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Peter Ferentzy, Ph.D. and author of Dealing with Addiction – Why The 20th Century Was Wrong, is an addiction expert and a crackhead out to take on the system.

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Can the Truth About the War on Drugs Be Revealed in the Eyes of a Loving Pet?

(1) Comments | Posted 17 October 2015 | (08:08)

It was the early 1990s, and I was a young PhD candidate. At the time I didn't know too much about crack, though I did know that the place next door was a crackhouse. It didn't bother me. I was a drinker, and the "clients" who went tripping in and...

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Legalizing Acid, Pot and Shrooms - Your Constitutional Right To Think As You Wish Should Extend To Psychedelic States Of Mind

(4) Comments | Posted 12 June 2014 | (19:30)


Thomas Roberts recently wrote on a topic that has long interested me: is the banning of mind-altering, psychedelics substances akin to repression of free thought and expression? Roberts thinks so, as the title of his work makes clear: "You Have a Constitutional Right to Psychedelics."


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Seems The War On Drugs Is Hitting Bottom - Let's Also Lose the Baggage That Goes With It

(0) Comments | Posted 15 February 2014 | (23:03)

It's been a while since I've written about hitting bottom - supposedly the panacea that will save a drug addict's soul. I've talked often about how, for a drug addicted working girl, this "bottom" will entail rape and worse - and I've railed against a system stupid enough to suggest...

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Dealing With Toronto's Mayor Two - Enabling, Denial, Disease and Blah, Blah, Blah...

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2013 | (11:05)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been getting a lot of press. Even this author has hopped on the wagon - recently publishing "Dealing with Toronto's Mayor" in Psychology Today. His substance abuse issues have generated a great deal of - predictable - chatter. Apparently, he is suffering from...

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Who is the Addict? Part Two

(2) Comments | Posted 4 July 2013 | (17:04)

A few days back, I published a piece right here titled: What's in a Word, and Who is the Addict? I really only dealt with the first part of the question: semantic pros and cons pertaining to word usage.

This time, I wish the address the second question -...

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What's in a Word, and Who is the Addict?

(2) Comments | Posted 1 July 2013 | (19:53)

I'll start with a bit of (shameless) self-promotion. My next book is scheduled for release in the fall, and it is titled: Dealing with an addict - what you need to know if someone you care for has a drug or alcohol problem.

So I use the term 'addict' to...

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Drug Legalization Revisited - Time to Get Serious About What That Means

(3) Comments | Posted 28 June 2013 | (13:12)

Many who oppose the legalization of harder drugs (e.g., heroin, cocaine) paint some pretty farfetched images. Take a ten year old walking over to a candy dispenser, and then walking away with some crack. Or, less farfetched: people buying what they please over the counter at convenience stores.


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'Drug Related Violence' - A Misnomer We Can Do Without

(3) Comments | Posted 27 June 2013 | (00:33)

All over the media, we hear talk of drug related violence. On the streets of Western democracies, in the jungles of Latin America, and elsewhere, people do seem to fight over drugs and the money they can generate.

Funny, when you read about figures such as Al Capone and the...

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'Marijuana Recovery' - The Next Major Support Group for Recovering Alcoholics, Cocaine and Heroin Addicts?

(22) Comments | Posted 28 January 2013 | (23:00)

I have long been bothered by an inexcusable absence among the many recovery options available to people struggling with addictions: marijuana is not considered a viable substitute.

Despite all the myopic tripe you often hear about how someone kicking a substance addiction must abstain from all psychoactive substances, some...

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It Is Unfortunate That Oxycodone Can No Longer Be Injected

(2) Comments | Posted 8 December 2012 | (17:30)

For a while, Oxycodone offered an option for opiate users - essentially, it was akin to medically prescribed heroin. Someone could get an oxy script and, rather than use it "properly", crush up a pill and do a smash. Oh the horror - people misusing their prescriptions, fiends taking advantage...

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Keeping Drugs Illegal Does Not Protect Children

(8) Comments | Posted 6 December 2012 | (10:58)

The other day, a couple of teenagers approached me. With a liquor store right beside us, they asked if I would purchase them 12 coolers. This does happen on occasion (and, yes, I decline). Now and then it occurs to me that I have yet to be approached by a...

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Addiction Beat: Learning From the Red Cross

(2) Comments | Posted 31 October 2012 | (23:00)

In October of last year, I wrote an article for the Huffington Post titled Tough Love is a Joke - Let's Start Enabling Drug Addicts Everywhere. Unsurprisingly, not everyone liked the piece. In the article, I explained that most (maybe all) harm reduction efforts could fall under the heading 'enabling',...

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Dealing With Addiction: What Does Stigma Entail?

(3) Comments | Posted 8 October 2012 | (21:18)

There are so many ways to address the issue of stigma, and those of us working in the addictions require a keen grasp of its many facets. Having experienced drug addiction myself, I should have an inside line on the meaning of it all. Yet unlike many of the drug...

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Addiction Beat - We Need Truth, Not Points of View and Personal Anecdotes

(2) Comments | Posted 2 May 2012 | (17:33)

Many seem to like my recently published book on addiction. Here's what I often get: "Dr. Ferentzy offers an interesting and challenging perspective ..." In such cases I will thank someone for their kind words, but then quickly counter: everything I wrote in that book is true; perspective is irrelevant....

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Even Abstinence Based Recovery Would be Healthier if Drugs Were Legal

(2) Comments | Posted 17 April 2012 | (11:56)

For many years, I did go to 12 Step meetings. While that's not a secret, some are surprised to hear it given my views on addiction. I was never a believer in most of what those fellowships preached, and people in the rooms were normally aware of that. Though I...

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Expecting People to be 'Freer' Than They Want to be - An Ironically Totalitarian Approach to Addiction

(1) Comments | Posted 31 March 2012 | (22:18)

Resistance to harm reduction initiatives, and to legalisation or decriminalisation of drug use, stems from many impulses. Here I will discuss just one: an expectation placed upon the addicted.

They are expected to live up to a conception of autonomy, perhaps liberation, the violation of which offends the sensibilities...

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Which Intervention is Best for Addicts - Brief, Long-term, or None?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 March 2012 | (17:36)

A woman who had struggled with substance addiction, and who also had read my book, was now involved with helping others in her field (health care) get the counseling they need.

She wrote to me about how hostile her higher-ups often got when someone chose short-term over long-term intervention....

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What will Defeat the War on Drugs? Love, Affection, and Familiarity

(7) Comments | Posted 24 February 2012 | (13:22)

All over the world, the war on drugs hurts, incarcerates and kills people. It is an abomination.

Over the next two decades, we will overcome the war on drugs. Historically, it will be a liberatory development for all of humanity. We will witness an end to so much unnecessary death,...

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Addiction Beat: Will Nixing the Tough Love Culture Foster a New Wussie Generation? Please ...

(0) Comments | Posted 28 December 2011 | (12:05)

Apparently, overcrowded prisons in the UK are throwing the Conservative tough love agenda into question. Good, very good!

There are many reasons people cling to notions of tough love, as applied to addicts and to others as well. Here, I will discuss one motive.

Many object to a...

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Have You Been Labelled CoDependent? Time Was You Might Have Been Saddled With Penis Envy

(2) Comments | Posted 20 December 2011 | (12:56)

Few today would take seriously a suggestion that a woman unaware of how she envies the penises of men must be repressing the truth. Fewer still would agree that such an individual needs therapy designed to make her realise just how messed up she really is. There was a time,...

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