What's New - August 15, 1998

Highlighted Site - "Ask Dr. Steve"

Steve Adelman is a board certified addiction psychiatrist and is also certified by ASAM. His site, "Ask Dr. Steve" is a fine example of how good information can be put on the internet without a great deal of fuss, bells, or whistles. Dr. Steve gives solid tips about drinking, smoking and using other drugs with a minimum of rhetoric or politicization. He also publishes two newsletters Hot Tips and Addiction Monthly which potential subcribers can learn more about at the site. Check out features such as the Question of The Week. Steve - great work!

Step By Step

Norm Reuss, who coauthored a recent text on Solution Focused Therapy with substance abusers, has gone online. His new Step By Step! site offers text from the manual (with Norm's updates), Q and A, and Quick Tips From the Field. Professionals should be sure to drop by here!

Professional Counselor Online

For several years Professional Counselor, the magazine, has provided interesting and valuable articles on counseling technique, issues, and concerns to professionals around the world. Now the magazine is online. The Professional Counselor website provides web browsers with the opportunity to read recent articles and to subscribe to the magazine. We hope it isn't long until the entire magazine is online!

Recovery Connection Update

A month ago, I reported to you about the new site from The Recovery Connection. You may recall at the time I was concerned about a fee being necessary to continue membership after the advertised "21 day trial". As suspected, the closer I got to the 21st day, the more email I received asking me to pay my dues. The bad news is that the $6.95 per month - although not a princely sum - is more that I would spend for access to the admittedly neat features of the site. The good news, as site founder Joe Woodman reminded me in recent correspondence, is that many features of the Recovery Connection are completely free. It's worth a revisit, and a bookmark if only for the free pieces, and those of you who have the bucks might want to consider a paid membership.

Temperance Kills?

Slate writer Jonathan Rauch reminds everyone in the beginning of his article on health benefits of drinking that "Alcohol, when abused, is vicious, dangerous stuff." That out of the way, he goes on to pen a thought provoking piece on how the positive health benefits of alcohol have been downplayed, purportedly by government agencies and others who are invested in keeping America in the dark. Somewhat strident in places, this is still an article worth reading. You may have to sign up for a free trial membership to view this piece, but it is easy (and is free).

Teen Drug Abuse International

A recent article from the Ethiopian News Service shows that, unfortunately, teen drug use isn't a problem confined to the U.S.

New Links

SW Kansas Regional Prevention Center includes an interesting section on Risk-Focused Prevention.
Minutes of the 65th Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse An inside look at upper-level discussions which could shape drug policy in years to come.
Community Epidemiology Surveillance Networks on Drug Abuse
ASAM Links Website Links recommended by The American Society of Addiction Medicine.

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