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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 October 17, 2015 | 3:08 AM

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 June 12, 2014 | 2:30 PM


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 February 15, 2014 | 6:03 PM

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 December 3, 2013 | 6:05 AM

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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Recovery, Redemption and Professional Wrestling - One-Dimensional Scoundrels and Mystified Addicts

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 2:16 PM

I'm a huge wrestling fan. No, I don't mean the proper Olympic sport. I mean the show: good versus evil, heroes versus villains and, for the purpose of this post, redemption versus infamy. Say what you will, but pro wrestling is a window into the American soul.

As I...

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Toronto's Future: Safe Injection Sites Are a Win-Win

(30) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 12:31 PM

There has been much talk recently about the possibility of a safe injection clinic in Toronto. With Vancouver's Insite clinic leading the way, Canada is at the forefront of a major advance both in public health and social justice.

Drug addicted people are among the most marginalized individuals around....

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Who Hates the Addict?

(9) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 11:21 AM

I've written a bit about who the addict is -- now for an even darker reality.

North Americans have long had a love-hate rapport with drugs and alcohol. So we party-hardy and love it. People brag about going "crazy." Yet North Americans do other things, to drug users and people...

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Who is the Addict? Part Two

(2) Comments | Posted July 4, 2013 | 12:04 PM

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 July 1, 2013 | 2:53 PM

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 June 28, 2013 | 8:12 AM

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 June 26, 2013 | 7:33 PM

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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Obama Wins, Gay Marriage and Legal Marijuana Are on the Horizon -- Is Freedom Making a Comeback?

(5) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 7:19 PM

Is America finally coming to its senses, or is this a case of self-discovery?

Obama won the election, gay marriage gets approved in two states, and legal marijuana gets the nod in a few others. From my point of view, this is clearly a step in the direction of rationality....

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

(22) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 6:00 PM

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 December 8, 2012 | 12:30 PM

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 December 6, 2012 | 5:58 AM

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 October 31, 2012 | 7:00 PM

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 October 8, 2012 | 4:18 PM

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 May 2, 2012 | 12:33 PM

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 April 17, 2012 | 6:56 AM

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 March 31, 2012 | 5:18 PM

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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