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Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living Professional

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Jason Schwartz, LMSW is the Clinical Director of Dawn Farm, in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor,... Full Bio
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Over-medicalization of health? by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism A new book,  The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less , offers an interesting take on why the United States’ huge investments in health car ... Read on »
What’s really going on? by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism Over the weekend, the NY Times published an article on the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC). The article struck me as a little odd, because it presented CMC as a r ... Read on »
Throwback Sunday – Pessimistic Paternalism by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism I’m doubling up this week with two posts on harm reduction from December 2006. I’ve written often about the subtle bigotry of low expectations, these two posts illus ... Read on »
ASAM president also medical director for drug company by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism I missed this a while back. Turns out that ASAM’s president works for a buprenorphine manufacturer . Stuart Gitlow, M.D., is the president of the American Society ... Read on »
Dopamine suppression follows drug use by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism New research from BYU finds that the brain’s attempts to compensate for the dopamine surges that drug users experience create a cycle of dopamine surges and suppression. ... Read on »
Motivational Interviewing for Automobile Dependence by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism Do you or a friend suffer from an automobile use disorder? If so, we have an evidence-based treatment for you . Clinical psychologist William R. Miller stumbled up ... Read on »
Arresting officers offering treatment by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism I’ve talked a lot on this blog about there being a lot of choices between locking people up and legalizing drugs. Here’s one option . For three days last week, off ... Read on »
you are still valued and respected by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism DJ Mac directs us to an interview with a English recovering harm reduction advocate, Kevin Jaffray. He shares a little of his own experience of fighting and, ev ... Read on »
Seedy addiction treatment marketing by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism I regularly get emails from people asking me post an infographic or a link on our website. Last week I got one from someone named Jeffrey Redd. I googled his name and emai ... Read on »
Recovering Alcoholics With Poor Sleep Perceptions Will Likely Relapse by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism This post from 2006 shares findings that distress over sleep problems is a better predictor of relapse than sleep problems themselves. That post title is awful and mis ... Read on »
Vancouver, Insite and HIV infection rates by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism I recently stumbled onto this blog post with a very interesting observation about Vancouver, Insite and HIV infection rates. Vancouver has seen a marked decrease i ... Read on »
Naloxone is not enough by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism Andrew Kolodny, from Phoenix House, supports naloxone distribution but also shares his thoughts on its limits. I recall, not so long ago, when naloxone distributio ... Read on »
Vermont* offers treatment instead of jail by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism Vermont*  is responding to opiate addiction by passing new legislation creating a system for screening offenders and offering treatment and diversion to people determine ... Read on »
Sentences to ponder by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism I can be a pretty naive guy, so this may not mean much, but I found this jaw-dropping. [emphasis mine] With blu, we can still be ourselves. After all, this count ... Read on »
self-deficient by nature by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism Jag Bhalla shares a pretty mind-blowing observation : You are by nature self-deficient. Your constitution guarantees it, initially, chronically, and inalienably. B ... Read on »
Anti 12-step bias? What’s really going on? by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism “If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” (art by Tall Jerome) DJ Mac has a great guest post from a professional sharing his first expo ... Read on »
Drugs: why we should medicalise, not criminalise – TBS by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism Here’s a Throwback Sunday post from 2006 on a call for more drug maintenance and my take on some problematic underlying assumptions. ======================= This ... Read on »
More than one truth by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism All the recent attention to heroin and opiate use has brought about backlash from policy pundits. There was a JAMA Psychiatry study on the shifting demographics o ... Read on »
What’s it like to be 73 days sober? by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism I love this. There’s a lot of dramatic, self-indulgent and sensational recovery stuff out there. AfterPartyChat has a new series it describes this way. In AA m ... Read on »
Slaying the Dragon, 2nd edition! by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism Bill White just announced the publication of the second edition of Slaying the Dragon, his history of addiction, treatment and recovery in the United States. It’s an ... Read on »