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Church Basement Press
September 25th
The newest Church Basement Press book is SHARP: Stop Heroin and Rescue People.Like my first book Defying Mental Illness, it is available in print and Kindle on Amazon, and in every other ebook format.People are telling me that this new book will save live...
April 17th
Violence, mental illness, suicide and addiction are problems throughout the population.These issues lurk behind every failure rate in our society, and behind our most shocking tragedies.Every month, over 3,000 Americans die by suicide. Heroin has become a...
March 6th
Paul Komarek's project Mental Health Recovery Everywhere is a finalist in the Scattergood Foundation's 2014 Design Innovation Challenge. Please support this effort with your comments on the Scattergood foundation website and your Facebook Likes.Mental Hea...
Redesigning Mental Illness
October 1st
There's a quaint old-fashioned smell of snake-oil around addiction treatment in Kentucky. Kentucky is the center of the heroin epidemic, but its top investment in addiction care isn't, formally speaking, addiction treatment. It is a housing program with p...
September 17th
It is time to reform some of our "reforms." As I visit elements of our mental health and addiction service systems, I am finding out that certain reform efforts are having trouble delivering on their promises.  For the people hit by these failures, p...
September 8th
My focus this past year has been the heroin epidemic. The result is a book that delivers three things.A coherent strategy to manage heroin overdose risk for the population.A strong narrative of recovery that supports harm reduction.A public policy framewo...
Human Intervention Blog
May 1st
In the aftermath of violent incidents we see missed opportunities to detect, prevent or defuse these attacks. Someone could have, should have done something. It seems obvious that our society needs a way to actually prevent mass murder. Because we are ...
April 24th
My book Defying Mental Illness was written for people with symptoms and families. Time to focus on the larger society's response to mental illness. That's the purpose of my new blog, "Redesigning Mental Illness."Find it here:http://redesigningmentalillnes...