Intriguing New Website: The Fix

The Fix is generating spirited debate among recovering people and addiction treatment professionals. Some are delighted that a website produced primarily by people with experience of addiction is gaining an audience, others find the celebrity-focus of the site off-putting.

I personally find the contents uneven in quality, but I would recommend that anyone interested in addiction and recovery give it a look. My recent favorite The Fix stories are Tony O’Neill’s essay on the current UK heroin drought, Bill Manville’s honest, well-written account of how his bohemiam drinking days became progressively nightmarish and Ruth Fowler’s unsentimental and therefore useful guide to finding the right A.A. meeting

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College Lonon. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over ten thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

3 thoughts on “Intriguing New Website: The Fix”

  1. In the days when I used to do a radio talk show called “Addictions & Answers,” Dr. Humphreys was often a guest. As a drunk myself, he gave me – and my listening audience — a feeling that his vast erudition and scientific knowledge were tempered by a sense, not of Doctor Knows Best, but how important you were yourself in your own recovery. In a discussion of people becoming addicted to prescription drugs, I asked him why doctors were so quick to write prescriptions. “Doctors want to be able to do something medically,” he once told me, a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University himself. That being said, he went on, “the surprising fact is that the vast majority of people who get over alcoholism do it without treatment at all.”

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