San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The world of addiction - and of treatment for addiction - is in flux. We are re-evaluating the meaning of addiction as we speak, and how to deal with drugs, drug users, and addicts. Psychiatry’s diagnostic manual - DSM-5 - says that gambling is addictive, and maybe other behaviors. Does this mean they are lifetime, inescapable compulsions? Do sex addicts never recover? Are all these addictions brain diseases? Are we all in a sense addictive disease patients? Are the 12 steps and abstinence our only options for recovery? Can people fully recover from any/all/none of these addictions?
Meanwhile, we are re-evaluating drug criminalization. If drugs are legal, then will we cease to discriminate against drug users, and drug addicts? What happens to drug courts? We need a new footing for dealing with addiction, drugs, drug users and addicts, harm reduction. This workshop will answer all these questions, and more.
Stanton Peele has been at the cutting edge of addiction theory and treatment since his publication (with Archie Brodsky) of Love and Addiction in 1975. He has authored 12 books and 250 articles, as well as developing the Life Process Program for addiction treatment. Among the ideas Stanton has pioneered are that the addictive properties of drugs are invariably exaggerated; that non-drug involvements (like love, sex, and gambling) may be addictive; that people often recover from addiction and alcoholism in the natural course of their lives, without being treated; that people's self-empowerment, values, and purpose in life can be the light out of the tunnel; and that people generally make gradual improvements (called harm reduction) in their lives that lead them out of addiction. His next book (with Ilse Thompson), Recover! Stop Thinking Like an Addict, will be published in February, 2014.
Partner: The New School for Social Research
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Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center
The Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center (LESHRC) is a culturally diverse, community based, non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and drug-related harm among injection drug users and the community. Using a harm reduction philosophy, the center provides programs that are based on the non-judgmental acceptance of drug users, evidence-based health science, and human rights. We accomplish this goal by offering a spectrum of practical strategies, ranging from safer use to abstinence. In this supportive environment, we provide safe injection equipment as well as the latest information on HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, risk-reduction strategies, and safer sex practices. Ultimately, we aim to advance individual and collective strength as well as enhance the long-term well-being of drug users and the community.