On the first anniversary of his death, several of us who knew and worked with Randy write this tribute to remember and honor the impact he had on so many people. Randy provided much needed leadership from within the federal government for the development and dissemination of evidence-based substance use treatments designed for adolescents and(……)

In 1998, I had the privilege of co-leading the Behavioral Health Recovery Management Project—an effort funded by the State of Illinois to: 1) evaluate the current state of addiction treatment, and 2) offer recommendations for elevating the quality of such treatment. My colleagues and I drew the following conclusions from that early work:Despite seemingly different(……)

The international recovery advocacy (and peer recovery support) movement is marked by the proliferation of grassroots recovery community organizations (RCOs) that are distinct from traditional addiction treatment organizations and recovery mutual aid societies. The broad array of activities of RCOs includes advocacy for research on the prevalence, pathways, styles and stages of long-term personal and(……)

The recovery movement has lost a beloved servant. Dr. Tom McGovern, a pioneer in the professionalization of addiction counseling, died March 21, 2022 at the age of 86. He was Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center and Director of its Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spirituality—having been what his colleagues(……)

As my long-time readers are aware, I occasionally take breaks from weekly blogging. That time has arrived again. During this hiatus, I encourage you to read any of the 350+ blogs you may have missed in this series. A listing/links to the recovery blogs posted to date at www.williamwhitepapers.com appears below. Thanks to each of(……)

Imagine a treatment setting that integrates time-limited reparative medication support, sustained psychological and peer-based personal and family social support, athletic competition, involvement in the arts, and community service activities. Imagine a community of recovering people whose collective goal is nothing short of the fundamental reconstruction of one’s body, mind, character, spirit, and relationships. For more(……)

We must go where the pain and peril are greatest and the quest for real solutions is most desperate. Van Jones, Beyond the Messy TruthIndividuals re-entering the community from jail/prison or residential addiction treatment and those disengaging from medication-assisted treatment are at increased risks of addiction recurrence and drug-related death. Such risks lessen if individuals(……)

Effective recovery community organizations (RCOs) seek meaningful representation of people in personal/family recovery within the decision-making venues that affect their lives. RCOs also try to prevent cultural appropriation/exploitation of the recovery experience. (See Bill Stauffer’s recent blog.) Including the voices of people in recovery is an essential but oft-neglected element within systems of care seeking(……)

As a writer and recovery activist, I spend considerable time thinking about the growing varieties of recovery experience and the state of recovery advocacy throughout the world. Below are a few brief reflections that may stimulate your own thinking about recovery and recovery advocacy.Addiction Decompression: As you enter the predatory world of addiction, you must(……)