This Washington Post interview with Keith Humphreys, an addiction scientist/clinician/policymaker, is bleak and fascinating. I didn't know that more people die from overdose than car crashes each year, or that impurities are rarely important factors in drug deaths, or that (although it makes perfect sense) the tendency to mix drugs is highly generational, and that today "you meet a drug user, and virtually always you're meeting a poly-drug user." I also did not know that the U.S. "accounts for 99% of the world's hydrocodone consumption," and there are more prescriptions written for opiates each year than there are adults in the country, and at [...]
"There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that pregnant women in Alabama, aware that they may be arrested and their medical records subpoenaed if they or their babies test positive for drugs, may be changing their behavior — although not necessarily as some prosecutors hoped. Carmen Howell, a defense lawyer in Enterprise, says she knows of one woman who drove to Georgia when she went into labor and another who gave birth to a three-pound baby in a bathtub at home." —This weekend's heartwrenching New York Times Magazine piece on chemical-endangerment laws — meant to discourage pregnant women from using controlled substances — is a real roller-coaster ride that'll [...]
Is "sex addiction" a real disease? On the one hand, in order to be happy and normal you're supposed to want to do it, in some form or another, every day, right? Did I read that wrong somewhere? On the other hand, if you are a jerk (you have to first be a jerk in this scenario) who wants to do it too much or in a way that is not "cool" with your homies, then you may have a problem. Usually that problem is that your wife will leave you because you like hookers. But enough about my ideas! What do the experts say? Psychologist David Ley wrote a [...]
Over at The Fix, a personal take on being both a cancer patient and an alcoholic.
In addition to the newish book Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?, there's a website called Lip Balm Anonymous, and this week there's a Mental Floss piece on the same subject. The way to wean yourself off lip balm apparently involves Vaseline (really?), although some people aren't interested: "I love my chapstick [and] I reapply often like twenty times in an hour or more," writes commenter Sophia. "But I dont see why you need to quit, because it isnt negative." Preach, Sophia.
I was sitting in a cafe the other day drinking tea and watching a woman sip a glass of wine. I wasn’t fully boring-holes-into-her-head watching her, of course, but working on my computer and dividing my attention among a project, two e-mail inboxes, iTunes, cute dogs trotting past, and this woman holding a glass of white wine and talking to her friend. I must have glanced over a dozen times to see the glass still held aloft and half-full, as if she had forgotten it was in her hand. My god, had she forgotten? What was wrong with this woman? Could the conversation be that interesting?
It’s at moments [...]
"I am still envious of the young newcomer girls who are pulled aside by other women and warned about the predatory old timers who wait in anticipation for the next wave of fresh meat. That was never me. I became best friends with another hot newcomer girl and together we went through the 13th step mill, at times sharing some of the same old timers. I think I hooked up with five different people within my first four months, and that’s not counting the occasional rendezvous with an old using buddy." —The Fix has an interesting essay from comedian Amy Dresner on sex and sobriety.
"Even people like Kelly Osbourne feel free to fuck with me. A few nights ago, when she appeared on Fashion Police with Joan Rivers, the bitch called me a crackhead. … This is a girl whose life I have saved twice, once with C.P.R. and another time with C.P.R. and violence — by which I mean I had to poke her furiously in certain places to wake her up from her coma. … For some reason, Kim Stewart also called me when Paris Hilton got pulled over for her last D.U.I. And Lindsay Lohan called me after she was arrested. … I'm not even that friendly with these girls. What [...]