October 2018

Finding the logic to come together; bridging the gap; hate/love, demonize/humanize, fear/hope. savvy * A gentle warning: You might find SAVVY this month a bit heavy. If nobody else appreciates the topic, I got a lot out of thinking it through and trying to articulate the logic.  If you suffer from insomnia, this would be a good edition of Tips and Topics to read with your head on the pillow.  ***** With the mid-term elections coming up November 6, I have been trying to get my head around all of the partisan and tribal division in the USA (and around the world actually). So when I heard abstract mathematician, Eugenia Cheng interviewed on Science Friday earlier in October, I was pleasantly surprised by what she said: “I have found ways to understand what other people are thinking from their point of view and to find ways of bridging the gap to show that we’re not actually on completely different planets.” I thought I was good at empathy, but I have been struggling with what might bring us all together for the good of the country (and world) rather than for the good of one’s political party, subgroup, advocacy topic (gun control, abortion, climate change etc.) or other divisive issues. Dr. Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician, and Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of a new book: how logic can help us agree, or at least disagree more helpfully – “The Art of Logic in an Illogical World” (Basic Books, 2018). I listened intently to see what I could learn from Dr. Cheng on National Public Radio’s (NPR) Science Friday program on October 5, 2018. If you’d like to hear the whole 24-minute interview, here is the link to “Using Logic In A Maddening World” Science Friday, October 5, 2018   TIP 1 Consider some of the highlights on why we “butt heads when trying to persuade people we disagree with.“ I excerpted from highlights provided at the program’s link and bullet-pointed them to make the points clearer: On finding the logic in a situation. Eugenia Cheng: We can find the logic inside situations even if the whole situation isn’t completely logical. The discipline of mathematics begins with abstraction, where you shave away some of the details that aren’t completely relevant to the situation, to find out what’s really going on at the root. When you’ve got to the root, then you look at the logic. You find that a lot of different situations become the same at the root. That gives you a way of connecting different situations and tapping into some connections between things. Example Shave away details and discover the common root of arguments about: Voter suppression Cancer screening Accusations of sexual harassment These apparently different arguments have the same root: Do we care about false positives more or false negatives more?  On Voter suppression If you make it easy to vote without careful scrutiny of voter registration …

September 2018

Medication in Addiction Treatment – myths, facts and guidelines; Addiction Survivor; Sharing Solutions about CRAFT; Empathy savvy Drug overdoses killed more than 72,000 Americans in 2017, a rise of about 10 percent from the year prior, according to new preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control. That’s the statistical equivalent of a plane filled with 197 people crashing every day. “Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) – the use of medication combined with counseling and behavioral therapies – is one of the major pillars of the federal response to the opioid epidemic in this country. This type of treatment is an important tool with the potential to help millions of Americans with an opioid use disorder regain control over their lives.”

August 2018

Helping families with addiction; CRAFT; TSA Precheck and humility

July 2018

How many seconds do you wait? – Improving medication adherence – How’s the water?

June 2018

Nonviolent drug offenses; justice transformation; honesty and addiction

May 2018

What to Say When….; What would you say if…?

April 2018

“Addictions” or “Addiction”? Willful choice?: A paradox

March 2018

 Loot boxes; prevention and reducing harm; AARP gambling tips

February 2018

Gambling and Opioids; Medication for Opioid Use Disorder plus counseling or not?; The making of a website

January 2018

India ASAM Criteria Training and Transcendental Meditation; 5 hearts.