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