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Articles By Joe Schrank

I’ll Ask Joe: What Does “Accidental Overdose” Even Mean?

Here’s a monthly recovery-related question we posed to our resident advocacy professional, Joe Schrank. Joe’s been a social worker for 25 years, plus run several rehabs, sober living facilities, been a sober coach and an interventionist. We asked Joe this month about whether professional sports organizations can provide better mental health services for their athletes. Shocker: yes they can. But will they?

I’ll Ask Joe: Are Some Treatment Methods Total Bullshit?

Here’s a monthly recovery-related question we pose to our resident advocacy professional, Joe Schrank. Joe’s been a social worker for 25 years, plus run several rehabs, sober living facilities, been a sober coach and an interventionist. So he's seen plenty. We asked Joe this month about recovery charlatans, and who to watch out for. He named some names, but don't these people really just want to help? The gurus are multiplying.

I’ll Ask Joe: Isn’t Harm Reduction Still Harmful?

Here are some questions we pose to our resident advocacy professional, Executive Editor Joe Schrank. Joe’s been a social worker for 25 years. He’s also president of Remedy Recovery and co-founder of The Fix. Today's topic: Harm reduction. The loosest, most succinct definition of harm reduction is any positive change in drug or alcohol usage. It's definitely not abstinence, though, so let's party, right?

I’ll Ask Joe: Is Booze A Bigger Crisis Than Opioids?

Here are some questions we pose to our resident advocacy professional, Executive Editor Joe Schrank. Joe’s been a social worker for 25 years. He’s also president of Remedy Recovery and co-founder of The Fix. Our topic today: America's booze problem. According to the National Institute of Health's death scoreboard, Alcohol is beating Opioids, 88,000 to 40,000, but we haven't declared it a crisis just yet.

Rehab Is For Suckers, So Try Something Else

Remember: The stated goal of most rehab facilities is “total abstinence forever” and the success rate of that is low. I mean it's really, really, really, low. Of course, when it doesn’t work, the individual is to blame, often times dismissed as “not ready" or "unwilling" etc. That's part of of it, but not to the degree to which the current paradigm fails. The science of addiction and possible medical interventions has all progressed, but most rehabs still prefer to be A.A. indoctrination vessels. And if that doesn't work? The solution is usually more rehab, of course.

I’ll Ask Joe: Am I a Failure if Rehab Doesn’t Work for Me?

You won't be the best version of yourself after 30 days in rehab. The goal is to get better and do whatever works, so don't let the rehab industry (or AA) tell you that they're the only solution.

I’ll Ask Joe: How Do I Detach From The Ones I Loathe During The Holidays?

This holiday season, can you finally shut the door on the alcoholic or drug addict in your family?

I’ll Ask Joe: Do Interventions Actually Work?

Are you thinking about organizing an intervention for the addict in your life ? Think hard on that before you begin the group text. Make sure you're doing it for the right reasons–not just to be self-righteous.